Amash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashGroup of Democrats floating censure of Trump instead of impeachment: report Democrats gear up for high-stakes Judiciary hearing Here are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump MORE (I-Mich.) refuted President TrumpDonald John TrumpSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate US sending 20,000 troops to Europe for largest exercises since Cold War Barr criticizes FBI, says it's possible agents acted in 'bad faith' in Trump probe MORE’s claim on Wednesday that Congress never subpoenaed Obama administration officials, citing examples from both 2012 and 2018.

“President Trump falsely asserted in his press conference that Republicans didn’t issue subpoenas against the Obama administration. I was one of the representatives who voted to hold Atty. Gen. Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderThe shifting impeachment positions of Jonathan Turley Pelosi refers to Sinclair's Rosen as 'Mr. Republican Talking Points' over whistleblower question Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy MORE in contempt for failing to turn over documents,” Amash tweeted Wednesday, linking to an article about the contempt vote against Holder.

“In fairness to the president, it seems he was focusing on Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE, so here’s a separate example of how President Trump’s assertion was false,” Amash said in a follow-up tweet, linking to a 2018 article about former Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) threatening to hold former FBI lawyer Lisa Page in contempt if she failed to comply with a subpoena, although that example was from during Trump's presidency.

Kurt Bardella, a former spokesperson for the House Oversight Committee, also weighed in, saying the panel issued more than 100 subpoenas to the Obama administration.

Trump’s claim about subpoenas came during extended remarks on Wednesday while he was railing against House Democrats’ impeachment inquiry during a joint press conference with Finnish President Sauli Niinistö.


"Paul Ryan would not give subpoenas. Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiSanders urges impeachment trial 'quickly' in the Senate Tech legal shield included in USMCA despite late Pelosi push GOP senator warns quick vote on new NAFTA would be 'huge mistake' MORE: Here you go, take it. You want a subpoena? Here's a subpoena," Trump said.

House Democrats earlier Wednesday threatened to subpoena the White House for documents relating to the president’s dealings with Ukraine.

Amash, a onetime Republican and founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, left both the party and the caucus earlier this year after he said former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE's findings had convinced him that Trump committed impeachable offenses.