Chair­man tells Demo­crat: Info you want is on the in­ter­net

The Washington Times Daily - - NA­TION - — Va­lerie Richard­son

House Democrats seek­ing trans­parency on the In­te­rior Depart­ment’s na­tional-mon­u­ment re­view process might start by check­ing Google, ac­cord­ing to House Nat­u­ral Re­sources Chair­man Rob Bishop.

In a Wed­nes­day re­ply to Rep. Raul Gri­jalva of Ari­zona, the panel’s rank­ing Demo­crat, Mr. Bishop said he found the in­for­ma­tion the Demo­crat has sought af­ter “a few cur­sory Google searches,” adding that the depart­ment has made the de­tails read­ily ac­ces­si­ble on­line.

“Along with the ex­ten­sive news cov­er­age … the depart­ment also in­cluded in­for­ma­tion on his itin­er­ary and me­dia avail­abil­ity for ev­ery day of his trip,” the Utah Repub­li­can said.

“In ad­di­tion, the Sec­re­tary thor­oughly doc­u­mented his en­tire trip through his pub­lic Twit­ter ac­count, where he proved him­self to be quite the am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher when it comes to pho­tograph­ing the beau­ti­ful nat­u­ral land­scapes of my state,” Mr. Bishop said.

Mr. Gri­jalva fired off a let­ter last week to Mr. Zinke ask­ing him for a de­tailed itin­er­ary and list of his meet­ings in Utah and else­where, along with an ac­count­ing of pub­lic comments, “in the spirit of the trans­parency and open gov­ern­ment.”

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