A special Missouri House panel tries to subpoena members of Governor Jay Nixon’s administration, but the Governor’s office stops it in the courts.
The committee investigating whether Missouri officials are trying to comply with the federal Real ID Act voted Wednesday to issue subpoenas to five current state workers and a former Revenue Department director. The AP reports instead of complying with the orders Thursday, Nixon’s office got a judge to put a temporary halt to them.
House Speaker Tim Jones is on the committee, and said he’s shocked at the legal move.
“I ask, what is the governor hiding? It seems that there’s obviously facts that he does not want the people of Missouri to know,” say Jones.
He says as of Tuesday night, all the people subpoenaed were set to testify before the committee, but Nixon’s office changed its mind at the last minute.