The top government watchdog group is asking for a hearing following obvious obstruction by the Trump administration, who has refused to respond to or work with it. Once again, the lack of transparency is catching up with the current occupant of the White House.
POLITICO reported that Donald Trump’s White House is refusing to cooperate with the top watchdog group, Government Accountability Office. House Democratic lawmakers were left with no decision but to ask for a hearing. Earlier this month, in a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn, Thomas Armstrong, general counsel to the GAO, said “the attorneys from your office and the National Security Council will not respond to inquiries or otherwise engage with GAO staff during the course of our reviews.”
This isn’t the first time the watchdog chief has had to address the White House’s stonewalling of the Government Accountability Office.
Thomas Armstrong previous wrote a letter to White House Counsel Don McGahn said:
‘I am concerned about the implications of this new policy regarding communication with GAO, particularly in our performance of a core function, namely, contributing to Congress’s constitutional oversight. Given the importance of this matter, I would ask that you correct any misunderstanding that we may have or reconsider this approach to engaging with GAO.’
The blatant obstruction in their investigations first took place in October of 2017, when the GAO released a report on Trump’s White House transition. During the transition the GAO contacted members of the transition team, several of whom are currently filling executive office positions, and none of them responded.
Below are some of the top responses from Twitter users:
According to a new letter from the Democrats on the House Oversight Committee, the deadline for responding was not met by the Trump administration. Lawmakers asked committee Chairman Trey Gowdy to hold a hearing to get to the bottom of “why the Trump administration has so severely reversed course to deny access to information it has obtained for years.”
House Democrats, including Congressman Elijah Cummings, proposed their request, saying:
‘We are writing to request that you hold an immediate hearing on the dramatic decision by the White House to obstruct investigations by our independent investigators at the Government Accountability Office. We ask that the committee obtain testimony from the White House Counsel and General Counsel of GAO.’
Trump’s White House is like a glass house with the windows boarded up when it comes to transparency but Democrats are doing all that they can to combat Trump’s unethical tactics, especially when it comes to blocking inquiries made by watchdog groups.
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