Bush White House visitor records now off limits
I guess we won’t learn any more about those late-night visits Jeff Gannon had over at the White House now (or all of the Abramoff mess), huh? The Chimperor is shutting down as many avenues as it can to deny access to evidence that can hang this administration. (AP):
The White House and the Secret Service quietly signed an agreement last spring in the midst of the Jack Abramoff lobbying scandal declaring that records identifying visitors to the White House are not open to the public.
…The five-page document dated May 17 declares that all entry and exit data on White House visitors belongs to the White House as presidential records rather than to the Secret Service as agency records. Therefore, the agreement states, the material is not subject to public disclosure under the Freedom of Information Act.
In the past, Secret Service logs have revealed the comings and goings of various White House visitors, including Monica Lewinsky and Clinton campaign donor Denise Rich, the wife of fugitive financier Marc Rich, who received a pardon in the closing hours of the Clinton administration.
The memo last spring was signed by the White House and Secret Service the day after a Washington-based group asked a federal judge to impose sanctions on the Secret Service in a dispute over White House visitor logs for Abramoff.
Citizens for Responsiblity and Ethics in Washington (CREW) blasted this BS on its blog.
The chief counsel to another Washington-based group suing to get Secret Service logs calls the creation of the memo “a political maneuver couched as a legal one.”
“It appears the White House is actually manufacturing evidence to further its own agenda,” Ann Weismann, a Justice Department lawyer for 19 years and now chief counsel to Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, said Friday.
The White House and the Secret Service declined to comment.
Can you imagine all of the things these clowns have to cover up? What is happening in this country?
Hat tip, Lev.