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Climate change-doubting group slams AGs for 'un-American' investigation

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Washington Examiner reports on CEI's video about the subpoena they recieved from Attorney General Claude Walker. 

A group targeted by Democratic attorneys general in a climate change investigation hit back at subpoenas they call "unlawful and un-American" in a new video posted Tuesday.

The Competitive Enterprise Institute fought off a subpoena from U.S. Virgin Islands Attorney General Claude Walker earlier this year. Walker's subpoena was sent to the group to try and get information about ExxonMobil's donations to the climate change-doubting think tank from 1997 to 2007.

Walker believed he was trying to investigate what ExxonMobil knew about how fossil fuels impact climate change and when, but CEI leaders say it was a battle over freedom of speech.

"No American should fear being singled out and harassed by a government official who takes a different point of view on public policy questions," says Kent Lassman, president of the group in the video.

CEI and its lawyers put enough pressure on Walker to cause him to rescind his subpoena and they're now seeking formal punishment for Walker.

"Our first reaction was 'Hell no! This thing is one unconstitutional fishing expedition,'" CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman said in the video. "The real thing that they're after is to shut down the global warming debate."

Read the full article at Washington Examiner.