WASHINGTON (Legal Newsline) – A nonprofit with an interest in infrastructure and projects related to water resources has sued President Donald Trump and two federal departments over the establishment of the Infrastructure Council.

Food & Water Watch filed a complaint on July 25 in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against Donald J. Trump, in his official capacity as president of the United States; U.S. Department of Transportation; and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking declaratory and injunctive relief.

According to the complaint, the plaintiff alleges that the government has failed to adhere to the Federal Advisory Committee Act and that this failure "threatens public confidence in the integrity of the U.S. government as a whole."

It alleges that the Infrastructure Council established in January has "operated in private" and that "taxpayers and potentially affected communities have no insight into whether and how the council is considering or is prepared to consider key aspects of infrastructure development," citing the needs of rural, underserved and low-income communities.

The plaintiff seeks declaration that the infrastructure council is in violation of FACA, enjoin the defendants to provide all records prepared for the council, all legal fees, and any other relief as this court deems just. It is represented by Javier M. Guzman and Karianne M. Jones of Democracy Forward Foundation in Washington, D.C.

U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia case number 1:17-cv-01485-ESH

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