Skip to comments.Simas Ignores Subpoena Again as White House Defies Issa (Updated)
Posted on 07/25/2014 5:47:40 PM PDT by mandaladon
Top White House political adviser David Simas refused again Friday to honor a congressional subpoena, prompting Republicans on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee to vote to rebuke the administration.
The Oversight and Government Reform Committee voted 19-14 to reject the White Houses claim that Simas has absolute immunity from a subpoena from Congress.
Republicans said they were standing up for the principle that no one is above the law, and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa quoted a long list of Democrats, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California, who have backed Congress right to subpoena top administration officials.
Democrats, led by ranking member Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, said they strongly disagree with the White Houses claim of absolute immunity but also strongly disagree with Issas push to press the issue, warning it could hurt the institution if they take a case to court.
The White House informed Issa at 7:30 a.m. Friday that Simas would not appear, Issa said. The absence was not excused, the California Republican added.
White House Counsel W. Neil Eggleston asked Issa to withdraw the subpoena to discuss his late Thursday offer for Simas to give a deposition instead of subpoenaed testimony.
Issa refused to do so.
We have an absolute right and obligation to investigate the new White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, he said.
This was intended to be a short, and I hope it will be, oversight of a relatively small but in the past controversial office, consistent with our requirement to do oversight even without a predicate of wrongdoing, he said.
Issa said oversight of the previously troubled political office will help American people be more comfortable and ensure taxpayer dollars are being used properly.
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A Republican Senate
Would be hilarious if the administration partisans started referring to the House as “Commoners”, wild ignorant knaves.
Time to start using the power of the Congress to start arresting people.
Perp walks make for great TV.
“....What’s going to take to get serious about impeaching Obama ?
An overwhelming Republican Senate.
Flippin’ the wee birdie to Congress time, and again should be enough to cause at least a stern letter.
What’s going to take to get serious about impeaching Obama ?
When he disbands Congress, but by then, well, it will
be too late.
“No respect,” said the embattled head of the House Oversight Committee. “I get no respect!”
“When I was born the doctor came out to the waiting room and said to my father,
“Mr. Issa, I’m very sorry. We did everything we could...but he pulled through.”
“I come from a stupid family. During the Civil War my great uncle fought for the west! My father worked in a bank. They caught him stealing pens.”
“Man, won’t anyone gimme some respect? Here, have a subpoena. Have two! They’re small.”
An “R” senate ! First thing on the agenda after swearing in ceremony!
King George was less offensive.
It’s become evident that the Constitution has a fatal flaw and this evil degenerate son of a whore is all over it.
There is no check on the power of the POTUS save impeachment, and if the votes aren’t there in the Senate, POTUS is in effect a dictator who can literally orchestrate an invasion by foreign nationals, and there isn’t a damn thing anyone can do about it.
The right will take power for maybe the last time in 2016.
This opportunity must not be wasted.
The American marxist movement must be destroyed using all means necessary.
That means putting in place the SOP to ensure the marxists NEVER control ANY branch of FEDGOV EVER AGAIN.
Time to do what needs tom be done, because this is the END.
Why should the White House honor subpoenas? There is no price to be paid for noncompliance.
Republican senators will no more convict the kenyan than a Democrat Senate will.
When he disbands Congress, but by then, well, it will be too late.
Another Reichstag fire ?
The tipping point was passed with the enactment of the 17th Amendment. If the Republicans take control that is what wwe will get. CONTROL. The Republicans will retain ALL the structures put into place bu Democrats and Republicans since FDR. They will not even run the bureaus more astutely and efficiently. They will simply be the New Faction. There are no checks on the Government Party. When Republicans get control of the government they always retain ALL the bureaucrats except for a few of the top Directors and Secretaries who will be ignored by the Permanent Government and actively and effectively opposed for anything they do that smacks of reform or Constitutionalism.
Issa’s father carried the picture of the kid that came with the wallet.
Jail the soldiers and they will give up the capris. Jail the capos and they will give up the don.
When I was in 8th grade, I would show-off the photo of the model that came with my `Lord Buxton’ wallet.
Yeah, that’s my gal—she’s 27! After the first noogie I stopped.