House Dems threaten to withhold salaries of Trump officials who ignore interview requests

House Dems threaten to withhold salaries of Trump officials who ignore interview requests
Elijah Cummings (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – These are the same people who think Trump has overstepped the bounds of his authority.]

The House Oversight Committee on Tuesday threatened to withhold the salaries of Interior, Commerce, and Justice Department officials who block lawmakers from interviewing their agencies’ employees.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., sent lettersseeking transcribed interviews with eight current and former officials as part of two ongoing House investigations. The probes relate to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 Census and Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt’s compliance with federal record-keeping laws.

The letters warned that “any official at the Department who ‘prohibits or prevents’ or ‘attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent’ any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld” pursuant to a clause in the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.

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