Clinton Loyalists At Foggy Bottom Are Outraged Over Tillerson Push To Fulfill FOIA Requests, Here's Why...

Tyler Durden's picture

Nearly a month ago, in an October 17th email to all State Department employees, Rex Tillerson announced his decision to ramp up FOIA processing to clear a backlog of requests.  As part of the new effort, Tillerson set an ambitious—some say implausible—goal of clearing the massive backlog by the end of 2017.

Of course, while more transparency, rather than less, from government entities is generally considered a positive thing, the army of Clinton loyalists still occupying career positions at the State Department are suddenly concerned about efforts to speed the disclosure of documents from the Clinton era and say it's nothing more than a political witch hunt.  From Politico:

Tillerson says his goal is transparency. But many State workers fear the real reason is political: expediting the public release of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s official emails.


"It's a remarkable misuse of resources to advance what is at its core a partisan political aim," one affected State employee said. "We all know what's going on. And, of course, we're all unhappy that we're being made a part of it."

Tillerson’s email, among other things, said the department’s FOIA backlog stretches back roughly a decade...ironically, that's about how long ago Hillary Clinton took over as Secretary of State...though we're certain that's just a coincidence.

According to Judicial Watch, the State Department has yet to process around 40,000 pages of at least 72,000 records which contain Clinton emails. However, State Department officials have indicated they believe that many of those still-unreleased documents are duplicates of information already shared with the public.

The issue spotlights the deepening distrust towards Tillerson at Foggy Bottom, where his attempts to restructure the department, cut its budget and centralize policy-making have already hurt morale. But it is drawing applause from conservative groups, who have been pressuring Tillerson to act on a backlog of 13,000 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests — many of them relating to emails and other records from Clinton’s tenure.


“We haven't understood why there's been a slow-walking of releasing records, and we've been quite public in counseling the administration to take an approach of extreme transparency,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, a conservative activist group that has sued the Trump administration for more Clinton documents.


“It looks like someone's listening,” Fitton added.

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Still while many State Department employees view Tillerson's transparency push as a smear campaign targeted at Clinton, others view it as an attempt to increase natural attrition at the department by assigning senior-level employees to menial FOIA duty. 

As we've noted before, Tillerson has said he wants to cut at least 2,300 State Department employees through a combination of buyouts and attrition.  That said, buyouts are expensive and natural attrition from cushy government positions can be difficult to come by without the right "catalyst"...

The staffers also suspect the move — which will reassign many of them from far more substantive duties and has already sparked a union complaint — is meant to force many of them to resign out of frustration with what are essentially clerical positions.


Current and former career diplomats scoff at such talk. They say the real story is Tillerson’s contempt for a State Department workforce he sees as bloated, and one which President Donald Trump views as a Democratic stronghold loyal to Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009-2013.


While many of the people assigned to open-records duty are lower-level staffers and interns, some have previously held prestigious posts, helping shape U.S. foreign policy and engaging in high-level diplomacy.


"Nothing better illustrates the view of the Trump administration that U.S. diplomats are nothing more than overpaid clerks," said Thomas Countryman, a retired career foreign service officer who served as assistant secretary of state in the Obama administration.

So what say you?  Is Tillerson's transparency push all about attacking Clinton or slashing the State Department headcount...perhaps a bit of both?

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Killtruck's picture

Give that man a medal. 

The People deserve to know the Truth.

Two birds, one stone - Hero of the Republic.

Shitonya Serfs's picture

What's the old libfvck saying: If you have nothing to hide???

Beam Me Up Scotty's picture

"What's the old libfvck saying: If you have nothing to hide???"

Nothing to hide only applies to you and me.  To them, they can hide whatever they wish and you shouldn't question them about it.

847328_3527's picture

80% [at least] of the State dept is still filled with left wing commies appointed by Obama.

jcaz's picture

Hmm- so they resent being "clerks".....  

What the fuck did you think the job was?    And what the fuck HAVE you been doing???

Too late to distance yourselves from Clinton now- you partied when the fix was in,  too late for the Sgt Shultz routine....

