|Representative Morgan Griffith (VA-09): "In 2015, Politico wrote a story about how the OCE leaked a confidential report to the Washington Post and Politico. Politico magazine wrote that they leaked the report because the Ethics Committee told them to cease the investigation, refer the matter to the Ethics Committee instead, something that was within the Ethics Committee's power to do. Mr. Ashwamy, what did your investigation show? Who was the leaker?... Have you ever found anybody who released information that was confidential, before it was released?"
Ashmawy: "No, not by our office."
Rep. Griffith: "Does your office have subpoena power?"
Ashmawy: "We do not."
Rep. Griffith: "Then why is it my understanding, from several sources, that you have told witnesses that you will have to subpoena them if they don't answer the questions?"
Ashmawy: "We definitely have not done that because we have no authority to do that."
Rep. Griffith: "So if somebody has told me that, they're also in error?"
Ashmawy: "It may have been told to them, which is accurate, is that if they do not cooperate with our review, a recommendation can be made to the Committee on Ethics that the Committee on Ethics subpoena them in the related matter."
Rep. Griffith: "So if I find witnesses who say that that has happened, you will take disciplinary action against the staffer?"
Ashmawy: "I would bring it up to the board and we would investigate it."