By Pheby Liu
Pheby Liu is a freshman at the University of Pennsylvania.
On March 29, 2017, Simon Edelman, the chief creative officer for the U.S. Department of Energy, was photographing a meeting between Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Robert Murray, the chief executive of Murray Energy Corporation - he had made political significant contributions to both Perry and Trump’s campaigns.  Edelman said that Murray and Perry were discussing an “action plan” for policy changes that would favor Murray Energy as well as other coal companies. His photos showed the coversheet of the confidential “action plan” as well as Perry and Murray hugging.  After hearing the conversations between the two men, Edelman felt that something was not right and decided to release his photos to In These Times and the Washington Post. Shortly after, his personal items were seized, and he was put on administrative leave. The Energy Department proceeded to fire him without any explanation.