If there’s one area in which we can confirm the competence of Obama’s State Dept, it’s in the area of stonewalling and obfuscation. The delivery — or rather, delay followed by incomplete, partial delivery — of key documents related to Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State is a prime example.
Given that, what the State Department just announced is indeed stunning. In a major reversal from what it promised just last week, the State Department has told the Associated Press it will turn over all of Hillary Clinton’s detailed schedules as time as secretary of state by mid-October. Yes, that’s just a few weeks prior to the election, for those of you keeping track at home.
BREAKING: US to provide before Election Day all Clinton schedules of her meetings as secretary of state.
— The Associated Press (@AP) September 1, 2016
More from the Associated Press:It is an abrupt reversal from U.S. government lawyers’ warning last week that hundreds of pages would not be released until after the presidential election. The minute-by-minute schedules offer a detailed look at Clinton’s daily routine during her four-year tenure as secretary of state between 2009 and 2013.
The department has so far released about half of her more complete daily schedules. The new agreement announced Thursday was drawn up after government lawyers told the AP last week that the department expected to release the last of the detailed daily schedules around Dec. 30, weeks after the election. The AP objected to that.
As y’all know, Hillary’s schedules as SecState have become a central topic of discussion lately as questions continue to mount surrounding her potential use of her office as a pay-for-play scheme tied to her Clinton Foundation. Previously disclosed schedules — so far, just half of the total — revealed that more than half the people outside the government who met or spoke by telephone with Clinton while she was secretary of state had given money — either personally or through companies or groups — to the Clinton Foundation. All of which, of course, begs the question of just how widespread this was across all of the former SecState’s tenure — and what other red flags might be lying within the remainder of the schedules.
If the State Department indeed meets its newly-agreed-to timetable, we could be in one for one heckuva October surprise, even without the promised ones from WikiLeaks.
Of course, before anyone gets too excited, we must remind ourselves that when the State Department says “all,” it depends on what your definition of “all” is. As we know from experience, Hillary’s State Department seems to have a different definition than most of us. Which is why newly-recovered emails — missing from the “complete” batch Hillary and her team so graciously turned over — are still coming out, many months after they were supposedly “all” handed over. No reason (other than naive optimism) to believe it’s going to be much different this time around.
If the State Department does indeed deliver by mid-October the complete batch of Hillary’s SecState schedules, it will have only taken them six years — and an AP lawsuit, plus much back and forth — to fulfill a request to deliver four years of schedules.
Gotta give props to the AP for pushing on this issue for so long. Too bad they have to fight so hard to simply get transparency from the “most transparent administration ever.”
[Note: This article was written by Michelle Jesse, Associate Editor]