News Release
(for immediate release, November 5, 2016)

Attorney General Bullock’s Deleted Emails Now Beginning to Surface

Gun Rights Group Finds “Smoking Gun” that Contradicts Bullock Deleted Email Claims

MISSOULA, Mont. – A story in the Washington Free Beacon about the missing emails from when Governor Bullock was the Montana Attorney General says that it cannot be proven that the deleted emails were business-related because those deleted emails are simply no longer available to examine.  Despite that claim, relevant emails are beginning to surface, just as the thousands of emails deleted from Hillary Clinton’s private server have surfaced.

In 2011, while Bullock was Attorney General, the Montana Shooting Sports Association (MSSA) had litigation in process to validate the Montana Firearms Freedom Act in federal courts.  Montana, represented by the Montana Department of Justice (MtDoJ), became an intervenor in that case, MSSA v. Holder.  MSSA has archived email exchanges with senior staff at MtDoJ concerning that case, which was clearly official business for MtDoJ to participate in defending a law passed by the Legislature and signed by the Governor.  MSSA is making these deleted-by-DoJ emails public.

This first trickle of emails is likely the beginning of a flood of MtDoJ emails that may surface from when Bullock was Attorney General, emails that some authorities assert must by law be preserved for public inspection under the right to know in the Montana Constitution.

MSSA President Gary Marbut commented, “We need a serious dose of sunshine and integrity in government.  The people should no longer tolerate any burning of records or wholesale deletion of emails in order to destroy possible evidence of backroom or illegal deals.  There is a good reason why the people have put the open records requirement into the Montana Constitution.  Destruction of public records is simply unacceptable.”

Many national observers have been stunned by the wholesale deletion of emails from the Clinton private server, emails which are now becoming public because of Wikileaks and the FBI investigation.

Marbut continued, “Although the original claim was that these emails were only a few about yoga lessons, recovered emails paint a far different picture, vivid picture of corruption, complicity, cronyism, and compromise of national security.  We don’t want that happening here in Montana.”

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Contact:  Gary Marbut – 406-549-1252;
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Gary Marbut, President

Montana Shooting Sports Association
Author, Gun Laws of Montana


By mssa