Yesterday, the Obama State Department said it would block the release of emails between then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the U.S. Trade Representative until after the election. The International Business Times’s David Sirota, who issued the Freedom of Information Act request for correspondence that made reference to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), wrote:
Trade is a hot issue in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign. But correspondence from Hillary Clinton and her top State Department aides about a controversial 12-nation trade deal will not be available for public review — at least not until after the election.
To add insult to injury, the administration indicated that the date on which the emails would be released would be Nov. 31, 2016. They might as well have designated the Twelfth of Never as the date of release since it — like Nov. 31 — doesn’t exist on any calendar!
Initially, the State Department had said the emails would be available by April 2016. After that deadline flew buy with no emails in sight, the Department updated its prediction to the current non-existent date.
It’s not the first time there’s been a November dating goof in Washington. In 2002, the U.S. Capitol Historical Society printed over 650,000 calendars that mistakenly gave November a 31 day, which in turn threw off the entire month of December.