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House oversight subpoenas Trump administration officials about family separations on the southern border

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The house Oversight Committee voted Tuesday to subpoena senior officials from the Trump administration, on family separations on the southern border, marking the first subpoenas controlled Congress issued by the new democratic -.

The Committee’s decision to force attorney General William Barr, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, and health and Human Services Secretary, Alex Azar, will appear before the panel to testify and provide documents and records in the administration-child separation policy.

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“This summons is issued, the first by the Committee at the 116th Congress. I did not make this decision lightly,” Chairman Elijah Cummings, D-Md., said in a statement Tuesday, adding that he was “passionate” on the issue, and called it a “genuine national emergency.”

To combine “if our own government rips vulnerable children, toddlers and even infants from the arms of their mothers and fathers with no plan, that is an abuse of the government-funded child,” he continued. “Our job is to step in and protect these children. A further delay is not an option.”

Two Republicans on the Committee, Reps. Chip Roy, R-Texas, and Justin Amash, R-Mich., also voted for the subpoenas.

In the past year, more than 2,700 children separated from their parents at the border under the administration of zero-tolerance immigration policy followed by the former attorney General Jeff Sessions, who demanded that anyone caught crossing the border illegally a criminal.

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Cummings said that the Committee has sought records from the administration for months and, in particular, information about the children separated, the location and the facilities in which they were held, to combine information about your parents and other information about the administration, the efforts of children with their parents.

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The Committee’s ranking member, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, argued that the subpoenas, the testimony of the administration officials was not convincing unnecessarily, and supports the management efforts for the preparation of the required documents, in response to the Committee the previous requirements.

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“We should not be force to rush to, the documents from the departments, especially if you have tried to comply with your request voluntarily,” Jordan wrote in a letter to Cummings.

Cummings has argued that the documents and recordings handed over to the Committee in response to the previous requests was incomplete.

A spokeswoman for health and Human Services, said that the Department “made transparent and available 792 pages of documents” requests, in connection with the Committee, and gave a review of the information portal.

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If officials resist your summons, which could keep the Committee and eventually the full house of representatives, the Department, in contempt.

The subpoenas mark the first in the 116th Congress. The House Judiciary Committee, earlier this month, is entitled to a subpoena for Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, he should not appear, for his public hearing. The subpoena was never served.

Fox News’ Mike Emanuel and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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