Washington Times reports on a judge granting discovery to CEI in their Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the White House's science policy office.
In this most recent case, the Competitive Enterprise Institute was trying to force the White House office of science and technology policy to release documents backing up Director John C. Holdren’s finding that global warming was making winters colder — a claim disputed by climate scientists.
Initially the office said it found just 11 pages of documents, none of which included drafts of the director’s final conclusions. Later, the office acknowledged that it found 47 pages of drafts but tried to withhold them, claiming they were protected from release because they were seen only within the administration.
Hans Bader, senior attorney at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, said they hope to use discovery to find out who else Mr. Holdren shared his conclusions with and to try to find out why the office’s process for searching its own files was broken.
“You can’t rely on these agency search requests anymore because they just habitually do these inadequate or sloppy searches and file a declaration in court to make these cases go away,” Mr. Bader said. “Nobody ever satisfies the information of any of my FOIA requests. To the extent they give me the information is because we sue.”
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