The FOIA Project
PPT filed suit after DOE failed to respond within the statutory limit.
Luke Rosiak, The Daily Wire
NSBA demanded that the White House consider deploying “the PATRIOT ACT in regards to domestic terrorism” against individuals, including parents, who acted inappropriately, saying, “As these acts of malice, violence, and threats against public school officials have increased, the classification of these heinous actions could be the equivalent to a form of domestic terrorism and hate crimes.” It provided no evidence for how recent interactions could fall into those categories, or why if there were crimes committed, they would not be handled by local police. Incidents it cited in footnotes include cases of parents “mocking” school board members or offering “insults.”
Almost immediately, on Monday, Garland’s DOJ took action, ordering the FBI to work with local authorities to curb “harassment” and “threats of violence” against school administrators.
Tristan Justice, The Federalist
The nominee’s trial in committee was made all the more complicated by her claim to have never been the subject of a government investigation. When asked in a standard questionnaire whether she had “ever been investigated, arrested, charged by any federal, state, or local law enforcement authority for the violation of any federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance, other than a minor traffic offense,” Stone-Manning wrote no.
Yet she had even complained about the tree spiking investigation to the local press in 1990.
“It was degrading. It changed my awareness of the power of the government,” she told the Spokesman-Review. “Yes, this is happening to me and not someone in Panama. And yes, the government does do bad things sometimes.”
John Block, The Piñon Post
On Wednesday, the watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking unreleased records of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s schedule and travel log. The group says the suit followed indications that “political appointees may be responsible for the lack of transparency,” according to Just The News.
The group says that during Haaland’s time on the House Natural Resources Committee while she served in Congress, she and her colleagues “lodged multiple complaints regarding online calendars they believed were delayed or provided insufficient detail.”
Now, her staffer who formerly worked for far-left Rep. Raúl Grijalva, the chairman of the Committee, oversees Haaland’s calendar. Protect the Public’s Trust says that “it appears the agency may be intentionally withholding” the full schedule, which is only publicly accessible in a “skeleton version.”
Breccan F. Thies, Breitbart News
Government watchdog Protect the Public’s Trust (PTPT) filed a lawsuit Wednesday morning to force the U.S. Department of the Interior to hand over Secretary Deb Haaland’s calendar, meetings, and travel information, per the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
“Political interference may be behind Interior’s roadblocks to releasing information readily available in previous administrations,” the press release from PTPT stated, citing comments from Interior’s communications director, Melissa Schwartz, that “indicate potential interference by political appointees” and a “lack of transparency.”
PTPT’s lawsuit notes that previous administrations have regularly made this information available to the public but that “the American public currently has access only to a skeleton version of Secretary Haaland’s first two weeks, with no information provided for the nearly six months since.”
Departmental leaders’ visitor logs, calendars, and other information are typically made public so as not to give the impression of impropriety and political influence from outside the departments.
Tristan Justice, The Federalist
A government watchdog group is suing the Interior Department over access to Secretary Deb Haaland’s schedule, which has been kept under seal through nearly her entire seven-month tenure.
The transparency non-profit Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) filed the lawsuit after a series of records requested under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) failed to generate documents months after solicitation.
“Compliance with public information laws isn’t supposed to happen merely at convenience of federal agencies or their press shops. It’s a legal obligation,” said the group’s director, Michael Chamberlain. “The American public deserves much better than what Secretary Haaland’s Department of Interior is delivering.”
Group says during the two previous administrations secretary’s calendar regularly posted on the department’s website.
Just the News Staff, Just the News
The watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court seeking unreleased records of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s schedule and travel log, following indications, the organization said, that “political appointees may be responsible for the lack of transparency.”
The group said that during the last two administrations the secretary’s calendar was regularly posted on the department’s website and that the suit follows a request in May for the information via a Freedom of Information Act request.
The group also said concerns about political appointees’ possible involvement in the nondisclosure is based on comments by the department’s director of communications.
Matthew Foldi, Washington Free Beacon
A watchdog group is suing the Department of Energy, saying the department has illegally stonewalled requests for public documents that pertain to possible misconduct by a top official.
The Thursday complaint by Protect the Public’s Trust, which was first obtained by the Washington Free Beacon, says the Department of Energy has “failed to produce a single record” in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for documents from the agency. The watchdog group is investigating whether Kelly Speakes-Backman, who leads the agency’s office on energy efficiency and renewable energy, has pushed the goals of her former employer, an association that promotes electric batteries, in her government position.
“News reports raise serious questions about a ‘pattern of ethical issues’ at the Department of Energy and specifically Ms. Speakes-Backman’s ability to fulfill her duties without endorsing the work of her former employer and without favoring her former employer’s members,” the complaint states.
Protect the Public’s Trust director Michael Chamberlain said months of working to get the documents from Department of Energy made clear that litigation was the only route.
Fred Lucas, Fox News
President Biden appointed a senior-level official to the Environmental Protection Agency who did not quit his job at a Hong Kong university – prompting concern among members of Congress and a government watchdog group regarding the university’s links to the Chinese government.
Chris Frey was appointed in February to serve as deputy assistant administrator for science policy at the EPA’s Office of Research and Development. In May, Frey disclosed that he was on an unpaid leave of absence from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.
“This appointment showed a lack of judgment from the Biden administration,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., told Fox News. “Frey will be one of the highest-level officials in the EPA.”
Norman led a letter with four other Republicans on the House Oversight and Reform Committee seeking information from the EPA about communications between Frey and the university since Jan. 20; communications between Frey and the EPA related to potential Biden administration policy on China; and all communications among EPA ethics officials regarding Frey’s prior connections with Chinese entities.
The government watchdog group Protect the Public’s Trust first obtained Frey’s May 11 ethics recusal statement through the Freedom of Information Act. The group’s director, Michael Chamberlain, called the university “an arm of the Chinese government.”