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Subpoena Sought Over Allegations EPA Mishandled Records Requests

July 13, 2018, 3:14 PM

The Environmental Protection Agency manipulated its handling of open records requests so that documents from the Obama years got priority over those involving the agency’s embattled former chief, Scott Pruitt, and other Trump administration officials, according to congressional interviews with EPA staffers.

The agency also allowed political appointees to review some planned responses to requests lodged under the Freedom of Information Act, according to interview excerpts cited by Rep. Elijah Cummings, a Maryland Democrat.

“EPA is using a process in which political appointees review FOIA requests and hand select requests to be processed by a different team if...

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