“The courts have also explicitly held that agencies may not deny Congress access to agency documents, even in situations where the inquiry may result in the exposure of criminal corruption or maladministration of agency officials,” the report says.
Frederick Hill, a spokesman for Issa, said in response to Cummings’ statements that although the draft contempt report dealt with the wider universe of documents, the final contempt report will be narrowed to just the post-Feb. 4 documents.
“This opinion-based memo is based on outdated and inaccurate characterizations of the committee’s positions. The committee has clearly articulated that any final contempt resolution would focus on the failure to produce documents from after February 4, 2011, and not on documents created during the criminal investigation,” Hill said.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.