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#1 User is offline   Liz 

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  Posted 08 November 2017 - 10:47 PM

Diplomats Fear Tillerson Transparency Push Is Linked To Clinton emails

State Department officials worry that an effort to release thousands of records is aimed at tarnishing Hillary Clinton – and pushing more staffers to quit.

Politico
By NAHAL TOOSI
11/07/2017 05:03 AM EST

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Secretary of State Rex Tillerson’s assignment of as many as several hundred State Department officials to quickly clear a huge backlog of public records requests is being met with deep skepticism by rank-and-file employees.

Tillerson says his goal is transparency. But many State workers fear the real reason is political: expediting the public release of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s official emails.

The staffers also suspect the move — which will reassign many of them from far more substantive duties and has already sparked a union complaint — is meant to force many of them to resign out of frustration with what are essentially clerical positions.

The issue spotlights the deepening distrust toward Tillerson at Foggy Bottom, where his attempts to restructure the department, cut its budget and centralize policymaking have already hurt morale. But it is drawing applause from conservative groups, which have been pressuring Tillerson to act on a backlog of 13,000 Freedom of Information Act requests — many of them relating to emails and other records from Clinton’s tenure.

“We haven't understood why there's been a slow-walking of releasing records, and we've been quite public in counseling the administration to take an approach of extreme transparency,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group that has sued the Trump administration for more Clinton documents.

“It looks like someone's listening,” Fitton added.

Current and former career diplomats scoff at such talk. They say the real story is Tillerson’s contempt for a State Department workforce he sees as bloated, and one that President Donald Trump views as a Democratic stronghold loyal to Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009-13.

While many of the people assigned to open-records duty are lower-level staffers and interns, some have previously held prestigious posts, helping shape U.S. foreign policy and engaging in high-level diplomacy.

"Nothing better illustrates the view of the Trump administration that U.S. diplomats are nothing more than overpaid clerks," said Thomas Countryman, a retired career foreign service officer who served as assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration.

Tillerson announced his decision to ramp up FOIA processing in an Oct. 17 email to State employees. Tillerson has set an ambitious — some say implausible — goal of clearing the backlog by the end of this year.

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Posted 08 November 2017 - 11:46 PM

Gummint employees be like: :crybaby2:
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 08:29 AM

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"Nothing better illustrates the view of the Trump administration that U.S. diplomats are nothing more than overpaid clerks," said Thomas Countryman, a retired career foreign service officer who served as assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration.


They're not?
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 10:02 AM

Who gives a crap what the employees of the State Dept think?
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 12:01 PM

The more important question is WHY DO THEY CARE? They SHOULD be non-partisan. That means they should only care about the responsibilities they are doing.
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 06:49 PM

View PostLiz, on 08 November 2017 - 10:47 PM, said:

State Department officials worry that an effort to release thousands of records is aimed at tarnishing Hillary Clinton – and pushing more staffers to quit.


I think that is what's called "A Win-Win situation".
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Posted 09 November 2017 - 07:06 PM

View PostDean Adam Smithee, on 09 November 2017 - 06:49 PM, said:

I think that is what's called "A Win-Win situation".

Yes, and while we're on the subject, how much more tarnished can Hillary Clinton be?
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 07:14 AM

View PostThePatriot, on 09 November 2017 - 10:02 AM, said:

Who gives a crap what the employees of the State Dept think?

The Soviet Union used to tell them what to think.
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Posted 10 November 2017 - 09:05 AM

Wait a minute. I thought Hillary was perfect, so how could the release of any of these documents tarnish her reputation?

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