Oklahoma's attorney general has asked the state's district court to block the release of more emails between Scott Pruitt — the state's former attorney general who now heads the Environmental Protection Agency — and energy companies.
According to The Huffington Post, the AG's office wants a stay on Judge Aletia Haynes Timmons' order to release more emails after the first batch of of 7,564 documents were released on Tuesday.
The first emails released showed that lobbyists from energy giant Devon Energy worked with Pruitt and his aides to draft letters to officials about energy regulations, CNN reports.
"This maneuver is just more stonewalling by Team Pruitt to prevent the American people from seeing public records of national interest that should have been turned over prior to Pruitt's confirmation as head of the EPA," said Lisa Graves, executive director of the Center for Media, a Wisconsin-based watchdog group.
"Pruitt's office had many months to provide his emails with corporate polluters, but is now complaining they don't have enough time."
If the court decides against the AG's request, the Oklahoma office will have until March 3 to release the documents.
Pruitt's nomination to head the EPA was considered controversial since he, as Oklahoma's AG, sued the EPA 13 times, joining challenges by energy companies to rules that were meant to put controls on greenhouse gases and other pollutants, the Post notes.
According to CNN, conservative group America Rising Squared's Jeremy Adler defended Pruitt.
"There was no new information in these emails to support the left's anti-Pruitt fever dreams, instead they showed that he behaved like any accomplished public servant, working with key industries in his state to help his constituents," Adler told CNN.
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