He could have used lines secured by some TLA / OGA like somebody who gave a shit about intelligence or security. But no, use some off the consumer shelf phone like your equally dumb boss.
Do “White House official” and “knowledge” even go together anymore? Any time the White House supposedly says something, its just time for another eye roll.
There’s so much to unpack here.
He’s the Chief of Staff to the most powerful person on Earth, and he doesn’t use email. Might that significantly impede his ability to serve the most powerful person on Earth? What if more and more of his peers and staff follow his lead? Isn’t relying on word of mouth like Donnie Brasco something we’d want to avoid if we wanted a functioning government?
He’s so scared of records, of FOIA? Why? What is he doing, as a implementer of government policy, that must not see the light of day? (Nothing secret/classified can be released, so national security cannot be the consideration here.) It must be that, like Pruitt, he doesn’t want his political opponents knowing what he’s doing or planning to do, the better to advance his policies.
Well, but, by definition that portion of the American public who aren’t his political enemies won’t object to his policies. His political friends don’t want him to be “held accountable” either.
Change that to “the American public” and you have the idea. They don’t want to be held accountable. Period.
It may be as old as politics, but that practice took a significant uptick when FOI requests started to make their way through politics.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for FOI practices, and openness, but the law of unintended consequences is in full swing here.
Future historians will have all sorts of diaries, memos, documents, and such that give an incredible amount of insight into the deliberative process, what people were really thinking, what they really thought of other politicians, what made them chose a certain policy option, for everything up to mid-1900’s. Everything after that, all you’re going to be able to find is the final documents, and things made with the knowledge that everything is FOI-able.
I can’t remember the last time I was bored…
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