It’s one of the most common accusations critics make against the Biden administration: lack of transparency.
Some claim the current administration isn’t forthcoming when it comes to sharing information with the American people. Others say they’re even less transparent when it comes to legal issues.
Now, a watchdog group accuses Biden’s White House of violating federal law for not providing critical evidence.
On Monday, Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT), a non-profit watchdog group, filed official requests in court. These were filed under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), which requires the government to publicly share certain info.
This is related to a case involving the daughter of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland.
From Fox News:
A watchdog group filed two federal lawsuits against the Biden administration Monday, alleging it has violated federal law by not sharing communications involving Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s daughter.
Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) asked a federal court in the lawsuits — one filed against the Department of the Interior (DOI) and the other filed against the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) — to compel the two agencies to comply with its information requests.
Previously, a breaking report revealed that Somah Haaland “had lobbied federal lawmakers on hot-button oil and gas leasing issues over which her mother has oversight.”
PPT Director Michael Chamberlain says this suggests that Secretary Haaland “could be conflicted on issues under her authority.”
Chamberlain’s team is demanding the DOI be more transparent about interactions between Somah Haaland and senior Department officials. But so far, the agency in question hasn’t complied with the request.
Haaland was one of several climate activists who tried to block fossil fuel drilling in New Mexico, and lobbied lawmakers to make it happen.
The Biden Administration promised a return to normalcy but the ties of Interior leaders to activist organizations that sometimes employ controversial tactics represents anything but a return to normalcy.
Critics call Haaland and the rest of her ilk climate extremists, who frequently violate existing law in order to push their green agenda.
And if Haaland is being protected by her mother, or the federal government is withholding the requested communications intentionally, this needs to be addressed.
But as is the case with several other situations, it appears as if Biden’s agencies simply aren’t willing to cooperate. Or at least, they don’t want to cooperate unless a court forces them to.
- A watchdog group filed 2 federal lawsuits against the Biden administration this week.
- They claim two federal agencies haven’t complied with requests for information, which they should get via the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
- The case involves the climate activist daughter of Interior Secretary Deb Haaland, Somah Haaland.
Source: Fox News