House Judiciary panel wants former Trump refugee director to clarify testimony

House lawmakers are seeking clarification from the former head of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Refugee Resettlement (ORR) on the public testimony he gave last month about tracking the pregnancies and menstrual cycles of young women in the care of his former office.

Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, on Friday sent a letter to Scott Lloyd asking him to clarify comments he made during his testimony in February.

“We were troubled by your responses at the time — but we now have reason to believe that your responses are inconsistent with documentation that has been made public since your testimony,” Nadler wrote.

The backstory:

Lloyd testified in late February about the administration’s policy of separating migrant children from their families at the southern border. Lloyd, a staunch anti-abortion advocate who previously worked for the Knights of Columbus, was asked repeatedly about reports that he had used spreadsheets to specifically monitor the menstrual cycles of unaccompanied minors.

Lloyd tried to dodge the questions, but ultimately denied he had done so.

What happened next:

Since his testimony, Democratic-aligned outside groups Equity Forward and American Bridge released internal documents and communications that showed Lloyd was tracking pregnancies and receiving updates on the menstrual cycles of the young migrant girls in custody.

The documents also showed Lloyd was seeking information on pregnant minors in HHS custody even before he was officially named to lead the refugee office.

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