House Democrats are finding out how difficult it is to provide Congressional oversight.
Axios reported the White House has figured out there’s not much Democrats can do if the administration continues to say no to everything. The administration has blocked several key administration officials from appearing before the House Oversight Committee.
The Washington Post reported the latest example is the administration’s refusal to allow senior adviser Stephen Miller to testify regarding immigration policy.
Meanwhile, Axios noted that any of those who have actually been subpoenaed by the committee could be held in contempt if they do not appear. But it said the subpoenas are difficult to enforce. And the website said recent contempt cases have “fizzled,
Axios also pointed out President Donald Trump and the Trump Organization have filed suit against Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., to block a subpoena for the president’s financial records.
But it said that strategy could have a downside, the website said.
"It totally undercuts the argument that we've been transparent and because there was no criminal wrongdoing that's why we encouraged everyone to cooperate," said a former senior White House official. "Now we look like we've got something to hide and we're not being open and transparent."
Still, the Trump White House is unlikely to face any consequences in the short-term, Axios said.
But one Democratic aide said there are ways of getting past the White House efforts.
“One trend we've been seeing more and more, and a way we can get new information, is from whistleblowers,” the aide said.
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