Townhall discusses with Sam Kazman the subpoena CEI recieved from Attorney General Claude Walker.
The courts backed ExxonMobil in standing up to what the company called a “fishing expedition” by Healey. Walker learned an even tougher lesson. He decided to become the lead dog in the witch hunt, going after not just records from ExxonMobil but from groups, such as the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian think tank (where this writer used to work), for donor records, which are private, and all communications with ExxonMobil.
Not only was Walker rebuffed legally by ExxonMobil, but his subpoena of the Competitive Enterprise Institute ran afoul of a Washington, D.C., law that prohibits legal actions taken to harass political opponents. He was forced to withdraw the subpoena, but his local counsel says he can reinstitute at any time.
Because of this, CEI seeks legal sanctions against his office for its harassment of the organization and attempt to silence opponents in a political argument.
“This was an abuse of process, plain and simple, and we’re determined to see that Walker faces sanctions for an action whose illegality he refuses to recognize,” wrote Sam Kazman, CEI’s chief legal counsel.
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