House Democrats introduce bill requiring certification of presidential records
Legislation introduced Monday by the chairwoman of the House Oversight Committee would require the president, vice president and certain White House staffers formally attest to complying with the Presidential Records Act on an annual basis and upon leaving office.washingtonpost.com
House Oversight panel asks Archives to assess whether White House records remain in Trump’s possession
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) urged the Archives “seek a personal certification from Donald Trump that he has surrendered all presidential records that he illegally removed from the White House after leaving office.”washingtonpost.com
House Democrats urge Twitter, TikTok, Meta and others to address spike in threats against law enforcement after FBI search of Trump home Mar-a-Lago
Statements from GOP leaders including Trump, Kevin McCarthy and Mike Pence "coincided" with a rise in belligerent online rhetoric, Maloney and Lynch wrote.cnbc.com
House lawmakers launch investigation of face-scan contractor ID.me
The House probe marks an escalation of years of controversy over the government’s growing reliance on facial recognition, which boiled over earlier this year after the IRS said it would require Americans to scan their faces in order to access their IRS tax accounts.washingtonpost.com
DOJ rebuffs Democrats’ request for inventory of Trump’s boxes
The Justice Department this week rebuffed a request from the House Oversight Committee for more details about the 15 boxes of White House records that former president Donald Trump improperly removed to Mar-a-Lago, hinting in a letter that an ongoing investigation prevents the department from doing so.washingtonpost.com
House panel launches probe of New Mexico 2020 election audit
A congressional oversight committee said Thursday it has opened an investigation into a partisan audit of the 2020 election results that is taking place in New Mexico and was authorized by a Republican-led county commission. The House Oversight Committee issued a letter to the head of EchoMail, one of the contractors involved in Arizona's partisan ballot review, requesting the private company produce documents and information regarding its forensic audit in Otero County, New Mexico, by the end of the month.news.yahoo.com
Lead ‘nanoparticle’ worries sped Benton Harbor response, officials testify
The Senate is requesting documents in an oversight probe into the state’s efforts to adjust water treatment in Benton Harbor. Marcus Muhammad, Benton Harbor mayor, said he bathed in a container the size of a bird bath before traveling to Lansing. Muhammad asked why $10 million included in a 2022 budget deal for Benton Harbor lead line removals wasn’t double that amount, as the governor wanted. “These systems take a long time to passivate when you don’t have corrosion control in your drinking water,” Oswald said. Is the water in Benton Harbor safe to drink or not?” Johnson asked.mlive.com
‘It’s got to stop:’ Lawmakers mull bills to publicize sexual harassment settlements involving elected officials
A Michigan House panel approved changes to legislation aimed at bringing to light taxpayer-funded settlements for sexual harassment or assault claims involving lawmakers Thursday, setting the stage for a vote next week. Related: Bipartisan Michigan House bill would make sexual harassment settlements involving lawmakers publicSupporters of the bipartisan measure say it would add a layer of transparency for public officials — if taxpayer dollars are being spent to settle legitimate sexual harassment or assault claims against a lawmaker, they argue, that information should be public knowledge. Between Jan. 1, 2000 and Dec. 31, 2006, the Senate spent $269,000 on investigating and settling sexual harassment complaints, although the chamber declined to name who was involved. In 2015, the House spent $97,573 on investigating and settling a sexual harassment accusation against former Rep. Brian Banks, D-Detroit. 4 ways Michigan can start addressing sexism in the state political sphereVideo: Women share what it’s like facing sexism in Michigan’s political spheremlive.com
3 Trump associates, including a Marvel exec, tried to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to sell vets' medical records for profit, docs say
The trio, who were based out of Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort, discussed selling the data with Johnson & Johnson and Apple in 2017, new emails show.news.yahoo.com
Democrats call oil giants to testify on climate campaign
Congressional Democrats are calling top executives at ExxonMobil and other oil giants to testify about what lawmakers say is a long-running, industry-wide campaign to spread disinformation about the role of fossil fuels in causing global warming.
