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  • Trump applauds son's transparency

    07/11/2017 4:06:56 PM PDT · by Eleutheria5 · 8 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 12/7/17 | Ben Ariel
    U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday praised his son, Donald Trump Jr., after he released the “entire email chain” of the conversations in which he set up a meeting with a Russian attorney shortly after his father had won the Republican nomination. “My son is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency,” Trump said in a brief statement, which White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders read to reporters during an off-camera briefing and was quoted by The Hill. Sanders acknowledged that, “the president is, I would say, frustrated with the process of the fact that this continues to be...
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions to testify in public on Tuesday

    06/12/2017 8:32:07 AM PDT · by RummyChick · 52 replies
    cnn ^ | 6/12/2017 | By Tom LoBianco, Manu Raju and Laura Jarrett, CNN
    Washington (CNN)Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify at a public hearing of the Senate intelligence committee Tuesday afternoon, the committee said in a statement.
  • Jeff Sessions wants his testimony to be open to the public

    06/12/2017 8:54:58 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 53 replies
    NY POST ^ | June 12, 2017 | Marisa Schultz
    WASHINGTON – Attorney General Jeff Sessions will testify Tuesday afternoon in public, rather than behind closed doors. The Senate Intelligence Committee announced Sessions will appear at 2:30 pm to talk about the Russia investigation.
  • Judge: Show me Obama foreign aid order

    11/12/2013 4:57:26 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Politico ^ | 11/11/13 8:32 AM EST | Josh Gerstein
    A federal judge is demanding to see a copy of a government-wide foreign-aid-policy order President Barack Obama issued three years ago which administration lawyers have argued is protected by executive privilege. The Obama administration acknowledges that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development the president signed in 2010 is unclassified, but officials have steadfastly refused to make any portion of it public, even after a watchdog group filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit for the document earlier this year. (The White House has released a fact sheet about the order.) On Friday, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle ordered...
  • Clinton BlackBerry photo led to State official’s query about email account

    06/10/2016 4:14:55 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 15 replies
    Politico ^ | 6/9/2016 | Josh Gerstein
    An iconic photograph of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton using her BlackBerry while wearing sunglasses on a military plane in 2011 prompted a recordkeeping official in her office to inquire about whether Clinton had been assigned a State.gov email address, the State Department disclosed this week.Clarence Finney, who oversaw an office responsible for Freedom of Information Act searches, raised the question about an official account after seeing the photo in the media, according to testimony at a deposition held Wednesday and released Thursday. The image went viral on social media in 2012, prompting a "Texts from Hillary" meme."When Mrs. Clinton's...
  • Plans For Hidden IT Network To Help Clinton Skirt Rules Uncovered by Judicial Watch

    02/02/2016 9:00:15 AM PST · by jazusamo · 62 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | February 1, 2016
    'We should ... set up a stand-alone PC in the Secretary's office, connected to the internet (but not through our system) to enable her to check her emails from her desk' (Washington, DC) - Judicial Watch announced today that it recently received records from the Department of State disclosing plans by senior State Department officials to set up a "stand-alone PC" so that Clinton could check her emails in an office "across the hall" through a separate, non-State Department computer network system. Referencing the special Clinton computer system, Under Secretary for Management Patrick F. Kennedy, writes Clinton Chief of...
  • James O’Keefe sued for $1 million over video sting

    06/01/2017 5:47:37 PM PDT · by DFG · 25 replies
    hotair ^ | 06/01/2017 | JOHN SEXTON
    Politico reports that James O’Keefe has been sued for an undercover video sting he released last year: O’Keefe and his organization posted some of the videos online last October, purporting to show efforts by Democrats to provoke violence at Donald Trump’s campaign rallies and events. The recordings led two Democratic operatives, Robert Creamer and Scott Foval, to leave their posts even as they decried O’Keefe’s tactics. In the new civil lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Washington Thursday, Creamer, his Strategic Consulting Group and a related firm called Democracy Partners accuse O’Keefe and several colleagues of conspiring to violate...
  • Obama Lied, Americans Died: Released Iranians Tied to Terror, Nuclear Proliferation

