Judge rules that Pruitt's office must release records requested by advocacy group
OKLAHOMA CITY (KOKH) —
An Oklahoma County judge has ruled that Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt must release records requested by an organization over two years ago.
Oklahoma County Judge Aletia Timmons ruled Feb. 16 that Pruitt's office has until Feb. 20 to release records requested by The Center for Media and Democracy in 2015 and 2016. The group requested communications Pruitt's office had with Koch Industries and other coal, oil and gas corporations. The group states that Pruitt's office acknowledged having over 3,000 documents related to the request. The group announced Feb. 7 that they had filed suit against Pruitt for allegedly violating the Oklahoma Open Records Act.
The Senate is expected to vote on Pruitt to head the Environmental Protection Agency on Friday.
Pruitt was a critic of President Obama's EPA, suing the agency over water regulations and climate change regulations for power plants.
Lincoln Ferguson, spokesman for Pruitt's office, released the following statement on the ruling:
"The Office of Attorney General remains committed to following the letter and spirit of the Open Records Act. In light of that, we are reviewing all of our options in order to ensure fairness to all requestors rather than elevating the importance of some requests over others."