Obama Administration's Department of Justice is contemning Congressional subpoenas, and continues cover up of the Administration's criminal involvement in the murder of an American border agent. Not to be outdone in contempt of Congress, the Obama Administration's Department of the Interior (DOI) is refusing even to acknowledge Congressional subpoena.
In follow-up, the House Natural Resources Committee today issued a second subpoena to the Obama DOI for additional information
relating to the investigation into the Obama Administration’s rewrite of
the Stream Buffer Zone Rule (Rule) that began over a year ago.
second subpoena follows after DOI has failed to comply with the April 5th subpoena for documents sent as part of a more than yearlong investigation into
the Obama Administration’s rewrite of coal regulations that could cost
thousands of jobs, negatively impact the economies of 22 states and
significantly harm American energy production.
In issuing today’s subpoena, Chairman Doc Hastings (R-WA) wrote a letter to Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar. Click here to read the full letter.
“The [April 5] subpoena was narrowly crafted and asked for
specific documents and recordings. The expectation was that the
subpoenaed material would be readily producible by the Department. It is
unfortunate that the Department has chosen not to comply with this
Department officials and political appointees
are not allowed to shield their communications from public scrutiny on
the basis that the information may prove embarrassing, especially where,
as here, there are very serious questions about how and why this
administrative action was initiated and is to be completed on a hastened
The fact that an
agency may be in the process of improperly imposing new regulations,
eliminating thousands of jobs, and raising energy costs on the American
people, is absolutely not a shield against transparency and
Congressional oversight. Absent a valid claim of Executive Privilege for
these documents, the Department has a duty to fully and promptly comply
with both of these duly authorized and issued subpoenas and must do so
by May 24, 2012. I am prepared to initiate further action, should the
Department continue to refuse to comply.
Today’s subpoena to the Department seeks
communications within OSM and the Department regarding the changes to
the Stream Buffer Zone Rule, the decisions to expand the scope of the
re-write, and the cost this rewrite will have on the American people and
the economy. This subpoena represents a broader, more comprehensive set
of information and documents that will answer questions the Department
has refused to answer for more than a year.
See http://naturalresources.house.gov/Issues/Issue/?IssueID=56687 for information