House panel recommends holding Barr, Ross in contempt

The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday voted to recommend holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with subpoenas for information regarding the controversial proposal to add a question on respondents’ citizenship to the 2020 census.

Earlier in the day, the Department of Justice sent a letter to Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) saying that President Trump would assert executive privilege to shield materials on the matter from investigation.

Democrats said they wanted to get to the bottom of evidence suggesting the Trump administration added the question to intimidate minority and immigrant communities.

Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) called the push for contempt charges “another act of political theater.”

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