The FBI turned down a lawyer's request for the release of FBI files on Hillary Clinton, faulting the lawyers' documents for not providing enough proof "that the public interest sought is a significant one," according to multiple reports Tuesday.
The FBI killed the request made by attorney Ty Clevenger, who filed a Freedom of Information Act request earlier this year to obtain information relating to the investigation into Clinton's emails.
"You have not sufficiently demonstrated that the public's interest in disclosure outweighs personal privacy interests of the subject," Hardy said to Clevenger in a letter on Monday. "It is incumbent upon the requester to provide documentation regarding the public's interest in the operations and activities of the government before records can be processed pursuant to the FOIA."
Clinton came under investigation during the 2016 campaign after it was discovered that she had been operating an unauthorized private email server during her time as former secretary of state.
Though former FBI Director James Comey did not recommend formal charges against Clinton, Clevenger is seeking the documents, hoping to prove that she committed perjury, the Washington Times reported.
"I'm just stunned. This is exactly what I would have expected had Clinton won the election, but she didn't. It looks like the Obama Administration is still running the FBI," Clevenger said.