Dems demand answers on Trump officials' decision not to defend ObamaCare

House Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to release documents and information about its decision not to defend ObamaCare in court.

Top Democrats, led by Judiciary Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerGOP memo deflects some gun questions to 'violence from the left' House Democrats urge Trump to end deportations of Iraqis after diabetic man's death French officials call for investigation of Epstein 'links with France' MORE (N.Y.) and Oversight Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCan the Democrats unseat Trump? Democrats slam alleged politicization of Trump State Department after IG report Senior Trump officials accused of harassing, retaliating against career State Dept. employees MORE (Md.), sent letters Tuesday to the White House and departments of Justice as well as Health and Human Services demanding access to materials that explain the decision and identifies the officials involved in making it.

The Department of Justice (DOJ) last month sided with a lower court ruling that found ObamaCare unconstitutional, going past its previous position that only part of the law should be struck down. The DOJ has refused to defend the law in court, and a coalition of Democratic states are seeking an appeal of the decision.

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“This refusal appears to be violating longstanding policies to defend and enforce Acts of Congress; will have a significant negative impact on the accessibility of healthcare for Americans; and appears to be driven by political considerations rather than considered legal arguments,” the Democrats wrote in the letter to the DOJ.

Specifically, Democrats are asking for lists of all officials involved in the decision, including President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' Illinois state lawmaker apologizes for photos depicting mock assassination of Trump Scaramucci assembling team of former Cabinet members to speak out against Trump MORE’s chief of staff Mick MulvaneyJohn (Mick) Michael MulvaneyDick Cheney to attend fundraiser supporting Trump reelection: report Chris Wallace becomes Trump era's 'equal opportunity inquisitor' Appropriators warn White House against clawing back foreign aid MORE, and any communications between key officials about the lawsuit.

The Democrats also want DOJ’s legal justification for refusing to defend the law in court and want four key attorneys from the department to testify.

Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrCurrent and former prosecutors respond to Barr's 'concerning' comments on progressive DAs Attorney General Barr's license to kill Medical examiner confirms Epstein death by suicide MORE on Tuesday responded to criticisms from Democrats about the DOJ’s decision.

“We are in litigation and we have to take a position," Barr said in response to a question from Rep. Matt CartwrightMatthew (Matt) Alton CartwrightAssault weapons ban picks up steam in Congress The 11 House Dems from Trump districts who support assault weapons ban House Dems up funding for science agencies, ignoring proposed Trump cuts MORE (D-Pa.) during a House Appropriations Committee hearing.

"If you think it’s such an outrageous position, you have nothing to worry about. Let the courts do their job," he added.