- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 13, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - New York’s attorney general is rejecting a congressional committee chairman’s demand for records about his investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about global warming.

Lamar Smith, a Texas Republican and chairman of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology, told Attorney General Eric Schneiderman he has until midnight Wednesday to provide documents the committee requested two months ago.

Smith wrote in a letter Monday that the committee “will consider the use of compulsory process to obtain responsive documents” if Schneiderman didn’t comply.

He wants all communications between Schneiderman, a Democrat, and the other so-called “Green 20” attorneys general, as well as groups blaming fuel burning for global warming.

In a letter Wednesday, Schneiderman lawyer Leslie Dubeck says the committee lacks the constitutional authority for oversight of his state duties - investigating Exxon Mobil’s possible violations of New York’s fraud statute.

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