We might wonder why, if there is a President in the White House who is favorable to open government and honesty with the American people, the US State Department continues to be obstructionists in the release of information. This is not the first time we’ve asked this question since Secretary of State Tillerson has been leading the department under President Trump. It’s another indication that there have not been enough of the wrong people eliminated from State Department employee rosters or that Tillerson may see value in continuing the opaque, often dubious, policies of his predecessors. Protecting and covering up for the most notorious anti-freedom globalist on the planet and the Obama regime’s corruption is not consistent with the agenda upon which we elected President Trump.
Judicial Watch announced on Wednesday it had, on May 26th, filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the US State Department and the siphon hose for financial mischief, the US Agency for International Development. The lawsuit seeks records related to their funding of political activities in concert with George Soros, through his Soros Open Society Foundation – Albania. It was filed after both entities failed to respond to a March 31st, 2017 FOIA request seeking:
All records relating to any contracts, grants or other allocations/disbursements of funds by the State Department (USAID) to the Foundation Open Society-Albania (FOSA) and/or its personnel and/or any FOSA subsidiaries.
All records of communication between any officials, employees or representatives of the State Department (USAID), including but not limited to U.S. Ambassador Donald Lu, and any officials, employees or representatives of Foundation Open Society-Albania, its subsidiaries and/or affiliated organizations.
All assessments, evaluations, reports or similar records relating to the work of Foundation Open Society-Albania and/or its subsidiaries or affiliated organizations.
All records of communications transmitted via the State Department’s SMART system sent to or from any employee of the U.S. Government operating under the authority of the Chief of Mission in Tirana that pertain to Foundation Open Society-Albania, its subsidiaries and/or affiliated organizations.
Senators Asked Tillerson About State and USAID Money Going to Soros Destabilization Groups In Europe
Judicial Watch noted that in a March 14, 2017, letter to Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson, six U.S. Senators, Lee (R-UT), Inhofe (R-OK), Tillis (R-NC), Cruz (R-TX), Perdue (R-GA) and Cassidy (R-LA), requested that the Secretary investigate the relations between USAID and the Soros Foundations. They also asked him to look into the manner in which US tax dollars are being used by the State Department and the USAID to support leftist political groups who seek to impose left-leaning policies in countries, particularly in Macedonia and Albania.
The Senators complained, “This problem is not limited to Macedonia, but appears to follow a pattern of alarming activity in this volatile region. Respected leaders from Albania have made similar claims of US diplomats and Soros-backed organizations pushing for certain political outcomes in their country. Foundation Open Society-Albania (FOSA) and its experts, with funding from USAID, have created the controversial Strategy Document for Albanian Judicial Reform. Some leaders believe that these “reforms” are ultimately aimed to give the Prime Minister and left-of-center government full control over judiciary power.
That follows a model similar to the one Obama, Soros and the leftist Democrats have used to erode our judicial system into a political weapon of the left here at home, evidenced by the recent absurd district courts overruling of Trump executive orders.
Judicial Watch reports that, “In May 2016, USAID announced that it was providing $9 million for it “Justice for All” project in Albania ‘to improve the performance of Albanian courts by introducing comprehensive judicial standards for efficiency, transparency, accessibility, and accountability.’ According to the announcement, the project ‘will be implemented by USAID Contractor East-West Management Institute’ (EWMI). According to EWMI’s 2011 financial report, it has received funding from the Soros Economic Development Fund: “loans … of up to $1,000,000.”
Fitton – 2nd FOIA Suit over Obama sending tax dollars to Fund Soros in Europe
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton noted, “This is our second FOIA lawsuit to uncover the truth about the scandal of Obama administration’s siphoning tax dollars to the Soros operations in Europe. We hope and expect the Trump administration to finally let the sunlight in on this growing controversy.”
In February, Judicial Watch reported on the activities of the leftists compromising the US government, saying, “The U.S. government has quietly spent millions of taxpayer dollars to destabilize the democratically elected, center-right government in Macedonia by colluding with left wing billionaire philanthropist George Soros, records obtained by Judicial Watch show. Barack Obama’s U.S. Ambassador to Macedonia, Jess L. Baily, has worked behind the scenes with Soros’ Open Society Foundation to funnel large sums of American dollars for the cause, constituting an interference of the U.S. Ambassador in domestic political affairs in violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations.
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