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Woah! You Mean Illegal Activity That We Never Punish is Still Occurring?

Posted by on | September 27, 2017 | Comments Off

Democrats are having fun noting the hypocrisy (after all the focus in the last election on Hillary’s email practices) of Trump Administration members doing official business via personal email.  I will leave them to their fun.**

But I will note that I am a huge supporter of FOIA and government transparency and from the very beginning I criticized Hillary Clinton’s use of private email primarily because it was clearly done to evade government transparency laws.  We did not punish her for obvious violations, and we did not punish Gina McCarthy when she used private email as the head of the EPA to avoid public scrutiny of her contacts with environmental lobbying groups.  So we should not be surprised if lots of other people are doing the same thing.  Politicians would love to sweep all their private conversations under the rug if we let them.  We need to start charging people for this crime — even one high-profile person to start pour encourager les autres would be a start.

 

** This is an example of the good side of partisanship — someone is always in opposition.  Engadget never did a single article on Gina McCarthy or other Obama Administration officials evading FOIA through private email accounts, presumably because it was much more sympathetic to that administration.  But it does not like Trump so it is on the case.  Which is fine– the watchdogs across administrations don’t always have to be the same people, they just need to be there.

 

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