*This hearing is postponed until a date and time TBD*

Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 10:00 a.m., the Subcommittee on Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law will hold an oversight hearing to examine the activities of four Department of Justice (DOJ) components (Civil; Tax; Environment and Natural Resources; and the U.S. Trustee Program) within the House Judiciary Committee’s jurisdiction. The hearing will focus on the operations and activities of these vitally important sectors of the Department of Justice.

The witnesses for Thursday’s hearing will be:

Panel 1

  • Mr. Benjamin C. Mizer, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
  • The Honorable John C. Cruden, Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Ms. Caroline D. Ciraolo, Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division
  • Mr. Clifford J. White III, Director, U.S. Trustee Program

Panel 2

  • Professor Paul F. Figley, Esq., Associate Director, Legal Rhetoric Program, American University Washington College of Law
  • Mr. Hans A. von Spakovsky, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Mr. William Yeatman, Senior Fellow, Competitive Enterprise Institute
  • Mr. Robert Weissman, Esq., President, Public Citizen

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Regulatory Reform, Commercial and Antitrust Law Subcommittee Chairman Tom Marino (R-Pa.) released the following statement prior to the hearing:

“The overarching theme of the last eight years has been the Obama Administration subordinating law to politics. At DOJ, this meant lawyers placing ideological considerations and aiding political allies above their duties and the law.  

“This Committee has examined numerous examples of Administration lawyers straining the meaning of statutes to justify activities never contemplated by Congress.  Federal courts at every level have rebuked the Administration in various contexts for failing to defend laws, misleading judges and using settlements to funnel money to allies.

“This hearing is an opportunity to conduct aggressive oversight of these four components of DOJ to determine whether they are making decisions to uphold the law or follow the political whims of the Administration.

“We owe it to the American people to consistently monitor our government institutions and guarantee their tax dollars are being used responsibly and consistent with the intent of Congress.”

The hearing will take place in 2237 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.

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