House GOP again subpoenas State Department over Keystone

House GOP again subpoenas State Department over Keystone
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The House Oversight Committee says it has subpoenaed Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump: 'Iran is being given very bad advice by John Kerry' Trump removes sanctions waivers on countries buying oil from Iran Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report MORE for Keystone XL pipeline documents. 

In a Friday statement, Oversight Committee Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzLawmakers contemplate a tough political sell: Raising their pay Top Utah paper knocks Chaffetz as he mulls run for governor: ‘His political career should be over’ Boehner working on memoir: report MORE (R-Utah) said the State Department is not cooperating with an investigation into the November decision to block the Keystone oil pipeline. 


Chaffetz has sent Kerry two letters requesting documents and communications related to the “key determination” that the pipeline would have an impact on climate change and the decision to cite “U.S. climate leadership” in the denial of the project.

In a letter to Kerry last week, Chaffetz said the committee would issue a subpoena if the State Department did not respond by today. 

It is the second Keystone-related subpoena issued by the committee: Last year, it subpoenaed “reports, recommendations, letters and comments” related to the review of the project. While the State Department responded, Oversight requested more documents.

“Producing mostly publicly available documents to the committee and calling it responsive is pitiful,” Chaffetz said in a statement. “It demonstrates a contempt of Congress’ constitutional right to conduct oversight. We will use every tool available to obtain the information we need to properly and fully investigate this matter.”

A State Department official did not immediately respond to a request for comment.