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[REPORT] Ex-FOIA official blasts Clinton’s ‘blatant circumvention’ of information law

Daniel Metcalfe, who led the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) for more than two decades, has blasted Hillary Clinton’s use of private email as contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).

"What she did was contrary to both the letter and the spirit of the law," Metcalfe told the Canadian Press news agency. “There is no doubt that the scheme she established was a blatant circumvention of the Freedom of Information Act, atop the Federal Records Act.”

Metcalfe led the U.S. Justice Department’s Office of Information Policy (OIP) from its establishment in late 1981 until 2007, advising federal agencies on how to comply with the Freedom of Information Act.

"You can't have the secretary of state do that; that's just a prescription for the circumvention of the FOIA. Plus, fundamentally, there's no way the people at the archives should permit that if you tell them over there,” he added, as quoted by the Canadian Press.

Metcalfe described certain statements in Clinton’s press conference this week as “deceptive,” “grossly misleading,” and impossible to verify, according to the report.

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