The Most Transparent Administration in History™ decided at the last minute to refuse to testify before Congress on the OPM data breach which exposed 20+ million personnel files to foreign hackers:
Officials from the OPM, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget cancelled their scheduled appearance before a closed-door session of the House Armed Services Committee, citing issues with the briefing being “on the record.”
The officials were scheduled to provide information about the wide-ranging hack attack, which is considered one of the largest breaches of government data in U.S. history.
The personnel records of at least 21.5 million past and present federal employees were stolen in the attack, including records pertaining to U.S. troops and Defense Department employees.
Officials from all three agencies cancelled their testimony at the “last-minute,” according to Rep. Mac Thornberry (R., Texas), chair of the House Armed Services Committee.
“OPM, Homeland Security, and OMB’s last-minute refusal to appear before this committee is unacceptable,” Thornberry said in a statement Tuesday afternoon. “Their excuse, that the testimony would be on the record, is disturbing.”
These agencies are stonewalling Congress, and they can’t even be bothered to be coy about it. This is the “fuck you, pay me” of excuses not to testify — gangster behavior on the part of the Executive branch yet again.
Congressman Thornberry and his committee should issue subpoenas, at once.
And send the Capitol Police to round up the targets, at once.