- The Washington Times - Friday, January 12, 2018

House Democrats sent a letter Friday to Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy requesting that he subpoena the White House and Department of Health and Human Services to compel evidence over a refugee report.

Reps. Elijah Cummings and Stephen Lynch said in a letter to Mr. Gowdy that President Trump’s reported statements about certain countries during a closed-door meeting made them question if the administration doctored information.

The report referenced in the letter pertains to a study from HHS that found refugees in the U.S. cost more than they contribute. But a New York Times article from September cites an early draft of the study, which showed refugees actually contributed $63 billion to the government.

Mr. Cummings and Mr. Lynch said that the administration tried “to manipulate its contents, extract all references to the tens of billions of dollars in economic benefits that refugees provide to our country, and generate an illegitimate rationale for slashing the refugee admissions cap to its lowest level in decades.”

They requested documents pertaining to this issue in September, but said they have not received anything from the White House. HHS sent a letter in November stating their refusal to provide any documents.

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