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On Watch: Episode 15 - Time for Extreme Transparency
Below, is the latest edition of Chris Farrell's On Watch.
watch this video cast (vodcast) program, click on the arrow below. We
have also included a full transcript of the edition below.
Transcript: I’m Chris Farrell . . . and this is On Watch.
It’s time for some extreme transparency.
You’ve heard President Trump talk about extreme vetting for persons
seeking to the enter the US from terror hot-spots – well, we need to
aggressively exercise a similar technique when it comes to government
records that you are owed through the Freedom of Information Act or
Judicial Watch files more FOIA requests and litigates more FOIA cases
than any other organization in the country. Much of the Washington
corruption you have heard about in the news started with investigative
work by Judicial Watch. Cases like “Fast & Furious,” the political
weaponization of the IRS, the effort to cover-up Benghazi, Hillary
Clinton’s reckless criminality concerning her outlaw email server, and
many other cases.
The FOIA law allows for agencies and departments of the Executive Branch
of government to make “discretionary disclosures.” In plain English,
that means President Trump and his cabinet secretaries can release
whatever they want – whenever they wish to do so. It’s up to them.
They can exercise their discretion to release records that are of broad
general and news media interest concerning important public policy
issues and/or the operations of the federal government. These
discretionary disclosures take nothing more than a stroke of the pen.
Ironically, the Department of Justice under Attorney General Sessions is
currently making the exact same legal arguments as the Obama
administration – and using all the double-talk and excuses from the
Obama era, too. The Justice Department remains in full cover-up mode
for anything that would be embarrassing or illegal for the Obama
administration. That’s frustrating and disappointing, but you need to
remember that the rank-and-file staff attorneys at Justice Department
headquarters are largely Leftists that continue to support the Obama
agenda. President Trump appears to have a tough road ahead. BUT, it
doesn't have to be that way.
Discretionary disclosures! Extreme transparency! With the stroke of a
pen, President Trump and his cabinet secretaries can order the release
of all government records concerning any number of important issues and
just a small sample of some of the cases Judicial Watch is
investigating and litigating that could be released in full for the
public and news media to examine:
FBI 302s – or investigative reports of interviews of President Obama,
Rahm Emanuel and Valerie Jarrett during criminal investigation of Rod
Blagojevich trying to sell Obama’s Senate seat.
The entire FBI’s investigative file of Secretary Clinton’s email practices.
Records about the tarmac meeting between former President Clinton and Attorney General Lynch at the Phoenix airport.
Draft indictments of Hillary Rodham Clinton prepared by Whitewater Deputy Independent Counsel Hickman Ewing, Jr.
about the Intelligence Community’s decision not to conduct a damage
assessment of Secretary Clinton’s criminal email practices.
Records of notes, updates, or reports in the Office of the Secretary of State about Benghazi.
you’re looking for some accountability for what’s happened in this
country for the past eight years there’s a starting point. But, there’s
much, much more.
time for extreme transparency. Let’s get past the cover-ups and
double-talk from the past eight years. Your employees owe you records
and answers. President Trump can provide them with the stroke of a pen.
I’m Chris Farrell . . . On Watch
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