Rema Rahman

Schiff Wonders, is a Tweet an Official Response?
Top Intel House Dem concerned that Devin Nunes still involved in Russia probe

The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee wants to clarify with White House counsel whether President Donald Trump’s tweets about not having tapes of conversations with former FBI Director James B. Comey constitutes an official statement from the White House.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the committee, said Thursday he believes a request that the panel receive any evidence of tapes by Friday prompted Trump to respond the day before in an effort to avoid the administration from being subpoenaed. 

Pelosi Blows Off Calls to Step Down
‘It's not up to them,’ she says of Democrats calling for new leadership

Describing herself as “worth the trouble,” House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi Thursday blew off calls from some chamber Democrats for her to step down from leadership in the wake of special election losses this year and a failure to win a House majority in four straight national elections. 

“It’s not up to them,” the California Democrat said of members calling for her to let someone else give it a try, before calling herself a “master legislator.”

DNC Said No Thanks to Help After Hack
Former Homeland chief says feds could have done more

Former Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson told the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday the Democratic National Committee turned down help from the FBI after its system was hacked — and that he had not known about it for months.

“What are we doing? Are we in there?” Johnson said he asked when he became aware of the intrusion. He said the response he received was that the FBI had spoken to the committee but “they don’t want our help.”

For Members, a Personal Connection to Capitol Police

When Rep. Roger Williams returned to the Capitol on Wednesday, visibly shaken and on crutches following the shooting at the Republicans' congressional baseball practice that morning, the first thing he addressed was the response of Capitol Police officers on site.

“My family and I will be forever grateful,” Williams said.

Pelosi Argues Capitol Police Need Bigger Budget
In wake of shooting, members evaluate security of lawmakers

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that Capitol Police should get more resources to protect members and the public in the wake of the previous day’s shooting at a congressional baseball practice that left House Majority Whip Steve Scalise in critical condition.

The California Democrat said she’s received incessant threats throughout her life in public service and won’t let her grandchildren answer her phone at home due to ugly calls she receives. She also indicated she had been hacked last fall.

House Assembles in Show of Unity
Ryan: ‘An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us’

The House reconvened shortly after noon on Wednesday, coming together in the wake of Wednesday’s shooting at the Republicans’ congressional baseball practice, with an impassioned Speaker Paul D. Ryan stating, “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us.”

House members on both sides of the aisle stood and cheered at the words, still reeling from the attack at a practice field in Alexandria, Virginia, that injured Majority Whip Steve Scalise, Capitol Police officers Krystal Griner and David Bailey, Zack Barth, a staffer for Texas Rep. Roger Williams, and Matt Mika, a former Hill staffer and current director of government relations for Tyson Foods. 

Gowdy Officially Becomes House Oversight Chairman
South Carolina Republican replaces Jason Chaffetz who leaves Congress this month

Rep. Trey Gowdy officially took hold of the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Tuesday.

The South Carolina Republican replaced previous Chairman Jason Chaffetz, who announced in April he would end his congressional term on June 30 after deciding not to run for re-election.

Gowdy Picked by Steering Committee to Chair Oversight Panel
Full House Republican Conference will vote on Tuesday

South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy was selected by the Republican Steering Committee on Thursday to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, in announcing the decision, lauded Gowdy’s “deep commitment to transparency and accountability.” The selection will be ratified by the full GOP conference on Tuesday.

Paul Ryan Defends Donald Trump as Comey Testifies
Speaker says president is ‘learning as he goes’

BY REMA RAHMAN and LINDSEY MCPHERSON

As former FBI Director James B. Comey delivered testimony across the Capitol on Thursday about his discomfort with his interactions with President Donald Trump, Speaker Paul D. Ryan defended the president, saying he’s new to the job.

Gowdy or Russell? Steering Committee Set to Pick
House Republican Conference gets its say next week

Republican Reps. Trey Gowdy of South Carolina and Steve Russell of Oklahoma will make their pitch to the Republican Steering Committee Thursday to be the next chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.

The Steering Committee will then vote and relay its recommendation to the full House Republican Conference, which is expected to ratify the choice on Tuesday.

