FOIA Suit Seeks DOI Chief's Correspondence With Lobbyists

By Sophia Morris (August 21, 2019, 10:11 PM EDT) -- A conservation group sued the U.S. Department of the Interior in D.C. federal court Wednesday, claiming the agency has failed to provide it with requested documents relating to Secretary David Bernhardt's communications with his former lobbying clients.

Western Values Project says it requested documents under the Freedom of Information Act from the DOI regarding Bernhardt's communications with clients from his time as a lobbyist for the oil and agribusiness industries.

The requested documents include all emails, internal department messages, Google chat messages, text messages, WhatsApp messages, Signal messages, faxes, Facebook messages, Microsoft Lync messages and Twitter direct messages that have been...

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