House panel authorizes subpoenas in migrant family separation policy probe and obstruction...

House panel authorizes subpoenas in migrant family separation policy probe and obstruction inquiry

Published
Feb. 26, 2019
Rep. Jerrold Nadler, shown in a file photo, oversees a hearing with the House Judiciary Committee (judiciary.house.gov)

WASHINGTON – The House Judiciary Committee Thursday afternoon approved a resolution to authorize subpoenas for documents and testimony from former and current White House officials as part of an investigation into the Trump administration’s zero-tolerance immigration policies.

The resolution passed 21-12.

All Democrats voted yes. All Republicans voted no.

Once a subpoena is authorized the chair may issue it at their discretion.

The committee is investigating the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order last year that prohibits family separation. However, the order did not address families who had already been separated. Many families have yet to be reunited despite court orders.

The Department of Homeland Security said in a recent report that some of the migrants being held at detention centers on the border may have been mistreated.

The DHS report followed media reports that said the centers are overcrowded, lack basic sanitary conditions and fail to provide adequate medical care.

Some members of Congress have since visited the facilities and have made statements that attest to the poor treatment of migrants.

On July 1, Trump signed into law a $4.5 billion emergency border aid bill to address humanitarian concerns at the detention centers. However, reports of mistreatment and neglect still persist.

The resolution the committee passed on Thursday also authorizes subpoenas for a dozen individuals who were interviewed by Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III in his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

They include: President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and close confidant, Jared Kushner, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former White House Chief of Staff Secretary John Kelly.

The committee is investigating potential public corruption and obstruction of justice.

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