Inhofe, Sasse Call for DOJ WOTUS Investigation

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee, and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), today formally requested that the Department of Justice investigate whether officials at the EPA "knowingly and willfully violated and are continuing to knowingly and willfully violate" federal law in its covert propaganda campaign to promote its Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

"Something is tremendously wrong when a federal agency thinks it can break the law and illegally spend taxpayer dollars," said Senator Inhofe. "But that is the situation we have right now with EPA and their efforts to fool hardworking Americans about their Waters of the United States rule. EPA must be held accountable, and I look forward to hearing what the Department of Justice finds in their investigation."

"The EPA thinks it can stonewall all it wants but no bureaucracy is above the law," said Senator Sasse. "Despite the fact that the Government Accountability Office found that they broke federal law by running a covert propaganda campaign to support their sweeping WOTUS rule, the EPA has doubled down on their lawlessness. It’s time for the Department of Justice to investigate."

For full text of the Senators’ letter to Attorney General Loretta Lynch, click here.