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Top Dems threaten Trump officials with 'alternative means of obtaining compliance' on Obamacare documents


Added 05-14-19 08:57:02am EST - “Top Democratic lawmakers are escalating a standoff with the White House over the administration's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Top Dems threaten Trump officials with 'alternative means of obtaining compliance' on Obamacare documents”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Top Democratic lawmakers are escalating a standoff with the White House over the administration's decision not to defend the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare.

Several committee chairmen have warned the attorney general and White House counsel that they will seek "alternative" measures of obtaining documents related to the Trump administration's decision to not defend ObamaCare in court if the two top Trump officials do not comply with their requests.

A group of Democratic House committee chairmen led by Reps. Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsTrump attorneys protest judge's effort to expedite congressional subpoena lawsuit Retired Justice Stevens: Trump 'exercising powers that do not really belong to him' House Dems allege Trump subpoena lawsuit is stonewalling 'legitimate' congressional probes MORE (D-Md.) and Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerTrump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director Actress Marcia Gay Harden records Mother's Day message in support of LGBTQ rights bill 2020 hopeful Kamala Harris says US faces constitutional crisis MORE (D-N.Y.) wrote a letter to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrBarr names Connecticut prosecutor to investigate Russia probe's origins: report Rubio asks Barr to investigate Kerry over Iran meetings Rosenstein quotes Mueller in commencement address MORE and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone following up on their request for documents related to a court filing from the Justice Department in March arguing that the entire health care law should be overturned.

The Democrats added in their letter that they would "consider alternative means of obtaining compliance" if the two men do not respond to their requests, according to the letter. It is not clear what actions the House Democrats might take, but in separate conflicts with the White House over documents and testimony, the House Oversight Committee led by Cummings has issued subpoenas. 

The chairmen first sent letters last month to the White House and departments of Justice as well as Health and Human Services demanding access to materials that explain the decision not to defend the law and identify the officials involved in making it.

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