According to Labor Secretary Tom Perez of the Obama administration, President-elect Donald Trump‘s transition team is breaking the law because they are inquiring information from government agencies. The Democratic National Committee (DNC) candidate claims the following: “Those questions have no place in a transition. That is illegal. Will dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?”
The Trump team has issued requests to the Energy Department and State Department. For Energy, the team inquired for a list of employees who have been involved in climate change issues under President Obama’s administration. The department denied them a list.
As for State, the team requested a list of reports regarding “gender-related staffing, programming and funding.” The department has yet to fulfill the request.
Perez and a dozen other Democratic senators believe the Trump team is on a “witch hunt,” and are calling for an investigation to be made on the transition team, claiming they “have violated long-standing federal laws designed to protect civil servants against coercion for partisan purposes.”