White House says it will strive to answer all lawmakers

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WASHINGTON (AP) — White House officials are assuring lawmakers that the Trump administration is committed to answering the broad range of congressional inquiries, not just those from Republican committee chairmen.

The pledge is taking place after Democratic lawmakers and Sen. Chuck Grassley took strong issue last month with a legal opinion from the Justice Department.

Democratic lawmakers were particularly alarmed their request might be simply ignored, and the Iowa Republican said they had every right to be concerned.

The director of legislative affairs at the White House, Marc Short, says the administration's policy is to respect the rights of all lawmakers to request information about executive branch policies and programs.

Short says the administration will do its best to answer requests while still prioritizing those from congressional committees and accounting for confidentiality concerns.

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