A Washington, D.C.-based legal advocacy group is suing the Trump administration for records it believes will speak to Trump's attempts to politicize the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), reports The Hill.
Democracy Forward in its lawsuit claims the Trump administration is inhibiting science agencies to do their jobs properly and is seeking documents related to the removal of Tim Gallaudet from his position as acting administrator of NOAA in February
"The Trump administration's attacks on scientists speaking the truth are dangerous," Democracy Forward Executive Director Anne Harkavy said in a statement. "We're suing to expose improper attempts to politicize NOAA because the public needs to be able to count on science agencies to do their jobs without political interference."
The suit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.
The group in a statement referenced reports of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross threatening to fire NOAA officials if they did not support Trump's claim Hurricane Dorian might hit Alabama.
"Earlier this year, Sec. Ross abruptly removed NOAA's acting administrator with a reputation for refusing to subject NOAA's climate research to political interference," the group said.
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