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Not Just Hillary, Entire Obama Administration Exposed for Using Private Email to Avoid FOIA Requests

Wikileaks is helping President Obama keep his 2008 campaign promise — to be the most transparent administration in U.S. history — whether he likes it or not. And, once again, we’re learning more about the inner sanctum of the administration and its communication practices. As FBI Director James Comey announced Friday, a new investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal has been launched, just days before the presidential election. Comey’s move drew fire instantly from the Democrats who claim Comey is attempting to sway the election in Donald Trump’s favor. While many are focused on Comey’s actions and renewed investigation, Wikileaks has uncovered what may prove to be a systemic problem of executive branch accountability not merely limited to the former secretary of state’s emails.

According to former State Department official Tom Nides, in a 2015 email to John Podesta (Clinton campaign manager), everyone in Obama’s cabinet and every White House staffer uses their personal email for government business. Nides should know as he worked under Hillary Clinton in the State Department from 2011 to 2013, according to one source.

While keeping email hidden from the public may seem like no big deal to folks who simply don’t care, ALL correspondence which is related to governmental business is the property of the federal government and is supposed to be accessible by anyone wishing to inquire within the archive of records.

The Federal Records Act defines a record as anything, “regardless of whether it exists in physical, digital, or electronic form, is a record as defined in subsection (a) shall be binding on all Federal agencies.” This includes all communication of state agents (like the POTUS) who work in the executive branch of government, as well.

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But the Obama administration, according to Nides, has long since avoided the Federal Records Act by using private Gmail accounts. Nides wrote Podesta and said, “There is only one thing that needs to be done on this email thing. (Which I am sure nobody wants to do). Get a state dept career lawyer to go through all the emails and pull the official ones.” That admission seems to be on the level with what is expected for compliance with the Federal Records Act. But it was Nides’ next admission which is the talk of many major media outlets.

Nides wrote, “Btw you know as well as I every god damn cabinet officer and WH staff uses their [sic] gmail account!” The former Department of State employee revealed what many already suspected. The Obama administration is anything but transparent. Just ask Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch. His organization routinely sues the Obama administration in federal court using the Freedom of Information Act as warrant for inquiry, and says the administration stonewalls his efforts at every turn. Fitton’s organization gave the Obama administration a failing grade on transparency and says his administration is even less transparent than when Bush was president.

Fitton wrote in 2015, “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.” JW actively seeks out those files through official methods, using FOIA and the Federal Records Act, but has been met with delay after delay from FOIA requests to the Obama administration.

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While the Obama administration is on its way out, groups like Judicial Watch aren’t going anywhere, and presumably have all the time in the world to FOIA their way into digging up those deleted Clinton emails, as well as securing Gmail accounts from the Obama administration cabinet and staffers. This story is definitely a long way from being over.

It’s no wonder why so many free thinkers are now questioning the story lines they’re being told. With the president and all his men (and women), hiding their communications within their Gmail accounts, the truth is never going to be told, at least not the real truth. And by the time organizations like Judicial Watch are successful in obtaining the electronic communications records that rightly belong to the people, it will be way too late to hold anyone accountable for breaking both the Federal Records Act and the Freedom of Information Act. Julian Assange, we salute you. Thank you for forcing the Obama administration to be transparent. Keep up the valiant work!

  • Yes, Hillary, Obama, the Democratic Party, they are all corrupt!!!

    And yes, Trump and the Republicans are the same!

    Plutocracy, that is your form of government in the US.

    Culture in Decline | Episode #1 “What Democracy?”

  • ZoRo
  • Sean Crampton

    *sighs* ….I feel like this issue could be more easily resolved if every single person that works for the US government were required to take and pass annual mandatory ethics training, in addition to mandatory information and records management training, as a condition of their employment or position.

