JUST IN: House Democrats Move to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt

House Democrats on the Oversight Committee have just moved to hold Attorney General William Barr, and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress if they fail to hand over documents related to the addition of the citizenship question on the next U.S. Census by Thursday

Here is more from Washington Times:

The House Oversight Committee announced Monday it will hold a vote to recommend holding Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress, saying they’ve refused to turn over documents about adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Oversight Chairman Elijah E. Cummings informed the two Cabinet secretaries of the move in letters, accusing them of being “part of a pattern” of obstruction by Trump officials.

“This cover-up is being directed from the top,” Mr. Cummings said.

He said he would delay the contempt vote in his committee if the secretaries produce the documents he’s subpoenaed by Thursday.

House Democratic leaders have yet to schedule action for the whole chamber, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi saying she wants to wait for a critical mass of complaints.

Mr. Cummings‘ new demand comes as civil liberties groups go to court this week to ask a judge to punish the Trump administration for lying.

The American Civil Liberties Union says it uncovered evidence that a GOP strategist helped orchestrate the addition of the citizenship question, after conducting research that suggested it would help maximize Republican votes at the expense of minorities and Democrats.

Mr. Cummings cited that new information in his letters to the two Cabinet officials, saying it heightens the urgency of his own investigation.


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