House Dems Prepare First Subpoena Fight With Trump
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Progressive lawmakers demand to know more about the Treasury Department's decision to ease sanctions on companies tied to Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.
Once Russia's richest man, Deripaska employed American political consultant Paul Manafort for four years ending around 2009. (Politico)
The chairs of the Financial Services, Intelligence and Foreign Affairs committees sent a joint document request to the department this week, and lawmakers are already anticipating they’ll have to issue a subpoena to get their hands on information about Treasury’s controversial move boosting Kremlin ally Oleg Deripaska.
Newly empowered Democrats are expected to fire off subpoenas on a host of fronts if administration officials try to stonewall their investigations.
And a senior Democratic lawmaker on one of those committees, who was not authorized to discuss internal deliberations, said the demands of Treasury would likely be the first subpoena the House issues in the 116th Congress — offering Washington a preview of the oversight battles to come and underscoring the scrutiny Democrats are placing on all things Russia.
Due to the high volume of documents requested this week by three House committees, combined with the sensitive nature of the information they’re demanding, more than a dozen lawmakers and aides told POLITICO they expect a subpoena fight with the department in the near future.
California Reps. Maxine Waters and Adam Schiff head the Financial Services and Intelligence committees, respectively and have given Treasury until February 5 to comply.