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House Democrats allege the Trump administration is not turning over hurricane response records

Posted at 8:35 AM, Jul 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-02 10:35:08-04

House Democrats said Tuesday that the Trump administration is withholding documents on its response to the devastating 2017 hurricanes that hit Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings, a Democrat from Maryland, has requested the documents at least twice before, including in May.

In Tuesday’s letter, he writes, “the White House has not produced a single document to the Committee or provided any written response.” The committee says it may “seek compulsory process” for the documents if it’s new deadline of July 10 is not met.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment from CNN on Tuesday morning.

The responses to hurricanes Irma and Maria are have also come under scrutiny from the inspectors general for the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Homeland Security, as well as the Government Accountability Office.