Judge issues Order to Show Cause against White House OSTP in FOIA case

Judges don’t like it when someone makes a claim that turns out not to be true in order to get a lawsuit dismissed, such as claiming records don’t exist when they do. The White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) failed to disclose the existence of some records in response to a Freedom of Information Act request until after a federal judge had already ruled in the case.

When the judge found out, he issued an Order to Show Cause on Wednesday evening asking OSTP to explain why the Court should not impose sanctions on it, or permit discovery against it.  Continue…