House Minorities Hold Oversight Powers, D.C. Circuit Says

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Lawmakers in House minorities can issue demands for records from the executive branch, a federal appeals panel held Tuesday.

In an 2-1 ruling first noticed by Politico, the D.C. circuit upheld a demand issued by  Democrats on the House Oversight Committee in 2017 for documents relating to President Trump’s downtown D.C. hotel.

The decision — issued by Judge Patricia Millett — goes to an arcane 1920s law which created the seven-member rule. That statute authorizes any seven members of the House Oversight Committee, regardless of party affiliation, to go to any part of the executive branch and demand records.

In 2017, Democrats on the House Oversight Committee did just that, demanding information from the General Services Administration about President Trump’s lease agreement for his D.C. hotel.

GSA eventually rejected the requests, before House Democrats went to court to enforce the demand.

The ruling by Millett, an Obama appointtee, upholds

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