True North Reports: Vermont AG office fights records request for a year only to say records don’t exist

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by Michael Bielawski
True North Reports

After a yearlong court battle against a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, the Vermont attorney general’s office says it has no records to turn over relating to a multi-state investigation of groups opposed to climate change policies.

Attorney General TJ Donovan’s office on Monday sent a letter to the Energy and Environment Legal Institute indicating that it had no emails to deliver to the group. A representative from the legal institute told True North the move represents a change in the office’s story.

“It’s a very confusing letter. For almost a year they said that they had records and they were exempt and they didn’t have to give them to us.” Matthew Hardin, a lawyer for Energy and Environment Legal Institute, said. “The court said they have to give us records and now they say they don’t have any records after all.”

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