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PoliticsAmash breaks with GOP in Barr, Ross contempt vote

00:50  13 june  2019
00:50  13 june  2019 Source:   thehill.com

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.

The Oversight Committee’s contempt vote is now expected to be held next week, the same week the House Judiciary Committee plans to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt for failing to provide an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress.

The subpoenas demand that Barr and Ross turn over emails, memos and any communications with the White House, the Republican National A Commerce Department spokesman said 14,000 pages of documents had already been turned over to the committee, calling the contempt vote against Ross

Amash breaks with GOP in Barr, Ross contempt vote© Greg Nash Amash breaks with GOP in Barr, Ross contempt vote

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.

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.

Cummings says Barr and Ross have refused to comply with committee requests for information into a probe about how a question about citizenship A separate House panel — the Judiciary Committee -- has already voted to hold Barr in contempt of Congress for failing to provide the committee with

The contempt vote is broadcast on national television and allows Democrats to make their case to the American people about Trump criminality. Civil contempt will allow Democrats to sue Barr and Ross , but it is more valuable as a case building tool for the American people.

The Republican stepped down from the conservative Freedom Caucus this week after going public with his impeachment comments. The group is typically pro-Trump.

Amash had not voted in favor of a House resolution on Tuesday that authorized House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) to go to court to enforce congressional subpoenas.

The lawmaker tweeted that he opposed the resolution because it "shifts to leadership the power to authorize future enforcement lawsuits, further centralizing the House's authority and undermining the institution."

Justin Amash leaves the conservative Freedom Caucus.
Rep. Justin Amash on Monday stepped down from the conservative House Freedom Caucus less than a month after becoming the first Republican member of Congress to say President Donald Trump has committed impeachable offenses. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); "I have the highest regard for them and they're my close friends," he told CNN. "I didn't want to be a further distraction for the group.

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