Giffords Law Center sues Trump administration over ties to ‘Washington gun lobby’
By Christen Smith
President Donald Trump and NRA president Wayne LaPierre shake hands on stage at the NRA leadership forum in April. The Giffords Law Center alleges the “Washington gun lobby” exerts too much influence over Trump’s judicial nominees. (Photo: Getty Images)
The Giffords Law Center sued the Department of Justice this week over claims the agency didn’t turn over correspondence between the Trump administration and gun rights lobbyists in a timely manner.
The center — led by former Arizona Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords — petitioned the DOJ via three separate Freedom of Information Act requests for “any and all communications” containing search terms including prominent gun groups, their representatives and federal court nominees, among more than a dozen other words and phrases.
The point, the center says in its 18-page complaint filed Tuesday, is to shine a light on the “Washington gun lobby” and its influence over the president’s picks for federal court appointments.
“We’ve demanded that the administration turn over any records that show the gun lobby’s attempts to influence who gets named to the federal courts because the public deserves and needs to know who is calling the shots on judges,” said Robyn Thomas, executive director of the Giffords Law Center, in a news release Tuesday. “Because the