JULIANNE MALVEAUX

(TriceEdneyWire.com)—My grandmother, and yours, too probably, used to say that things done in the dark would eventually come to light.  There is way too much “dark” public policy being done by this administration, too many instances when whispers and innuendo are substitutes for truth and transparency.  If 45 wonders why there are so many leaks from the Oval Office, perhaps he ought to consider more transparency.  Instead, he veers in the other direction, with lies and secrets.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Principal Deputy White House Press Secretary did a good job of playing bait-and-switch at the meeting of Thursday, June 22.  Sanders could not answer questions clearly, especially about 45’s Twitter assertion that he made no tapes of his conversation with fired FBI Director James Comey. This admission comes more than a month after 45’s May 12 suggestion that he might have tapes of his conversation with Comey.  His threat was, perhaps, meant to intimidate Comey, but it apparently had an opposite effect and now the President is mired in several investigations.

The fact that Huckabee Sanders, who is as comical as her boss, Sean Spicer, could not answer questions, was only one part of the flawed press conference.  Broadcast networks were not allowed to broadcast the press conference.  They had no notice that they would not be allowed to broadcast.  According to one CNN commentator, the cameras were set up, prepared to broadcast, and their feed was turned off.  What are they afraid of?  Are they afraid that their smirks and sighs will be interpreted as disrespectful?  Are they afraid that broadcasting moments like the one where 45 asked April Ryan to arrange a meeting for him with the Congressional Black Caucus be perceived as racist and condescending?  Failing to allow broadcast networks access to press conferences reeks of obtuse fear.

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