From the Democratic Party of Virginia:
What Is There To Hide? Governor Youngkin Refuses To Share “Tip Line” Emails
Youngkin Administration Setting Precedent of Secrecy During First Month in Office
Richmond, VA — A week after Governor Youngkin established his tip line to report “divisive practices” in schools, Governor Youngkin is now refusing to release the received emails from numerous FOIA requests. After a number of growing complaints, the Governor is now claiming the emails sent to the tip line are “working papers and correspondence of the Office of the Governor.”
Since the release of the Governor’s divisive tipline, his administration has faced backlash from across the country. A growing list of educators, students, parents, and more have all condemned the Governor’s efforts to bully educators and whitewash history.
In gross abuse of power, the Governor is now claiming executive privilege over public information:
“The Governor isn’t the co-CEO of a company anymore – he is the governor of the Commonwealth and works for Virginians who deserve full transparency,” said DPVA Spokesperson Gianni Snidle. “The Governor has overstepped his bound and is now treading the line of exceeding his authority. His rashness to use executive privilege over simple correspondence is unnerving and unfortunately is setting a dangerous precedent of secrecy for the next four years.”