Judicial Watch has once again got the goods on the corrupt Obama regime. Tom Fitton exposes deliberate lawbreaking at the EPA under Gina McCarthy. A FOIA just came
The three basic truths that the Obama pretend “presidency” was a lawless parasitic and predatory regime, the EPA was a corrupt tool of the that criminal operation and that Judicial Watch is their number one nemesis converged with the reluctant release of 900 pages of documents by the EPA to Judicial Watch.
The documents, obtained in a FOIA lawsuit filed on June 21st, reveal that the EPA was using a mass-sharing third party vendor called Thunderclap to secretly share and promote their power grabs as environmental policies on social media.
Information contained in the documents exposes EPA staffers, under Gina McCarthy, recruiting outside groups to lobby on behalf of the regime’s Waters of the United States Rule, also known as the Clean Water Rule. That rule gave the EPA control over all land in the United States by giving themselves dominion over all water flow and collection sites, regardless of size or impact.
By using the Thunderclap service messages are shared simultaneously across multiple social media platforms, increasing their exposure. While federal law prohibits agencies from utilizing propaganda, it also prohibits spying on American citizens and they spied on a future president.
They are also prohibited from using federal resources to lobby for grassroots support among the American people to contact Congress on pending legislation. While the Clean Water Rule was not legislation in itself, it was attached to the Clean Water Act and therefore violates the law.
Proof of their willful violation of the law came from then-EPA Director of Web Communications Jessica Orquina in a September 10, 2014 email. She urged the use of Thunderclap to her EPA colleague Karen Wirth, in the Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water due to its covert protections.
She said, “I don’t want it to look like EPA used our own social media accounts to reach our support goal.” In other words, I don’t want anyone to know we broke the law to fabricate the appearance of support that wasn’t really there.
A December 2015 review by the Government Accountability Office (GAO) determined that the use of Thunderclap by the EPA “constitutes covert propaganda” and that it was a violation of federal law. The documents show that on September 9th, 2014, EPA director of communications for water, Travis Loop, communicated by email with Gary Belan of the organization American Rivers.
He wrote, “EPA is planning to use a new social media application called Thunderclap to provide a way for people to show their support for clean water and the agency’s proposal to protect it. Here’s how it works: you agree to let Thunderclap post a one-time message on your social networks (Facebook, Twitter or Tumblr) on Monday, September 29 at 2:00 pm EDT. If 500 or more people sign up to participate, the message will be posted on everyone’s walls and feeds at the same time. But if fewer than 500 sign up, nothing happens. So, it is important to both sign up and encourage others to do so.”
The body of the documents show extensive back and forth messaging between affiliated individuals both inside the EPA and outside in coordinating the covert Thunderclap event.
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton said, “The Obama EPA knowingly did an end run around federal law to push another Obama environmental power grab. These documents show how these Obama-era bureaucrats seem to be more like social activists than public employees. Let’s hope President Trump does some major housecleaning at the EPA.”
Thus far housecleaning has been almost non-existent and the level of resistance and subversion is reflective of that fact. President Trump could swing a dead cat in any department and hit a couple of subversive Obama holdovers. This is blatant and deliberate lawbreaking on the part of regime officials. Where is AG Jeff Sessions? Why won’t he act?
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