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

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashSanders co-chair: Greenwald charges could cause 'chilling effect on journalism across the world' Trump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Overnight Defense: Foreign policy takes center stage at Democratic debate | House delivers impeachment articles to Senate | Dems vow to force new vote on Trump's border wall MORE (I-Mich.) refuted President TrumpDonald John TrumpWarren: Dershowitz presentation 'nonsensical,' 'could not follow it' Bolton told Barr he was concerned Trump did favors for autocrats: report Dershowitz: Bolton allegations would not constitute impeachable offense 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 HolderWisconsin governor rolls out proposal for redistricting committee End impeachment's government shutdown Parties to wage census battle with outside groups 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 RyanThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Social security emerges as latest flash point in Biden-Sanders tussle Hill.TV's Saagar Enjeti rips Sanders for 'inability to actually fight with bad actors' in party 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 PelosiHouse passes bill aimed at bolstering Holocaust education Hillicon Valley — Presented by Philip Morris International — NFL social media accounts hacked | Dem questions border chief over controversial Facebook group | Clinton says Zuckerberg has 'authoritarian' views Meadows: Republicans who break with Trump could face political repercussions 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 MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE's findings had convinced him that Trump committed impeachable offenses.