The Muscogee Creek Nation National Council has denied Mvskoke Medias FOIA request for information on Rep. Scotts censure and expulsion. The denial letter references subsection 9-107 of the FOIA law, specifically 18, 19, and 21 through 22 as the justification for the denial. 18 and 19 of this subsection exclude material from executive sessions and matters not introduced for consideration in a public meeting. 21 through 22 refer to records compiled for law enforcement purposes and attorney-client privileged information.
Due to the fact that the records were denied because they were compiled for law enforcement purposes, Mvskoke Media has contacted the MCN Attorney General to ascertain whether Rep. Scott is being investigated or will be charged with a crime. The Attorney General stated that his office does not make public disclosure of investigations, and that his office was involved in the crafting of the denial letter.
Furthermore, the AG stated that he believed that Rep. Scotts due process rights had not been violated and his office would not be able to file a challenge to the denial on behalf of Mvskoke Media, due to a conflict of interest.
Since the passing of the MCN FOIA law, Mvskoke Media has filed two requests with the MCN National Council, and both have been denied.
Mvskoke Media will have ongoing coverage of this developing story.