The White House has rejected a request to allow senior adviser Stephen Miller to testify before the House Oversight Committee, The Washington Post is reporting.
Miller had been asked to come before the panel on May 1 to discuss the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
But White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, in a letter to committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., denied the request, the newspaper said. However, he did offer to make “cabinet secretaries and other agency leaders” available.
“We are pleased that the committee is interested in obtaining information regarding border security and much needed improvements to our immigration system,” he said.
In requesting Miller’s testimony, Cummings had said “it appears that you are one of the primary moving forces behind some of the most significant — and in my view, troubling — immigration policies coming out of the Trump White House.”
Miller is not a Senate-confirmed Cabinet member and is not accountable to Congress the way agency heads would be, the newspaper noted.
He was the driving force behind a proposal to bring undocumented migrants to the jurisdictions of political enemies of President Donald Trump, the Post said, attributing the information to Department of Homeland Security officials. He also reportedly played a key role in the recent shake-up of the department.
The White House’s move to deny Miller’s appearance came after Trump said his staffers should not testify on Capitol Hill.
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