Updated 6:34 p.m. | FOIA for thee, not for me.
The White House wants Congress to subject itself to FOIA requests — but doesn’t want the same level of sunshine to apply to the West Wing. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest appeared to have a preplanned quip at the ready Tuesday when asked about oversight hearings into the administration’s handling of FOIA requests.
He noted the administration processed 647,000 FOIA requests in the prior fiscal year.
“I would note that that is 647,000 more FOIA requests than were processed by the United States Congress,” he said. “And those who are interested in advocating for genuine transparency and government should advocate for Congress being subject to those kinds of transparency measures.”