We Found Hillary Clinton’s Server!
Raleigh, N.C. – Today, upon news Hillary Clinton is visiting Raleigh this month, the North Carolina Republican Party announced it has located Hillary Clinton’s elusive private email server. Turns out, it was hidden in North Carolina Democrat Attorney General Roy Cooper’s basement all along, next to the 14 years of public records the attorney general refuses to turn over to the North Carolina Republican Party regarding his record as attorney general.
- “GOP requests 14 years of records from Attorney General Roy Cooper” (Taylor Knopf, “GOP requests 14 years of records from Attorney General Roy Cooper,” Raleigh News & Observer, 3/20/2015)
Although he said he would comply, Attorney General Cooper has yet to comply with the public records request.
Media Blasted Attorney General Roy Cooper For Hypocrisy and Lackluster Commitment To Open Government And Transparency
- “Cooper has one of state government’s most restrictive media policies.” (Joseph Neff, “For the attorney general, mum’s the word,” Raleigh News & Observer, 6/1/2008)
- “Both Gov. Mike Easley and Attorney General Roy Cooper can give a heck of a speech about open records, open meetings and transparency in government. It all sounds quite promising. But when it comes time to producing information that belongs to the taxpayers who provide the bulk of the state’s $20 billion-plus annual budget, the promise of transparency becomes murky, bordering on opaque.” (Editorial: “More transparency needed at the state level of public records,” The Charlotte Observer, 12/23/2008)
- “Why do the governor and the attorney general apparently want this information kept confidential? Is there something they do not want the public to see? Could information in the records somehow be embarrassing to high-ranking current or former officials? What’s the big deal about looking at the number of hours a public employee worked?” (Editorial: “The whole story,” Raleigh News & Observer, 9/25/2004)
- “It’s curious, and disappointing, that publicly elected officials sometimes seem to fail to understand the importance of full disclosure of information when the public’s business is done and the public’s money is spent” (Editorial: “The whole story,” Raleigh News & Observer, 9/25/2004)
Attorney General Roy Cooper Also Blasted For “Dragging His Feet” On Public Records Relating To Mismanagement At The State Bureau Of Investigation
- “Last week, we wrote an article on how Attorney General Roy Cooper, a champion of open records, has been dragging his feet in releasing public records about the embattled State Bureau of Investigation.” (Joe Neff, “AG: One Day The Records Will Come,” The News & Observer, 11/18/2010)
Attorney General Roy Cooper Defended Governor Mike Easley And His Administration Against Lawsuit Brought By Media Outlets Regarding Deleted Email Scandal (Deposition of Reuben Young, page 2, 8/5/2010)
- “Media organizations from across North Carolina sued Gov. Mike Easley on Monday, accusing his administration of violating the state’s public records law through the “systematic deletion, destruction or concealment” of e-mail messages.” (Gary D. Robertson, “Media Outlets Sue N.C. Gov. Over E-Mails,” The Associated Press, 4/15/2008)
- “The N&O (News & Observer) reported that at least three public information officers did delete email as they had been instructed at a May 29, 2007, meeting with Easley’s press secretary. The paper obtained several officers’ notes from the meeting under the state’s public records law. Several of the notes stated that officers were to delete emails to and from the governor’s office every day… The allegation that public information officers had been instructed to delete emails which the governor’s office and chief legal counsel initially denied surfaced March 4 after Easley approved the firing of the head of the public information office at the Department of Health and Human Services, The N&O said.” (Nikki Swartz, “Media Sue N.C. Governor Over Emails,” Information Management Journal, 7/1/2008)
Roy Cooper “Believed The Lawsuit Should Be Settled,” Attempted To Settle The Easley Deleted Emails Lawsuit For $20,000
- Cooper attempted to settle the lawsuit for $20,000 (Rick Henderson, “Depositions Could Pose Legal Peril for Easley Aides,” Carolina Journal, 2/4/2010)
- “(Deputy Attorney General) Kelley also said that Attorney General Roy Cooper ‘has always indicated to me that he believed the lawsuit should be settled.'” (Rick Henderson, “Depositions Could Pose Legal Peril for Easley Aides,” Carolina Journal, 2/4/2010)
Roy Cooper Asked Judge To Dismiss Lawsuit Against Mike Easley For Destroyed Public Records
- “Attorney General Roy Cooper has asked a state judge to dismiss a lawsuit against embattled former Gov. Mike Easley and several top officials from his administration, arguing that because Easley is no longer in office, and others named in the suit no longer hold the jobs they did with Easley, they cannot be held liable for alleged violations of the state’s open records law.” (Rick Henderson, “Cooper: Easley’s lawbreaking doesn’t matter,” Carolina Journal, 12/9/2009)
- “Attorneys for the media organizations blasted Cooper. Noting that “North Carolina’s appellate courts repeatedly have admonished that the Public Records Law is to be construed liberally and the exceptions to it interpreted narrowly,” the attorneys found Cooper’s argument about standing odd, since the Public Records Law allows “any person” to sue if the government denies a records request.” (Rick Henderson, “Cooper: Easley’s lawbreaking doesn’t matter,” Carolina Journal, 12/9/2009)
- “Attorney General Roy Cooper argued last year that even if Easley’s e-mail policies violated the open records law, the media groups had no standing to sue because Easley was no longer in office. Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning rejected that argument and ordered the depositions. It is unclear whether Manning will demand further depositions or when a trial might be scheduled. Gov. Bev Perdue — with Cooper’s endorsement — has attempted to settle the lawsuit.” (Rick Henderson, “Easley Attorney Did Not Notice Senders or Recipients of E-mail Records,” Carolina Journal, 9/22/2010)
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