On Monday, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the State Department would probably release emails regarding Hillary Clinton’s participation in the formation of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on November 31, 2016, weeks after the general election.
There’s only one problem. That date doesn’t exist. November only has 30 days, not 31.
The Free Beacon added:
During a report for The Lead on Monday, CNN host Jake Tapper laid out the saga of International Business Times reporter David Sirota’s efforts to learn more about Clinton’s role in the TPP with a Freedom of Information Act request. Although she promoted it constantly at the State Department, she came out against it as a Democratic presidential candidate. Republican Donald Trump and Democratic primary challenger Sen. Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) have also criticized the agreement.
Last November, State Department official Charlotte Duckett informed Sirota that the search of records had been initiated within the Department’s Office of the Secretary, with an estimated completion date of April 2016. However, meeting that deadline did not come to fruition.
Writing at the International Business Times, David Sirota said:
Last week the agency said it had completed the search process for the correspondence but also said it was delaying the completion of the request until late November 2016 — weeks after the presidential election. The delay was issued in the same week the Obama administration filed a court motion to try to kill a lawsuit aimed at forcing the federal government to more quickly comply with open records requests for Clinton-era State Department documents.
Clinton’s shifting positions on the TPP have been a source of controversy during the campaign: She repeatedly promoted the deal as secretary of state but then in 2015 said, “I did not work on TPP,” even though some leaked State Department cables show that her agency was involved in diplomatic discussions about the pact. Under pressure from her Democratic primary opponent, Bernie Sanders, Clinton announced in October that she now opposes the deal — and has disputed that she ever fully backed it in the first place.
In conclusion, the email read, “the new estimated completion date for your request is November 31, 2016.”
Apparently, the Free Beacon said, “it seemed to escape the media’s attention that the State Department had written a date that doesn’t exist.”
— Joey Freeman (@JoeFree76) June 6, 2016
That’s putting it mildly.
— Gut (@Gutdaddy) June 6, 2016
Call it “fundamental transformation.”
Hmmm. Info has already been located. Review will take until 12th of Never. Accidentally honest response from @StateDept .
— Guy Fleegman (@RocIngersoll) June 6, 2016
There’s more, according to CNN:
— CNN (@CNN) June 6, 2016
Anyone care to explain why it would take 75 years? What does it take to review an e-mail? How many people are working on it? Such lies!
— ThNdIzNiR (@ThNdIzNiR) June 7, 2016
Good question. Unfortunately, we’ll never get an answer…
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