FOIA

Feds Want Text Messages Exempt From FOIA

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The researcher who exposed former EPA chief Lisa P. Jackson's private email account is now taking aim at her potential successor — and is expanding the inquiry into the world of mobile phone text messages, which are shaping up as the next frontier in open-records legal battles.

Christopher Horner, the researcher, has requested some phone text message records from Gina McCarthy, An Environmental Protection Agency assistant administrator whom President Obama has tapped for the top job. Mr. Horner wants to see the texts Ms. McCarthy was sending during the days she appeared before Congress over the past four years.

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