Report: Hill Staffers Helped Draft Immigration Order But Members In Dark

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Some staffers on the House Judiciary Committee worked with Donald Trump’s transition team on the executive order temporarily barring immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and the staffers did so without telling the chair of the committee or GOP leaders, Politico reported Monday night.

The staffers were also forced to sign nondisclosure agreements, according to Politico.

“Like other congressional committees, some staff of the House Judiciary Committee were permitted to offer their policy expertise to the Trump transition team about immigration law,” an unnamed aide on the House Judiciary Committee aide told Politico in a statement. “The final policy decisions contained in the executive order and its subsequent roll-out and implementation.”

The Judiciary Committee aides started helping with the executive order during the transition, per Politico.

Though some Hill staffers were asked to help with the order, members of Congress did not find out about the immigration order ahead of time. Members read the text of the order until Friday, according to Politico.

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