House Panel to Vote Wednesday on Whether 2 Trump Officials Are in Contempt of Congress

The U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee plans to vote on Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for stonewalling a probe into an alleged scheme to politicize the 2020 U.S. Census.

“Both Secretary Ross and Attorney General Barr are refusing to comply with duly authorized subpoenas from Congress,” the committee’s chairman, Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, said on Monday in a statement announcing the vote.

“Because they are in contempt of Congress, on Wednesday, the Committee will vote to move forward to enforce our bipartisan subpoenas,” he said.

In a statement, Ross called the planned vote an “empty stunt” and said he had cooperated with the committee, providing 14,000 pages of documents and testifying for nearly seven hours.

If the committee finds them in contempt, a vote could then take place in the full, Democratic-led House. If the full House votes in favor of contempt, it could take Ross and Barr to court to seek compliance.

The committee is investigating a plan by President Donald Trump’s administration to add a question on citizenship to next year’s U.S. Census questionnaire.

Critics believe including the question will scare immigrants and Latinos into abstaining from the survey, which is taken every 10 years. That could disproportionately undercount Democratic-leaning states, they argue.

Ross has said the citizenship question would help enforce the Voting Rights Act, which requires a tally of citizens of voting age to protect minorities against discrimination.

The panel’s Democrats said they scheduled the contempt vote after both Ross and Barr did not produce documents about the issue in response to a bipartisan subpoena the panel issued more than two months ago.

The committee said Ross testified that he added the citizenship question “solely” at the request of the Justice Department.

The panel said documents showed, however, that Ross “began a secret campaign” to add the question to the census questionnaire shortly after taking office and months before being asked to do so by the Justice Department.

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the committee’s move to schedule a contempt vote.

via newsmax

5 comments

  1. The census citizen question MUST be part of all census materials. Simply put (so maybe even a leftist liberal can understand this), the census determines the number of house representatives are respondant within a specific geographical location / district. That number of reprrsentatives also needs to be based upon those that are legal citizens as ONLY legal citizens may vote. AGAIN, the right to vote is a right of LEGAL citizens, ONLY. How come the leftist liberals continually fail to mention that fact?

  2. The Demwits want to keep the methods of cheating in elections intact and available to use. The citizenship question on the Census form would cut into that drastically.

  3. Treason is a badge of honor for the Godless NAZI Commie liberal Racist Muslim Demoncrat Party & RINOs! The party of hate, hypocrisy, lies, deception,Fake News(Russian Collusion & Jussie M hoax)the list is endless!And the clueless minions that follow them!

  4. It seems to me that the Demonazis in the House have failed to learn that the Government is composed of three co-equal branches; the legislative branch ( the Congress), the Executive branch, the president and his departments, and the Judicial branch headed by the Supreme Court. That being the case, the House does not have the power to demand that the Executive branch cow tow to their whims. Their contempt charge is worth less than the paper it is written on.

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