A pattern of stonewalling by the Obama administration is being exposed as federal judges scold it for delaying production of documents under both court orders and requests known as “FOIA” requests filed under the Freedom of Information Act.

The tactic is being deployed in a blatant attempt to shield Obama’s heir apparent, Democrat nominee Hillary Clinton, from scrutiny for her secretive and illegal email practices while she served as his Secretary of State during his first term.

Only after orders were issued from two federal judges did the State Department release emails sent by Clinton pertaining to the events of September 11, 2012 when terror attacks at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi took the lives of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.

Now, the Obama’s administration has announced that it will not honor its promise to release correspondence from Clinton and her aides relating to the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.

The requests for documents mentioning “TPP” were filed by International Business Times in July 2015, and although State committed to providing them by April 2016 and admits that the search has been completed, the Obama administration says they will not comply until after the General Election in November.

The trade deal is a hot button topic in the current presidential contest in which Clinton’s involvement and position have been questioned not only by Republican candidate Donald Trump, but by Clinton rival Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Despite openly backing the trade deal while a member of Obama’s cabinet, pressure from Sanders resulted in Clinton flip-flopping on the issue.

The trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 other Pacific Rim countries makes it easier for corporations to shift jobs from the U.S., allows importation of food products that do not meet U.S.D.A. standards, and subjects internet use to policing.

Leaked documents reveal that State was actively involved on some level, but only full compliance with the FOIA request will answer questions about the extent to which Clinton and her aides participated in actually drafting the trade agreement.

And if the Obama White House has its way, the answer to those questions will not be known until after November 8, 2016 – if ever.

 

 

 

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