FOIA Request Response on Hillary Clinton: “No Public Interest Involved”


by Sharon Rondeau

(Mar. 25, 2013) — After it was reported in mid-December that then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton suffered dehydration, a fall and subsequent concussion, The Post & Email filed a Freedom of Information request for a transcript or audio recording of the presumed 911 call made on her behalf.

Reports differed on whether Clinton’s mishap occurred at her State Department office or at home, but an initial report stated that she “purportedly” was on State Department premises when it happened.

On December 17, two days after it was filed, our request for the documentation was denied by the District of Columbia Metropolitan Police Department.  In speaking with one of its members prior to filing the request, the officer on duty told us, “This is the first I’ve heard of it” in regard to Clinton’s concussion.

Last June, then-Commerce Secretary John Bryson was hospitalized after causing two hit-and-run crashes in the Los Angeles, CA area, incidents which were widely publicized, including treatment he received and the fact that he allegedly had a seizure at some point.  The name of the hospital where Bryon allegedly stayed was not revealed, however.

Ten days later, Bryon resigned for “medical issues.”

A concussion is considered serious and necessitating several tests to determine the extent of brain injury, if any.  A medical source states that “After even a mild concussion,” the patient should “Avoid tasks that require concentration or complicated thinking. These include reading, homework, and preparing reports.”

The State Department reported that Clinton resumed her State Department activities “at home” the following week, with her doctors having been quoted as saying that she had become dehydrated and fainted.  State Department personnel reported that Clinton had a concussion.

As Clinton had been expected to testify later that month on the September 11, 2012 attack on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya prior to her departure within the coming weeks, some writers expressed doubt at the public story.  No hospital was reported as having treated Clinton until December 31, when a doctor reportedly found a blood clot in her head on a Sunday at a “routine checkup” following treatment for the concussion.

After Clinton’s hospitalization, State Department personnel gave vague updates on her condition without corroboration from a physician, although she was predicted to make a “full recovery.”

Clinton eventually testified on January 23 to two congressional committees on Benghazi, responding to one with the rhetorical question, “What difference does it make?” when asked who was responsible for murdering the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans on the eleventh anniversary of the attacks on the U.S. mainland.

After receiving the FOIA denial, The Post & Email contacted the office of the Mayor of the District of Columbia as directed, appealing on the basis that any documentation related to Clinton’s hospitalization should be released because Clinton was a “public servant.” In our appeal, we referred to the handling of the Bryson incident.

More than two months later, we were informed by an assistant that the mayor’s office needed more information to process the request, which was simply our initial email to the DC Metropolitan Police Department.  All emails were then forwarded on March 1, 2013.

We received an acknowledgement the same day and our appeal was processed.

On March 14, Donald S. Kaufman, Deputy General Counsel for the mayor’s office, wrote a letter upholding the Metropolitan Police Department’s decision and therefore denying the release of any documentation relative to Clinton.  Kaufman’s six-page letter quotes case law extensively and cites the incorrect response date from the Metro Police Department of September 12, 2012, three months before our request was made, and stated that “Based on the administrative record in this matter, we find that the issue in the Appeal presents difficulty in framing” (page 2).

On page 3, Kaufman states of the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD):

We do not understand why a statement simply of the existence of the record would result in an unwarranted invasion of privacy given the widespread reporting of the incident, but MPD indicates in its response to the Appeal that it is no longer relying on this contention.

On pages 5-6, Kaufman concludes that “In this case, Appellant has only offered that this matter involves ‘a significant arrest that relates to a high-profile person.’  However, it appears that the arrest is significant only because it applies to a person characterized as high-profile.  Celebrity alone does not establish a public interest.  Here, the disclosure of the records will not contribute anything to public understanding of the operations or activities of the government or the performance of MPD…Thus, as this is not a case involving the efficiency or propriety of agency action, there is no public interest involved.”

Kaufman’s letter follows.


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4 Responses to FOIA Request Response on Hillary Clinton: “No Public Interest Involved”

  1. Leslie Bishop

    Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 3:51 PM

    Classic. A bit more long winded than the response I received for my issue, but the same exact run-around.

  2. gigclick

    Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at 9:24 PM

    I believe Hillary was on one of her “007″ dream missions and was headed for brokering a gun/weapons deal in a helo that a SEAL was killed in that possibly crashed. She didn’t hit her head on a bathroom sink. It’s all BS and another slick coverup with this criminal organization. They sacrificed the people at Benghazi but if it comes to anything standing in Hillary’s way for election to run for POTUS, what’s a few more lives! Remember, if you’re a Dem, anything goes when it comes to racking up press and getting a few more notches on your gun. Ole’ Bill never shied away from that and we’ll never know how many cigars the taxpayers payed for in Bill’s cigar box. We do know Clinton was responsible for the deaths of about 59 people to keep his position including Vince Foster who Hillary had a long running affair with till they got in the White House and the fateful day the security guard found them in a “compromised position”, two weeks later, Vince was found with a bullet in his head in a park. Smokey the Bear investigated that one and it all slowly went quiet, just like Benghazi. Who says crime doesn’t pay? Obama’s $35 million dollar Hawaiian retirement mansion should be paid for by now in Oahu. Ever wonder why he goes there so much? See it on the search box at Not bad for an identity fraud usurper POTUS. While our judicial sleeps in graft, the American public watches reality shows, few like Orly, Walt, Sharon, Martha and a handful of others find new truths and legal violations ever day as America slides into bankruptcy and dept.

  3. Martha Trowbridge

    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 7:54 PM

    So how much did this elaborate, highly-legalese, evil-intended SPIN of a simple straightforward matter cost We The People? Reading it, I was transported into a Labyrinth of Deliberate Distraction, Deception, and Fast-talking, underpinned by not-so-subtle bullying. “We’re the experts, you’re a peasant idiot, how dare you ask us for this information?!!!” is my take on this.

    Actually, I find this an outstanding example of why America is in the trouble it is: lawyers who spin the law to defend illegal behavior.

    Yes, let’s get a class action suit going. Call their bluff!

  4. Fran

    Monday, March 25, 2013 at 3:21 PM

    “We the peons” have no right to know anything about the fraud or his administration. The unfortunates of Nazi Germany probably had more rights than we have now.

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