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The facts, however, don’t support Lew’s claim.
The Obama administration has used executive orders, claimed executive privilege and conducted secret investigations of Americans more often than several previous Presidents. In addition, the White House has launched several internal investigations into leaks, terrorized staffers suspected of talking “out of school” to reporters and fired several low and mid-level staff members for being honest with the press and public.
“This administration has been the most transparent ever,” Lew claimed on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday.
Lew claimed the White House has been “forthcoming” in releasing documents to Congress over the failed “Fast and Furious” gun-running scheme but Attorney General Eric Holder was cited for contempt of Congress for lying in Congressional testimony and withholding information from the Hill.
In addition, Obama invoked “executive privilege” to classify documents relating to the operation.
Transparent? Not likely.
“The operative mood at the White House is to circle the wagons, admit nothing and hide as much as you can from the public,” grumbles a one-time aide to former President Bill Clinton, who had his own problems with secrecy. “The Obama White House is anything but forthcoming.”
The public apparently agrees. Recent polls show most Americans think Holder and Obama are hiding the truth about “Fast and Furious.”