Moron of the day award goes to...DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe for filing a FOIA for production of materials during an ongoing investigation. I searched for a bio on McAuliffe to see if he's a lawyer, so I don't know if it's entirely fair to bestow him or some DNC law-monkey with today's laurels.
By no stretch of the imagination am I a legal whiz, but this request is really a waste of time. McAuliffe sent a letter to the Justice Department requesting production under 5 U.S.C. 552 but ignores the obvious exemption under (b)(7). Here's what the exemption states:
records or information compiled for law enforcement purposes, but only to the extent that the production of such law enforcement records or information...
And then there is a six-pronged elaboration of what conditions under which the exemption stands.This is clearly a publicity stunt that is more bluster than substance.UPDATE: Mark Levin over at The Corner (NRO) finds a rich little irony over McAuliffe's ignorance of the exemption from the statute...The irony with McAuliffe's FOIA request is that one of the most recent federal court decisions upholding the White House exemption from document production under FOIA -- which he now seeks -- was a lawsuit brought by Juanita Broaddrick against Bill Clinton in Broaddrick v. Exec. Office of the President, 139 F. Supp. 2d 55, 58 (D.D.C., 2001). Surely McAuliffe and his DNC lawyers are aware of this, which is why this is a PR stunt and nothing more. ... Ok, don't worry ... I'm moving on ...Terry? Keep filming?