White House says former official can speak to Oversight panel next week

White House says former official can speak to Oversight panel next week
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The White House has agreed to allow former personnel security director Carl Kline speak to the House Oversight and Reform Committee next week, the White House counsel said in a letter Friday obtained by The Hill.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone wrote to Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanDemocratic Women's Caucus calls for investigation into Epstein plea deal DOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr's Russia probe interviews CNN slams GOP for not appearing on network after mass shootings, conservatives fire back MORE (Ohio), the top Republican on the Oversight panel, after Jordan urged the administration to make Kline available for a voluntary transcribed interview on April 30 or May 1.

Cipollone wrote Friday that "we have consulted with Mr. Kline's attorney regarding the interview dates proposed in your letter. Mr. Kline is available to appear for an interview on Wednesday, May 1."

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"We understand the scope of the interview will be limited to White House personnel security policies and practices, consistent with our prior offers for Mr. Kline's voluntary cooperation with the Committee. We also understand that, as a matter of fairness, Mr. Kline may be accompanied by both his personal counsel and a representative of the Office of Counsel to the President," he added.

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees Overnight Health Care: Planned Parenthood to leave federal family planning program absent court action | Democrats demand Trump withdraw rule on transgender health | Cummings, Sanders investigate three drug companies for 'obstructing' probe MORE (D-Md.), the chairman of the Oversight panel, had issued a subpoena for Kline to testify before the committee on its investigation into the White House security clearance process.

Cummings blasted the White House this week for blocking Kline from testifying and signaled that he would pursue contempt proceedings against the former top official, who left his role at the White House and now works at the Pentagon.

The White House had insisted that Kline not appear before the panel because Cummings was not allowing a White House representative to attend his deposition, citing committee rules.

Cummings's staff did not immediately return a request for comment on Friday night.

An appearance by Kline on Wednesday would come the same day Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAttorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide Justice Dept. says Mueller report has been downloaded 800 million times MORE is scheduled to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first of two days of testimony on Capitol Hill.

Barr is expected to face questions from lawmakers over his handling of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: 'I'd like to know' if Mueller read his own report MORE's report as well as his decision not to pursue an obstruction of justice charge against President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump watching 'very closely' as Portland braces for dueling protests WaPo calls Trump admin 'another threat' to endangered species Are Democrats turning Trump-like? MORE based on Mueller's findings.

Tal Axelrod contributed reporting.