A 2012 court case denying access to White House audiotapes kept in former President Bill Clinton’s sock drawer after he left office could help the Trump legal team in its battle to retrieve records that the FBI seized from Mar-a-Lago this month.
The 10-year-old court ruling, issued by U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson, rejected arguments by a conservative watchdog group that sought access to dozens of tapes recorded by Mr. Clinton and historian Taylor Branch during his administration.
Jason Foster, a former chief investigative counsel for the Senate Judiciary Committee, said the FBI even helped Mrs. Clinton by destroying the records she handed over to the agency. That blocked further scrutiny or congressional oversight.
“The double standards are the clearest, in my view, in relation to the difference between the handling of the Hillary Clinton email matter and the Trump matter,” Mr. Foster said. “In both situations, there was a criminal investigation, but the procedural mechanisms that they used to pursue criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton were just simply far less aggressive, even though it was an extremely similar circumstance.”
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