A U.S. District Court judge slammed the Environmental Protection Agency’s destruction of emails sought by the conservative Landmark Legal Foundation in a 2012 Freedom Of Immigration Request. The Washington Examiner,
Though Judge Royce C. Lamberth denied the request for sanctions against the EPA by Landmark, which is run by conservative talk show host and former Reagan staffer Mark Levin, she lambasted the agency over its actions in response to Landmark’s 2012 FOIA request.
“Either EPA intentionally sought to evade Landmark’s lawful FOIA request so the agency could destroy responsive documents,” Lamberth wrote in his decision. “Or EPA demonstrated apathy and carelessness toward Landmark’s request.”
“Either way,” Lamberth added, it “reflects poorly upon EPA and surely serves to diminish the public’s trust in the agency.”
Landmark sought emails, text messages and other material from high-ranking EPA officials, including former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson, related to the the release dates of key environmental regulations. Landmark was seeking to determine if EPA officials purposely delayed the implementation of the regulations until after the November 6, 2012, presidential election in order to shield President Obama from political damage.