Cummings Launches “Sunshine Week” Highlighting Secrecy in Trump Administration
Washington, D.C. (Mar. 11, 2019)—Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, kicked off “Sunshine Week”—which is held each year to improve government transparency and openness. Cummings is highlighting the unprecedented secrecy of the Trump Administration and plans to hold several events and hearings seeking information that has been withheld from Congress for months.
“Sunshine Week is critical now more than ever, as the Trump Administration continues to obstruct our investigations in an unprecedented way by withholding documents and key witnesses,” Chairman Cummings said. “The American people voted for transparency and accountability this past election, but the only way we can fulfill that mandate is to obtain the documents and information we need to do our job.”
Fact Sheet on Trump Administration Secrecy
Today, Chairman Cummings released a fact sheet—Exposing Secrecy in the Trump Administration—chronicling the Trump Administration’s unprecedented stonewalling of Congress in its attempt to fulfill its constitutional duties, including requests for information about the Administration’s child separation policy, the Commerce and Justice Department’s decision to add a citizenship question to the Census, the White House’s security clearance process, and the decision to block the move of the FBI Headquarters.
“Forecast” for the Rest of Sunshine Week
Chairman Cummings and Oversight Committee Democrats will spend this week pressing the Trump Administration to stop stonewalling Congress on a wide variety of topics.
On Wednesday, the Committee will hold a hearing with the Department of Justice, the Department of the Interior, and the Environmental Protection Agency on the compliance of federal agencies with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and the extent to which agencies have implemented the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016.
On Thursday, the Committee will hold a hearing with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to determine why he and other Trump Administration officials gave misleading testimony about how the citizenship question was added to the Census, which has been deemed “unconstitutional and a violation of federal statute” by two federal judges. This was a decision that experts across the board warned would harm the census and decrease the count.