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Republicans fail to subpoena White House official

By Ed O'Keefe

A House hearing on the government's social media policy was briefly delayed Thursday when Republicans demanded the panel subpoena an Obama administration official to clarify policy on using private e-mail addresses to conduct official business.

The House Oversight subcommittee on information policy was meeting to discuss the government's use of Web 2.0 technology. It recessed at about 2:40 p.m. as Republican members motioned to subpoena White House deputy chief technology officer Beth Noveck or another official from the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Committee Republicans, led by Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), want to know why White House deputy web chief Andrew McLaughlin used his personal Gmail account earlier this year to communicate with former colleagues at Google. The White House reprimanded McLaughlin in May and claimed the breach was inadvertent and had no effect on federal policy.

Members of both parties sat waiting as aides determined how to proceed. Republican motions to subpoena Noveck and adjourn the hearing failed on party line votes when the committee reconvened 15 minutes after the recess began.

“Every president" has tried to withhold witnesses, "… and we have to make sure that we use the power of oversight to make sure they adhere to rules and regulations," McHenry said. He accused Democrats of trying to protect the White House.

But committee chairman William L. Clay (D-Mo.) reminded McHenry that the hearing was about Web 2.0's impact on the Federal Records Act, which outlines records management for federal agencies, and not the Presidential Records Act, which outlines White House records management.

Archivist David S. Ferriero, General Services Administration Associate Administrator Dave McClure and two other witnesses were invited to testify on the government's use of social media and Web 2.0 tools, including Twitter, Facebook and cloud computing.

The committee originally scheduled the hearing for June 24, but postponed it until Thursday. Noveck was invited to testify in June, but not for today's hearing. Democratic committee staffers did not immediately return requests for comment. E-mails sent to Noveck and an aide seeking comment were not immediately returned.

By Ed O'Keefe  | July 22, 2010; 2:39 PM ET
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Patrick McHenry must have amnesia regarding YEARS of hidden Bush emails....

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | July 23, 2010 8:07 AM | Report abuse

Patrick McHenry must have amnesia regarding YEARS of hidden Bush emails....

Posted by: willandjansdad1 | July 23, 2010 8:15 AM | Report abuse

Agreed. Amnesia or maybe dementia.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou189 | July 23, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

A more accurate headline would be
Democrats refuse to subpoena White House, but then why point the finger at the duplicitous Dems when it is easier to do it to the Republicans

Posted by: pakurilecz | July 23, 2010 11:00 AM | Report abuse

Hush yours not supposed to remember the thefts of money from Iraq, the thousands of lost emails...opps and all the ILLEGAL NO BID CONTRACTS TO REPUBLICAN SUPPORTERS.

You're suppose to forget all that was during a Republican administration!

Your supposed to forget the abuses in gitmo and round the world in secret prisons where people were tortured, forget all the lies told to get us into a war in Iraq.

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who CRASHED A WORLD ECONOMY!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who gave tarp 850 billion dollars in tax payer money to save their banks...but were NEVER REQUIRED TO USE THE MONEY TO LEND TO SMALL BUSINESS & THE AMERICAN PEOPLE!!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who HELPED WALL STREET SURVIVE WHILE MAIN STREET SUFFERS THE MOST!!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who BLAMED THE PEOPLE FOR NOT KNOWING THEY COULD NOT REPAY THE HIGH INTEREST RATE LOANS AND NOT UNDERSTANDING THE PAPERWORK FINE PRINT!!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who GAVE COMMUNIST CHINA FAVORITE NATION TRADE STATES WITH AMERICA!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who HELPED CORPORATE AMERICA MOVE THEIR CORPORATE HEADQUARTERS TO COMMUNIST CHINA TO HIDE PROFITS FROM THE AMERICAN TAXPAYER!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who HELPED SHIP YOUR JOB & MILLIONS OF OTHER GOOD PAYING AMERICAN JOBS TO COMMUNIST CHINA!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who USED THE TELCO'S TO SPY ON EVERY AMERICAN IN THE USA ILLEGALLY!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who GAVE AMNESTY TO TELCO'S FOR GIVING THE GOVERNMENT & THEIR PRIVATE PARTNERS DATA THAT CONTAINED PRIVATE INFORMATION INCLUDING PRIVATE COMMUNICATIONS, PRIVATE EMAILS, PRIVATE TEXT MESSAGES & WEB SURFING HABITS!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who LIED TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE FOR 8 YEARS RUNNING!!

You're supposed to forget it was the Republicans who FOR THE LAST 8 YEARS HAD THE WORST PRESIDENT IN THE HISTORY ON OUR NATION!

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HELL REPUBLICANS ARE NOT EVEN GOOD CHRISTIANS.

REPUBLICANS ARE WORTHLESS FAKE CHRISTIANS WHO USE GOD TO GAIN VOTES ONLY!

THE REPUBLICAN PARTY IS THE PARTY OF VERY OLD WHITE PEOPLE!!

REPUBLICANS ARE ALSO CALLED THE CHICKEN LITTLE REPUBLICAN PARTY TOO.

REPUBLICANS USE SCARE TACTICS LIKE "TERRORIST ARE HIDING IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, IN THE WORK PLACE & IN SCHOOLS".

REPUBLICANS SAY "TERRORISTS ARE GOING TO GET YOU UNLESS YOU VOTE REPUBLICAN"

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Posted by: jiji1 | July 23, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

Our friends the Sphincters. Er, I mean REPUBLICANS.

Posted by: Bushwhacked1 | July 23, 2010 2:54 PM | Report abuse

Don't worry, come January, when the Republicans are the majority in the House, there will be a plethora of subpoenas of all Obama administration officials. It might be better for Democrats to acquiesce while they are in the majority than to wait until they are the minority.

Posted by: zebra59 | July 23, 2010 3:54 PM | Report abuse

In January, Obama will be able to ignore Congress and rule his realm with an iron fist.

Posted by: jiji1 | July 23, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

"Republicans fail..."

Enough said. To bad they managed to destroy our economy with their 140-year history of serial failure.

The last successful program, policy or law to come from the right was the interstate highway system.

Posted by: BigTrees | July 23, 2010 7:24 PM | Report abuse

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