David Sirota of the International Business Times requested Hillary Clinton’s emails pertaining to the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP) through the Freedom of Information Act. The request was submitted in July 2015, and specifically asked for all such correspondence that made reference to the TPP.
According the the Times, “The State Department originally said it estimated the request would be completed by April 2016. 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.
While some TPP-related emails have been released by the State Department as part of other open records requests, IBT’s request was designed to provide a comprehensive view of how involved Clinton and her top aides were in shaping the trade agreement, and whether her agency had a hand in crafting any particular provisions in the pact. Unions, environmental organizations and consumer groups say the agreement will help corporations undermine domestic labor, conservation and other public interest laws.
If IBT’s open records request is fulfilled on the last day of November, as the State Department now estimates, it will have taken 489 days for the request to be fulfilled. According to Justice Department statistics, the average wait time for a State Department request is 111 days on a simple request — the longest of any federal agency the department’s report analyzed. Requests classified as complex by the State Department can take years.”
Clinton publicly stated 45 times that she was for the TPP, even calling it “the gold standard of trade agreements.” Then Bernie Sanders entered the primary race, and Clinton realized how unpopular the TPP was with Democratic voters. However, since the TPP will redistribute trillions of dollars from the 99 to the 1/10th of 1 percent, Hillary’s Wall Street backers are universally for it. That makes it likely that Clinton is simply lying to the grassroots about being against the TPP. For more on this, see What the Corporate Propaganda Machine Doesn’t Want You to Know About the TPP–JohnHively.Wordpress.com