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Politics House Democrats file lawsuit against William Barr and Wilbur Ross for refusing to hand over Census docs

18:50  26 november  2019
18:50  26 november  2019 Source:   cnbc.com

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The House voted Wednesday evening to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Democrats investigating the issue believe that the documents and testimony being shielded would confirm that the administration’s long-stated rationale

Washington (CNN) The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over a dispute related to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census . The vote was 24-15.

    Wilbur Ross wearing a suit and tie: Attorney General William Barr discussing the counting of citizens in the country and the legal issues surrounding that effort, behind him stands Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the Rose Garden at the White House. © Provided by CNBC LLC Attorney General William Barr discussing the counting of citizens in the country and the legal issues surrounding that effort, behind him stands Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross in the Rose Garden at the White House.

    The House Oversight Committee filed a lawsuit on Tuesday against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the Trump officials' refusal to turn over documents related to the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. 

    "President Trump and his aides are not above the law," Committee Chairwoman Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., said in a statement. "They cannot be allowed to disregard and degrade the authority of Congress to fulfill our core Constitutional legislative and oversight responsibilities."

    The Supreme Court effectively killed the administration's plans to add the question in June, reasoning that the official reason provided was a pretext. 

    The lawsuit was filed in federal district court in Washington, D.C. 

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