Elijah Cummings Sends White House and Admin 51 Request for Documentation
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD), who is set to become the Chair of House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a set of 51 letters on Wednesday to the White House, multiple federal agencies, and others requesting they fully comply with previous document requests. The administration has failed to provide the documentation even though the requests were made by Republican Oversight Committee members. The letters covered a variety of topics including the federal government’s response to the hurricanes in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands; immigrant child separations; the Flint water crisis; emoluments; White House and Cabinet travel; and Presidential Records Act compliance, among others. Cummings asked the administration to comply by January 11, 2019. “These are documents that even the Republicans on the Oversight Committee—at least at some point in time—believed we needed to conduct effective oversight, but when the Trump Administration refused to comply fully, the Republicans would not issue a single subpoena. Many of these requests were bipartisan, and some are now more than a year old. As Democrats prepare to take the reins in Congress, we are insisting—as a basic first step—that the Trump Administration and others comply with these Republican requests,” Cummings said. See the 51 letters here.