Branstad Says He’s Not Worried About Oversight Hearings

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Gov. Terry Branstad says he’s not concerned that the Senate Government Oversight Committee, now armed with subpoena power, will continue its investigation into his administration into the summer.

The Senate on Friday authorized the oversight committee to subpoena witnesses, put them under oath, and levy penalties for contempt.

Branstad says his administration has been open and willing to provide information. He says the Department of Administrative Services has spent more than 20 hours gathering documents.

He accused the Democratic-led oversight committee of coordinating efforts with the campaign of Sen. Jack Hatch, a Democrat running for governor.

Branstad says committee members should open their emails to the public but committee members say they’re getting messages from state workers reporting problems in the executive branch and opening the communications would discourage reporting.

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