Patagonia founder rejects 'disingenuous' invitation to testify

Patagonia founder rejects 'disingenuous' invitation to testify

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard on Tuesday rejected an invitation to testify before the House Natural Resources Committee, calling it “disingenuous.”

Chouinard had been invited to testify before the committee by Chairman Rob BishopRobert (Rob) William BishopOvernight Energy: Judges remove remaining barrier to Keystone XL construction| House committee asks Interior to detail grants to wildlife organizations accused of abuse| Inspector general rules Park Service employee violated regs in complex art deal House committee asks Interior to detail grants to wildlife organizations accused of abuse Dozens of states consider move to permanent daylight saving time MORE (R-Utah) about the Antiquities Act, after Patagonia criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates MORE’s decision to shrink the size of two national monuments in Utah.

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“I find it disingenuous that after unethically using taxpayers’ resources to call us liars, you would ask me to testify in front of a committee for a matter already decided by the administration and applauded by the Utah delegation just a week ago,” Chouinard wrote in an open letter posted on Patagonia’s website on Tuesday.

“It is clear the House Committee on Natural Resources, like many committees in this failed Orwellian government, is shackled to special interests of oil, gas, and mining and will seek to sell off our public lands at every turn."

He added that he had “little hope that you are working in good faith with this invitation.”

Patagonia had slammed Trump's decision to reduce the size of the monuments by displaying a message that read "The President Stole Your Land" on the company's website and filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration over the move.

The Natural Resources Committee fired back with a similar ad that read "Patagonia Is Lying To You."

Interior Secretary Ryan ZinkeRyan Keith ZinkeExclusive: Trump administration delayed releasing documents related to Yellowstone superintendent's firing Trump's order to trim science advisory panels sparks outrage Conserving wildlife migrations starts with listening to landowners MORE also criticized the company over the move, calling Patagonia a “special interest."

CORRECTION 6:05 P.M.: An earlier version of this story misidentified Chouinard. Rose Marcario is Patagonia’s president and CEO.