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Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests by mainstream media outlets into the EPA skyrocketed immediately after President Trump took office, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

The Beacon writes, “The New York Times, for example, made just 13 FOIA requests during the four years of Obama’s second term, sending 3 in 2013, 1 in 2014, 7 in 2015, and 2 in 2016. The number of FOIA requests the Times sent for Obama’s entire second term was nearly quadrupled in the first year of Trump’s presidency alone, when the Times sent 59 FOIA requests to the EPA.”

Since Trump took office, New York Times reporters have made over 100 FOIA requests–a 669 percent increase from the requests made during the four years of Obama’s second term.

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The Washington Post filed just one EPA FOIA request during Obama’s second term, but has now filed 43 requests since President Trump was elected.

“The sharp increase in FOIA requests to the EPA was also apparent at Politico (15 requests in Obama’s second term, 198 since Trump took office), The Hill (20 requests in Obama’s second term, 67 since Trump took office), CNN (25 requests in Obama’s second term, 47 since Trump took office), Buzzfeed (18 requests in Obama’s second term, 38 since Trump took office), and ABC News (4 requests in Obama’s second term, 32 since Trump took office),” writes the Free Beacon.

For the full report, click HERE.

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