Judge won't allow President Trump to be added as a defendant in DAPL lawsuit

Published: Jun. 16, 2017 at 5:03 PM CDT
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A judge says he's inclined to allow a group of Native Americans join a lawsuit over the Dakota Access oil pipeline, but only if they agree to not add President Donald Trump as a defendant.

The group wants to add the President because his administration pushed through completion of the pipeline. The Corps had announced further environmental study of the pipeline but canceled those plans after Trump in an executive action in January urged completion of the project.

The White House said the administration is confident that federal analysis of the pipeline's environmental impacts "is legally sound."