Betsy DeVos at risk of subpoena after refusing to testify before House education panel – Politico
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is refusing to testify before the House Education and Labor Committee about her department’s collection of student loan debt from former Corinthian Colleges students, despite a threat of a subpoena from House Democrats.
“Secretary DeVos has declined to testify and we are reviewing our options, including a subpoena,” a committee aide told POLITICO Thursday night. Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (D-Va.) had given DeVos until Thursday at 6 p.m. to respond to the committee’s request that she appear.
House Democrats are scheduled to hold a hearing on Nov. 19 on the Education Department’s “refusal to provide debt relief” to students “who were defrauded” by the now defunct for-profit chain Corinthian Colleges, according to the hearing posting.
Last month, a federal judge held DeVos in contempt of court and imposed a $100,000 fine for violating an order to stop collecting on the student loans owed by former Corinthian students. The department admitted to the court earlier this year that it had erroneously collected on the loans of some 16,000 borrowers who attended Corinthian Colleges.