This week, Democrats sought subpoenas on a wide variety of oversight topics, including the Trump Administration’s decision to add an untested new citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the “cleaning” out of career employees at the Statement Department, and stripping information from the Women’s Health website at the Department of Health and Human Services. Democrats also sought subpoenas to compel the White House to produce the information it continues to withhold from bipartisan requests regarding White House staff’s use of chartered flights and private email accounts.
On Monday, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter requesting that Gowdy place 12 motions for subpoenas on the agenda for today’s business meeting. For each request, Cummings and other Committee Members previously sent Gowdy detailed letters setting forth the specific bases for these motions. House rules allow the Committee to debate and vote on motions to issue subpoenas, but Gowdy has refused to allow any to be considered.
During today’s business meeting, Rep. Carolyn Maloney offered a motion for the Committee to debate and vote on these subpoena motions, but Republicans blocked its consideration. Maloney explained: “Mr. Chairman, the last time Democrats made this motion, you denied it, but you also promised to take action. You scheduled several meetings — with the White House and government agencies — but predictably, none of these meetings resulted in a single document being produced. We still do not have the documents. And you still have not issued a single subpoena as Chairman of this important Oversight Committee — even for investigations that were bipartisan. … All we are asking is that you let our Committee perform our role under the Constitution. We understand you do not want to issue subpoenas to the Trump Administration yourself. But let us take a vote as a Committee.” #wake #staywoke #payattention