WASHINGTON (AP) â€” GOP lawmakers have subpoenaed the private emails of Labor secretary-nominee Thomas Perez, a possible sticking point ahead of his Senate confirmation hearing next week.
The subpoena to the Justice Department is part of an investigation into an agreement Perez brokered last year in his capacity as the nation's top civil rights enforcer. In the deal, Perez convinced the city of St. Paul, Minn., to drop a lending discrimination lawsuit. In exchange, the Justice Department declined to join two whistleblower cases against the city.
Perez has already turned over hundreds of official documents to lawmakers investigating the arrangement. But Republicans say at least one email from his personal account was not provided. Lawmakers now want any personal emails dealing with official business.
A Justice spokeswoman says the subpoena is being reviewed.
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