During the eight-year reign of President Barack Obama, there were countless scandals.
From Fast and Furious, to the IRS targeting conservatives, there were tons.
But one scandal may be the biggest, and Obama spent $36 million to hide it from the American people.
In Obama’s final year in office, his administration spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs to defend their own refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act.
This new information comes from data analysis performed by the Associated Press that shows poor transparency in Obama’s administration.
For two years in a row, the Obama administration set a record for the amount of times that federal employees told citizens they could not find single pages from files that were requested under the Freedom of Information Act.
They also set records for outright denials of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy.
It was so bad that the government was forced to acknowledge the fact they had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than a third of such cases.
As reported by CBS News:
“The Obama administration in its final year in office spent a record $36.2 million on legal costs defending its refusal to turn over federal records under the Freedom of Information Act, according to an Associated Press analysis of new U.S. data that also showed poor performance in other categories measuring transparency in government.
For a second consecutive year, the Obama administration set a record for times federal employees told citizens, journalists and others that despite searching they couldn’t find a single page of files that were requested.
And it set records for outright denial of access to files, refusing to quickly consider requests described as especially newsworthy, and forcing people to pay for records who had asked the government to waive search and copy fees.
The government acknowledged when challenged that it had been wrong to initially refuse to turn over all or parts of records in more than one-third of such cases, the highest rate in at least six years.
In courtrooms, the number of lawsuits filed by news organizations under the Freedom of Information Act surged during the past four years, led by the New York Times, Center for Public Integrity and The Associated Press, according to a litigation study by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University. The AP on Monday settled its 2015 lawsuit against the State Department for files about Hillary Clinton’s time as secretary of state, at AP’s request, and received $150,546 from the department to cover part of its legal fees.”
This is just more proof of the Obama administration’s lack of transparency.
The fact that much of this came in his last year in office shows just how much Obama had checked out before leaving office.
Maybe he was too busy working to attempt to elect his replacement that he gave up on his presidential duties.
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