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CBS News reported that Tom Perez, the Labor Secretary for Obama, called the Trump transition team’s questions on climate change research “illegal,” but neither CBS News or Perez detailed how it is illegal.

Labor Secretary Tom Perez called presidential transition questions sent to government agencies like the Energy department, seeking to identify employees who worked on climate change, against the law.

“Those questions have no place in a transition,” Perez said. “That is illegal.”

Last week, President-Elect Trump’s transition team sent the State Department a memo requesting information on its “gender-related staffing, programming, and funding.” However, the document did not request specific names of employees working on those programs.

“Will dedicated career people be targeted because they were doing the right work?” Perez said.

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