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The FBI is declining to turn over files related to its investigation of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails by arguing a lack of public interest in the matter.
Ty Clevenger, an attorney in New York City, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in March of 2016 asking for a variety of documents from the FBI and the Justice Department, including correspondence exchanged with Congress about the Clinton email investigation.
But in a letter sent this week and obtained by Fox News, the head of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger that the bureau has “determined you have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public’s interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject.”
“You must show that the public interest sought is a significant one”
“Therefore, records regarding your subject are withheld pursuant to FOIA exemptions,” David M. Hardy of the FBI’s Records Management Division told Clevenger.
Clinton, the Democratic presidential nominee in 2016, was investigated by the FBI for using a private email address and server to handle classified information while serving as secretary of state.
In July 2016, then-FBI Director James Comey famously called Clinton’s email arrangement “extremely careless” though he decided against recommending criminal charges.
Though Clinton lost the election, Clevenger is still attempting to obtain documents related to the investigation. He’s seeking to prove she committed perjury, the Washington Times reported.
He specifically asked for all documents resulting from a September 6, 2016 referral to the Justice Department from then-House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican.
At the time, Chaffetz asked the department to “investigate and determine whether Secretary Clinton or her employees and contractors violated statues that prohibit destruction of records, obstruction of congressional inquiries, and concealment or cover up of evidence material to a congressional investigation.”
On Aug. 8, the FBI asked Clevenger to detail why the public would be interested.
“If you seek disclosure of any existing records on this basis, you must demonstrate that the public interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests,” the letter stated. “In this regard, you must show that the public interest sought is a significant one, and that the requested information is likely to advance that interest.”
Clevenger expressed disbelief at the request.
“Frankly, I am stunned I should have to explain why my request pertains to a matter of public interest,” Clevenger wrote in an Aug. 11 letter to the FBI.
He cited how Clinton was the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, a former secretary of state and a former senator.
Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.
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Elon Musk wants to connect your brain directly to a computer, and investors are ready to make that science fiction a reality. Musk’s startup Neuralink has raised the $26.96 million of a technically still-open funding round that could grow to $100 million, according to a new SEC filing. However, Musk himself tweets that Neuralink is no longer raising cash.
The scientist-turned-geek icon followed up saying, “Neuralink is not seeking investors.” The tone of his terse responses to WSJ reporter Rolfe Winkler might be due to the fact that the paper initially broke the news that Musk was secretly building the company.
Given Musk’s high profile, he likely wouldn’t have any issue filling the rest of the round if he wants. But perhaps Musk is content with this $27 million and his comments indicate it won’t raise more for now. The filing lists that 12 total investors have back Neuralink, including six un-accredited investors.
Musk first revealed Neuralink in March, discussing the need for a brain-to-machine interface that would allow the human mind to keep up with fast-improving artificial intelligence. All that computing power won’t be as useful if we can only connect with it via traditional screens and input types.
Neuralink could potentially help people overcome chronic conditions like epilepsy. It could also one day allow people to communicate brain to brain, instead of having to compress ideas into words, transmit them through speech or writing and then have a recipient decompress the words into thoughts in their own mind. That’s a lossy series of steps that prevents people from sharing their mental visions as vividly.
The interface could require surgical implants unless a less-invasive connection to the brain is developed. Other companies like Facebook are also working on less ambitious forms of brain-to-computer connection that could allow people to type with their mind or “brain click” on something without a manual input device.
Musk will occupy the CEO role at Neuralink, along with leading Tesla and SpaceX, plus his tunnel-digging startup, The Boring Company.
We’re still seeking more details on the fate of this fundraising and will update if we find out more.
MANILA (Reuters) – The parents and lawyers of a Philippine high school student shot dead last week filed a murder complaint on Friday against three anti-narcotics policemen amid rare public outrage about the country’s war on drugs.
The death of 17-year-old Kian Loyd delos Santos on Aug. 16 in a rundown area of Manila has drawn huge domestic attention to allegations by activists that police have been systematically executing suspected users and dealers, a charge the authorities deny.
The head of the Public Attorney’s Office (PAO) and the parents of the slain youth submitted the complaint against the three policemen at the justice department, calling for them to be charged with murder and breaches of a law on torture.
The PAO, a government agency, provides indigent litigants free legal assistance.
Delos Santos was found dead in an alley with a gun in his left hand. Police said they killed him in self defence, but his family said he had no weapon, was right-handed and had no involvement in drugs.
Security cameras showed the officers aggressively escorting a man matching delos Santos’ description in the direction of the spot where he was killed. The three policemen admit they were the people shown in the video, but that they were escorting another suspect, not delos Santos.
PAO and police pathologists who did separate autopsies told a Senate hearing that delos Santos was shot from above, from close range.
“It was cold-blooded murder, he was shot while kneeling down,” PAO chief Persida Acosta told news channel ANC.
“We are here for truth and justice so we have to file this immediately.”
