Surprise: Department of Justice Fights for an Expanded National Monument in Oregon
The Associated Press reports that the Trump Administration has thrown a surprise twist into the narrative about the Obama Administration's use of the Antiquities Act.
The U.S. Justice Department is currently defending Obama's decision to increase the size of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument in Southern Oregon. The American Forest Resource Council sued the federal government in 2017, claiming President Obama had overstepped the law in expanding the monument.
That action supporting public lands contradicts a promise made by President Trump on the campaign trail in 2016. The news is an extra surprise due to reports that the Bureau of Land Management skewed an economic assessment of the national monument to favor the logging industry.