Youngkin Administration Setting Precedent of Secrecy
Richmond, VA – As reported by The Washington Post, Governor Youngkin is facing a second lawsuit over his “tip line” to report “divisive practices” in schools. A nonprofit ethics watchdog group filed the suit Monday, after Governor Youngkin continues to refuse to release the received emails from numerous FOIA requests. In a gross abuse of power, the Governor is claiming executive privilege over public information saying they are, “working papers and correspondence of the Office of the Governor.”
This comes after the Governor was sued by over a dozen media organizations for hiding records and refusing to release “tip line” emails in violation of FOIA law. Outlets including Sinclair Broadcast Group, the Associated Press, NBCUniversal Media and many others joined the suit.
Since the release of the Governor’s divisive “tip line,” his administration has faced backlash from across the country. A growing list of educators, students, parents, and more have all condemned the Governor's efforts to bully educators and whitewash history.
“The Governor isn’t the co-CEO of a company anymore – he is the governor of the Commonwealth and works for Virginians who deserve full transparency,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “The Governor has overstepped his bound. His rashness to use executive privilege over simple correspondence is unnerving and unfortunately is setting a dangerous precedent of secrecy for the next four years.”