Dems threaten to withhold salaries of Trump staffers who block probes
Well, that might get their attention.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent letters Tuesday calling for eight current and former Trump administration officials to provide information for two of the panel’s investigations, cautioning that officials who block the interviews from taking place could see their salaries withheld.
“Please be advised that any official at the Department who 'prohibits or prevents' or 'attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent' any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld pursuant to section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act,” Cummings wrote in the letters.
The White House has directed multiple officials to ignore requests by House Democrats to turn over documents to the committee.
The committee noted seven of the eight interview requests recently made related to the panel’s probes were either denied or remain unanswered.
One of the House interview requests has to do with the proposed new citizenship question on the 2020 census, and another relates to the Interior Department’s compliance with federal record-keeping laws.
No, they’re not the unredacted Mueller report or Donald Trump’s full tax returns, but this shows that Democrats are at least willing to play hardball. Hey, I’d prefer Steven Mental Munchkin spend some time in stir making toilet gin (no olives), but I’ll take what I can get.
Then again, Donald Trump blocked thousands of federal workers’ salaries during the government shutdown so he could build a see-through wall (remember that? it seems like decades ago), so who knows what this will really accomplish?
We shall see. Hope you like drama. You’re about to get a big dose of it.
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