Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) lectured her colleagues in the U.S. House of Representatives that they “don’t have a right to know everything in a separation-of-powers government.”
“That is the difference between a parliamentary government and a separation-of-powers government,” she said.
Her outburst came during a Friday House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing where Republicans criticized the Obama administration for defying a subpoena calling on David Simas, director of the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach, to appear before Congress.
Republicans argue that the Office of Political Strategy and Outreach has involved itself in political campaigns, which would be a violation of federal election law.
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) echoed Norton’s remarks, saying “I associated myself with your comments.”