Joe Biden’s Department of Justice (DOJ) intervened to protect Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine from discovery in Alabama litigation relating to its ban on child transgender sex changes.
Steve Marshall, Alabama’s attorney general, is defending litigation against an Alabama law that made it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, to prescribe sex change drugs such as puberty blockers and hormones to transgender children, Fox News reports.
The DOJ requested to be a party in a lawsuit against the Alabama law blocking sex changes for minors, which made federal agencies considered experts on the topic subject to discovery.
Discovery is when parties present and request evidence before trial.
Marshall then requested Levine’s records, believing health Secretary is a primary voice in the Health and Human Services Department, who advocates for sex changes in children.
“It is not hyperbole to say that Admiral Levine is the leading public-facing official in the United States government when it comes to transitioning treatments for minors,” the AG said in a court filing.
I also mention how Levine “routinely endorses puberty blockers and cross-sex hormones” for minors, oversees the division at HHS that published the federal guidance for child sex changes, and lectures physicians discussing the treatments.
“So if one were putting together a list of potential custodians at HHS concerning transitioning treatment for minors, Levine would be at the top,” the AG said.
“Levine obviously has communications and documents relevant to this litigation. Yet when Defendants requested that Levine be made a custodian, the United States refused,” the AG added.
The DOJ tried to block the request, offering instead a former subordinate of Rachel Levine for discovery and also offering a FOIA response with unrelated search terms, according to the filing on child sex changes.
The DOJ then tried to block the request and offered Levine’s former subordinate instead for discovery and a FOIA response with unrelated search terms; the filing continued.
“The United States protested that Admiral Levine, as Assistant Secretary for Health, ‘is not herself conducting studies related to gender-affirming care nor is she employed at HHS as a researcher,'” the filing said.
“Then, even more oddly, the United States said that rather than make Levine a custodian, it would send Defendants a copy of its responses to an unrelated third-party FOIA request seeking different information using different search terms over a different timespan related to Levine’s office.”