Ohio Dems Request Injunction in DeWine Lawsuit to Prevent Key Records from Being Destroyed
July 7, 2022
For Immediate Release:
Thursday, July 7, 2022
Columbus, OH — Today, Ohio Democratic Party Chair Elizabeth Walters announced the party is requesting a preliminary injunction in its ongoing lawsuit with Mike DeWine to make sure key records connected to the FirstEnergy bribery scandal are not destroyed.
- Find the preliminary injunction HERE.
- Find the submitted public records requests HERE.
- Find the records Ohio Democrats have successfully obtained from the DeWine administration HERE.
“These are questions we started asking in October, answers Ohio voters deserve. But Mike DeWine and his lackeys apparently think that they don’t need to do their job or be held accountable – that they’re above the law. We’re here to make sure they know they aren’t,” said Walters.
In early May, Democrats sued Mike DeWine over his refusal to turn over records connected to the largest public corruption scandal in state history and resubmitted public records requests to get to the bottom of what DeWine knew and when.
To date, none of those records requests have been fulfilled despite empty claims from the DeWine team about the governor’s commitment to “transparency and accountability.” Now, Democrats are taking further legal action to make sure key records connected to the scandal are not destroyed by DeWine and Ohioans can get the answers they deserve.
Since October, Ohio Democrats have been working on getting answers to who knew what and when about the FirstEnergy scandal – which Ohioans continue to pay $287,000 every single day for – but have been stonewalled at every turn by the DeWine administration, leaving public records requests unanswered. The lack of answers from DeWine leads to even more questions about what DeWine is hiding, especially as the scandal inches closer and closer to DeWine and his inner circle.