According to Breitbart, the Biden administration has been accused of stonewalling a request for information about Prince Harry's visa.
That accusation has been leveled by the conservative Heritage Foundation after details were sought by British newspapers under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
It noted that fast-tracked FOIA applications are permitted "widespread and exceptional media interest in which there exist possible questions about the government’s integrity which affect public confidence."
While the Heritage Foundation contends that those conditions have been met, federal officials argue that British publications are too "niche" in the United States.
As a result, the think tank will seek a hearing before the US District Court for the District of Columbia to challenge the Department of Homeland Security, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and US Customs and Border Protection.
Nile Gardiner serves as director of the Margaret Thatcher Centre for Freedom at the Heritage Foundation, and he voiced frustration to The Telegraph.
"The Biden administration is clearly stonewalling here and they are trying to avoid releasing any documents," Gardiner was quoted as saying.
"They are trying to do so by undermining the credibility of the British Press, which is outrageous, and by concentrating their fire on the British Press even though we have submitted articles in the US press about the same subject," he added.
Attorney Samuel Dewey is representing the Heritage Foundation, and he said, "The way it works here is that if you are asking for anything that is potentially significant you’re not going to get it unless you sue them."
"You can have a request that sits there for a year with pretty much nothing happening. This is an example of this administration’s unprecedented lack of transparency," Dewey continued.
At issue is whether or not the British royal family member was given preferential treatment given that he admitted to past drug use in his controversial memoir "Spare."
Return of the Prince? Harry's U.S. Visa 'At Risk' over Admission of California Drug Abuse https://t.co/6OaG5g34vK
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Professor Alberto Benítez is head of George Washington University’s Immigration Clinic, and he told The Telegraph that Harry "would have been asked [about drug abuse when applying for his visa]."
"If he was truthful in his answers, he should have been denied," the legal expert said. However, if the price was not truthful then "he’ll be subject to being revoked because he lied in the application process."