    04/24/2017 10:06:00 AM PDT · by detective · 1 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 24 Apr 2017 | Adelle Nazarian
    Former President Barack Obama lied to the American people about the infamous prisoner swap that was part of the Iran deal in 2016, and released fugitives who were considered major national security threats, according to an investigative report by Politico. “Obama, the senior official and other administration representatives weren’t telling the whole story on Jan. 17, 2016, in their highly choreographed rollout of the prisoner swap and simultaneous implementation of the six-party nuclear deal,” Politico’s Josh Meyer reports. The seven men released on that day as a “humanitarian” gesture were deeply tied to Iran’s nuclear arms efforts, and one was connected with...
  • Trump Won't Disclose White House Visitor Logs - Option Sought By Obama, Approved By Merrick Garland

    04/14/2017 12:32:09 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 20 replies
    President Donald Trump's White House won't be publishing visitor logs, officials announced on Friday afternoon. The decision makes use of an anti-transparency ruling sought by the Obama administration and written in 2013 by Judge Merrick Garland, a federal appeals court judge later nominated unsuccessfully to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama. Transparency advocates say Garland bent over backwards to overturn a lower-court ruling on visitor log access and expressed concern at the time about how the finding would be used by future administrations.
  • Weekly Update: Judicial Watch Goes to Congress and the White House

    04/01/2017 12:02:04 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 7 replies
    Judicial Watch ^ | March 31, 2017 | Tom Fitton
    JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH New Clinton Emails Reveal More Mishandling of Classified Information, Favors for Donors Protecting Election Integrity in North Carolina Supreme Court Battle JW Testifies to House Oversight Committee, Visits WH It was my privilege to testify last week on behalf of Judicial Watch before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, which was meeting to hear testimony on several bills that would improve government transparency. The complete hearing is available here . You can read all of my prepared remarks here . But let me share with you a few key...
  • Felony charges for 2 who secretly filmed Planned Parenthood

    03/28/2017 8:58:08 PM PDT · by blueyon · 81 replies
    AP ^ | 3/28/17 | ANDREW DALTON
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- California prosecutors on Tuesday charged two anti-abortion activists who made undercover videos of themselves trying to buy fetal tissue from Planned Parenthood with 15 felonies, saying they invaded the privacy of medical providers by filming without consent. The charges against David Daleiden and Sandra Merritt of the Center for Medical Progress come eight months after similar charges were dropped in Texas. State Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a longtime Congressional Democrat who took over the investigation in January, said in a statement that the state "will not tolerate the criminal recording of conversations."
  • Obama's final year: US spent $36 million in records lawsuits

    03/14/2017 6:03:54 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 10 replies
    wsaw ^ | 14 March 2017 | Associated Press
    An Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data finds the Obama administration in its final year spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act. The Obama administration also set a record -- for a second consecutive year -- for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn't find a single page of files that were requested.
  • Legislators Who Promote Transparency Should Start by Disclosing Corporate Welfare Deals

    02/22/2017 5:35:47 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 3 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 2/20/2017 | Michael LaFaive
    On Wednesday, Feb. 1, a bipartisan group of some 70 state House members announced that they would support a package of bills to reform Michigan’s Freedom of Information Act. That could mean more transparency for taxpayers and voters. That is good news. But there is more to be done, and lawmakers should start by opening up the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to more sunshine. The MEDC is the state’s department of corporate welfare. It takes hundreds of millions of hard-earned dollars from millions of Michigan taxpayers each year and bestows favors on a few select companies. It also spends tens...
  • 'The Most Transparent Administration in History' A campaign promise becomes a punchline.