The Wizard's picture

Tillerson says his goal is transparency. But many State workers fear the real reason is political: expediting the public release of thousands of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s official emails.

"It's a remarkable misuse of resources to advance what is at its core a partisan political aim," one affected State employee said. "We all know what's going on. And, of course, we're all unhappy that we're being made a part of it."

What is political? Is holding back information considered "political"?

macholatte's picture


91% of DC voted Hitlary
99% of State Dept political contributions went to Hitlary
Anybody see a pattern?

At least 50 top level people at DOJ & State need to be axed.
What was that about the “Night of the Long Knives”?


Withdrawn Sanction's picture

If they cant be fired (and I suspect b/c of Civil Service rules, they cant be), then do a swap.  Take the SES and high-level civil servants at, say, the Department of Commerce and swap them w/their rank equivalent counterparts at State.   Oh, but you'd lose the "institutional knowledge" that goes w/experience.  Yes, exactly, you would. 

macholatte's picture


Transfer them to Ice Station Zebra.


Gorgeous's picture

Clinton Dems complaining about misuse of reources.  Like overthrowing the legitimate governments of Libya and Ukraine?  That's rich.

Save_America1st's picture


Judicial Watch are fuckin' heroes

True Blue's picture

Damn right, they are interchangable parts -like most other clerks. Maybe that swap should be a matter of routine; say every five years or so, before they can become entranched. Also, they should be reassigned into different working groups etc. so their petty cliques are broken up too.

And I love the excuse for not releasing more requested documents:

believe that many of those still-unreleased documents are duplicates of information already shared with the public.

Yeah, by Julian Assange.

MisterMousePotato's picture

Personally, my favorite is: "State Department employees view Tillerson's transparency push as a smear campaign targeted at Clinton ... ."

What does that tell you, exactly? (To know her is to hate her.)

The_Juggernaut's picture

"The most transparent administration ever."


restroactively maybe, but it's good to see Trump make good on Obama's promise.

Antifaschistische's picture

Let's not forget...or, perhaps let me enlighten those who never knew.  During the Obama administration the advancement of what we can simply call "affirmative action" programs was ratcheted up several degrees.  It came from left, right and center. previously disadvantaged classes, women, 'minorities', those of african descent, "small business" programs (i.e. hire a minority to scalp profits off of .gov contracts).

but all these programs help imbed virtual operatives inside of all .gov organizations.

Yog Soggoth's picture

I can't for the life of me figure out why you just can't let a government employee go because they are not needed, so why not put them in positions that are needed? If they don't like their new position, they are free to leave. What do they think this is, a job for life, and they get to pick what they want to do? I seem to remember Obama wanting a transparent term. Tillerson is just honoring his wishes.

BarkingCat's picture

I like your swap idea.

They like Clinton so much  lets swap them with the staff in Libyan and Syrian embassy and other diplomatic facilities. 

They like the policies that destroyed those 2 countries so send them over there assist in directing US policy towards those countries from up close.

SokPOTUS's picture

Promote them all to Deputy Ambassador to Qatar.  10 year assignment, full family move.

SoDamnMad's picture

Hacked...Literally or Figuratively

Buzz Fuzzel's picture

Truth is treason in the Empire of Lies.


Bunker Boy's picture

Does this include emails from her private server, too? 

That's where the real juice lies. 

Oldwood's picture

It's the only server she had.

No Time for Fishing's picture

State Dept has the highly sanitized twice bleached emails she handed over. At some point someone who is determined to find the truth not hide it (FBI Comey) will retrieve her pre bleach bit emails from the backups recovered from and her lies will be proven once and for all. 

DeadFred's picture

This reminds me of when county clerks refused to process gay marriage licenses they were required to file. If you don’t want to do it then quit.

BarkingCat's picture

Not quite the same.

There are centuries of precedent of marriage being between a man and a woman. 

SokPOTUS's picture

That folded like a cheap pantsuit in less than 5 years, start to finish.

A Sentinel's picture

This makes me happy. Some decent people in government??

Withdrawn Sanction's picture

"80% [at least] of the State dept is still filled with left wing commies ..."

