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It sounds like CNN is making an effort to return to its roots as “the most trusted name in news.”
CNN’s Jake Tapper blasted the Obama administration’s refusal to release all of Hillary Clinton’s emails until after the presidential election.
“At a certain point, one begins to wonder if these weaknesses are deliberate and that these efforts to conceal information do not conceal a certain disdain for the public and your right to know,” Tapper said.
He made his remarks in reference to the State Department’s efforts to block a reporter’s investigation into Clinton’s role in the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership.
“Turning now to an Obama administration decision that we learned about today, one that is, once again, at odds with President Obama’s much ballyhooed pledge to be the most transparent administration in history. The issue at hand, Hillary Clinton’s role in crafting the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which is the largest regional trade deal in history brokered while Hillary Clinton led the State Department,” Tapper said. “It’s a deal which the likely Democratic nominee vouched for as Secretary of State no fewer than 45 times between 2010 and 2013 and called it the gold standard of all trade deals.”
Although Clinton lauded the deal in the past, she’s now claiming she had no role in it.
“But as a candidate with harsh criticism about the trade deal coming from Bernie Sanders and desiring the support of labor unions that oppose the deal, Clinton said she did not work on the controversial trade deal and she came out against it, arguing that Congress should reject it.”
Tapper played a November 2015 clip of Clinton totally walking back from her support of the deal.
“As of today, I am not in favor of what I have learned about it. I have said from the very beginning that we had to have a trade agreement that would create good American jobs, raise wages and advance our national security and I still believe that’s the high bar we have to meet,” Clinton said in that interview. “I don’t believe it’s going to meet the high bar.”
Tapper noted that while it typically takes the State Department 111 days to process Freedom of Information Act requests, this request will take more than four times that number — 489 days.
“Now this means that you as a voter will not have information that you might want about Hillary Clinton and an important substantive issue dealing with jobs and trade,” he said. “You won’t have that information of course until after you’ve decided whether or not you vote for her or for Donald Trump.”
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CNN clip via The Washington Free Beacon.
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