Jordy Yager and Bob Cusack –
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Republicans are likely to urge the Obama administration not to shred documents as they transition to the House majority.
Before the election, GOP officials on Capitol Hill privately discussed the issue but refrained from publicly tackling it, not wanting to assume what would happen on Election Day. Now that Republicans will control the House, the shredding matter will move front and center.
No one is accusing the Obama administration of destroying documents, but Republicans are expected to try to ensure that all records — on a range of issues — are kept intact.
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Darrell West, a political scientist and director of governance studies at the Brookings Institution, said Republicans likely will formally ask the administration not to shred or delete any relevant documents that could be requested in a congressional probe.
“That’ll happen right away, because they want to make sure that the documentary record is preserved so that they have something to investigate,” said West.
This article was posted: Wednesday, November 3, 2010 at 7:59 am