Skip to comments.White House ex-aide accused of skirting disclosure rules
Posted on 08/01/2012 4:05:21 PM PDT by jazusamo
With just three months to go in the election, President Obamas campaign manager faced a fusillade of questions Wednesday about whether he deliberately skirted disclosure rules during his time as deputy White House chief of staff, undermining the administrations claim to be the most transparent administration in history.
A House Energy and Commerce Committee report released Tuesday revealed several emails from senior White House aides sent from private addresses, as well as email correspondence about meetings with lobbyists purposely scheduled off campus to avoid official records.
Jim Messina, then Mr. Obamas deputy chief of staff, sent one particularly embarrassing email to a pharmaceutical lobbyist from a personal email account, Politico reported Wednesday.
In it, Mr. Messina promises to roll then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, on an agreement between the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America and the Senate Finance Committee on provisions in the presidents health-care law that Mrs. Pelosi was resisting.
When asked about the use of private emails by top White House staff Wednesday, the presidents spokesman Jay Carney said that Republicans were leading a politically charged witch-hunt against Mr. Messina just months before the election to try to tarnish the campaigns top aide and strategist.
Republicans have spent a great deal of time and money on investigations, which they themselves have characterized as political, Mr. Carney said. This is not what the American people want their elected officials in Washington focusing on.
He then said Mr. Messina used his personal email account but was diligent in copying or forwarding the correspondence to his official email address to preserve records of the emails.
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Awww, c'mon, one little mis-step and some people are claiming Obama's record is ruined. How unfair! /S
it’s beginning to seem like getting trounced in November be an act of mercy on Obama. It gives him the out he most desperately needs.
Jim Messina, then Mr. Obama's deputy chief of staff, sent one particularly embarrassing email to a pharmaceutical lobbyist... promises to "roll" then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi... on provisions in the president's health-care law that Mrs. Pelosi was resisting... Jay Carney said that Republicans were leading a politically charged witch-hunt against Mr. Messina just months before the election to try to tarnish the campaign's top aide and strategist.Y'know, because it's a witch-hunt to expose the corruption of the Demwits.
And yet, when Sarah Palin's personal Yahoo account was hacked, everyone wanted to know if she was using the account for government business.
While the Republicans are spending a fair amount of time on investigations, the democRATS spent even more time on inane investigations of Republicans.
Carney has had a great deal of no information recently.