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Tag: House Oversight Committee

Congress to Investigate Trump Administration’s Decision to Scrap Relocation Plans for FBI Headquarters

U.S. Capitol Building

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The powerful House Oversight Committee will investigate the Trump administration’s decision to prevent the relocation of the outdated FBI headquarters.

Chief among the concerns is Trump’s role in the decision because the current headquarters is a stone’s throw from his Washington D.C. hotel.

The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has filed multiple lawsuits, claiming the president violated the Emoluments Clause of the Constitution by tampering with American security to avoid damaging his business. 

Trump’s administration scrapped a longtime plan to move the headquarters to the suburbs and instead wants to build a new building where the current one stands. If the headquarters was relocated, a hotel competitor could replace the current building.

The GSA’s inspector general also has accused the agency’s administrator, Emily Murphy, of misleading Congress about the role the White House played in the project.

Rep. Gerry Connolly, D-Va., will lead the committee’s investigation.

“We have a constitutional job to provide that because we’re a separate but coequal branch of government, and we got a mandate in November to do just that,” Connolly told NBC 4 Washington. “The public clearly wants checks and balances on this president — as they do on every president — and we’re going to take that mission very seriously and that constitutional oath very seriously. I take an oath every two years in this job, and I’m going to live up to that oath.”

House Oversight Committee Chairman Calls for Investigation of Homeland Security’s Jeh Johnson

Jeh Johnson

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The head of the House Oversight Committee is calling for an investigation into Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson because of the “deep-seeded cultural problems” at the Secret Service, Newsmax reports. 

Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz said the problems are too frequent to ignore.

“Three times in a row we have had directors that have provided false or misleading testimony to Congress,” the Utah Republican told Wolf Blitzer on CNN. “Cultural problems have not improved. I think we need to elevate that.”We need to look at the secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson,” Chaffetz added. “We have the same problems happening with director after director.

“The question needs to go to the secretary and the president himself,” he said.

The call for an investigation follows the theft of a Secret Service agent’s gun, badge, radio, flash drive and handcuffs from his personal car near the agency’s headquarters.

GOP-Led House Oversight to Sue AG Eric Holder

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Hoping to compel Attorney General Eric Holder to release documents related to the botched gun-walking case Operation Fast and Furious, the Republican-led House Oversight Committee plans  Monday to file a civil contempt suit today against the AG, CBS News reports.

The lawsuit comes after the White House and Justice Department said Holder wouldn’t face criminal prosecution for withholding records of a botched case.

President Obama asserted executive privilege in the case, a move that legal experts said would head off prosecution, CBS News reported.

Democrats blame the controversy over the records on election-year politics.