Judge won’t release drafts of Hillary Clinton Whitewater indictment

by JOSH GERSTEIN | Politico
October 4, 2016

A federal judge has rejected a conservative group’s lawsuit demanding the release of drafts of a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton prosecutors prepared, but never issued, during the Whitewater investigation in the 1990s.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton ruled Tuesday that Clinton’s “substantial privacy interest” outweighed any public interest in disclosure and that the material was protected from disclosure by a court rule enforcing grand jury secrecy.
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“The fact that information about the independent counsel’s investigation and potential indictment of Mrs. Clinton is readily available to the public does not extinguish Mrs. Clinton’s privacy interest,” Walton wrote. “Although an individual’s interests in privacy fade when the information involved already appears on the public record’…’the fact that an event is not wholly private does not mean that an individual has no interest in limiting disclosure or dissemination of [the requested] information,'” the judge added, quoting earlier cases.

The group suing for the records under the Freedom of Information Act, Judicial Watch, argued that public interest in the draft indictments was magnified by Clinton’s presidential bid.
Walton’s 30-page opinion said Clinton’s public role “heightened” interest in how investigators treated her, but he said she was a private citizen at the time of the Whitewater real estate investment that ultimately led to the independent counsel probe.

9 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • 1947goldenjet says:

    However, private citizen Trump must divulge his tax returns submitted before he became a public figure. Give me a break.

    1. bobnstuff says:

      No one can make Trump divulge his tax returns, he has the right to keep them private but everyone else who has run for president has shown theirs. Trump has a lot of sealed records that might be interesting to see.

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      2. 1947goldenjet says:

        I’m sure that both Trump and Clinton have sealed records that would be interesting to see. As do Obama and Bush.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          At this point it really doesn’t matter. I have seen enough to have a solid read on both. Trump like improve, Clinton likes scripts. Trump says what ever comes into his mind at the time , Clinton weighs her word carefully knowing that anything she says can and will be used against her. Trump is care free in what he says Clinton is careful because she knows words have lasting power.

          I this case we are talking about a drafts of a criminal indictment of Hillary Clinton prosecutors prepared, but never issued. Why do you think it was never issued? We are talking about republicans out for blood here. Had the facts been strong enough to hold up in court they would have indited her but they weren’t so the case never got to court. The judge my be doing the republicans a favor by not releasing it.

  • David Stewart says:

    Just another crooked U.S. Court judge; now therule, not the exception. Look at the 9th District; no fairness whatsoever!

  • Nina814 says:

    Double standard. Criminal investigations of HRC activities are not relevant because she was a private citizen at the time, but Trump’s legal activities when he was a private citizen are being questioned to twist and discredit him for their evil purposes it’s OK and relevant. All these people belong in a bag of manure.

  • Nina814 says:

    Another judge who sold out his soul to the devil.

  • Lorraine E says:

    Oh that hillary Benghazi clinton has so much to Hide and Cover Up. Disclosure won’t happen or the missing “Clintons Death Toll Documentary” which Google was ordered to drop would have to be expanded.

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