Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Energy: House to vote on anti-carbon tax measure | Dem says EPA obstructed 'politically charged' FOIA requests | GOP looks to overhaul endangered species law Top Dem: EPA slowed ‘politically charged’ FOIA requests Top Dem displays posters of ‘guilty’ subjects in Mueller probe MORE (D-Md.) is demanding documents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) following a classified report showing that the agency’s security efforts are not up to snuff.

Cummings, ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urged Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdySunday shows preview: Trump readies for meeting with Putin Gowdy weighs in on Mueller indictments: 'Russia is not our friend' Overnight Energy: House to vote on anti-carbon tax measure | Dem says EPA obstructed 'politically charged' FOIA requests | GOP looks to overhaul endangered species law MORE (R-S.C.) to enforce the panel’s subpoena for documents from the TSA about why the agency took action against a whistleblower.

The panel, under former Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzTucker Carlson: Ruling class cares more about foreigners than their own people Fox's Kennedy chides Chaffetz on child migrants: 'I’m sure these mini rapists all have bombs strapped to their chests' After FBI cleared by IG report, GOP must reform itself MORE (R-Utah), requested that the TSA turn over the documents in March, after learning that the agency declined to provide the information to the Office of the Special Counsel.

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But the TSA refused to do so, arguing that the agency is protecting attorney-client privilege. It has also declined to make three employees available for transcribed interviews. Chaffetz then issued a subpoena, but the TSA has yet to comply with it.

“In light of the extremely grave classified and unclassified warnings that have been raised ... regarding challenges faced by the [TSA] in securing our nation’s airports, I respectfully request that the committee take steps to enforce its subpoena for documents, which TSA has been defying since March,” Cummings wrote in a letter to Gowdy.

Cummings warned that if Gowdy declines the request, he will “be forced” to consider making a motion for the subpoena during a hearing on Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.