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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

House Democrats said in a letter on Thursday that the White House is ignoring requests for information from the government's top watchdog and are asking for a hearing on the matter. "We are writing to request that you hold an immediate hearing on the dramatic decision by the White House to obstruct investigations by our independent investigators at the Government Accountability Office. We ask that the Committee obtain testimony from the White House Counsel and General Counsel of GAO," Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), referring to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). The letter was led by the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

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Nobody could have anticipated...

#1 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-06-13 09:34 AM | Reply

all this transparency is overwhelming.
It is like a regular fish-bowl up in here

#2 | Posted by ChiefTutMoses at 2018-06-13 09:56 AM | Reply

Agolf Twittler doesn't want the public to see what his golf trips are costing the taxpayers.

#3 | Posted by 726 at 2018-06-13 10:34 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"Agolf Twittler"

Pure genius!

#4 | Posted by danni at 2018-06-13 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

This needs to be corrected right away.

#5 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 10:50 AM | Reply

Mission Accomplished

#6 | Posted by ajwood at 2018-06-13 11:08 AM | Reply

This needs to be corrected right away.

#5 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

So how do you suppose that should be done, Jeff?

#7 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-06-13 11:21 AM | Reply

So how do you suppose that should be done, Jeff?

#7 | POSTED BY OLDWHISKEYSOUR

Bureaucrats who are not complying with GAO requests for information need to be disciplined.

#8 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 11:30 AM | Reply

Bureaucrats who are not complying with GAO requests for information need to be disciplined.
#8 | Posted by JeffJ

Ummm, but Trump LOVES to be spanked.

#9 | Posted by truthhurts at 2018-06-13 11:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Bureaucrats who are not complying with GAO requests for information need to be disciplined.

#8 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

By whom? Surely you dont think the Executive Branch will permit any discipline to be imposed upon those who seek to protect Trump appointees from the GAO.

#10 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-06-13 11:57 AM | Reply

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Giving Jeff ---- for pointing out the obvious seems stupid. Agree with him and, if you have solutions to the problem he also sees, let us know what they are.

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-06-13 02:33 PM | Reply

Not giving anybody ----, Monte. I dont see any solution, do you? Jeff didnt 'point out the obvious'. He pointed out the way things used to work pre-Trump.

He jumped in with his simplistic answer to pretend the process which Trump has thwarted works.

My answer is that there will be no correction to the stonewalling because Trump. Jeff can easily tell us what he had in mind when he volunteered his reality defying answer. You will notice, he has avoided responding.

Tell me where the stupid started, with my question or Jeff's fantasy that "they should be diciplined" was some kind of solution.
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Do you think they will be disciplined?

How do you see that working, Monte?

#12 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2018-06-13 02:48 PM | Reply

"This needs to be corrected right away.
#5 | POSTED BY JEFFJ"

Hey, I agree, but:
The only way to correct this is to Drain The Swamp.
That would entail Impeachment.
This won't be corrected.

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 03:08 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Jeff wrote that this is wrong, and that the people responsible should be disciplined. I don't see anything wrong with that, and I don't see it as "jumping in with a simplistic answer" to pretend anything. Maybe it's just going over my head.

#14 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-06-13 03:14 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

OWS,

I have no idea if this will be corrected. Hopefully it will. The only way it will ever likely happen is if enough attention is drawn to it that it becomes embarrassing enough to the administration that action might be taken.

#15 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 03:23 PM | Reply

"I don't see anything wrong with that"

He's virtue signaling.

It's not like hes going to vote against Republicans to punish them for not holding Trump's feet to the fire, despite his professed love for the Constitution and adhering to legal process.

It's just empty rhetoric.

That's what's wrong with it.

#16 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 03:23 PM | Reply

Yeah see with #15 he just gave himself a pass for not having to actually do anything about it.

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 03:24 PM | Reply

He's virtue signaling.
It's not like hes going to vote against Republicans to punish them for not holding Trump's feet to the fire, despite his professed love for the Constitution and adhering to legal process.
It's just empty rhetoric.
That's what's wrong with it.

