Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: What to expect in omnibus | HIV expert to head CDC | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases Coherent strategy needed beyond limited sanctions to counter Russian aggression House Oversight Dems: GOP blocking request for Trump admin records 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 GowdyHouse Dem moves to force vote on bill protecting Mueller Overnight Regulation: Groups sue over decision to end pay-data rule | EU proposes tax on tech companies | Sessions issues memo on death penalty for drug cases | Pruitt spent 5K on first class flights Overnight Energy: EPA says Pruitt's security detail flies first class | Lackluster offshore drilling sales | Oil companies snag leases near Bears Ears monument 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 ChaffetzAmericans want to protect public lands, Congress should listen Chaffetz: Florida school shooting survivors 'need a belief in God and Jesus Christ' Chaffetz: 'Mind-boggling' that Trump would call out his own AG 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.


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.