Top House Democrat Demands Trump Administration Produce Documents

Joshua Roberts/Reuters

The top Democrat on the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee sent 10 letters on Wednesday to Trump administration officials demanding documents, setting the stage for congressional investigations expected to begin in January.

Representative Elijah Cummings, who will become chairman of the House Oversight Committee in January when Democrats take majority control of the chamber, wrote to officials repeating requests that had already been made in conjunction with Republicans, but that the administration did not comply with.

Cummings gave the administration until Jan. 11 to comply. When he becomes committee chairman, he will be able to subpoena the documents.

“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,” Cummings said in a statement to Reuters.

The letters cover a range of topics including separation of immigrant children from their parents, the federal response to the hurricane in Puerto Rico, lead poisoning of the water in Flint, Michigan, and travel by White House staff and cabinet secretaries.

The letters indicated the committee will press the administration on these issues, as well as topics involving Trump’s personal finances and his family.

In a letter to Trump’s business the Trump Organization and his attorney Sheri Dillon, Cummings asked for details about payments from foreign governments to the president’s hotels. Democrats have charged that Trump has been violating the emoluments clause of the U.S. Constitution by profiting through his businesses from payments from foreign governments for hotel rentals.

In a different letter, Cummings asked White House counsel Pat Cipollone to provide information about the use of private emails by administration staff, citing use of private emails by Ivanka Trump, the president’s daughter, and her husband Jared Kushner, both senior advisers to the president.

Cummings asked the Environmental Protection Agency for documents about former administrator Scott Pruitt’s travel and expenses, and to Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta seeking information about document preservation at his agency.

The White House did not immediately return a request for comment.

(Reporting by Ginger Gibson; Editing by Kevin Drawbaugh and Jeffrey Benkoe)

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Brad
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I hope the gutless Republicans play the same game as the left, do not give them anything……let them hold you in contempt if need be, BUT don’t give them DAM thing. At least NOT until you have gone through EVERY single document, email, text and deleted and “”Bleached” or “White Washed” everything………now the tables are turned let’s see how the Dems like that for awhile………….Trump has 2 years to make his mark and doesn’t need to stumble on the Dems game plan…..

victoria
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Cummings is another corrupt swamp POS. I’d like to hear what he has to say about the IRS scandal under that other POS Obama. Who’s he to cast stones?!

Ray Hause
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I sure hope that all of you democrats that put thse people into power likes what is stating to make our country great. I see right now that things like what Cummings is asking for will do little to make our country prosperous, then too what has the democrats done lately to accomplish that.

deb
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These Swamp Clowns just want to see their ugly mugs on T.V. They could care LESS about We the People.

Carl Wisnesky Sr.
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Cummings wants to bury the President & his departments with endless demands for reports to slow down or stop any progress, so the Trump administration will have little to no accomplishments during the next 2 years for the 2020 election campaign. Cummings is not investigating any crime – he is on a fishing expedition hoping to find something/anything to make Trump look bad. As a Russian investigation officer once said, “Show me the man & I will find you a crime.”

Chrissy
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So can he just ignore the subpoena ala Hillary?

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