U.S. House committees demand info from Ex-Im bank

Issa holds a House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing about e-mails belonging to Lerner, on Capitol Hill in WashingtonBy Susan Cornwell WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. House of Representatives committees demanded extensive information from the Export-Import Bank on Thursday, including communications on reported allegations of kickbacks there, as Congress grapples with whether to reauthorize the bank’s charter. The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, which is headed by Representative Darrell Issa and has broad investigative powers, wrote to bank Chairman Fred Hochberg requesting documents on allegations that four officials were suspended or removed as investigators looked into charges of improper gifts and kickbacks.

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