It’s actually rather shocking that a legal order was needed which allows Exxon to defend itself
(ABC News) A federal judge has opened the way for Exxon Mobil Corp. to seek documents and question witnesses who may help the Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey investigate whether the company hid what it knew about climate change.
U.S. District Court Judge Ed Kinkeade in Dallas said Thursday that critical comments Healey made at a news conference raised the possibility that she acted in “bad faith” by issuing a subpoena against the company.
Healey and New York’s attorney general have accused Exxon of committing securities fraud by misleading investors and the public about what the company knew about the link between burning fossil fuels and climate change.
The whole thing is a politically motivated witch hunt, working in collusion with private interest groups.
(Washington Examiner) The judge wants Healey to fork over documents that would help him understand the basis for her investigation. Opponents of the probe say the federal court could unravel the Democrats’ efforts by revealing what emails and other documents obtained by Freedom of Information Act requests have shown — that the investigation is based on specious facts and is driven by politics, not policy, the law or science.
“We know from FOIA’d emails that the AGs in Schneiderman’s climate coalition tried to hide behind a Common Interest Agreement, which would keep their correspondence on the Exxon investigations secret,” according to a blog posted by the oil industry-backed group Energy In Depth. “But sunlight is the best disinfectant, they say, and that is exactly what taxpayers will get [as] a result of today’s action.”
Everything that Healey turns over to the judge will be available for Exxon to see, as the legal system says. Healey and the others involved have been hiding information from the defendant, Exxon, in clear violation of the Constitution. Expect her to fight tooth and nail to not comply with the legal order, because, as we all know, Democrats hate transparency and acting in a lawful manner.