Democrats Seek Votes on 13 More Subpoena Motions at Thursday’s Oversight Committee Markup
Democrats Seek Votes on 13 More Subpoena
Motions at Thursday’s Oversight Committee Markup
Washington, D.C. (Mar. 13, 2018)—Today, Rep. Elijah. E. Cummings and Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, the Ranking Member and Vice Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, sent a letter requesting that Chairman Trey Gowdy place 13 motions for subpoenas on the agenda for the Committee’s upcoming business meeting on Thursday, March 15, 2018.
For each request, Cummings, Connolly, and other Committee Members previously sent Gowdy detailed letters setting forth the specific bases for the motions, but Gowdy declined to issue subpoenas on his own. They include a wide range of oversight requests within the core jurisdiction of the Committee—some of which had been bipartisan. House rules allow Committees to debate and vote on motions to issue subpoenas if a majority of Committee Members approve, but Gowdy has declined or ignored all requests to obtain these documents.
“We understand that you personally may disagree with our requests, but our Committee Members deserve the opportunity to debate and vote on these motions, rather than you blocking their consideration,” Cummings and Connolly wrote. “House rules provide for subpoenas to be issued by a vote of the full Committee, and we have repeatedly asked for the opportunity to do so. Many Members believe that we must use the full force of the Committee to uphold our Constitutional obligation to conduct rigorous oversight of the executive branch. We ask that you allow us to offer these motions, debate them, and hold votes.”
The proposed motions listed in today’s letter relate to the following 13 investigations in which documents and testimony are currently being withheld:
Today’s letter follows a previous request that Cummings and Connolly sent to Gowdy on February 2, 2018, asking for 13 motions for subpoenas to be added to the agenda for the business meeting the Committee held on February 6, 2018—all of which were denied:
Cummings also sent Gowdy a similar request on October 31, 2017, asking for six motions for subpoenas to be added to the agenda for the business meeting the Committee held on November 2, 2017, but these were also denied:
Click here to read today’s letter.