Virginia AG Hit With Lawsuit For Efforts To Bring Aboard Bloomberg-Funded Climate Prosecutors

The Washington Times cited CEI’s Senior Fellow Chris Horner’s lawsuit against Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring.

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring was hit with a lawsuit Wednesday aimed at unearthing the details of his efforts to bring on a lawyer to pursue climate litigation through a program paid for by billionaire Michael Bloomberg.

Chris Horner, senior fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), said he filed the lawsuit after Mr. Herring’s office refused to provide documents to support its 2017 application for a New York University law fellow to work as a “clean energy special assistant attorney general.”

The Office of the Virginia Attorney General told Mr. Horner that it had no such records in response to his earlier open-records request, which he called “inconceivable.”

“Given the apparent prohibitions in the Virginia Code against this arrangement, not to mention due process concerns, it is inconceivable the commonwealth’s top legal office claimed authority to do this without considering whether it’s legal,” Mr. Horner said.

“We seek confirmation if this is the case and to find out how the OAG could claim to have ‘no records’ responsive to these requests,” said Mr. Horner, who filed the petition on behalf of himself and CEI in Richmond Circuit Court.

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