Republican Moderates Jeer Paris Accord Withdrawal
In rare statement, Obama joins Democrats in criticizing U.S. removal from pact

Some moderate Republicans in Congress have come out against President Donald Trump’s decision Thursday to withdraw from the Paris Agreement, saying it would lessen the country’s leadership role internationally.

They were joined by the former Democratic president who helped seal the deal: Barack Obama.

Trey Gowdy’s Path to Oversight Gavel Gets Smoother
Steering Committee will pick next Oversight chairman after break

Rep. Trey Gowdy’s bid to be the next chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee keeps getting easier as a key potential rival says he won’t run and predicted the South Carolina Republican is likely to wield the gavel, even as the deadline to make a bid draws near.

Any serious bid to challenge Gowdy will need to get under way soon, as Speaker Paul D. Ryan is giving members interested in the post until June 1 to let the House Republican Steering Committee know, according to a Ryan spokeswoman. The Steering Committee is on track to vote on the next chairman the week following the Memorial Day recess.

Lawmakers React to Latest Trump-Russia Bombshell: ‘What Now?!’
Report: President asked two top intel officials to deny collusion with Moscow

BY JOHN T. BENNETT, LINDSEY McPHERSON AND REMA RAHMAN

Lawmakers on Monday evening seemed resigned to yet another bombshell report suggesting President Donald Trump attempted to interfere with a federal investigation aimed at, in part, determining whether there was collusion between his campaign and the Russia government.

Flynn May Have Lied During Security Clearance Renewal, Says Cummings
Oversight ranking member asks chairman to subpoena records from White House

The ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is asking the panel’s top lawmaker to use his subpoena power to ask the White House for documents related to former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn.

Rep. Elijah Cummings wrote to Chairman Jason Chaffetz that the committee had in its possession documents that appeared to show Flynn lied to investigators in 2016 when he was getting his security clearance renewed.

Resources Request From Comey Disputed
Rosenstein: No evidence Comey asked for additional resources

By REMA RAHMAN and LINDSEY McPHERSON

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein told members of the House Friday that he had no evidence former FBI Director James Comey asked for more resources before his firing.

Gowdy Gunning for Oversight Chairman
South Carolina Republican would succeed Chaffetz

A spokeswoman for Rep. Trey Gowdy said Thursday he is exploring a bid for chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee once its current gavel-holder leaves Congress next month.

“It is fair to say he is considering it,” the spokeswoman said.“Rep. Gowdy is talking to members in the conference about the qualities they believe are most important for the next chairman to possess.”

Jason Chaffetz Needs James Comey's Phone Number
Oversight chairman wants former FBI director to testify

Chairman Jason Chaffetz is all set to schedule a hearing inviting former FBI Director James Comey to testify publicly before his committee -- if the Utah Republican can just find his phone number. 

Chaffetz, who holds the gavel on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, tweeted Wednesday that he has sent a notice for a meeting on May 24 dubbed "Oversight of the FBI's Independence."

Report: Ethics Office Investigating Chris Collins Investments
Inquiry over improperly attracting investors to biotech company

The Office of Congressional Ethics is reportedly conducting an inquiry into whether Rep. Chris Collins improperly attracted investors to an Australian biotech company and gave a stock tip to then-Rep. Tom Price.

Citing two anonymous sources, the The Buffalo News reported several investors in the Buffalo area were being interviewed this week to look at potential roles played by Collins in urging investors to buy stock in the company.

Paul Ryan Comments on Classified Info Back in Spotlight
Spokesman says speaker wants facts about Trump disclosure

President Donald Trump’s sharing classified information with senior Russian officials has critics pointing to Speaker Paul D. Ryan’s suggestion during the campaign that Hillary Clinton be barred from getting such briefings.

Ryan, who is third in line for the presidency, had asked then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper to revoke the Democratic presidential nominee’s access to classified material after the FBI found she had mishandled such information while she served as secretary of State but stopped short of recommending prosecution.

Paul Ryan Still Wants to Re-do Medicare
Speaker has long championed changes to elderly health plan

House Speaker Paul D. Ryan said Friday it is possible the fiscal 2018 budget resolution could propose changes to the Medicare program.

Speaking on WISN 1130, a conservative radio station in Milwaukee, Ryan said he’s long championed changes to the federal health insurance program for people 65 and older.