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Government watchdog says White House is blocking its investigations

House Democrats said in a letter on Thursday that the White House is ignoring requests for information from the government's top watchdog and are asking for a hearing on the matter.

"We are writing to request that you hold an immediate hearing on the dramatic decision by the White House to obstruct investigations by our independent investigators at the Government Accountability Office. We ask that the Committee obtain testimony from the White House Counsel and General Counsel of GAO," Democratic lawmakers wrote in a letter to House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyPompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy The Hunter Biden problem won't go away Sunday shows preview: Joe Biden wins the 2020 election MORE (R-S.C.), referring to the Government Accountability Office (GAO). 

The letter was led by the committee's ranking member, Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsOvernight Health Care: AstraZeneca may have included outdated data on vaccine trial, officials say | Pelosi says drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package | Biden administration extends special ObamaCare enrollment until August Pelosi: Drug pricing measure under discussion for infrastructure package Bottom line MORE (D-Md.). 

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The lawmakers went on to cite a separate letter from GAO General Counsel Thomas Armstrong to White House counsel Don McGahan. 

"I understand that attorneys from your office and the National Security Council (NSC) will not respond to the inquiries or otherwise engage with GAO staff during the course of our reviews," Armstrong wrote. "This approach represents a clear departure from past practice." 

Armstrong said the GAO had asked for meetings over the past year on a variety of different topics, including the NSC's role in "conflict prevention, mitigation, and stabilization efforts abroad" and the cost of presidential travel. 

He also said the GAO had contacted Vice President Pence's office but did not receive a response.  

The Hill has reached out to the White House for comment.