Elijah Cummings Releases Report Saying GOP Failed to Hold Trump Accountable for Hurricane Maria
Congressman Elijah Cummings (D-MD),the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, issued a new Democratic staff report accusing Republicans on the committee of shutting down efforts to investigate the Trump administration’s response to Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The report entitled, A FAILURE OF OVERSIGHT, says that the committee has received some documents requested from the administration, but that the GOP members have refused to subpoena documents and emails that the Trump administration is still withholding, and that they’ve refused to ask for a single record from the White House. The Committee has scheduled only one full hearing to analyze the administration’s response to Maria, which happened nearly a year ago. The response is in stark contrast to Congress’ reaction to Hurricane Katrina, when Republican leaders held nine hearings about the federal response, obtained more than 500,000 documents from the Bush administration, and, within five months, had prepared a 569-page report outlining the government’s failures in responding to the disaster. “Unfortunately, over the past year, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdyand other House Republicans failed to conduct a credible, fact-based investigation of what went wrong and who was responsible,” the report reads. “Instead, the Republican response was to insulate President Trump and his aides from scrutiny, wall off the White House from criticism, shut down key aspects of congressional oversight, and disregard the lessons learned after Hurricane Katrina.” See the full report here.