UPDATED 9:21 AM PT — Wednesday, June 12, 2019
The Trump administration has asserted executive privilege over documents related to the 2020 Census citizenship question.
The move happened Wednesday just as the House Oversight Committee was holding meeting on holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt. The Department of Justice sent a letter to the committee stating Barr and Ross will not comply with the subpoenas.
#BREAKING: The Justice Department says Pres. Trump has asserted executive privilege over certain documents related to the administration’s census citizenship question, as the House Oversight CMTE prepares to hold Attorney General Barr and Commerce Sec. Ross in contempt. #OANN pic.twitter.com/URZrccfzE3
— Jennifer Franco (@jennfranconews) June 12, 2019
Chairman Elijah Cummings called the move another instance of stonewalling, while ranking Republican Jim Jordan questioned why Democrats would not want to know who is in the country illegally. The panel will continue with the contempt vote later Wednesday.