Democrats move to hold William Barr, Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress

House Oversight To Vote On Contempt For Ross, Barr In Census Probe

House Oversight To Vote On Contempt For Ross, Barr In Census Probe

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said he plans to bring for a resolution to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt as well. He warned them the votes would go ahead unless their agencies turn over documents requested by the committee by Thursday.

"Unfortunately, your actions are part of a pattern", Maryland Democratic Rep.

Cummings says the cover-up "is being directed from the top", noting that President Donald Trump has vowed to fight all subpoenas issued by Congress. "The tactics of this cover-up are now clear". These charges, however, are for the proposed citizenship question slated for the 2020 Census.

"The Committee has taken this extraordinary step to compel production of documents protected by longstanding and well-settled privileges, including the government's right to protect confidential attorney-client and deliberative communications, which has been upheld in court", the official told CBS News.

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House Democrats are moving towards holding figures in the Trump administration in contempt for rejecting to answer to subpoenas from Congress.

Cummings accused Republicans of adding the citizenship question to the census in order to "gerrymander congressional districts in overtly racist, partisan, and unconstitutional ways".

The filing charged that the Trump administration had concealed evidence that its proposal for the question was meant to help Republicans draw favorable electoral maps.

Last week a bombshell was revealed: the man behind the citizenship question, who is now deceased, had admitted the goal of including the question was to help Republicans and non-Hispanic whites. Ross has said that he added it in response to a Justice Department request, authored by Gore, which claimed that it would enhance the department's Voting Rights Act (VRA) enforcement.

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