LIBERATING ELDER - Do you remember when President Obama had the nerve to say that his administration was the most transparent in history? Let me refresh your memory …
If there was one thing Obama did more than hide what he was actually doing as President, it’s lie has ass off. The above clip is a real gem as it captures the former liar in chief doing both … at the same time! WF| Hiding the truth can be quite costly. It is expensive to keep the U.S. public in the dark and deny them the Freedom of Information Act requests. In his last year in office, Obama’s administration spent a record-breaking $36 million to protect the refusal to give over files under the Freedom of Information Act.
According to the Associated Press, Obama and his administration have told the people of this country, reporters, and everyone else who has asked that they cannot have what they were looking for. In over one-third of those situations, Obama’s administration was compelled to acknowledge that it has made a mistake when challenged in court regarding their refusal to release the information.
In the past four years, lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act increased to unprecedented levels. The NY Times, the Associated Press, and the Center for Public Integrity were the most fond of disputes.
Out of the $36.2 million in legal costs for similar lawsuits past year, the Department of Justice accounted for $12 million, the Homeland Security Department for $6.3 million and the Pentagon for $4.8 million. These three departments accounted for over half the administration’s total records in 2016.
The figures reflect the struggles of the Obama administration during the 2016 election to meet President Barack Obama’s pledge that it was “the most transparent administration in history,” despite wide recognition of serious problems coping with requests under the information law. It received a record 788,769 requests for files last year and spent a record $478 million answering them and employed 4,263 full-time FOIA employees across more than 100 federal departments and agencies. That was higher by 142 such employees the previous year.
It’s unclear yet how transparent the Trump Administration will be with the press and others seeking information, but one thing is pretty sure: It won’t be as bad as Barack Obama’s record.
It remains to be seen how transparent President Trump’s government will be with the media and other groups that demand information. It can only be sure that it won’t be as bad when Obama was in office. An Obama spokesperson didn’t react quickly to an email request for a remark on Monday. Obama’s White House frequently protected its attempts under the information law in the past several years, claiming federal workers carefully worked on such requests for records.
Obama needs to just go away. He is pushing his luck further than anyone in history and seems oblivious to the fact that his luck is about to run out. It took almost a year for Watergate to bring Nixon down, I have a feeling Obama’s spygate is going to force him under oath sooner than he thinks.
Right now Obama and Trump are in a chess game for the future of the country and Obama is in big trouble. Not only is Trump ten times smarter and 50 times a better tactician, Obama is cursed with false bravado. He thinks he is 100 times smarter than he really is and that is a terrible trait to have, so bad in fact, it is going to seal his fate …
HERE IS A LIST OF EVERY SINGLE TIME OBAMA COMMITTED AN IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE THAT DEMS & MEDIA COVERED UP
“Impeach!” It’s been more than eight years since Democrats uttered that word – long enough for anyone to wonder if it was still in their vocabulary, considering the deafening silence through the dozens of serious scandals during President Obama’s administration – but now that President Trump is the man in the White House, it’s back with a vengeance.
Democrats everywhere are wildly slinging the “I” word, hoping to nail Trump for high crimes and misdemeanors after the New York Times claimed a memo written by former FBI Director James Comey said the president urged him to end the federal investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Some members of Congress are getting in on the action. They include Reps. Maxine Water, D-Calif., and Al Green, D-Texas. Even a Republican, Rep. Justin Amash, claimed Wednesday there are grounds to impeach President Trump. House Oversign Committee Chair Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, asked for the alleged Comey memo and other documents. Chaffetz tweeted that he is prepared to subpoena the information. And Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., invoked “Watergate.”
Now the Democratic Party is reportedly poll testing impeachment as a 2018 election issue. More than 1 million people signed a petition calling on Congress to impeach Trump.
Wasting no time Wednesday, the mainstream media sprang into action, enthusiastically echoing the left’s impeachment calls. MSNBC launched a Watergate ad implying Trump is America’s new Richard Nixon.
“Watergate. We know its name because there were reporters who never stopped asking questions,” says MSNBC host Chris Hayes, who hinted that Trump is next on the impeachment chopping block. “Now, who knows where the questions will take us. But I know this: I’m not going to stop asking them.”
Meanwhile, some overzealous members of the left plastered fliers around Washington, D.C., demanding all White House staffers resign Wednesday.
The posters read: “If you work for this White House you are complicit in hate-mongering, lies, corrupt taking of Americans’ tax money via self-dealing and emoluments, and quite possibly federal crimes and treason. Also, any wars will be on your soul. … Resign now.”
But constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley, who voted for President Obama, warned “impeachment” enthusiasts not to get ahead of themselves with President Trump. Why?
At this time, there’s no evidence Trump actually committed a crime.
“The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo,” Turley wrote in a May 17 opinion piece posted at the Hill. Turley explained:
For the first time, the Comey memo pushes the litany of controversies surrounding Trump into the scope of the United States criminal code.
However, if this is food for obstruction of justice, it is still an awfully thin soup. Some commentators seem to be alleging criminal conduct in office or calling for impeachment before Trump completed the words of his inaugural oath of office. Not surprising, within minutes of the New York Times report, the response was a chorus of breathless “gotcha” announcements. But this memo is neither the Pentagon Papers nor the Watergate tapes. Indeed, it raises as many questions for Comey as it does Trump in terms of the alleged underlying conduct.
A good place to start would be with the federal law, specifically 18 U.S.C. 1503. The criminal code demands more than what Comey reportedly describes in his memo. There are dozens of different variations of obstruction charges ranging from threatening witnesses to influencing jurors. None would fit this case. That leaves the omnibus provision on attempts to interfere with the “due administration of justice.”
However, that still leaves the need to show that the effort was to influence “corruptly” when Trump could say that he did little but express concern for a longtime associate. The term “corruptly” is actually defined differently under the various obstruction provisions, but it often involves a showing that someone acted “with the intent to secure an unlawful benefit for oneself or another.” Encouraging leniency or advocating for an associate is improper but not necessarily seeking an unlawful benefit for him.
. Obama’s Iran nuke deal
Obama knew about Hillary’s private email server
Obama IRS targets conservatives
Obama’s DOJ spies on AP reporters
Obamacare & Obama’s false promises
Illegal-alien amnesty by executive order
Operation Fast & Furious
5 Taliban leaders for Bergdahl
‘Recess ‘ appointments – when Senate was in session
Appointment of ‘czars’ without Senate approval
Suing Arizona for enforcing federal law
Refusal to defend Defense of Marriage Act
Illegally conducting war against Libya
NSA: Spying on Americans
Muslim Brotherhood ties
Solyndra and the lost $535 million
Cap & Trade: When in doubt, bypass Congress
Refusal to prosecute New Black Panthers
Obama’s U.S. citizen ‘hit list’