Been that way since at least the Alger Hiss days...same as it ever was.

any_mouse's picture

I'd say McCarthy was right, but it's more likely McCarthy was used to blackwash Anti-Communism.

Left wing Commies and with a certain sexual predilection.

SokPOTUS's picture

Who would debase themselves enough to work there.  Only people with no self-respect or evil intentions to begin with.  That's why they're all Commies.

Zip_the_Zap's picture

The other 20% are ding bat Bush RINO droids.

Killdo's picture

and about 40% of them are gay (according to a friend of mine who works for WH)

Endgame Napoleon's picture

These are work emails, right, and work is work, not a personal activity, although that is not the way it is in Anerica’s family-friendly, mom-dominated workplaces. That is for sure.

The State Department has a ton of employees, traveling around the world and doing what some countries’ leaders might regard as meddling at the expense of US taxpayers. Those funds could be spent on this country’s needs.

Why is it necessary for our government to promote a certain type of education or maternal nutrition in a foreign country, for instance? I have heard State Department officials on C-SPAN, delivering long treatises on such issues.

When they are in these foreign countries, they also often make deep-pocketed business contacts who end up impacting American policy in globalist ways that do not always serve the interests of US citizens.

Attrition is awful when done via bullying, the preferred method of frequently absentee, back-watching mom gangs in low-level government offices, $10-per-hour call centers and $10-to-$12-per-hour corporate back offices. I do not see why doing “lowly” clerical work is akin to this bullying.

New_Meat's picture

or those funds could not be spent.

Tillerson knows Jack Welch's management book, just doesn't have enough managers to carve out the bottom 5% and put them on the warning track.

TwelveOhOne's picture

You seem really bitter about moms.  Doctor Detroit?  :)

HRClinton's picture

I know, I know, Hill...

It's a bitch being a bitch. 

When you can't scratch that perma-itch.

buttmint's picture

...Just DIE Hillary! Do us all a favor after you rat out those stuipdly LOYAL to your Cuntess Ways!

I hope you and your miscreants as staff are reading ZeroHedge! Swallow lotsa poisons.


"...DIE 'you misetrable cur, die!" (JULIES CESAR)




Saucy-Jack's picture

Hey .gov workers, do your fuckin job and what your boss tells you.

bh2's picture

Assigning underworked and overpaid government clerks to clerical work is the ultimate insult.

When they run out of FOI requests to process, I'm sure a lot more will come piling in. Idle hands do the devil's work -- so keep those civvy-servs busy doing something they hate until they resign. Then don't rehire.

hound dog vigilante's picture


Yep.  Tillerson has a plan...


Want to reduce headcount but can't fire the dead weight?  Just force the dead weight to do their jobs...  they'll quit w/in 6 mos.  


Attrition.  I've been waiting years for the pols/.gov to start using words like this...



BarkingCat's picture

I would have someone start a political consulting company and then start recruiting these schmucks.

Offer them a very juicy salary and scoop up as many of the high and mid level ones as possible.

Set it up like a think tank and have them get together and pontificate on current events and various policies. 

Work them as teams so they have lots of interaction with each other and also have them create white papers on the topics they are looking at. Make it seam like a wet dream of a job. 

Then after sucking out as much of them as desired from their protected government swamp creature careers,  fold the company.

drstrangelove73's picture

This is the sound the swamp makes when it’s being drained.
Like the sound the wicked witch of the West made “...I’m melting,I’m melting...”

I woke up's picture

Anyone still loyal to Clinton at this point should be fired

Omen IV's picture

The Criminals within should be hanged  - they are useless except for seditious activity

E.F. Mutton's picture

Neutered might be a good idea, too.

Winston Churchill's picture

Piano wire works fine to make geldings.

Does it hurt ?

Only if your finger gets caught in the beight.

E5's picture


Arrest anyone who says they "know" what this is really about.

Afraid of transparency?

"Know" what this is about?

Waterboarding time.  Send them to Copa Cuba.  Have the Union reps meet them there and ... never return.  Conspiracy... more waterboarding.