Subpoena

House Republicans praise Democrats’ subpoena restraint (so far)

Restraint on subpoenas and office space politics engendered bipartisanship early this week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Subpoenas and office space, so often the source of lawmaker squabbles, engendered some bipartisanship this week, including kind words from Republicans to Democrats about how they’re running the House.

On Monday night Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia, newly installed ranking member on the House Judiciary Committee, sent a letter praising Democratic Chairman Jerrold Nadler for his leadership of the panel.

House GOP Presses Court on 'Fast and Furious' Documents
Committee argues Justice lied about botched gun-tracking initiative

House Oversight Committee under Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., probed failed gun-tracking program. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

House Republicans accused the Obama administration of “generally making a mockery” of the congressional oversight process, as they fight in a federal appeals court for documents related to a flawed gun-tracking initiative known as Operation Fast and Furious.

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, in a brief filed Thursday at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, argued that a lower court judge did not fully correct the Justice Department’s “executive abuses” as it responded to a congressional subpoena.