(PresidentialInsider.com)- The FBI appears to be dragging its feet on releasing documents related to a Freedom of Information Act request filed last year by attorney Ty Clevenger that includes documents related to the 2016 murder of Democrat staffer Seth Rich.
According to the Gateway Pundit, the FBI’s latest filing in response to the FOIA request leads Clevenger to believe it could take “decades” until all the documents requested are obtained.
Seth Rich, a staffer with the Democratic National Committee was murdered on July 10, 2016 in an apparent robbery gone wrong while walking home in the early hours of the morning. Rich was found by the manager of a bar he frequented in the Columbia Heights neighborhood of Washington DC.
Rich’s murder got caught in the swirl of controversy over the DNC leaked emails published by Wikileaks shortly before the start of the 2016 Democratic National Convention.
The Federal Government has maintained that the DNC emails were hacked either by the Kremlin or hackers working on behalf of the Kremlin.
WikiLeaks offered a $20,000 reward for any information that would lead to an arrest and conviction in the case which naturally sparked speculation that Seth Rich was, in fact, the source of the DNC emails.
At the time, the FBI denied that any investigation of Seth Rich’s death was being conducted by the bureau.
However, Clevenger did not believe the bureau’s denials and in June 2020, filed a FOIA request on documents related to Rich’s murder on behalf of the Texas nonprofit The Transparency Project.
This FOIA request goes far beyond the Seth Rich murder. In its entirety the request is seeking information on the FBI’s improper searches of intelligence databases for information on 16,000 Americans. In addition to information on Seth Rich, the FOIA request is seeking records pertaining to Imran Awan, Abid Awan, Jamal Awan, Hina Alvi and Rao Abbas.
The Awans were the IT staffers employed by various House Democrats who were later accused of stealing classified information off devices belonging to, among others, Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL).
According to a June 19 report at the Epoch Times, the National Security Agency agreed to release records pertaining to the FOIA request. In response to the news, Clevenger told the Epoch Times that this agreement might signal a rift between the NSA and the FBI.