    01/18/2017 6:45:00 AM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 7 replies
    Reason ^ | February 2017 | C.J. Ciaramella
    Since 2009, press access to the White House has been notably restricted, whistleblower prosecutions have spiked, and Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuits against the federal government have reached an all-time high. In 2013, the Committee to Protect Journalists published a scathing report, written by former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr., on the Obama administration's obsession with controlling media coverage and burnishing its image.... The most immediate change was a sudden clampdown on unauthorized comments and interviews. The Obama administration made sure the word got out: The only people who talk to journalists are public affairs officers. In 2014,...
  • The ‘most transparent’ president in history issues record number of ‘midnight’ regulations

    01/05/2017 10:03:55 AM PST · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 5, 2017 | Dave Boyer
    President Obama has issued 145 “midnight” regulations with a cost of more than $21 billion since the election of Donald Trump, the most by a lame-duck president in a generation, a study has found. The conservative American Action Forum said Thursday that Mr. Obama’s rules, issued from Nov. 8 through Dec. 31 of last year, include 31 “economically significant” regulations with a cost of at least $100 million each.
  • Obama’s closest adviser says president has been scandal-free [Jarrett]

    01/01/2017 6:05:46 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 98 replies
    New York Post ^ | January 1, 2017 | 4:54pm | Daniel Halper
    Scandal, what scandal? President Obama has been squeaky clean, according to his closest adviser, Valerie Jarrett. “The president prides himself on the fact that his administration hasn’t had a scandal and he hasn’t done something to embarrass himself,” Jarrett said in an interview broadcast on CNN Sunday.
  • Earnest to press: Give Obama credit for being 'transparent'

    12/25/2016 1:55:27 PM PST · by kevcol · 52 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | December 25, 2016 | Kelly Cohen
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest expressed annoyance that President Obama doesn't get enough credit for being the "most transparent" president in history. . . . Earnest added that there is really "no constituency in American politics for transparency in government beyond journalists."
  • Will Draining the Swamp Work in Florida?

    12/17/2016 10:53:16 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 17, 2016 | Kevin Glass
    Incoming Florida House Speaker Richard Corcoran cut his teeth on the Florida house appropriations committee, but he's got bigger aspirations than merely appropriations as he assumes his leadership position: he wants to make the Florida legislature the most transparent in the country, and he’s willing to take on his own party to do it.Legislators around the country could learn from Corcoran’s ambitious agenda.While Florida has a reputation for a hard-partying coastal vacation destination, its state capitol’s politics may take more cues from the notorious “good ol’ boys’ network” that other more traditionally Southern states have. Reformers have targeted Tallahassee, claiming...
  • Less Than Transparent: Journalists Fault Obama

    12/13/2016 4:52:26 PM PST · by Hojczyk · 21 replies
    Sheryl Attkisson.com ^ | December 13,2013 | Shary Attkisson
    When President Obama took office, he gave journalists great hope by promising unprecedented transparency. The reality has proven to be eight years of slippage in nearly every facet of openness. As the president prepares to leave office, the Society of Professional Journalists have noted the disappointing shortfalls. Forty journalism and open-government groups sent a letter to White House press secretary Josh Earnest* in September after he called for journalists to give the president credit for improvements in government transparency. The Society of Professional Journalists and other groups have “repeatedly outlined to the administration various ways in which transparency has gotten...
  • Obama To Military: Transparency Provides Check On "Unfettered Executive Power"

    12/07/2016 4:09:28 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 36 replies
    RCP Video ^ | 12-6-2016 | Ian Schwartz
    President Obama delivers his final military speech to members of the military and public Tuesday afternoon in Tampa, Florida. "Let my final words to you as your Commander-in-Chief be a reminder of what it is that you’re fighting for, what it is that we are fighting for," he said. ................. PRESIDENT OBAMA: " Number five, transparency and accountability serve our national security not just in times of peace, but, more importantly, in times of conflict. .......... And yesterday, I directed our government for the first time to release a full description of the legal and policy frameworks that guide our...