WASHINGTON (AP) — Leaders of the House Oversight Committee say a prominent Washington law firm tried to interfere with the panel's investigation into use of personal email accounts by government officials.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa and Democrat Elijah Cummings say they are outraged at an email sent by an employee at Dickstein Shapiro, a firm that represents Jonathan Silver, former head of the Energy Department's loan program office.
The email, sent to a staff member at the oversight panel, asked lawmakers not to direct questions to Silver at a hearing Tuesday.
Issa said the email "crosses the line" while Cummings called it "very unfortunate." Silver, who led the loan office when the solar firm Solyndra collapsed in 2011 after receiving an Energy Department loan, said he knew nothing about the email.