[Ed. – That’s certainly an about-face from the Obama EPA, which eagerly participated in lawsuits on the side of the same groups.]
EPA administrator Andrew Wheeler made the request after Rep. Lance Gooden (R., Texas) alleged that left-wing environmental groups—including the Sea Change Foundation, Sunrise Movement, and Sierra Club—have functioned as conduits for “foreign influence, financial involvement, and election interference.” Wheeler noted that it is not against the law for a nonprofit to take contributions from foreign entities but nonetheless asked the DOJ to look into whether the groups should register as foreign agents. …
“… EPA will refer this matter to the DOJ [Foreign Agents Registration Act] Unit,” Wheeler said. “The DOJ can then determine what appropriate steps to take, if any, including whether those entities should be registered as foreign agents.”
Gooden’s allegations follow calls from other Republican lawmakers to investigate the anonymous funding of green groups for potential foreign influence. In September, Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.) asked the DOJ to investigate whether Russia and China are working to infiltrate environmental groups as a way of influencing U.S. policy.