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

Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashAmash says he's happy not feeling 'bound to a particular party' Amash on Syria: Trump's not ending anything Trump says House Democrats 'unfortunately' have the votes to impeach MORE (I-Mich.) refuted President TrumpDonald John TrumpWHCA calls on Trump to denounce video depicting him shooting media outlets Video of fake Trump shooting members of media shown at his Miami resort: report Trump hits Fox News's Chris Wallace over Ukraine coverage 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 HolderAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials We can't allow presidents and public opinion to further diminish the work of the press Democrats sue over North Carolina's congressional maps 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 RyanAmash: Trump incorrect in claiming Congress didn't subpoena Obama officials Democrats hit Scalia over LGBTQ rights Three-way clash set to dominate Democratic debate 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 PelosiBiden on impeachment: 'I'm the only reason' it's happening Democrats to offer resolution demanding Trump reverse Syria decision Rand Paul calls for probe of Democrats over Ukraine letter 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 MuellerFox News legal analyst says Trump call with Ukraine leader could be 'more serious' than what Mueller 'dragged up' Lewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Fox's Cavuto roasts Trump over criticism of network MORE's findings had convinced him that Trump committed impeachable offenses.