“I can only conclude that your decision to issue a subpoena, authorized by a party-line vote, was driven more by partisan politics than a legitimate effort to conduct a responsible investigation,” Ruemmler said in a letter to Republicans on the House Energy and Commerce Committee Friday…

“I am disappointed and troubled that, despite our offer to work with the committee on a more focused request that balances the important interests of both the Congress and the Executive Branch, the Committee decided to move forward with an overbroad subpoena that is unprecedented and unnecessary,” Ruemmler said…

“The Committee has rejected that approach without any justification other than a general curiosity about internal White House communications,” Ruemmler said. “Such curiosity is not a sufficient justification for encroaching on longstanding and important Executive Branch confidentiality interests, particularly when none of the more than 85,000 pages of documents produced to date evidence any favoritism to political supporters or wrongdoing by the White House.”