House committee turns key Trump DOJ official questioning to Jan. 6 panel, sidelining GOP
The House Oversight Committee canceled scheduled questioning of two key Justice Department officials about former President Donald Trump’s final days in office, sending them to the Democratic-controlled select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.news.yahoo.com
Lawmaker plans probe into mistakes, fraud in Michigan’s ‘disaster’ of an unemployment agency
Michigan’s unemployment agency is “a complete mess” and will be investigated by the Michigan House Oversight Committee, according to a statement from Chairman Steve Johnson, R-Wayland. Johnson plans to have the committee do an in-depth investigation, starting with hearings “on the pattern of mismanagement, incompetence and outright fraud” within the agency, he said. The Unemployment Insurance Agency made a mistake in allowing people to claim federal unemployment for four unapproved reasons. In the spring, the UIA demanded money back from disabled claimants who were only available for part-time work, not full-time jobs. RELATED STORIES‘People need to eat’: Nightmare tales of Michigan’s unemployment systemMichigan’s unemployment agency director got $86,000 to leave job, on condition of confidentialityFeds send Michigan money to find unemployment fraudUnemployment worker claimed unemployment, sent money to same account as her paycheck, feds saymlive.com
House bill aims to stop online sales of Secretary of State appointments
LANSING, MI — Selling your Secretary of State appointment for profit would be prohibited under a bill introduced Tuesday by Michigan House Rep. Ranjeev Puri, D-Canton Township. A Facebook search for “SOS appointments” will return several Michigan residents asking area groups and marketplaces for appointments, and some offering them for sale. More Secretary of State appointments have been available since the addition of 350,000 spots earlier this month, achieved by shortening 20-minute time slots to 10 minutes. The transfer of appointments to family members won’t be affected by the bill, Puri said. ALSO ON MLIVE:Michigan Secretary of State adds 350,000 new appointments amid criticism over pandemic backlogBenson not backing down on requiring appointments at Michigan Secretary of State officesSOS to stick with appointmentsmlive.com
Justice Department rebuffed Trump bid to overturn election
Former President Donald Trump pressed the Justice Department during his waning weeks in office to join his failed effort to overturn his election defeat based on his false claims of voting fraud, but its leaders refused, with one decrying the “pure insanity” of the claims, documents released on Tuesday show.news.yahoo.com
Michiganders on unemployment will be required to prove they’re actively searching for work to keep benefits
Frustrated business owners who are offering bonuses and upgraded wages testified in front of the Michigan House Oversight Committee that they can’t get workers because of expanded state and federal unemployment benefits.
Some GOP state lawmakers help spread COVID-19 misinformation
Founder of a group called Let Them Play, McElvany questioned mask mandates and the science behind state COVID-19 data during a legislative hearing that didn't feature any witnesses from the other side. The committee chairman, Republican Rep. Steven Johnson, said the state health department was invited to testify but did not. In Tennessee, a Republican lawmaker is pushing legislation that would ban most government agencies from requiring anyone to get COVID-19 vaccines, which isn't a mandate anywhere. “Some call ‘misinformation’ information they do not agree with or do not want to hear,” Reinbold said by email. Several of those who are spreading bogus virus information in legislatures also have supported Trump’s false claims that the 2020 election was stolen.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Jan. 28, 2021
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. Michigan House Oversight Committee to hear testimony on winter sports banCommittee members including Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), Michigan High School Athletic Association Director Mark Uyl, Let Them Play Michigan Director Jayme McElvany, Olivet High School Athletic Director Matt Seidl, and concerned parents and athletes are expected to testify during the session Thursday morning.
Morning Briefing Jan. 28, 2021: Winter sports ban hearing in Lansing today, Whitmer calls for bipartisanship, Wall Street battle brews, weekend weather update
The Michigan House Oversight Committee will hear testimony Thursday about the state’s ban on high school sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. Committee members including Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), Michigan High School Athletic Association Director Mark Uyl, Let Them Play Michigan Director Jayme McElvany, Olivet High School Athletic Director Matt Seidl, and concerned parents and athletes are expected to testify during the session Thursday morning. Gretchen Whitmer delivered a 24-minute speech in her office with no pomp and circumstance, and no Legislature and guests in attendance. New COVID-19 cases have plateaued and deaths are starting to slow. The state also reports “active cases,” which were listed at 75,100 on Tuesday -- near the lowest it’s been since November.
Michigan House Oversight Committee to hear testimony on winter sports ban
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House Oversight Committee will hear testimony Thursday about the state’s ban on high school sports due to the coronavirus pandemic. Committee members including Chairman Steve Johnson (R-Wayland), Michigan High School Athletic Association Director Mark Uyl, Let Them Play Michigan Director Jayme McElvany, Olivet High School Athletic Director Matt Seidl, and concerned parents and athletes are expected to testify during the session Thursday morning. “Families throughout the state have reached out to their elected legislators about the governor’s abrupt decision to extend the ban on certain high school winter sports,” reads a statement from the House committee. “The House Oversight Committee will listen to testimony in an effort to provide answers to concerned residents regarding the extension.”AdLate last week, Gov. Michigan House Republicans on Wednesday proposed a $3.5 billion coronavirus recovery plan but threatened to withhold billions to K-12 schools unless Whitmer cedes her administration’s power to prohibit in-person instruction and sports to local health departments.
Family behind OxyContin attests to its role in opioid crisis
Members of the family that owns OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma have acknowledged the drug had a role in the opioid crisis but have stopped short of apologizing or admitting wrongdoing. “I want to express my family’s deep sadness about the opioid crisis,” David Sackler, whose family owns Purdue Pharma, said at a rare appearance in a public forum. In contrast to the family members, Purdue CEO Craig Landau testified that the company accepts “full responsibility." The deal leaves open the possibility that family members could be criminally prosecuted. He also noted that about half of what family members took out of the company was paid in taxes.
