Former aides dish on how Pruitt has been delaying FOIA requests

How does Administrator Scott Pruitt dodge the tidal wave of Freedom of Information Act requests concerning his Environmental Protection Agency? Answer all the Obama-era requests first before tending to the new ones (you know, the ones that have been getting him into so much trouble lately). According to Pruitt's former chief of staff and others—and made public in a letter by congressman Elijah Cummings, who is on the House Oversight Committee investigating the matter—the EPA has adopted a “first-in, first-out” policy. The evasion strategy has undoubtedly exacerbated the mounting illegal delays on thousands of backlogged requests—a reported 200 percent increase over the previous administration's EPA.


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