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Rep. Elijah Cummings sent out 51 letters Wednesday to the White House and federal agencies in preparation for investigations into the Trump administration’s actions.
Cummings, who is the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, said in a statement, “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.”
The Maryland Democrat added that, when Republicans received pushback from the Trump administration, they decided not to issue subpoenas. But Democrats are taking control of the House in just a couple of weeks. Cummings promises things will change.
The letters sent out Wednesday are addressed to the heads of the Department of Homeland Security, The EPA, Health and Human Services, and even former Chief of Staff John Kelly. They cover topics including child separations and the hurricane response in Puerto Rico.
They also cover the travel habits of some of Trump’s Cabinet members, along with EPA misconduct, Presidential Records Act Compliance, and emoluments and payments from foreign governments. Cummings noted, “Many of these requests were bipartisan, and some are now more than a year old.”
The Democrat added that his party is “insisting — as a basic first step — that the Trump Administration and others comply with these Republican requests.”
Recipients of the letters are expected to comply with the requests by January 11, 2019, or the House Oversight Committee will take further action. The full set of letters can be seen in various PDF forms here.
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