As Common Dreams reported earlier this month, Mnuchin withdrew his permission for the university to publish the full video and audio of the event. UCLA bowed to Mnuchin’s demand, only releasing partial audio and an abridged transcript of the appearance—a move one free speech advocate said was unlawful.
“This idea that a federal official can control access to the records that the public is entitled to under California law is troubling,” David Snyder, executive director of the First Amendment Coalition, told Buzzfeed.
Last Friday, UCLA finally released the full video of the event, but only after receiving “consent” from the Treasury Department.
According to Snyder, this “suggests that they still don’t get it that it doesn’t matter that Steve Mnuchin consented or not. They have an obligation to produce the records.”
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