House Oversight

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After McGahn misses first subpoena deadline, Nadler warns of contempt if he misses second
Former White House counsel declines to turn over documents, but committee expects him to testify

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., is threatening to hold former White House counsel Don McGahn in contempt of Congress if he does not comply with a subpoena to appear before his panel on May 21. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said Tuesday that his panel will hold former White House counsel Donald McGahn in contempt of Congress if he does not comply with a subpoena to appear before the committee on May 21.

The threat, which the New York Democrat issued in a letter sent to McGahn’s lawyer William A. Burck, comes as McGahn missed the first of two deadlines the committee gave him in the subpoena. McGahn had to turn over by Tuesday documents related to instances chronicled in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report in which President Donald Trump may have obstructed justice. 

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Jim Jordan seeks to block increased funds for Oversight panel he helps lead
Chairman Elijah Cummings wants to rebuild staffing, but his GOP counterpart does not

Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, right, and ranking member Jim Jordan are the only House committee leaders to disagree about funding levels for their panel. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As House Democrats ramp up their oversight investigations into President Donald Trump’s administration, businesses, and 2016 campaign, at least one Republican has found a new battleground to push back: funding for the House Oversight and Reform Committee.

That panel’s chairman, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, asked the House Administration Committee on Tuesday for a funding increase of 4 percent this year and 10 percent next year over funding levels from the previous, GOP-controlled 115th Congress.

House Republicans praise Democrats’ subpoena restraint (so far)

Restraint on subpoenas and office space politics engendered bipartisanship early this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Subpoenas and office space, so often the source of lawmaker squabbles, engendered some bipartisanship this week, including kind words from Republicans to Democrats about how they’re running the House.

On Monday night Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, newly installed ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter praising Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler for his leadership of the panel.

Kevin McCarthy Elected House Minority Leader Over Jim Jordan
Promotion to top GOP spot improves his chances of one day being speaker

Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., is the new House Republican leader. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

House Republicans on Wednesday elected Rep. Kevin McCarthy as their minority leader over Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan, a decision that improves the likelihood that one day the California Republican might be speaker. 

McCarthy has vowed to lead Republicans back into the majority over the next two years. If he succeeds, the chances of him being elected speaker would be significantly higher than had Republicans held the majority this year. 

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders
Freedom Caucus, rank-and-file panel members will not be able to participate

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview with House Judiciary and Oversight committee leaders on Oct. 24. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has agreed to sit for a transcribed interview with leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees Oct. 24, the panels’ chairmen announced Thursday evening.

The announcement comes just hours after House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, an Oversight subcommittee chairman, called on Rosenstein to resign, citing his unwillingness to cooperate with the panels’ investigation.

House Panels Lay Out Case That Clinton Perjured Herself
Letter to Justice Department alleges 4 examples from Benghazi testimony

Hillary Clinton's testimony before the House Select Committee on Benghazi has drawn criticism from Republicans for possible perjury. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Two House committees sent a letter to the Department of Justice Monday laying out their case for why they believe Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton committed perjury during a hearing in Congress last year.

The letter to U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Channing Phillips from the Oversight and Government Reform and Judiciary committees provides four specific examples of times they believe Clinton lied under oath about her use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of State. The letter said Clinton made several false statements during her testimony to the House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015.

Loretta Lynch on the Hot Seat
Judiciary Committee to question attorney general's meeting with Bill Clinton

Attorney General Loretta Lynch (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Judging from her prepared statement, Attorney General Loretta Lynch will arrive on Capitol Hill Tuesday ready to testify about criminal justice reform and the Justice Department's efforts to train local law enforcement.  

But Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee have other ideas.  

House Republicans Will Seek More FBI Scrutiny of Clinton Over Emails
GOP wants to know if Clinton lied to Congress about classified emails

FBI Director James Comey is sworn in before testifying at a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Hillary Clinton's private email server. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

House Republicans want the FBI to review statements Hillary Clinton made under oath last October when she told a congressional panel that she did not handle classified emails through a private, unsecured server when she was secretary of state.  

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said at a hearing that Clinton's statements before a select committee investigating the deadly 2012 terror attack on a diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, contradicted FBI findings this week on her overall use of the server that 110 emails in 52 email chains contained classified information when they were sent or received.