Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters President Joe Biden was committed to restoring transparency to government. A recently obtained memo is another example of how far from the truth that is.
“[H]is objective and his commitment is to bring transparency and truth back to government — to share the truth, even when it’s hard to hear,” Psaki informed reporters January 20, 2021.
It’s easy to talk the talk but the Biden administration has not delivered on that promise; it has not walked the walk.
For his first year, President Biden gave far fewer interviews and press conferences than the five previous Oval Office occupants.
The investigation of Hunter Biden’s laptop, never mind his tax issues, is proceeding — as Time described it — “at a glacial pace.”
Protect the People’s Trust (PPT), a government watchdog, obtained a memo from John Kerry’s climate change office that clearly indicates a policy of hiding facts from official records — records, which like the memo, are subject to the Freedom of Information Law that lets the public see what their government is doing on their behalf.
Senior officials in Special Presidential Envoy for Climate (SPEC) John Kerry’s office wrote about having budget discussions in-person, to keep their discussions off public records, according to internal emails obtained by PPT in a FOIA records request shared with Fox News Digital.
“I would also suggest a call or meeting soon with jk to update him on FY22 and 23, focusing on all the elements we can’t put on paper,” the unnamed official told other staffers in the March 9 email obtained by PPT.
Fox News further reported:
The subject of the email was titled “updated memo for JK on FY23 budget settlement.” The names and email addresses of all the individuals the email was addressed to and who were copied on the correspondence were redacted.
The email appeared to come in response to a discussion among senior SPEC officials about certain line items in the office’s budget. A previous message dated March 4 in the same email thread noted the White House National Security Council (NSC) intervened at one point to modify the budget.
“It turns out NSC just shared with us today some late-breaking changes on a couple of the FY23 climate numbers,” an unnamed SPEC official wrote to other unnamed officials on March 4.
A State Department spokesperson directed Fox News Digital to the agency’s “Requester Service Center,” but didn’t address questions about the emails.
PPT added that, on top of in-person meetings to keep embarrassing or unpopular conversations from entering the public record, Kerry’s office hid every staff member’s name in documents delivered under FOIA requests.