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Cause of Action Institute sues Trump White House over OMB’s failure to support transparency

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The Washington-based legal watchdog Cause of Action Institute filed a federal lawsuit Thursday demanding the White House Office of Management and Budget, run by former South Carolina congressman John M. “Mick” Mulvaney, complete and enact rules to promote public disclosure of agency records.

James Valvo, CoA Institute counsel and senior policy advisor, said President Donald J. Trump and his OMB do not act as though they have any plan to finalize rules and update the Freedom of Information Request fee schedule to bring the rules in line with legislation and judicial rulings.

“This lawsuit is a great opportunity for the Trump administration to show its leadership on transparency issues,” Valvo said.

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“FOIA requesters are often deterred due to high costs agencies charge to produce records,” he said.

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“In recent years, the courts have clarified that many groups beyond traditional journalists are now eligible for news media fee waivers,” he said. “Updating OMB’s FOIA guidance to reflect this broad definition is critical.”

The lawsuit is made up of two petitions. The first requests the OMB align the FOIA fees in current law and the second requests the Trump administration follow the example of previous administrations with transparency with earmarks requests from federal agencies of the executive branch.

“The FOIA law requires OMB to establish these guidelines and requires every agencies’ fee rules to conform to OMB’s guidance,” Valvo said. “The FOIA Advisory Committee and the Archivist of the United States have also recommended that OMB update this guidance.”

Cause of Action’s second petition is based on a continuum of executive orders that began with President George W. Bush’s Executive Order 13457, he said. “The Trump administration has yet to address this issue.”

Read the lawsuit here.

 

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HUGE: Court Documents Reveal Shot Kenosha Rioter Joseph Rosenbaum Was a Convicted Child Rapist

Convicted pedophile Joseph Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation at the Kenosha riots.

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New court documents of the Pima County, Arizona circuit court reveal that Joseph Rosenbaum was convicted of various sex crimes against children in Arizona in 2002.

Rosenbaum was killed in an altercation while rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last week. He is seen on camera lunging at 17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse, who eventually shot him, claiming he acted in self defense when Rosenbaum attempted to take the AR-15 rifle he was carrying. Rittenhouse attempted to flee the scene, and was pursued by two other rioters, one armed with a gun. He tripped and fell, and when the other rioters assailed him, he shot them both. Rosenbaum and one other rioter were killed, and a third wounded. Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree murder in the shootings.

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Shortly after Rosenbaum was identified as one of the deceased individuals, it became public knowledge that he was on the Wisconsin sex offender registry, for crimes committed in Arizona.

The man who may very well have set off the violent altercation is a convicted pedophile, judging from the court documents that were published Wednesday. A presentence report reveals that Rosenbaum committed a range of sex crimes against several boys from the ages of nine to eleven years old, including outright rape.

More documents reveal the legal proceedings against Rosenbaum.

Rosenbaum would be convicted of two of the eleven total charges.

Some leftists had speculated that Rosenbaum was merely a victim of the criminal justice system upon the revelation that he was a convicted sex offender, claiming he had been merely been railroaded for sexual activity with his 17-year old girlfriend as an adult, or something of the like. The new documents disprove such an assertion, demonstrating that Rosenbaum was convicted for some of the most heinous child sex crimes known to society, including the outright rape of children.

Previous criminal records of parties involved in use-of-force incidences aren’t usually admissible in court cases, but Rittenhouse’s argument of self defense appears more credible when his word is placed against the conduct of a convicted pedophile.

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