WASHINGTON — The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has launched a probe of the California High Speed Rail Authority, asking its board members to preserve all records related to the nearly $4 billion in federal funds approved that, along with a proposed $2.7 billion bond issue, would finance the bullet train along the California coast.

The letters from committee chairman Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., asked the board members to not only maintain all records dating back to 2009, but to also contact former contractors and authority employees and make a list of people available to the committee.

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