6-17-16 – What Is AG Sorrell Hiding?

by Rob Roper

According to a Vermont Watchdog story, Attorney General Bill Sorrell is being sued for withholding public documents requested under the Freedom of Information Act relating to his involvement in a lawsuit targeting Exxon Mobil for, ironically, allegedly withholding information from the public.

Sorrell is part of a cabal of Attorneys General charging that Exxon Mobil somehow violated RICO (The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act ) laws by “denying” climate change. However, as evidence regarding the case comes to light it is becoming more apparent that the AGs are engaged in little more than a shakedown operation with the intent of intimidating and silencing their political critics.

As Kimberly Strassel wrote in the Wall Street Journal, “The goal of the Exxon probe isn’t to protect consumers or help the environment. It’s a message: Oppose us, and we will marshal our terrifying government powers to intimidate and threaten you, to force you to spend millions defending yourself, to eat up the time you’d otherwise use speaking out.”

If further evidence bears this out — oh the sweet justice! — it would be Sorrell who is running afoul of RICO. “Aren’t you part of a legal conspiracy to harm the constitutional rights of others, making you subject to RICO?” asked David Schnare, general counsel for Energy and Environment Legal Institute, posing a question for Sorrell.

Documents released by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey reveal that the Exxon Mobil suit is just a cover for going after conservative organizations such as Americans for Prosperity, ALEC, and The Beacon Hill Institute. After seeing the upshot from Healey’s situation, Sorrell has decided to go on information lock down – in violation of the law!

As attorney Schnare put it, these AGs are now “facing pressure to not follow their own laws in order to keep secret public documents the public has a right to see.”

– Rob Roper is president of the Ethan Allen Institute

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Don Chioffi June 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

That’s certainly nothing new. Endemic in the whole of the Liberal Leftist government we have given ourselves (albeit willingly to this point). The Mayor of Rutland has done the same thing with the FOIA request for information on the REFUGEE RESETTLEMENT PROGRAM, stonewalling the citizenry of the entire County. None of them care one whit about the rule of law or any transparency required by it. We are in a sad state of affairs in this whole country and Vermont is certainly compliant in that sad state.

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Peg C June 17, 2016 at 9:08 pm

Does Sorrell’s actions surprise anyone? It is definitely an interesting circus when the left begins to feed on their “own.”

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Jim Bulmer June 17, 2016 at 9:48 pm

When a pip sqeek from a very small state tries to play big time, you can see what happens!!! He’s in so far over his head it would be funny if he were not from my state, Vermont.

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Milton Eaton June 19, 2016 at 7:37 pm

It isn’t just our little man. There seems to be an epidemic of AGs going out to shake down any deep pockets in imitation of the tort lawyers, but backed by the force of the government.
Too bad they personally, and the government, can’t be libel for all defense costs. We unhappily seem to have a serial looser for an AG.

Oh, happy father’s day.

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Paul Hudson June 19, 2016 at 9:02 pm

Hi all,
I’m sorry to see my friend, Bill Sorrell, in this apparent jam. Since Al Gore poisoned the science, the underlying theory of global warming has become as unstable as a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest. Paul F. Hudson

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