#16 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

So far, this administration has been more transparent than the previous administration, which admittedly isn't saying much. Yet, you will still vote for the Democratic party. Stick your vote-shaming where the sun don't shine.

Yeah see with #15 he just gave himself a pass for not having to actually do anything about it.

#17 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

I'm advocating for more and more attention being drawn to this. Our government in general has a transparency problem and it's something that I feel we should be drawing more and more attention to regardless of which party controls the WH.

#18 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 03:28 PM | Reply

"So far, this administration has been more transparent than the previous administration, which admittedly isn't saying much."

Two things:
1. Citation needed.
2. Deflection noted.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 03:40 PM | Reply

2. It's not a deflection. It's holding you to your own standards. Obviously, you don't like that.

#20 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 03:57 PM | Reply

1. Citation needed.

In a surprising description of media-Trump relations, the head of the White House Correspondents' Association has heaped praise on the administration for going the extra mile to make top aides available, reversing a decision to kick cameras out of the briefing room and even President Trump's "appetite for interviews and near daily engagement."

www.washingtonexaminer.com

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties. At the same time, two press groups urged their members to stop using official photos and video handed out by the White House, dismissing them as little more than "government propaganda."

www.ap.org

AP's White House correspondent Julie Pace and its chief White House photographer Charles Dharapak warned colleagues on Tuesday that once the press loses its access to the president, it cannot be recovered.

www.poynter.org

#21 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-13 04:18 PM | Reply

#21 How are POTUS photo ops the same as government transparency?

#22 | Posted by bored at 2018-06-13 04:42 PM | Reply

"Dozens of leading news organizations protested to the White House on Thursday against restrictions that sometimes keep journalists from taking pictures and video of President Barack Obama performing official duties."

That's not transparency, that's a photo op.

Transparency means knowing what government is up to. Transparency is exemplified by things like recording conversations on the Red Phone to Moscow, something that happened every time until Trump.

#23 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 05:03 PM | Reply

"It's holding you to your own standards"

My standards?
When did I promulgate a standard of transparency?
You're just making stuff up.
Including your B.S. definition of transparency.

#24 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-06-13 05:04 PM | Reply

#21 | POSTED BY JEFFJ

Pretty Sad, Jeff, that Photo Ops mean Transparency to you...

Hey, remember when you were fine with Pruit refusing to have certain news agencies in his meetings because he disagreed with them? Yeah... Transparency huh?

#25 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-06-13 06:54 PM | Reply

Pretty Sad, Jeff, that Photo Ops mean Transparency to you...
Hey, remember when you were fine with Pruit refusing to have certain news agencies in his meetings because he disagreed with them? Yeah... Transparency huh?

#25 | POSTED BY SYCOPHANT AT 2018-06-13 06:54 PM | REPLY | FLAG

He declared it bad optics. Jeff is as transparent as muscovite.

#26 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2018-06-13 06:58 PM | Reply

How about this:

n a surprising description of media-Trump relations, the head of the White House Correspondents' Association has heaped praise on the administration for going the extra mile to make top aides available, reversing a decision to kick cameras out of the briefing room and even President Trump's "appetite for interviews and near daily engagement."

Looking past the president's anti-media tweets, Bloomberg's Margaret Talev said there is much to appreciate in the relationship.

White House Correspondents' Association President Margaret Talev

"Even as tensions have flared publicly, the lines of communication are open and the relationship has been evolving," she told the journalism site Poynter.

In fact, she used the word "positive" three times in one paragraph. She highlighted former Press Secretary Sean Spicer's efforts to bring top officials to the briefing room, then said, "That's a positive step. Other positive signs are continuing after Anthony [Scaramucci's] tenure. The regular on-camera press briefings appear to be back under Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Her recent public statements about the role and obligations of the White House press secretary have been seen as a positive development by many of our members."


www.washingtonexaminer.com

#27 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-06-14 04:04 PM | Reply

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