Interior sued to force release of internal NMon review communications

A lawsuit was filed Wednesday to obtain Interior Department records and communications pertaining to Secretary Ryan Zinke's review of 27 national monuments established since 1996. The filing, by the Center for Biological Diversity, claims the department is unlawfully withholding those documents.

“Zinke’s review of these national monuments has been a sham from the start – so it’s no wonder they’re keeping this process out of the public view,” said Meg Townsend, open government staff attorney with the Center. “Why would he hide his emails and his schedule unless he doesn’t want the public to know who he’s talking to? Zinke's deluded if he thinks his Roosevelt image squares with the Trump administration's sellout of our public heritage to oil, gas, mining and timber industries.”

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