While most of President Obama's Cabinet was touting the anniversary of President Obama's landmark speech in which he laid out plans to address climate change, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy was left facing a contempt threat from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa.
Issa issued a subpoena in November for documents and communications between the Environmental Protection Agency and the Executive Office of the President over a five-year period as part of an inquiry into whether the White House interfered with how the agency responded to congressional inquiries.
That request has gone unfulfilled, said Issa, who says he's planning to convene a committee business meeting after next week's recess and hold the agency in contempt if the documents are not turned over or executive privilege exerted.
"There is no negotiation "¦ negotiation time expired long ago," Issa said.
McCarthy told the committee that EPA staff was still working with the committee to address its concerns and this morning held an in camera review of a previously-redacted email that showed there was no coordination with the White House about how to comply with congressional requests. McCarthy said the email should address the root of the subpoena.