by Jillian Kay Melchior
National Review Online
The Obama administration is fond of claiming it is the “most transparent administration in history,” but that’s not the way it looks to people who have tried to gain access to records they are legally entitled to…
The Internal Revenue Service’s handling of the Lois Lerner correspondence is just one example. Earlier this week, Chris Horner — a senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and counsel for the Energy & Environment Legal Institute who is an expert on the Freedom of Information Act — wrote in the Washington Times about how the EPA has inappropriately withheld work-related text messages from high-ranking EPA officials.
Specifically, Horner had asked for text messages from Gina McCarthy, the head of the EPA, who has presided over several of the Obama administration’s efforts to more heavily regulate traditional energy sources. Initially, Horner writes, the EPA claimed no text messages existed in which McCarthy discussed official EPA business.