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Issa Subpoenas Simas for White House Documents

August 25, 2014 by Alyssa Anderson in Politics
Darrell Issa

Darrell Issa

The fight between the White House and the House Oversight Committee has intensified as Chairman of the Committee, Darrell Issa, issued a subpoena for documents this past Friday.

Issa is investigating the creation of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, headed by David Simas, as well as trips that President Barack Obama took during 2014.

Using executive privilege as his reason, Simas has already refused to testify in front of the oversight committee.

In a letter to the White House, Issa stated, “The White House has not produced any additional documents, nor has the White House stated if or when the Committee will hear from Mr. Simas. In short, the accommodations process, which the White House itself characterized as constructive, has netted the Committee absolutely nothing.”

A spokesperson for the White House said that documents will be presented to the committee before the week is out.

“We’ve been extremely forthcoming in response to the committee’s requests on the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, including briefing the chairman’s office, providing responsive documents and providing additional information in letters to the committee,” claimed the spokesperson.

The Oversight Committee is investigating whether Obama violated any portion of the Hatch Act. This is a law passed in 1939, and then strengthened a year later, forbidding some officials in the executive branch of government from participating in political activities. Issa, a Republican from California, wants Obama to hand over documents having to do with his trip to Minnesota this past June and a trip to Colorado in July. Both of these visits were paid for as official presidential trips despite the fact that Obama participated in political fundraisers for Senator Mark Udall of Colorado and other Democrats.

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Alyssa Anderson has been involved in the world of business on several levels for many years. She was the CEO of a start-up high-tech company until its purchase by a global on-line e-business. Alyssa helped formulate marketing strategies for several other companies as an independent consultant, and she has advised local government on methods to achieve appropriate fiscal responsibility. Her opinions are well known through her many editorials which have been published throughout her career in a variety of local and national print media. She has been heard on radio discussing current issues affecting the business community and Alyssa hopes to bring her special brand of commonsense coupled with uncanny insight into her editorial responsibilities as the Business Page editor for Left Justified. Contact Alyssa at alyssa(at)leftjustified.com.

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