When President Barack Obama was elected, he promised to make his administration the most transparent in U.S. history.
He not only broke that promise — he may as well have set it on fire. And now his administration is going to have to answer for its secrecy in court.
The White House and several federal agencies have just been slapped with a major lawsuit by the Cause of Action Institute, a government watchdog group.
CAI is the latest to accuse Obama, his top aides, and federal agencies of repeatedly breaking the law and refusing to release public documents, especially when they pertain to sensitive issues or administration scandals, like the Hillary Clinton email controversy.
According to a CAI press release, the group sued 11 federal agencies, plus the Office of the White House Counsel (OWHC) and White House Counsel Neil Eggleston, “to end the Obama administration’s practice of delaying government responses to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests that the administration considers politically sensitive or embarrassing.”
The Obama administration has long been criticized by the press as one of the most obstructionists in all of U.S. history. According to the analysis by The Associated Press, Obama’s administration set a record for censoring government files or outright denying access to them last year.