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White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at Hearing

Posted by on Jul. 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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White House to Defy Congressional Subpoena, Prevent Top Political Aide From Testifying at Hearing

Story by the Associated Press; curated by Oliver Darcy.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is defying a congressional subpoena by keeping a top political aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a hearing Wednesday.

The White House is arguing that Obama adviser David Simas (SEE’-muhs) is immune from subpoena by the House Oversight Committee in its investigation into the political office that he directs.

The White House plans to defy a congressional subpoena by keeping a top aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a Wednesday hearing. (Image source: Shutterstock)

The White House plans to defy a congressional subpoena by keeping a top aide to President Barack Obama from testifying at a Wednesday hearing. (Image source: Shutterstock)

White House counsel Neil Eggleston says in a letter to Oversight Chairman Darrell Issa (EYE’-suh) that the Simas subpoena threatens the constitutional separation of powers.

White House lawyers spent an hour and 15 minutes Tuesday briefing the committee’s staff behind closed doors on the political office’s efforts to comply with federal law. But Issa says the committee still has questions he wants Simas to answer publicly.




Darrell Issa         @DarrellIssa

.@GOPoversight has outstanding questions for Mr. Simas, who didn't take part in today's briefing. It's necessary for him to appear tmrw.


Darrell Issa         @DarrellIssa

The @GOPoversight letter to WH Counsel regarding this matter is here: http://1.usa.gov/1tNI39o 

by on Jul. 16, 2014 at 9:06 AM
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Billiejeens
by Ruby Member on Jul. 16, 2014 at 11:52 AM

That's what Government does in third world countries.

Not shocked

latashac
by Bronze Member on Jul. 16, 2014 at 12:39 PM

Issa has questions??? Ya don't say...smfh

mjmorrison
by Member on Jul. 16, 2014 at 4:37 PM
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if there is nothing to hide, why not testify?

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