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FOIA News: Watchdog calls on Trump to fulfill Obama-era FOIA requests

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Watchdog calls on Trump to fulfill Obama-era FOIA requests

By Todd Shepherd, Washington Examiner, April 7, 2017

A free-market watchdog is calling on President Trump to release documents that were sought under the Freedom of Information Act requests that were blocked during the Obama administration, and in particular wants Trump to release documents related to the policies he's thinking about overturning.

Chris Horner is a senior fellow at the conservative Competitive Enterprise Institute think tank, which advances "limited government, free enterprise, and individual liberty." Horner argues that if the Trump administration is as focused on overturning Obama-era rules and regulations as it has promised to be, it only makes sense that the government release documents showing how those rules were created in the first place.

"Before Trump spends one more dime of our money on these initiatives, he should require his appointees ensure a prompt review of what has been denied to the public on key [Obama] administration priorities," Horner said.

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