House Dems probe Trump's plans to release migrants into sanctuary cities


"We are deeply troubled by multiple reports, recently confirmed by the President, that the Trump Administration is considering releasing detained immigrants into congressional districts represented by Democrats in a weird and unlawful attempt to score political points", the chairmen wrote.

In a Saturday letter that was obtained by CNN, House Ways and Means chairman Richard Neal told IRS commissioner Charles Rettig that "none of the concerns raised can legitimately be used to deny the committee's request".

The talk of bringing Miller before lawmakers comes days after the Washington Post reported that he played a key role in a plan first discussed previous year to release undocumented immigrants into "sanctuary cities" represented by President Donald Trump's Democratic critics. And it's unclear whether Homeland Security has taken any steps to implement the contentious plan.

"I never offered Pardons to Homeland Security Officials, never ordered anyone to close our Southern Border (although I have the absolute right to do so, and may if Mexico does not apprehend the illegals coming to our Border), and am not 'frustrated", he wrote.

"Trump told reporters Wednesday that he" would not be inclined" to provide his tax returns on the committee.

The plan comes as the administration has said it's been overwhelmed by a flood of migrant families, largely from Central America, attempting to cross the southwestern border. Even the White House has indicated it will fight with the request. Pelosi's, D-Calif., district-San Francisco, specifically-was among the sanctuary cities to which the administration was considering sending detainees.

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Rettig said he hadn't been instructed not to comply with the request by anyone acting on the White House's behalf. In the latest contest between Democrats and the administration, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin told Rep.

The letter requests all relevant documents from November 1, 2018, through Monday.

In a letter addressed to the White House chief of staff and acting homeland security secretary, the heads of the House Judiciary, Oversight and Homeland Security panels - Representatives Jerry Nadler, Elijah Cummings and Bennie Thompson - called the idea "a weird and unlawful attempt to score political points".

Trump made the remarks at a White House event Friday, saying he could enact the plan if Democrats don't accept his immigration proposals.

With Trump at the head of the executive branch and Miller working within it, both the president and his adviser could be afforded the privilege to resist certain subpoenas.

In recent weeks, Trump has said that the American people elected him without seeing his taxes and would do it again.

U.S. Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), incoming House Judiciary Committee Chairman, participates in a news conference with fellow Democrats to introduce proposed government reform legislation, which they've titled the For the People Act, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 4, 2019.