Dem Eleanor Holmes Norton: ‘You Don’t Have a Right to Know Everything’ Government Does
She was saying this in terms of her Congressional collegues. Anyone want to guess what she thinks the citizens should know?
(The Blaze) Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) lectured her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives that they “don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government.”
“That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” she said.
Her outburst came during a Friday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing where Republicans criticized the Obama administration for defying a subpoena calling on David Simas, director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to appear before Congress.
Ms. Norton has missed the fact that separation of powers is about enforcing checks and balance, not hiding activities from neither Congress nor the Citizens. Obviously, certain things are, in fact, secret, such as some military and intelligence programs. However, those are supposed to be discussed with certain Congressional committees or elected officials behind closed doors.
Can you imagine a Democrat making that kind of statement if a Republican was in the White House?