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Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Dem demands documents from TSA after scathing security report

Rep. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDems zero in on Trump’s alleged conflicts of interest Election Countdown: Small-donor donations explode | Russian woman charged with midterm interference | Takeaways from North Dakota Senate debate | O'Rourke gives 'definitive no' to 2020 run | Dems hope Latino voters turn Arizona blue On The Money: Mnuchin to attend anti-terror meeting in Saudi Arabia | Treasury releases guidance on 'opportunity zone' program | Maxine Waters gets company in new GOP line of attack MORE (D-Md.) is demanding documents from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) following a classified report showing that the agency’s security efforts are not up to snuff.

Cummings, ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, urged Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRosenstein to appear for House interview next week House GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant MORE (R-S.C.) to enforce the panel’s subpoena for documents from the TSA about why the agency took action against a whistleblower.

The panel, under former Chairman Jason ChaffetzJason ChaffetzFox News contributor mocks Elizabeth Warren with photo at Disneyland Eric Trump blasts professor at alma mater Georgetown: ‘A terrible representative for our school’ Matt Schlapp: Trump's policies on Russia 'two or three times tougher than anything' under Obama MORE (R-Utah), requested that the TSA turn over the documents in March, after learning that the agency declined to provide the information to the Office of the Special Counsel.

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But the TSA refused to do so, arguing that the agency is protecting attorney-client privilege. It has also declined to make three employees available for transcribed interviews. Chaffetz then issued a subpoena, but the TSA has yet to comply with it.

“In light of the extremely grave classified and unclassified warnings that have been raised ... regarding challenges faced by the [TSA] in securing our nation’s airports, I respectfully request that the committee take steps to enforce its subpoena for documents, which TSA has been defying since March,” Cummings wrote in a letter to Gowdy.

Cummings warned that if Gowdy declines the request, he will “be forced” to consider making a motion for the subpoena during a hearing on Wednesday with the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General.