‘Transparency Czar’ for Hillary’s E-mails at State Maxed Out Contributions to Her in June

‘Transparency Czar’ for Hillary’s E-mails at State Maxed Out Contributions to Her in June

Life would not be complete without the liberal scramble to have faux accountability, now would it? Hillary’s replacement,  Secretary Kerry has just announced “e-mail czar” or “transparency czar” to be point person on F.O.I.A. and judicial requests for information on the public domain e-mails his predecessor kept on her private bathroom server so they wouldn’t have to be responsive to FOIA and judicial requests. It’s ever so convenient who has been chosen, though:

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Secretary of State John Kerry is tapping a “transparency” czar to oversee the department’s preservation of documents.

Ambassador Janice Jacobs, a former career diplomat, will serve as the State Department’s first “transparency coordinator,” Kerry announced Tuesday.

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Jacobs previously served as assistant secretary of State for consular affairs and before that post helped revise U.S. visa application practices after 9/11.

She will now lead the department’s efforts to improve systems for maintaining records and responding to public requests and congressional inquiries.

“As I have repeatedly made clear, we have a fundamental obligation to document the conduct of U.S. foreign policy and to produce our records in response to requests from the public and Congress,” Kerry said in a statement.

“Our records, and our ability to share them, serve as testament to our commitment to transparency and open government. I take very seriously that responsibility, and so does everyone else at the State Department.”

Uh-huh. Strangely, the following revelation was not in the announcement of the “transparency czar,” though it seems relevant to the Jacobs’ ability to do her job fairly, and the public’s confidence in her to do so:

The State Department’s response, and Jacobs’, is that this is just a logistics job with no sway over what is released and what is not, and the donation happened literally whole weeks before she was even approached about this:

In an interview, Ms. Jacobs said she made that donation as a private citizen and months before she had entered into conversations with the State Department about her new role. She retired from the State Department in June 2014; moreover, federal employees aren’t barred from donating to campaigns.

“I think that the announcement lays it out pretty clearly what Secretary Kerry has hired me for and it’s not just the Clinton emails, but in general to make sure that the department is as responsive and efficient as it can be in handling the various document requests that come in,” she said. “He just wants to make sure it’s all well-coordinated and that deadlines are met and that we just look proactive and responsive.”

Ever so convenient to hire your friends to ‘oversee’ these types of operations, now isn’t it? I see another scandal on the horizon, and this little arrangement just doesn’t pass the sniff test in my opinion.

Written by Katie McGuire. Send your hate mail to the author at [email protected], or feel free to mean tweet me at @GOPKatie, where I will be sure to do very little about it.

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