Skip to comments.Hillary Clinton's Email Scandal Is About to Cause Headaches for the EPA
Posted on 03/11/2015 3:08:01 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
The controversy over Hillary Clinton's email usage while she was secretary of state has been largely driven by the media, and for good reason. The New York Times broke the news that she used a private email address and homebrew server for official business, and the rest of the mediawith mixed motivesensured that it became a controversy. Some outlets are concerned that Clinton used her personal account to skirt open-records laws; the Associated Press sued the State Department on Wednesday "after repeated requests filed under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act have gone unfulfilled." Others are fascinated about the political ramifications: What does this do to Clinton's 2016 chances?
But the story is beginning to have ramifications beyond media law and Clintonland, as conservatives and liberals alike connect it to a handful of agencies theyve had longstanding gripes against, including the Environmental Protection Agency and the Internal Revenue Service.
On Wednesday, the Competitive Enterprise Institute sued the EPA, alleging the agency is stonewalling a Freedom of Information Act request for former EPA chief Lisa Jackson's emails. For years, conservatives have charged that Jackson used a secondary email account under the alias "Richard Windsor" to hide green lobbyists' influence in crafting coal regulations. Jackson has insisted that the second account was used only for personal matters, and an inspector general report found "no evidence" that the email address was to conceal information from the public. But CEI believes the EPA is still hiding something by refusing to disclose more than 100 documents per month (out of the 120,000 records CEI requested).
Clintons emails, according to CEI, show that their concern over the EPA is justified. Hillary Clinton and EPAs Richard Windsor both seem to be on the administrations transparency dodgeball team, dodging the publics requests to know what theyre up to, said CEI senior fellow Chris Horner. After EPA stonewalled even a federal mediation process, we now turn to the court for relief from an agency behaving as if it is above the law.
Tea Party group True the Vote, meanwhile, sees a connection between Clintons emails and allegations that the IRS blocked conservative political groups from tax-exempt status. It is just a continuation of a thriving culture of concealment within the Obama administration, the groups founder Catherine Engelbrecht said, according to the Washington Times.
Conservatives aren't the only ones capitalizing on Clintons emails: Environmentalists think Clinton's emails might prove she took on a greater role than thought in influencing the State Department's pending decision on the Keystone XL pipeline. We hope the release of these documents clarifies Secretary Clintons role in the Keystone XL National Interest Determination, Friends of the Earth's climate and energy director, Ben Schreiber, said in a statement. While we appreciate the release on 55,000 pages of emails, we remain concerned that a substantial number of emails will not be independently reviewed leaving doubt about her personal involvement in the Keystone XL process.
Whether or not any of these charges are true, Clinton's email controversy is about to cause as many headaches for federal agencies as it's caused for her presumptive presidential campaign.
Drips, creeks, torrents, floods, death and destruction.
They deserve it all.
Let them drown.
LOL It just keeps metastasizing to other agencies.
Fine by me. The whole rotten government needs to be cleaned up and started over.
It would be brilliant if we could find just one official State Dept email from her or cc’ing her that she didn’t turn over. Perhaps something that she sent someone else or they sent to her? Then it would be proven that the records she voluntarily turned over were incomplete....
The stench from Washington is permeating the atmosphere all the way to Arizona even against the prevailing winds. It is as repugnant as you can imagine and will not get better till those responsible are orange suited and incarcerated.
They deserve it all.
Let them drown.
And then rot in hell.
Burn this b!$@h down!
Add the secret Service they are a branch of Homeland Security. Besides being in chart of keeping dignitaries safe. They are in charge of fraud and money laundering. Have they been too busy joining the Clinton to investigate them?
Two secret service are being investigated. Driving vehicle into WH fence.
Nothing will happen, even though it should. This conspiracy has more members than an Oliver Stone movie.
Emails hidden from public record = SHADOW GOV’T
She needs to go to jail. For the good of the country and rule of law.
That is REALLY GOOD!!!