Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Overnight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency 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 GowdyTop intel Dem: Trump Jr. refused to answer questions about Trump Tower discussions with father Overnight Cybersecurity: Panel pushes agencies on dropping Kaspersky software | NC county won't pay ransom to hackers | Lawmakers sound alarm over ISIS 'cyber caliphate' Flynn told associate Russia sanctions would be ‘ripped up’ early in Trump presidency 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 ChaffetzDem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report Chaffetz replacement sworn in as House member Democrats expand House map after election victories 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.