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 KushnerTrump's battle with Pelosi intensifies McConnell blocks bill to reopen most of government More than Mueller: Senators must ask Barr about criminal justice policy MORE's testimony about his actions prior to having his security clearance downgraded from "top secret" to "secret," Reuters reported. 

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: Dem chair plans hearing on Medicare for all | Senate GOP talks drug prices with Trump health chief | PhRMA CEO hopeful Trump reverses course on controversial pricing proposal Key House Dem: I don't want to 'punish' drug companies House Dems fire first salvo in drug pricing fight MORE (D-Md.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, wrote a letter to Chairman Rep. Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyCongress must take the next steps on federal criminal justice reforms Lynch testimony marks final interview of GOP-led probe Comey defends FBI actions on Flynn in House interview 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 knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report 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 knocks BuzzFeed over Cohen report, points to Russia dossier DNC says it was targeted by Russian hackers after fall midterms BuzzFeed stands by Cohen report: Mueller should 'make clear what he's disputing' 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."