The White House rejected House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cumming’s request for Stephen Miller to appear at a hearing focusing on the Trump administration’s immigration policies. | Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images
White House senior aide Stephen Miller, a powerful immigration policy adviser, will not testify before the House Oversight Committee, the Trump administration said in a letter Tuesday.
The letter, signed by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, said the refusal to appear before the Democratic-led committee follows “long-standing precedent” for White House staffers of both parties and adheres to constitutional law.Story Continued Below
The decision to pass on the hearing could keep Miller — largely regarded as the architect of President Donald Trump’s aggressive immigration agenda — out of the spotlight. The senior aide reportedly pushed for the removal of several Homeland Security Department officials during a staff shakeup earlier this month.
House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) sent a letter to Miller last week that invited him to appear voluntarily at a May 1 hearing that will focus on the administration’s immigration policies. Cummings said he requested Miller’s presence because of his apparent role in Trump’s “troubling” immigration policy agenda.
In its response, the White House argued that Cabinet members and agency leaders have testified regularly before Congress and would continue to do so, but that Miller’s testimony was not warranted.
“We welcome the opportunity to discuss the administration’s immigration policy priorities,” Cipollone wrote.
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