Trump regime fights against releasing details on national monument decision

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

“The U.S. government says it does not have to release documents involving legal arguments for President Donald Trump’s decision to shrink national monuments because they are protected presidential communications. The Department of Justice made a more detailed request of a federal judge in Idaho last week to dismiss a lawsuit from an environmental law firm, one of several tied to the monument reductions. Forcing the documents to be made public ‘would disrupt the president’s ability to carry out his constitutional responsibilities,’ the filing says. Justice Department attorneys also said that their release would disrupt the attorney-client relationship between the department’s Office of Legal Counsel and its clients in the executive branch. The Boise-based firm Advocates for the West sued for 12 documents withheld from a public records request related to Trump’s decision to reduce two sprawling monuments in Utah. He also is considering scaling back other monuments.” (02/13/18)

https://www.sfgate.com/news/science/article/Trump-fights-releasing-details-on-national-12610894.php

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