House Oversight Dems: GOP blocking request for Trump admin records

House Oversight Dems: GOP blocking request for Trump admin records

Democrats on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee said Thursday that committee Republicans are blocking efforts to get documents from the Trump administration necessary for an investigation into the White House’s use of private emails and private jets. 

Democrats told Reuters on Thursday that committee Republicans blocked requests during a committee meeting for the panel to consider, debate and vote on 13 motions to subpoena various documents and testimony.

Those documents reportedly relate to the White House’s security clearance policy, as well as Trump officials’ use of private planes and private email accounts.

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In particular, Democrats on the panel are interested in White House senior adviser Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerTrump Organization, Kushner Companies cut ties on hotel deal The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — Trump caves under immense pressure — what now? Kushner meets with Saudi crown prince to discuss Mideast peace MORE's testimony about his actions prior to having his security clearance downgraded from "top secret" to "secret," Reuters reported. 

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop House Dem claims Judiciary chairman's DOJ, FBI subpoena is invalid Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe Cummings slams family separations: 'We will not keep kids in child internment camps' MORE (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, wrote a letter to Chairman Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyTop House Dem claims Judiciary chairman's DOJ, FBI subpoena is invalid The Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by PhRMA — GOP lawmakers race to find an immigration fix Republicans tear into IG finding on Clinton probe MORE (R-S.C.) on Wednesday urging the chairman to subpoena the White House for documents.

"When you served as Chairman of the Benghazi Select Committee, you took a completely different approach to investigating Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance Melania Trump puzzles with 'I really don't care' jacket Grassley wants to subpoena Comey, Lynch after critical IG report MORE’s use of private email,” Cummings wrote. “You demanded  —  and I supported  —  the production of all of her emails relating to Benghazi."

"In contrast, since President TrumpDonald John TrumpCNN analyst Kirsten Powers: Melania's jacket should read 'Let them eat cake' CNN's Cuomo confronts Lewandowski over 'womp womp' remark Sessions says FBI agent Peter Strzok no longer has his security clearance MORE assumed office, you have refused to insist on the production of documents we both requested five months ago," he added.

Gowdy wrote to the White House last month seeking information on its security clearance practices after ex-staff secretary Rob Porter gained an interim clearance despite a background check flagging domestic violence allegations.

The White House refused to comply with his request for documents related to whether it followed proper security clearance procedures for Porter, and instead detailed its new security clearance process.

Gowdy called the response "inadequate."