Watchdog group sues to make public Trump administration auto tariff report

A conservative group has sued the U.S. government for access to a report on whether auto imports pose a national security risk that justifies hefty tariffs on the sector, part of a growing chorus demanding a copy of the document.

Cause of Action Institute (CoA), a watchdog aligned with the conservative political activists David and Charles Koch, asked the District of Columbia federal court on Wednesday to require the Commerce Department to hand over a copy of the report, which could unleash tariffs of up to 25 percent on imported cars and parts.

Last month, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross submitted the so-called “Section 232” national security report to President Donald Trump, starting a 90-day countdown for Trump to decide whether to impose the tariffs on millions of imports.

The Commerce Department declined to comment.