Watchdog group sues Oklahoma AG Scott Pruitt for alleged open records violations

February 08, 2017

By Randy Krenbiel –

A liberal-leaning watchdog group sued Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Tuesday alleging violation of the state Open Records Act.

Pruitt spokesman Lincoln Ferguson called the lawsuit “political theater” — a phrase used by Republican U.S. senators who are trying to confirm Pruitt as head of the Environmental Protection Agency.

The Oklahoma County lawsuit by the Wisconsin-based Center for Media and Democracy alleges that Pruitt and his office have not responded to open records requests that are as much as two years old.

“General Pruitt has had two years to respond to a lawful request for documents from his office,” said Ryan Kiesel, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Oklahoma. “Instead of complying, he has stonewalled public interest groups, the U.S. Senate and the American people,” said Kiesel, who is acting as co-counsel in the suit.

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