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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

EPA Delays Release of Jackson Emails After White House Review -- By CJ Ciaramella, The Washington Free Beacon

The Environmental Protection Agency delayed releasing emails from former administrator Lisa Jackson’s secret account to congressional investigators after conferring with the White House, top Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and Senate Committee on Environment and Public works said.

Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (R., Calif.) in a letter released Friday subpoenaed EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy for emails with White House officials regarding the agency’s response to congressional requests.

“Troubling information has recently been brought to my attention that raises questions about the reasons for EPA’s lack of cooperation with the Committee,” Issa wrote. “An email produced in response to a FOIA requests from a non-profit group suggests that the White House may have played a role in EPA withholding information from Congress.”

Issa and Sen. David Vitter (R., La.) sent a letter to McCarthy in April requesting correspondence between her and former EPA Administrator Jackson, who used a secret email account under the alias “Richard Windsor.”

According to the Oversight Committee, the EPA identified 106 emails, but six months later, it has yet to release them to the committee.

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