Washington, D.C. — On Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 1:00 p.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.

This hearing is the fifth in a series to examine the Justice Department and its components in order to identify matters that are in need of reform.

The witnesses for Thursday’s hearing will be:

Panel 1

  • Mr. Chad A. Readler, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Civil Division
  • Mr. Jeffrey H. Wood, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Environment and Natural Resources Division
  • Mr. David A. Hubbert, Acting Assistant Attorney General, Tax Division
  • Mr. Clifford J. White III, Director, U.S. Trustee Program

Panel 2

  • Mr. Hans von Spakovsky, Esq., Manager of Election Law Reform Initiative, Senior Legal Fellow, The Heritage Foundation
  • Ms. Cleta Mitchell, Esq., Partner, Foley & Lardner, LLP
  • Mr. Andrew M. Grossman, Esq., Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP
  • 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 Obama Administration was subordinating law to politics. At DOJ, that meant lawyers placing ideological considerations and aiding political allies above their duties and the law. 

“With a new Administration in place, this hearing is an opportunity to conduct aggressive oversight of these four components of the Department of Justice to determine what reforms have already been initiated and what additional reforms are still necessary.

“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 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at https://republicans-judiciary.house.gov/. Camera crews wishing to cover must be congressionally credentialed and RSVP with the House Radio-TV Gallery at (202) 225-5214.