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 KushnerThe Hill's Morning Report — Sponsored by United Against Nuclear Iran — Kavanaugh confirmation in sudden turmoil Manafort’s plea deal — the clear winners and losers Five takeaways from Manafort’s plea deal MORE's testimony about his actions prior to having his security clearance downgraded from "top secret" to "secret," Reuters reported. 

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsGraham to renew call for second special counsel Hillicon Valley: Sanders finds perfect target in Amazon | Cyberattacks are new fear 17 years after 9/11 | Firm outs alleged British Airways hackers | Trump to target election interference with sanctions | Apple creating portal for police data requests House Dems blast GOP for FBI, DOJ 'conspiracy theories' aimed to protect Trump MORE (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, wrote a letter to Chairman Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyGowdy requests FEMA administrator’s travel records amid allegations Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe 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 ClintonHillary Clinton: FBI investigation into Kavanaugh could be done quickly Hillary Clinton urges Americans to 'check and reject' Trump's 'authoritarian tendencies' by voting in midterms EXCLUSIVE: Trump says exposing ‘corrupt’ FBI probe could be ‘crowning achievement’ of presidency 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 TrumpTrump: I hope voters pay attention to Dem tactics amid Kavanaugh fight South Korea leader: North Korea agrees to take steps toward denuclearization Graham calls handling of Kavanaugh allegations 'a drive-by shooting' 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."