GOP lawmaker questions White House ‘politics shop’

GOP lawmaker questions White House ‘politics shop’

he chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee has asked the White House to turn over records related to President Barack Obama’s decision to reopen the White House political office earlier this year.

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said he is concerned that the White House might be using taxpayer money improperly to help Democratic candidates for Congress and other offices.

In a letter to White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, Issa asked for “all documents and communications, including emails” about the January reopening of the political office, as well an update on its activities since then.

“The Hatch Act requires a clear dichotomy between the constitutional and statutory duties of federal officials and any political or campaign-related activities in which they engage,” Issa wrote, referring to a federal law that prohibits federal employees from engaging in some partisan political activities.

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