House Oversight chairman threatens to withhold Trump officials’ salary

Amid reports that the White House plans to fight congressional subpoenas, one House committee is taking preemptive action.

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In a letter to Trump administration officials both past and present, Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., explained the position.

Cummings chairs the House Oversight and Reform Committee and addressed the warning to eight recipients. They all serve or served in the departments of the Interior, Justice or Commerce.

“Please be advised that any official at the Department who ‘prohibits or prevents’ or ‘attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent’ any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld pursuant to section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act.”

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