Is This Legal?

Seriously, does anyone know?  I’m not a lawyer but it seems to me that the government is only allowed to demand certain types of data without a warrant signed by a judge (and those are already codified within the law).  But Politico is reporting that Democrat lawmakers are “probing the nation’s largest insurance companies for lavish spending” and “demanding reams of…data.” Reams of data?  This smacks of the TARP aftermath but in that case the justification was that the companies were spending government money.  Where is the justification here?  “I want to snoop around in your books and vilify you to the public” doesn’t seem like a legitimate justification to me!

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