Chairman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sent a letter to FCC chair Tom Wheeler requesting all communications with the WH and other executive branch agencies about the issue, as well as internal docs discussing the WH recommendations and visitor logs of any meetings with admin officials.
In a broader request, Chaffetz asked for all docs and communications from internal staff about the net neutrality rules since Jan 2014. That includes all draft and final versions of the orders. Chaffetz also advised Wheeler's office and anyone else working on the issue not to delete any docs, a signal more requests for info are possible.
The new regs are meant to enforce rules that would prevent internet service providers from blocking or slowing any internet traffic, while also barring companies from negotiating deals for priority service. The rules largely mirror President Obama's recommendations to the independent agency last year.
In his letter, Chaffetz cited a WSJ report last week describing the effort by a pair of WH staffers who helped build the admin's case for stronger rules. Gigi Sohn, a special counsel for Wheeler, on Thursday said Obama's recommendations actually gave Wheeler cover to issue strong rules that he was already leaning toward.