    Furthermore, for accountability and legal reasons, all said employees must be required to sign a contract that states: (1) All government employees and workers must fully cooperate and comply with any and all federal investigation and security agencies requesting information or aid. And (2), while working for the US government and on the job –if said employee ever violates the law, behaves in an unethical/immoral way, tampers with or attempts to destroy federal documents and/or information, attempts to leak federal information and/or secrets, or commits perjury in a court of law; they may be fired/removed from office (impeached), and could face charges, including prison time, pending an investigation.

    The sheer lack of accountability within the government combined with the magnitude of ethical misconduct cases involving federal/state employees is utterly appalling.

    • raysusan49

      I hate to break it to you but that’s all been covered and there are standing laws on the books to cover all of these shenanigans…errr…felonies. The problem seems to be enforcing these laws. It’s called corruption or tyranny take your pick.

      • T. Mohr

        If the DOG will not do their job, We the People must organize and millions of us, men, women, and children must go to every State House in this country and demand their arrest and conviction. Let’s let the world know that We the People will never again tolerate corruption in our government.

        • raysusan49

          What? You haven’t left yet???

      • Gilbert Chavez

        Both of the above. Tyranny and corruption.

    • pohzzer

      The real reason this coup against Hillary is happening is the very real prospect of a nuclear exchange with Russia under her watch. The neocon philosophy is simple, take out all opposition to a U.S. based hegemony controlling the world and do whatever it takes to make it happen. They are on record saying they consider a nuclear war being ‘winable’ and Hillary is fully on board with the neocons. They are absolutely willing to face Russia down in Syria and chance a nuclear war in the attempt. They are batshit insane. THAT is why the old hands in these agencies are acting.

  • Deese Kuhz

    So what does that tell us about privacy issues when White House staffers are using GMail? That they feel like they control Google, and so don’t have to worry?
    That Google’s monitoring is not an issue?
    That WH staffers are naive?

    I guess we’ll see, as the story unfolds, and if we get the info that was in those emails, or not.

  • dmcd

    Anyone that has nothing that they don’t want others to know.Please release alll your emails and post them on this forum.
    Those without sin please cast the fiirst stone,

    • Gilbert Chavez

      You’re so stupid that you don’t see the big picture. This has nothing to do with bible thumping. Obama/Hillary want one world government so that they can take complete control of us and future generations and they are willing to do anything to achieve this, which is the reason for all these cover-ups. This will affect your children and their children.

      • dmcd

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        Donald Trump is a Capltalist not an politician.So if the Trump Orginization can make money by playing ball with Russia.I will bet je will do it.
        Putin willl play him like a fiddle.
        Cause in my opinion I think being President would be his part time job.
        The candidate’s wife most likely isn’t legal.If he has nothing to hide show the world how she did it legally.
        Show us his tax returns.
        Show his patriotism to this country not just talk about it.
        He talks a lot of shit with no proof
        about anything.
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        He gives the impression that he is going to destroy this country by getting rid of EPA.Well.okay.
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        We should get fair trade agreements or put tariffs on their product
        Poof 3.5 million jobs lost.
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        Remember we are only 5% of the world population.We need more trade markets not less.
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        Repeal and replace Obamacare
        Health savings account
        If you have pre existing conditions you can get help if you have enough in your health savings account.
        Cut taxes including his own
        Increase military spending
        Possibly close down trade markets.
        Overhaul Medicare and Medicaid
        Privatize Veterans Administration
        Privatize social security
        Get rid of EPA
        Get rid of Department of Education
        Spend money on infrastructure.
        Our economy has grown at an adjusted rate of 1.9 and the last six months has grown at 2.9.
        The only reason the S&P is down is because of the election,
        Donald Trump was fortunate enough to be born rich.
        He used his money and wealth to not better others but to take advantage and belittle and steal and cheat his way through life.
        He could have simply put bis money in the market and be worth ten or twelve billion dollars.
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        If you are a maverick with everyone else’s money and have lost all of it.
        Not losing your own.
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        I hope anyways.
        The CBO has determined that Trumps plan will lose 3.5 million jobs and raise our national debt by 10 trillion dollars and Clinton plan will raise it by 200 billion.
        If you choose Trump and he wins down whine when he kisses you first.