President Donald Trump has been accused of plenty in the past few months. Democrats now have another accusation against Trump that has prompted them to send a letter to the Trump administration.
The Washington Post reported that Democrats in the Senate have sent a letter charging Trump of directing federal agencies to ignore inquiries from Congress.
‘Senate Democrats are accusing the White House of purposely ignoring requests for information on issues ranging from the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in U.S. elections, to ethics waivers given to top officials and changes in environmental rules.’
Indeed, many of the requests are related to the ongoing Russian investigation. However, in addition to those inquiries, the Washington Post noted that of approximately 200 requests, there have been inquiries made into the actual role that Trump’s son-in-law, Jared Kushner, plays in the Trump administration. Furthermore, requests have been made regarding Trump’s seeming conflict of interest related to his business.
However, other requests weren’t related to Trump really. Included in the requests was one request to the CDC on the “health effects of trichloroethylene contamination of drinking water in Rockford, Ill.” Another request was made to the EPA regarding emission standards.
Also at question is the slow response from the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement to requests from the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.
The Washington Post reported the letter requested Trump to have agencies respond in a timely manner.
Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) made a statement on Tuesday regarding the slow responses.
‘The fact that they just turn their back on oversight is part of a deeper syndrome, which is no respect for separation of powers, no respect for how the Constitution set up our government. It’s going to hurt the country, and it’s going to hurt them.’
Sen. Schumer also hinted that Democrats had tricks up their sleeves if the Trump administration continued to play games. The WP noted Democrats could keep up the slow confirmation process of Trump nominees, even if they weren’t a controversial pick.
Though some have tried to give the Trump administration some benefit of the doubt, being a new administration moving in to the federal branch of government, suspicions are beginning to build it’s a deliberate move on Trump’s part.
Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) commented:
‘This just seems to be across-the-board, systemic rewriting of the separation of powers.
Everybody understands that in the first days of a new administration you’re kind of finding your feet and may take a little bit of extra time, and people like me will acknowledge that. That’s not what’s going on. This really feels like a pattern of just saying, “We don’t believe in getting back to Congress as they try to carry out their oversight responsibilities.”‘
Sen. Thomas R. Carper (D-Del.) made the comment that had former President Barack Obama’s EPA administrator been so slow to respond, the GOP would have been outraged.
‘I think if [President Obama’s EPA administrator] Gina McCarthy had been so inept in responding to the inquiries of our Republican colleagues, they would have shut down the Senate.’
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