Skip to comments.Feds fight to keep White House e-mails secret in Breitbart-Sherrod libel suit
Posted on 07/23/2014 9:35:36 AM PDT by grundle
The Obama administration is fighting to keep secret hundreds of pages of emails detailing White House involvement in the 2010 firing and attempted rehiring of Agriculture Department employee Shirley Sherrod after the late conservative blogger Andrew Breitbart published a blog post and video clips suggesting Sherrod was a racist.
Lawyers for Breitbart's business partner, Larry O'Connor, filed the White House and USDA documents in federal court in Washington in May in connection with a libel suit Sherrod filed over the blog post, which appeared on Breitbart's BigGovernment.com website. However, last week, Justice Department lawyers urged U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon to keep the documents from the public by maintaing them under seal.
Court filings are normally public, but the Justice Department said the emails from the accounts of nine White House staffers and an additional number of Agriculture Department officials should be kept under wraps in part because the public already has enough information through official statements about Sherrod's forced resignation and the ensuing events.
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It’s not libel if it’s true. But, the WH wants to prevent the information related to that determination secret. How special (or these days, how routine)!
I can hear the “crash” from here.
Why are they fighting it in court? They should just say all the computers suffered unrecoverable crashes. It seems to work.
She was getting a big time payoff IIRC. Her and hubby I think. Like a quarter mil.
Court filings are normally public, but the Justice Department said the emails from the accounts of nine White House staffers and an additional number of Agriculture Department officials should be kept under wraps in part because the public already has enough information through official statements about Sherrod’s forced resignation and the ensuing events.
You’re not ready for the truth, we’ll tell you when...
I said it then and I’ll repeat it...
In what sacred text is it written that Shirley Sherrod is entitled to lucrative employment with the federal government?
People in the private sector are sacked for good reasons, as well as arbitrary and capricious ones, every day.
She was a mid-tier pencil pusher who happened to have the right skin tone. She knows as much about agriculture as I do about the rings of Saturn.
Somehow I think the republic will survive.
In this incident Sherrod was actually innocent- it was THE CROWD that was all for her when she said she had PREVIOUSLY discriminated [against white people], but learned not to do that.
When she said the discrimination part, the crowd was all for her... she was their kind of gal!
But everyone missed the repentance part where she said she learned NOT to use her job for such purposes.
“But everyone missed the repentance part where she said she learned NOT to use her job for such purposes.”
Does anyone really believe that?
Obama hasn’t learned of this yet. His TIVO crashed.
Thank you for the link.
As was once said of the Clinton Administration: They are the most GUILTY LOOKING BUNCH OF PEOPLE I HAVE EVER SEEN!....................