U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) pressed the State Department on May 6 about compliance with the Freedom of Information Act, specifically with regards to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email.
Excerpts are below.
Cornyn: “There’s this idea out there that the Freedom of Information Act is something we do for the press. That is a fundamentally flawed way to look at it from my perspective. This is about the public’s information that was generated by people who work for the government and information that was generated by their tax dollars. And I believe there should be a presumption that the information that is held by the U.S. government should be open and accessible to the public. …
“The 37 out of 100 that the State Department has gotten on your score card for FOIA is an embarrassing failure of the agency, and I don’t know how we could call it anything different. But what really bothers me is when people plan in a premeditated and deliberate sort of way to avoid the Freedom of Information Act and federal government requirements that require them to make public information available to the public, and of course we are all familiar the news accounts of what happened with former Secretary Clinton. Ms. Barr, did either you or Undersecretary for Management Patrick Kennedy, know that Secretary Clinton was operating exclusively on a personal and private email server?” Continue>>>