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District Court Rejects CEI FOIA Suit Over State Department Paris Memo

September 16, 2020
A federal district court is rejecting the free-market Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) lawsuit seeking to force disclosure of the Obama State Department’s legal memo supporting the previous administration’s decision to join the Paris climate deal as an “executive agreement” rather than a treaty that requires Senate ratification. In his Sept. 15 ruling in CEI v. Department of State , Judge Amit Mehta of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia concludes that the department’s “withholding of the legal...

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