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More secrecy by Trump administration
Posted by: pdq
Date: April 17, 2017 03:07PM
Tax returns aside, the WaPo today has an impressive list of the way this administration has taken unprecedented steps to deny normal governmental information release, particularly based on politics:

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Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) could not get information out of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service about the Endangered Species Act... Grijalva said he was told that Fish and Wildlife workers couldn’t speak to [Democratic] staff unless they were called as a witness at a hearing.

Sen. Tom Carper (D-Del.), the ranking member on the Environment and Public Works Committee, says he was told by officials at the General Services Administration that they will now only provide documents when they are requested by Republican chairmen.

The administration tried to block Sally Yates from testifying before Congress by asserting executive privilege...She had made clear to government officials that her testimony to the committee would probably contradict some statements that White House officials had made...Before she got her chance to speak, House Intelligence chairman Devin Nunes, who has since stepped aside, canceled the hearing altogether. Spicer denied The Post’s report, claiming that the White House did not seek to have the hearing canceled and did not assert privilege. But her testimony has not been rescheduled.

Last month, the president signed a bill that killed an Obama-era worker safety rule that required businesses competing for large federal contracts to disclose serious safety and other labor law violations.

Staffers routinely converse with each other on encrypted private messaging apps, which could be in violation of the Presidential Records Act. It means that there will be no copies archived for historical purposes. It also means that if Democrats win control of either chamber of Congress in 2018, and with it subpoena power, crucial material may already be deleted...

And this was the guy who said Hillary Clinton should be in jail for not turning over all of her private email correspondence. (!?) Strange times. One wonders how long he'll get away with this stuff.
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Re: More secrecy by Trump administration
Posted by: Onamuji
Date: April 17, 2017 03:09PM
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pdq
And this was the guy who said Hillary Clinton should be in jail for not turning over all of her private email correspondence. (!?) Strange times. One wonders how long he'll get away with this stuff.

At least for so long as republicans control Congress.



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Re: More secrecy by Trump administration
Posted by: $tevie
Date: April 17, 2017 10:14PM
This administration is being run by a gang of grifters. Any time they call out a fault of an opponent, you can bank on the fact that they are doing it x10.



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Re: More secrecy by Trump administration
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: April 17, 2017 10:23PM
But Hillary!1!
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