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 KushnerDemocrat calls for investigation of possible 'inappropriate influence' by Trump in border wall contract Judge temporarily halts construction of a private border wall in Texas Mueller witness linked to Trump charged in scheme to illegally funnel money to Clinton campaign MORE's testimony about his actions prior to having his security clearance downgraded from "top secret" to "secret," Reuters reported. 

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsImpeachment can't wait Adam Schiff's star rises with impeachment hearings Tucker Carlson calls Trump 'full-blown BS artist' in segment defending him from media coverage MORE (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, wrote a letter to Chairman Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyFive landmark moments of testimony to Congress Conway spars with Wallace on whether White House will cooperate with impeachment inquiry after formal vote Gowdy: I '100 percent' still believe public congressional hearings are 'a circus' 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 ClintonTrump to hold campaign rally in Michigan Saagar Enjeti ponders Hillary Clinton's 2020 plans Political ad spending set to explode in 2020 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 TrumpTrumps light 97th annual National Christmas Tree Trump to hold campaign rally in Michigan 'Don't mess with Mama': Pelosi's daughter tweets support following press conference comments 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."