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-- president not a political appointees using secret government email accounts the Associated Press says yes going to an -- he reviewed the list of presidential appointees using secret mail addresses includes HHS secretary Kathleen Sebelius she denies it.
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-- -- -- Jack illness here with more on what the AP found -- the eighteen made -- freedom of information request about these email concept correct that's right what you find well.
After the Environmental Protection Agency said that they had a separate email account which they conducted business that is the -- the former administrator Lisa Jackson.
We thought it would be a good idea to see how often other members of the administration that is political appointees have -- the same.
So we have filed a FOIA requests which any member of the public -- -- to every cabinet level agency.
And the responsibly got back in some ways are very revealing most did not respond to our request even though we've filed in three months ago.
One said that an heir to their -- said it would cost two million dollars another one and which is a health and human services so that would say.
We're not gonna give you this addresses we injected and one of the addresses was one that was public anyway it's.
In that whole process we found out that indeed there are these sort of separate email accounts and they have said that the they are subjected to the Freedom of Information Act congressional.
Inquiries that we haven't been able to independently verify that well.
-- -- -- Right and what we try to do is just like we do with you know this administration previous administration state records -- is we believe in transparency.
We want to ask the government what it knows because we are taxpayers.
We have paid for this information we have a right to look at this information.
And in our view we had asked for these email addresses -- simplest you know you go to any -- -- say.
Hey you know -- the people with email accounts on the server what an email addresses associated with them.
It was you know we asked for that listen back how most people said they didn't give it to us and they said are they haven't given -- given -- set list yet.
Other said that they were protected -- And then -- we have pushed back there's just simply didn't give us Westinghouse.
-- EPA administrator Lisa Jackson -- really weird because she's choosing a man's name and dead and was very bizarre when she was doing terrorist.
Kathleen Sebelius says that she is two accounts one is because she gets thousands and thousands thousands of wanna be more private internally.
That would not -- -- -- -- right.
That's right and what the question we were trying to ask is -- we ended the way you're trying to for news.
Richard got Windsor and EPA data cap right it was -- -- ever died at a town in New Jersey that was weird okay what -- -- that was -- I mean it's so my call it a little counter intuitive and an email address I mean I'm.
And what Kevin Steele is as well as I KG SU and HHS thank.
Was different in the Kathleen got civilians the normal fashion that you would expect an email address and was publicly available.
But again going back to what we had initially side we had said.
Look it appears that the EPA has been doing this practice we filed a request asking for -- you know what everybody else the executive branch -- And if our bottom line is that -- -- and transparency and openness in government we pay for these records.
We'd like to know what our elected officials when it's this administration -- previous.
And what they tell us what they talk transparency -- was saved their produce enough but there watching tonight they'll comply with the AP tough player requests -- -- thank you thank you can.