Obama’s claim that he would run a transparent administration crumbled long before now, but his efforts to help hide Hillary Clinton’s corruption are making the situation worse.
The column below from the Wisconsin State Journal shows more people are losing faith in the president:
Obama keeps Americans in the dark
President Barack Obama came into office promising the most transparent administration in history. Nearly eight years later, his administration appears determined to bury that promise as deeply as it struggles to keep thousands of Hillary Clinton emails and other documents secret.
The State Department recently said it had completed a search of correspondence from Clinton and top aides about the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal, and it promised to release the relevant documents — in late November. No doubt it is but a coincidence that that is several weeks after the presidential election for which Clinton just became the presumptive Democratic nominee.
Meanwhile, Justice Department lawyers argue that a federal court should throw out a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit because complying with the request by the Republican National Committee could take the State Department up to 75 years.
What’s important about these cases — and the many other instances in which citizens have been forced to sue the federal government to try to shake loose information — is not who is making the request, what issue the request concerns or what the information might mean for the election prospects of any individual.
What’s important is that public documents belong to the people of this nation, who ought to be able to see them without first filing a lawsuit. The Obama administration doesn’t seem to agree.
Obama’s efforts to help Hillary are going to backfire. People realize that she deserves punishment for the things she’s done and if nothing happens, it’ll be perceived as a form of special treatment and being above the law.