After the Attorneys General and Al Gore announced they would prosecute climate change deniers, Attorney General Claude Walker subpoenaed all climate change-related records, communications, and other data from Libertarian and Conservative groups.
They hope to prove a trumped up RICO lawsuit against Mobil and anyone who supports them and other fossil fuel organizations.
One of those organizations is the limited government organization, The Competitive Enterprise Institute, which refused to comply with the subpoena.
Claude Walker (AG Walker) withdrew the District of Columbia subpoena action against the Competitive Enterprise Institute (CEI), however, they did not withdraw an original subpoena which means, as CEI wrote in a press release, “AG Walker can move at any moment to continue his unconstitutional intimidation campaign against the free market group and others who oppose his view of climate change.”
They will be back. Of that, there is no doubt.
CEI has a motion for sanctions against AG Walker that is pending in court.
CEI General Counsel Sam Kazman said, “CEI is going forward with our motion for sanctions because Walker’s withdrawal only strengthens our claim that this subpoena was a constitutional outrage from the very beginning, violating our right to free speech and our donors’ right to confidentiality, and threatening the right of all Americans to express views that go against some party line. This subpoena was an abuse of process, plain and simple, and we’re determined to see that Walker faces sanctions for his illegal actions that he refuses to recognize.”
See the notice of termination here.
See more about CEI’s climate subpoena fight here.