Obama Administration Continues To Refuse To Release Legal Requests For Information

Perhaps you remember Obama promising to run the most transparent Administration in the history of United States government. That was just another lie like his Obamacare lies. Remember: “You can keep your plan if you like your plan,” etc., etc. Actually Obama promised to put major bills on the internet where everybody could read them before they were voted on. Another promise not kept.

There are now thousands and thousands of requests for information from the government legally filed under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) that the Administration refuses to comply with. They just ignore requests as long as possible and when the they do comply the information is heavily redacted. Gowdy’s Benghazi Committee filed hundreds of FOIA requests for Hillary’s E-Mails pertaining to Benghazi. The Administration never told Gowdy and his Committee that it did not have these E-Mails, that they were on Hillary’s private server. They just kept stringing Gowdy along.


For a man who promised to head up the “most transparent administration in history,” President Obama is sure going a long way to block you from accessing information.

The latest action has to do with Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests – and Obama is taking great pains to make fulfilling them extremely difficult. Eliana Johnson reports forNational Review:

Going forward, the memo stated, “sensitive information” requested under the Freedom of Information Act was to be reviewed not only by career FOIA officials but also by a committee of political appointees…and representatives from the public-affairs, legislative-affairs, and general counsel’s office, before release.

…These actions run counter not just to the spirit and the letter of the Obama administration’s pledge to unprecedented transparency, but also to the spirit of the Freedom of Information Act itself. – National Review

One of the persistent organizations that won’t let up on the Administration is Judicial Watch.

Here is what Judicial Watch is doing:

Secretary of State John Kerry, as has been the pattern generally for the Obama administration, is in cover-up mode for Hillary Clinton. The cover-up is illegal.

That is why on May 28, we filed a new federal lawsuit against Kerry that is designed to force him to do his job, as his oath of office requires.

Here is what we asked the Court to do: “(1) declare the Clinton emails to be records subject to the FRA; (2) declare Defendant Kerry’s failure to take any action to recover the Clinton emails as arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with the FRA; (3) order Defendant Kerry to take action to recover the Clinton emails.”

On March 2, 2015, The New York Times reported then-Secretary Clinton used at least one non-“state.gov” email account to conduct official government business during her entire tenure as the secretary of state. It also was reported that Secretary Clinton stored these records on a non-U.S. government server at her home in Chappaqua, New York.

There are about 18 lawsuits, 10 of which are active in federal court, and about 160 Judicial Watch FOIA requests that could be affected by Mrs. Clinton and her staff’s use of secret email accounts to conduct official government business. In our various FOIA lawsuits, our lawyers have informed attorneys for the Obama administration that Hillary Clinton’s account and any other secret accounts used by State employees should be secured, recovered and searched.

In response to the scandal, we filed eight new FOIA lawsuits to get the truth about the Clinton email scandal. We’re even suing about her iPad and iPhone!  All these lawsuits and the Clinton document shell-game mean we’ve been stonewalled, contrary to law.

You’ve probably never heard of the Federal Records Act.  But it is an important transparency and accountability law that, as our lawsuit notes:

[I]mposes a direct responsibility on an agency head to take steps to recover any records unlawfully removed. Specifically, if an agency head learns of “any actual, impending, or threatened unlawful removal, defacing, alteration, corruption, deletion, erasure, or other destruction of records in the custody of the agency,” he or she must notify the Archivist. If the agency head “knows or has reason to believe [that records] have been unlawfully removed from [his or her] agency,” then the agency head “with the assistance of the Archivist shall initiate action through the Attorney General for the recovery of records [.]”

And we leave no doubt that Kerry has been derelict in his duty:

Defendant Kerry’s failure to notify the Archivist concerning the unlawful removal of the Clinton emails and failure to initiate action through the attorney general to recover the Clinton emails was arbitrary, capricious, an abuse of discretion, and otherwise not in accordance with the FRA.

While John Kerry may have replaced Hillary Clinton at the State Department, he has proven that when it comes to complying with federal records and disclosure laws, he and Clinton are cut from the same corrupted cloth. Secretary Kerry can provide the transparency and accountability his predecessor so willfully avoided. This administration will do whatever it can, including ignoring and violating federal law, to protect her 2016 presidential prospects.  The whole State Department records process has been turned on its head to help one political candidate.

Kerry’s dereliction of duty and abuse of power has led to the continued withholding of official government records from the American people. Your JW is working to break the logjam wide open with this historic action. If Kerry won’t do the right thing on his own, maybe a federal court can help him along and get us and the American people some accountability and key records on a person who seeks the highest office in the land.


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