By Chris Mooney
The Office of Special Counsel, an independent U.S. agency that protects whistleblowers and investigates prohibited practices that affect government employees, declined this week to further investigate a questionnaire sent from the Trump transition team to the Energy Department.
The memo asked for the names of staffers who attended international climate change meetings or interagency meetings related to the economic consequences of climate change.
In a letter to Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), Carolyn Lerner, the special counsel, noted that the Trump transition team had said the questionnaire “was not authorized” and that “transition officials are not considered federal employees” legally.
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