Texas’ flagship educational institution is burning through cash trying to prevent anyone from seeing just how badly their admissions process has been politicized and monetized. That’s the only conclusion one can reasonably draw from the actions taken by the University of Texas in preventing the release of documents to the media… and UT regents.

That’s right. UT is now in court trying to stop the release of documents to UT regents — those pesky individuals who are constitutionally given oversight — as well as to the Austin American Statesman, which apparently just finally decided they might ought to cover the scandal in their own backyard.

Summary: it’s been uncovered that under-qualified students were admitted to UT, apparently on the basis of relationships those students’ families had with politicians like Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio), Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo), and disgraced former State Rep. Dan Branch (R-Highland Park).

Hillary Clinton and Bill McRaven: hiding documents from oversight.

Hillary Clinton and Bill McRaven: hiding documents from oversight.

The UT System’s chancellor, Hillary Clinton devotee Bill McRaven, has been working hard to sweep the whole controversy under a burnt orange rug.

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton ruled that the tax-funded institution must release certain documents to Hall, as well as to the media. UT has now filed lawsuits seeking to overturn Paxton’s ruling.

What’s McRaven trying to hide? Like his pal Hillary Clinton, he doesn’t want anyone to take a look at the emails and files under his care. That he and the UT inner circle are going to such lengths to hide documents from overview and scrutiny only leads to the inevitable conclusions that abuse of trust reaches higher, and goes deeper, than previously know.

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, and a dog. Check out his podcast, Reflections on Life and Liberty.

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