Rep. removed from Michigan House Oversight Committee amid investigation
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Cynthia Johnson is under investigation after she posted on social media a response to the many violent, vulgar and racist death threats she’s received. The video, posted Tuesday night, has quickly gone viral and legislative leadership removed her from her House Oversight Committee assignments Wednesday. “My soldiers, they are soldiers for Christ, soldiers against racism, soldiers against domestic violence, soldiers against domestic terrorism,” Johnson said. Rep. Johnson has been removed from her committee assignments, and we are looking into further disciplinary action as the proper authorities conduct their own investigations. Whitmer, Secretary Benson, Rep. Johnson herself, and others.
Michigan House Oversight Committee members receive death threats, racist voicemails
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Rep. Cynthia Johnson, the Democratic chair of the House Oversight Committee is receiving death threats due to the election. She posted several of the threats to social media. After both Democratic and Republican representatives have received threats of violence over the election, Michigan Assistant Minority Floor Leader Laurie Pohutsky posted on Twitter about the SNL sketch. The SNL skit was amusing, I guess, but last night my caucus was trying to figure out how to keep those on that committee safe from the deluge of death threats they’re receiving. I’m sorry to be a bummer and I’m glad people enjoyed the skit, but the reality of it is heinous.
Michigan AG to GOP on voter fraud evidence: ‘Put up or shut up’
DETROIT – One day after Rudy Giuliani and several witnesses pushed voter fraud conspiracy theories before the Michigan House Oversight Committee, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says it’s time to “put up or shut up” in regards to offering actual evidence. Despite Republicans’ questioning of vote counting in the city, there is no evidence to show such a discrepancy. Michigan’s Attorney General, who has noted the fact that no evidence has been submitted to law enforcement to support any voter fraud claims, again called for Republicans to deliver the evidence -- or to stop making claims. — Dana Nessel (@dananessel) December 3, 2020In November, AG Nessel, responding to a wild claim by former state senator Patrick Colbeck, said Colbeck never filed any complaint of election fraud, despite claiming to have evidence. AG Barr: No evidence of voter fraud that’d change election outcome
Rudy Giuliani to testify on allegations of voter fraud before Michigan Legislature
LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, will appear before the Michigan House Oversight Committee Wednesday evening. He will discuss the allegations of voter fraud in the 2020 General Election. As of Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, no judge has seen any evidence on which to rule. The Michigan Legislature has two committees listening to claims about election irregularities. A Michigan Senate hearing, where those who identified themselves as GOD poll watchers made claims about the vote-counting process at the TCF Center, lasted seven hours.
Local 4 News at Noon -- Dec. 2, 2020
DETROIT – Here’s what you missed on Local 4 News at Noon. Rudy Giuliani to testify on allegations of voter fraud before Michigan LegislatureThe Michigan House Oversight Committee will be hearing from Rudy Giuliani Wednesday evening on allegations of election fraud in Michigan.
Michigan Legislature to hear from Rudy Giuliani Wednesday evening on 2020 election
LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan House Oversight Committee will be hearing from Rudy Giuliani Wednesday evening on allegations of election fraud in Michigan. Giuliani has made a series of allegations about the 2020 election that have not been backed by evidence or data. The legislature has two committees listening to claims about election irregularities. The Michigan House committee will hold a similar hearing Wednesday. Streaming video of Wednesday’s House Oversight Committee hearing can be seen here.
Rudy Giuliani to testify in Lansing with allegations of Michigan election fraud
DETROIT – Some Michigan lawmakers will spend much of Wednesday holding a hearing about Detroit ballots, despite the fact that the state’s election results were certified. “I applaud the Michigan Senate for taking up such an important issue in today’s hearing. On Wednesday, the state house will hold a similar hearing at which President Donald Trump’s Attorney Rudy Giuliani will testify. Giuliani is flying into Michigan on Wednesday to testify before the Michigan House Oversight Committee. READ: ‘Watchers’ denied access to ballot counting at Detroit TCF Center due to COVID restrictionsREAD MORE: Michigan House Speaker says GOP will launch vote counting inquiry
Lawmakers probe Capital One, Amazon over data breach
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Capital One and Amazon are now facing congressional scrutiny over the banking giant's enormous data breach, disclosed on Monday, that affected roughly 100 million Americans. They also sought details about the Amazon cloud computing software that underpins Capital One's operations, and which could play a role in both the military's future and the 2020 census. "The Committee may carefully examine the consequences of this breach," Republican lawmakers Jim Jordan, Michael Cloud and Mark Meadows said in a letter to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The legislators also wrote to Capital One CEO Richard Fairbank, requesting answers on the scope of the breach and the company's response. Amazon has said that Amazon Web Services "was not compromised in any way" in the incident.
House panel votes to subpoena Kellyanne Conway
(CNN) - The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to subpoena testimony from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway after a federal agency recommended that she should be fired for repeatedly violating a law that limits the political activities of federal employees. Chairman Elijah Cummings, Democrat of Maryland, has warned that his panel would vote to hold Conway in contempt if she ignores the subpoena. Conway did not appear on Wednesday on the advice of White House counsel for the committee's scheduled hearing. Trump has said that he's not going to fire Conway over the alleged Hatch Act violations and White House counsel Pat Cipollone said in a letter Monday that Conway does not need to testify before Congress. In 2018, the OSC said Conway violated the law during the 2017 Alabama special election for Senate.