Oh good. Another investigation.
Congressional Republicans are accusing the White House of having “an improper influence” over the Federal Communications Commission’s decision on net neutrality, and are launching an investigation.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform wrote to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler today demanding documentation of all communication between FCC personnel and the White House, as well as calendar appointments, visitor logs, and meeting minutes related to meetings with the White House, and all internal documents discussing the views and recommendations of the White House.
“Reports indicate that the views expressed by the White House potentially had an improper influence on the development of the draft Open Internet Order circulated internally at the Commission on February 5, 2015,” the letter from committee chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said. “Specifically, there are questions regarding the FCC’s decision to promote the reclassification of broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934.”
Chaffetz asked Wheeler to make staff available for a briefing and provide all documents by February 20. He reminded Wheeler that the committee “has authority to investigate ‘any matter’ at ‘any time.’”
Any matter. At any time. I wouldn’t put it past them to demand the records of everything the First Family has eaten since 2009, just because they can.