Lawmakers Pressure State Dept. for Documents on Alleged Political Retaliation

Government Executive | March 20, 2019

The fight between branches of government continues over evidence on whether early Trump administration appointees at the State Department retaliated against career employees with whom they had political differences. On March 15, House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., joined with Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denouncing “efforts to obstruct investigations” going back well into 2018. They demanded an array of documents.

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