UPDATED 7:21 AM PT — Tuesday, June 4, 2019
The House Oversight Committee said it will consider postponing contempt votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross if they submit requested documents by Thursday.
The panel’s Democrat chairman, Elijah Cummings, sent a letter Monday regarding the inclusion of a citizenship question on the 2020 Census. Democrats have alleged the question goes beyond recording respondents in the census, and could potentially benefit Republicans in terms of electoral maps.
One America News caught up with Congressman Mark Meadows, who said the threat of a contempt vote is an example of government overreach by the Democrats.
“It’s a lot of overreach, it’s not a little bit of overreach…I mean these are 2020 subpoenas, these are 2020 contempt of Congress motions, this is all about setting forth a narrative that is against this president and, candidly, it’s not the way that we’ve done business in Congress whether we have had Republican or Democrat presidents…this is unique for this president and it’s unique for the Democrats in the majority,” he stated.
This comes as the legal battle over the citizenship question plays out in the Supreme Court. A final decision must be made by the end of this month before census forms begin printing.