There is no earthly excuse for a public official uttering the words that came out of the mouth of Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-DC, the non-voting congressional representative for the District of Columbia.
“You don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government, my friend. That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” Norton firmly declared Friday during a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing.
Today, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a resolution to reject White House assertions of “absolute immunity” for political affairs office head, David Simas, who has failed to appear before the Committee twice. This morning, the White House declined Chairman’s further accommodation to allow Mr. Simas to comply with his obligations under the subpoena. Yesterday, Chairman Issa offered White House Counsel Neil Eggleston the option of committing to make Mr. Simas available for a deposition and producing documents: the same accommodations to which the Bush Administration agreed when Democrats held the majority in the House of Representatives.
The Committee will continue to offer Mr. Simas the opportunity to testify as it moves forward in enforcing its subpoena.
Read the letter offering the option of committing to make Mr. Simas available for a deposition and producing documents here.
WATCH Congresswoman Holmes Norton in the debate on the resolution on White House immunity, argue “You don’t have the right to know”
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