Watchdog Sues Interior, Seeks Info On Former Bloomberg Worker

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At a glance

  • A federal watchdog sued the Department of the Interior (DOI) last week for non-compliance with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request that targeted high-ranking officials in the U.S. agency.
  • The lawsuit was filed on Nov. 8 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia after more than a full year since Protect the Public’s Trust (PPT) received a reply from the DOI regarding Raina Thiele, Martha Williams, and Elizabeth Klein, who is Interior Secretary Deb Haaland’s senior counselor.
  • As previously reported in Legal Newsline, it is alleged that Klein failed to fully reveal to ethics officials the scope of her deputy director job at the State Energy & Environmental Impact Center (SEEIC), which is funded by billionaire and climate litigation advocate Michael Bloomberg.

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