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PoliticsHouse Panel Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt of Congress

00:15  13 june  2019
00:15  13 june  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

House Dems to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over census question

House Dems to hold Barr, Ross in contempt over census question The Oversight Committee wants key documents by Thursday.

the June 11 contempt vote will also target former White House counsel Don McGahn, who defied a subpoena to testify before the panel last month at The House Oversight Committee is moving to hold Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with

The House Oversight Committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing Ross said the decision in March 2018 to add the question was based on a Justice Department request to help it enforce the Voting Rights Act.

House Panel Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt of Congress© Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg William Barr

(Bloomberg) -- A House panel voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for withholding documents on plans to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Earlier Wednesday, President Donald Trump asserted executive privilege over the material.

The Oversight and Reform Committee’s 24-15 vote Wednesday for the civil contempt resolution gives Democratic Chairman Elijah Cummings the option to file a lawsuit to enforce the panel’s subpoenas for the documents.

Republican Mark Meadows of North Carolina warned colleagues their vote was “a significant moment in history” in holding two cabinet-level officials in contempt. Cummings said he didn’t disagree.

Contempt vote likely after DOJ rejects demand for census docs

Contempt vote likely after DOJ rejects demand for census docs The attorney general and commerce secretary didn't comply with a Thursday deadline to turn over documents.

The House Judiciary Committee voted last month to hold Barr in contempt of Congress as part of a separate legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s A vote by the full House would be required to hold Barr and Ross in contempt on the census issue.

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Oversight Committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Ross said the decision in March 2018 to add the question was based on a Justice Department request to help it enforce the Voting Rights Act.

“Nobody is trying to be harmful to our attorney general. It’s not about him” or the Commerce secretary, said Cummings of Maryland. “It’s about our country.”

“The Constitution gives Congress the responsibility and the authority to ensure that the census is working as it was intended,” Cummings said. “We must protect the integrity of the census, and we must stand up for Congress’ authority under the Constitution to conduct meaningful oversight.”

Congressional Democrats are pursuing what they say is evidence that the Trump administration’s bid to include the citizenship question was designed to suppress the response rate to the census of immigrants and non-citizens. That could reduce some states’ number of congressional seats, Electoral College clout and federal funding.

Cummings to move forward with contempt votes for Barr, Ross over census question

Cummings to move forward with contempt votes for Barr, Ross over census question The House Oversight chairman indicated that he would move forward with votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, after they missed a Thursday deadline.

A House committee is moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for not complying with subpoenas for documents on the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the census.

The House Judiciary Committee voted last month to hold Barr in contempt of Congress as part of a separate legal battle with the Trump administration over access to special counsel Robert Mueller’s A vote by the full House would be required to hold Barr and Ross in contempt on the census issue.

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Before the Oversight panel vote, Trump asserted executive privilege over documents concerning plans to add a citizenship question to the census, including the material sought by the Oversight Committee.

“These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney-client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter Wednesday to Cummings. “In addition, the president has made a protective assertion of executive privilege over the remainder of the subpoenaed documents.”

The move was just the latest effort to stymie and frustrate efforts by House Democrats to investigate actions by the Trump administration.

Cummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday

Cummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday The House Oversight and Reform Committee will vote on Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas. Committee chairman Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said last week he would schedule the contempt votes after both of the officials' agencies did not hand over subpoenaed documents relating to the Trump administration's efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. "Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress.

House Democrats are moving to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena seeking information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. “Unfortunately, your actions are part of a pattern,” Rep.

Several weeks ago, the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Barr in contempt for refusing to release special counsel Robert Mueller III’s report in full and without redactions. Boyd wrote that the department already gave the committee 17,000 pages of documents and has made witnesses available.

But the Democratic-controlled House is firing back. The chamber voted Tuesday to authorize a lawsuit against Barr in a separate matter, for refusing to give the Judiciary Committee redacted parts of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The House also approved a speedier process for committee chairmen such as Cummings to file a lawsuit to enforce subpoenas. Under the plan, they would only need to be green-lighted by a panel led by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

QuickTake: What’s Contempt of Congress and Executive Privilege?

Ross has denied assertions that the citizenship question was inspired by efforts to suppress census participation by immigrants, including those in the country legally, who may tend to vote for Democrats. The underlying issue is now before the Supreme Court.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he feels strongly the census should ask Americans whether they’re citizens.

“That doesn’t sound so good to me” if the question can’t be included, he said Wednesday during a meeting with Polish President Andrzej Duda. “It’s ridiculous, I think it’s totally ridiculous that we would have a census without asking.”

House to vote on taking its subpoenas to court

House to vote on taking its subpoenas to court The House will vote Tuesday on a resolution allowing the House Judiciary Committee to enforce its subpoenas in the courts.

They will hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt for Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the panel will The House Judiciary Committee voted last month to hold Barr in contempt of Congress as part of

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee plans to vote on Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for stonewalling a probe into an alleged scheme to politicize the 2020 U.S

Ross’s role in the 2020 census has come under Democratic scrutiny because he and other Commerce Department officials asserted multiple times that the decision to include the citizenship question stemmed solely from a Justice Department request in December 2017 to aid enforcement of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.

Barr additionally is accused of ordering Justice Department official John Gore to defy a subpoena for his testimony.

The Justice Department said the Oversight Committee abandoned efforts to reach an accommodation by going forward “with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote.”

QuickTake: Are You a Citizen? The Trump Census Question on Trial

Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top Republican on the committee, asked why Democrats don’t want to ask about citizenship even though many people think the question already is included in the census.

“Every person you ask will say, ‘yes we should do that,’” Jordan said. Referring to Democrats, he said, “Why don’t they want to know?”

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York responded that she wants to know why people like former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach -- “with a resume of voter suppression techniques in Kansas” -- and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon “have their fingerprints all over the census.”

“I want to know about corruption. That’s what I want to know about -- the racism and the very disturbing history that we are seeing here,” she said.

--With assistance from Josh Wingrove.

To contact the reporters on this story: Chris Strohm in Washington at [email protected];Billy House in Washington at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Kevin Whitelaw at [email protected], Laurie Asséo, Max Berley

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Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.), the only Republican in Congress to come out in favor of starting impeachment proceedings against President Trump, broke with his party again on Wednesday with a committee vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt.Amash joined Democrats to vote in favor of the contempt resolution, which was in relation to subpoenaed documents on the Trump administration's addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Amash had also sided with Democrats in votes over which amendments to add to the contempt resolution.

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