WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. Home committee has referred to as on the White Home to show over paperwork associated to the Trump administration’s dealing with of hurricanes in 2017 that devastated Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, accusing it of stonewalling.
FILE PHOTO: A participant holds an indication paying tribute to the victims of Hurricane Maria, through the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade in Manhattan, New York, U.S. June 9, 2019. REUTERS/Jose Alvarado Jr./File Photograph
In a letter launched on Tuesday, the Home Oversight and Reform panel mentioned the White Home had repeatedly refused to supply any paperwork about Hurricanes Irma and Maria to lawmakers, who’re investigating preparation and aid efforts for the storms, which killed 1000’s of individuals.
“It’s unacceptable for the White Home to fully ignore legitimate requests from this Committee … particularly once they relate to the loss of life of 1000’s of Americans,” the panel’s Democratic chairman, Elijah Cummings, wrote on July 1.
Almost three,000 folks died in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria. Irma additionally devastated different elements of the Caribbean and Florida.
The investigation is one in all a number of by the Democratically-controlled Home that U.S. President Donald Trump, a Republican, and his administration are combating.
Democrats, who took management of the chamber after the 2018 congressional election, are additionally probing Russian political interference, in addition to the administration’s dealing with of safety clearances, private e mail use by prime White Home aides, and Trump’s funds, amongst different points.
Trump has vowed to not cooperate with any congressional oversight probes. Representatives for the White Home couldn’t be instantly reached for touch upon Congress’ newest request.
Cummings mentioned the White Home has “fully disregarded” its requests on the hurricane probe, which is analyzing “the failure to steer a coordinated response,” together with a scarcity of meals and gasoline contracts forward of the storm.
The committee “could have no selection however to hunt obligatory course of” for the administration’s data and is contemplating further legislative motion to handle emergency planning course of, Cummings’ letter mentioned.
Such oversight, notably following disasters, is commonplace for U.S. lawmakers, Cummings added, noting that former Republican president George W. Bush’s administration cooperated in the same oversight probe, producing paperwork on its response to Hurricane Katrina, which hit New Orleans and different elements of the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005.
Reporting by Susan Heavey and Mark Hosenball; Enhancing by Invoice Berkrot