Issa Threatens to Subpoena White House Political Office

Image: Issa Threatens to Subpoena White House Political Office

Tuesday, 27 May 2014 08:55 PM

By Cathy Burke

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
California Republican Rep. Darrell Issa is ramping up his demands for information to aid an inquiry into the newly reopened White House political office.

The chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has targeted the political office since February, suspicious that it will be used to let the White House handle political requests from Democrats looking for a leg up in the 2014 elections.

Editor's Note: Dr. Ben Carson's New Book - One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

On Tuesday, he threatened he'd subpoena the Obama administration for the information he needs for his inquiry, The Blaze reports.

"The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being spent to support congressional campaigns during the 2014 midterm elections in violation of federal law," Issa wrote to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough.

"If the White House continues to withhold documents and information related to the reopening of the White House political office, I will have no alternative but to consider the use of compulsory process to obtain the requested documents."

In his letter, Issa drew a connection between current activities of the political office and those of the Bush administration in 2008, when the then-Democrat-led House Oversight Committee found the office was violating the law.

Obama closed the Office of Political Affairs in 2011, then reopened it in January under its new name: the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, saying it meets legal requirements, Politico noted.

But Issa isn't buying it, writing Tuesday that the new arrangement calls into question that "taxpayer money is being used improperly to advance the interests of Democratic congressional candidates and the Democratic Party."

He also charged that his March request for documents was met with a response containing "contradictory information" that "failed to provide any documents and information requested related to the White House political office," The Blaze reports.

Issa gave the White House until June 3 to come up with the information he requested.

Editor's Note: Dr. Ben Carson's New Book - One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America’s Future

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Mike McCaul: GOP Will Shut Down Obama, Not the Government, Over Immigration

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 13:33 PM

Republicans aren't going to shut down the government over President Barack Obama's immigration order, House Homeland Sec . . .

SNL Mocks Obama's Amnesty Bill with 'Schoolhouse Rock' Skit

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 12:56 PM

Saturday Night Live took on President Barack Obama's executive order to halt deportations of up to 5 million illegal im . . .

Pope to Urge Europe to Tackle Racism, Religious Intolerance

Sunday, 23 Nov 2014 12:29 PM

Pope Francis is expected to take Europe to task over racial and religious intolerance during a visit to the European par . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved