Remember when Barack Hussein Obama vowed to be the most “transparent” president in United States history?
Ha ha ha ha.
Turns out Barry fell WAY short of that mark.
As a matter of fact, he holds the record for being the LEAST transparent.
From Western Journalism
The Associated Press reported Tuesday that during the last year of Obama’s presidency, his administration broke records by spending $36.2 million in federal funds to fight lawsuits over the release of records requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
Nearly two-thirds of those funds went to fight the release of information from three government agencies: $12 million to fight lawsuits filed against the Department of Justice, $6.3 million to oppose suits against the Department of Homeland Security and $4.8 million to counter suits against the Department of Defense.
Those departments accounted for more than half the government’s records requests in 2016.
AP reports that 2016 was the second consecutive record-breaking year for number of failures to comply with requests for records.
The FOIA Project said there were an addition 693 cases waiting to be decided.
“This steady rise in FOIA lawsuits challenging disclosure practices of the Obama Administration has brought the 8-year total to 3,416 such suits that have been filed during his presidency,” the FOIA Project said.
The report said the number represents a 28-percent increase over the 2,660 lawsuits filed during the presidency of former President George W. Bush.
Requests for information under the FOIA are supposed to be honored unless disclosure would compromise national security.
The Obama White House “routinely defended its efforts under the information law in recent years and said federal employees worked diligently on such requests for records,” according to the AP. The news agency also has multiple FOIA suits pending against the federal government.
Way to go, O.
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