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Jun 12 - LIVE: House Oversight Committee To Vote To Hold Barr, Ross In Contempt
 

 

This has nothing to do with the Mueller report. This is about documents related to the 2020 census.
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What possible reason could there be to exert executive privilege over census documents if the process is legit?
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 Lord God said
What possible reason could there be to exert executive privilege over census documents if the process is legit?
The documents have already leaked through the press. This is to get them "officially" through the White House to get them in the public record.

Watching this hearing, it seems there is a side battle about waivers for compliance to ethic requirements for administration officials.
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AOC, Pressley and Tlaib really be cliqed up in there.
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The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over a dispute related to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The vote was 24-15.

The Democratic-led committee voted on a contempt resolution that recommends that the House of Representatives find Barr and Ross in contempt of Congress "for refusal to comply with subpoenas." The contempt resolution includes citations for both civil and criminal contempt.

It's unclear what will happen now that the committee has voted on the resolution. Depending on how the Departments of Justice or Commerce respond, House Democrats could go to the floor with both criminal and civil contempt. They could also drop criminal before going to the floor if some accommodation happens.

According to a committee aide, a criminal contempt vote would have to go through the floor. However, civil contempt could go through the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group, which is made up of the three highest-ranked House Democrats and two highest-ranked House Republicans.

Earlier on Wednesday, the Department of Justice informed the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday that President Donald Trump has a*serted executive privilege over materials related to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

In a letter to Committee Chair Elijah Cummings, a*sistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote, "this letter is to advise you that the President has a*serted executive privilege over certain subpoenaed documents identified by the Committee in its June 3, 2019 letters to the Attorney General and the Secretary."

Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, has said that he scheduled the vote because the attorney general and commerce secretary have not complied with subpoenas issued by the committee as it investigates the Trump administration's push to add the question to the census.

Cummings criticized the a*sertion of executive privilege Wednesday morning.

"This does not appear to be an effort to engage in good-faith negotiations or accommodations," he said. "Instead, it appears to be another example of the administration's blanket defiance of Congress' constitutionally-mandated responsibilities."

The specific documents at the heart of the f*ght -- mainly a set of drafts memos and letters exchanged between Commerce and Justice -- are covered by certain privileges, according to the Justice Department.
At least one federal court in a different, but related case, agreed with the administration and concluded that the documents were appropriately withheld -- a fact that may bolster DOJ's case if House Democrats take the document production issue to court.
The Commerce Department announced last year that a citizenship question would be included in the upcoming 2020 census. The move has sparked controversy and a high-stakes court battle as critics say that asking about citizenship status will lead to an inaccurate count.

Census data serves as the basis for decisions about how to allocate federal resources and draw congressional districts.

President Donald Trump defended the addition of a citizenship question on Wednesday, saying in remarks to reporters from the Oval Office, "it's totally ridiculous that we would have a census without asking."

Cummings told CNN on Tuesday that he's not sure what the next step after his committee would be and if he'd push for a full House vote.

"We will decide that when the time comes," Cummings said of next steps.

"If they come to us, we will certainly talk to them, but I don't anticipate that," Cummings added, referring to the possibility of a deal or any accommodation being reached ahead of the vote.

The Justice Department and Commerce Department have both argued that they are working in good faith to respond to the requests from the committee and have already submitted thousands of pages of documents to the panel.

Ross has called the planned committee vote "an empty stunt," and in an interview with CNBC on Tuesday said, "Please don't tell me we're not cooperating."

"What we are doing is cooperating in a rational way that's consistent with the rules, the regulations, the laws and prior practice," Ross said, adding, "We have produced to the House Oversight Committee 14,000 pages of material. I testified before them for almost seven hours. We're producing three more witnesses."

A Democratic committee aide told CNN, however, that those documents have been insufficient and are either publicly available documents, heavily redacted or just not responsive to the request at all and unrelated.

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 Bandito said
The documents have already leaked through the press. This is to get them "officially" through the White House to get them in the public record.

Watching this hearing, it seems there is a side battle about waivers for compliance to ethic requirements for administration officials.




The punishments that go along with being held in contempt of Congress can include a criminal referral to a US attorney, which can result in severe punishments maxing out at either fines of up to $100,000 or one year in prison


william barr and fat hog wilbur ross will sacrafice some low level goverment employees to keep their goverment jobs and millions smh

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