The complaint, if accepted, would follow at least two cases filed last year against police over President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs, which has killed thousands of Filipinos, outraged human rights groups and alarmed Western governments. Most Filipinos however support the campaign, according to opinion polls, and domestic opposition has been muted.
Several police commanders relieved of their duty over the student’s killing told a Senate inquiry on Thursday that delos Santos was not the target of their operation, and his links to drug were known to them only the day after his death.
Officers said they learned of his suspected links to drugs from another drug suspect, a cellphone and chatter circulating on social media.
Delos Santos was among more than 90 people killed last week in three nights of intensified raids dubbed “One Time, Big Time”, which had Duterte’s steadfast support. The term refers to a coordinated police drive to stamp out crime in a particular district.
The teen’s killing puts focus on Duterte’s repeated promises to police administering the crackdown that he would insulate them from any legal consequences. Critics say his rhetoric is tantamount to giving police a license to kill.
Duterte took a softer tone on Wednesday, telling police to arrest suspects and kill only if their lives were in danger, adding that he would not protect those who killed unarmed people.
Reporting by Martin Petty, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan
Someone Tried to Bust into My Home
And I’m Getting Harassed
8/24/2017 12:40 AM PDT
Aaron Carter got a 2-for-1 deal when he called cops to report harassment and hate-filled texts … ’cause they also found evidence of someone trying to burglarize his home … TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell TMZ … Aaron called cops early Wednesday in St. Petersburg, FL because he was getting bombarded with texts and phone calls. Sources close to Aaron say multiple people tied to his inner circle are behind the harassment campaign.
Cops say while they were at his home, Aaron also told them about an attempted break-in while he was out of town — and sure enough, they found signs someone tried to get in his back door.
Police say they’re investigating the harassment and the attempted burglary. Aaron’s rep had no comment.
There’s a lot that sucks about Aaron’s life lately. Just ask him …
NAIROBI (Reuters) – Kenya’s opposition coalition went to the Supreme Court late on Friday to challenge the results of a presidential election which it says was rigged.
Election authorities have said that President Uhuru Kenyatta won the Aug. 8 election by 1.4 million votes, but opposition leader Raila Odinga said the results are false. He has not yet presented evidence of fraud.
Kenyans who remember the violence that followed the disputed 2007 election, when about 1,200 people were killed, were relieved when Odinga announced this week he would turn back to the courts, rather than the streets, to make his case.
Odinga also went to court to challenge the 2013 election result and his decision to turn to the judiciary helped quell violence then.
Lawyers for Odinga’s National Super Alliance did not speak to reporters as they entered the court just 90 minutes before it closed for the weekend and the deadline for delivering their petition expired.
But a statement from Dennis Onyango, a spokesman for Odinga, gave details of the petition, saying votes for the opposition had been removed from the some of the totals. The statement also accused election officials of faking documentation.
“NASA (party) agents…were removed from polling stations and replaced by impostors who were caused to sign fictitious names and sign blank result forms,” the statement said.
“Data analysts have examined over 25,000 results forms for vote declarations and detected 14,000 of them that had errors ranging from statutory documents not signed by returning officers, others not authenticated by an official rubber stamp, and yet others that do not have agent names of signatures.”
He did not give any specific examples.
The paper forms, which should have been signed by an agent for each part supervising the polling station, were designed to be an additional check against the possibility of rigging.
The electoral commission had been slow to publish scanned copies of papers detailing results from each of the country’s 40,883 polling stations.
“The nature and extent of the flaws and irregularities so significantly affected the results that the IEBC (election commission) cannot accurately and verifiably determine the number of votes any of the candidates received,” the petition concluded.
The Supreme Court has 14 days to hear and determine the petition, a constitutional requirement designed to minimize the period of uncertainty in case of an electoral dispute.
If the court upholds the election, Kenyatta will be sworn in. If Odinga can prove that rigging took place to an extent that would overturn the result, then Kenya must hold another presidential election in 60 days.
At least 28 people have been killed in election-related violence since polling day, many of them shot by police. But while there have been scattered protests in Odinga strongholds, the demonstrations were relatively muted.
International and domestic observers have said the election was largely free and fair.
reporting by Humphrey Malalo,; writing by Katharine Houreld, editing by Angus MacSwan
The reality show couple is on their way to officially parting ways.
“Flip or Flop” star Christina El Moussa filed for divorce from her estranged co-star husband Tarek six months after announcing their separation, according to court docs obtained by People Magazine.
The 34-year-old mother cited “irreconcible differences” for their split and asked for joint legal and physical custody of their two minor children.
Additionally, she requested spousal support from Tarek and asks that his spousal support request be terminated as well as that he pays for her legal fees tied to the divorce proceedings, the mag reports.
Christina has been linked to a new romance with Doug Spedding since the split.
Tarek has not dated anyone publicaly since the split. He lamented about the difficulties of being newly single in an interview with Us Weekly.
“I haven’t been single in 10, 11 years, so it’s a new experience,” said El Moussa. “I like to go out in groups, to be honest. I don’t do too many one-on-ones. I have no idea what to look for in a girlfriend because I’m not ready.”
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