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New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has apparently not officially communicated with California about an ongoing probe targeting ExxonMobil, according to an email his office sent to The Daily Caller News Foundation.
California’s AG office has toyed with the media for nearly a year about the possibility of joining the years-long investigation into Exxon’s climate record. The admission also comes despite months of media coverage heavily implying Schneiderman is working to recruit California to join his probe.
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“Please be advised that the Office of the Attorney General has conducted a diligent search and has located no records that respond to your request,” New York Assistant AG Michael Jerry wrote in a Dec. 29 email responding to a Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) request TheDCNF made last year. Schneiderman’s office of public records has not responded to requests for further explanation.
TheDCNF filed the FOIL in July 2017 “requesting an opportunity to inspect or obtain copies of email communications” or documents between Schneiderman and California AG Xavier Becerra pertaining to the “Exxon Mobil climate probe.” The request asked for any communication between March 2013 and June 27, 2017.
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The New York AG’s admission is unusual considering Schneiderman has consistently used a FOIL “law enforcement” exemption in the past to justify blocking public records requests pertaining to inquiries into his pursuit of Exxon.
He refused to hand over emails last year between his office and wealthy donors such as Rockefeller Brothers Fund, Rockefeller Family Fund, and billionaire activist Tom Steyer. He claimed at the time that whatever communication he has with donors is part of the investigation.
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California’s AG office, for its part, has continually played a type of rope-a-dope with the media when asked about the investigation. Becerra, a Democrat who became the state’s lead AG in 2016, for instance, took a page out of the playbook...
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