Presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump demanded that the State Department immediately release the emails of Hillary Clinton regarding the Trans-Pacific Partnerships, which he claims threatens the U.S. economy.
In a statement, Stephen Miller, senior policy advisory of Trump, said that Hillary Clinton’s support to the TPP will “permanently undermine U.S. workers and sovereignty.”
BREAKING: State Dept blocks release of Clinton’s TPP-related email until after the election is over https://t.co/hYXZUe0pPy
— David Sirota (@davidsirota) June 6, 2016
“Hillary is 100 percent controlled by corporate interests, including foreign corporate interests, and it is essential these emails see the light of day,” the statement added.
Apparently, the State Department is dilly-dallying on the request to release Hillary Clinton’s emails in connection to the TPP, at least after the presidential elections.
The TPP is an agreement entered into by 12 nations, including the U.S., which basically lays down the guidelines to help boost the U.S. economy, bolster jobs, and strengthen exports. The other countries that are signatories to the deal are Canada, Australia, Japan, Mexico, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Peru, Chile, Brunei, and Singapore.
The IB Times has requested access to the email from the State Department, but the Obama administration has rejected calls for more transparency on the issue. After earlier announcing that a report on the matter would be released in April this year, the department has flip-flopped and instead will now release the documents after the November presidential elections.
“Clinton’s shifting positions on the TPP have been a source of controversy during the campaign,” the report said. “She repeatedly promoted the deal as Secretary of State but then in 2015 said, ‘I did not work on TPP.’ “
The TPP, a legacy of the Obama administration, has never been popular with the Democrats, which is why Hillary Clinton is now distancing herself from the pact. But CNN reported that the former Secretary of State has mentioned TPP 45 times in the past, even though she’s now ambiguous on the issue.
One of the reasons, pundits claim, is the threat that Bernie Sanders poses. The Vermont senator has gained some mileage by being very vocal about his opposition to the TPP. He said that with the TPP—contrary to its claim of bolstering the middle class—will only serve to benefit the big corporations and Wall Street.
It would be interesting now if Hillary Clinton’s position will change now that she has secured the GOP nomination after beating Bernie Sanders.
— BBC News (World) (@BBCWorld) June 8, 2016
Meanwhile, Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman wrote for the Huffington Post that the reports about Hillary Clinton’s use of a private server for official correspondence, while she was still the Secretary of State, was way overblown.
He said that Hillary Clinton did not violate State Department protocol nor any U.S. law.
“No previous Secretary of State had an email address on the State Department system,” he added. “(And) using a personal email account for official business was absolutely the norm for at least one previous Secretary (Colin Powell).”
In fact, the Inspector General recommended in May, 2016, that penalties be imposed on employees who use private emails or any other IT systems that are not authorized by the State Department. That means that prior to that recommendation, there were no guidelines in place.
Without any guidelines, he said, Hillary Clinton can only refer to past practices of previous state secretaries with regards to the use of emails for professional correspondence.
In related news, the Federal Bureau of Investigation is petitioning the U.S. District Court in Washington to allow it to file another secret declaration in connection to Hillary Clinton’s emails using a private server while she was with the State Department.
The FBI filing was prompted by the petition by VICE News for the contents of Hillary Clinton’s emails under the Freedom of Information Act. According to the Bureau, releasing the documents may harm its investigation.
“These details supplement defendant’s showing that it conducted a reasonable search,” the filing said. “But cannot be disclosed on the public record without compromising information that the FBI seeks to protect.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton continues to play coy as she declines to answer questions surrounding the email controversy in her press conference.
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