US House to vote on holding Ross, Barr in contempt

Wednesday, 17. July 2019 17:20

United States House of Representatives plans to vote on Wednesday whether to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General William Barr in contempt for failing to provide documents about the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

In an interview with Fox Business, Secretary Ross commented that the vote will be "political theater" and claimed that the Commerce Department has provided 14,000 pages about the matter, excluding only around 15, citing executive privilege. The vote is aimed to "embarrass" and "harass" the administration of President Donald Trump, he stressed.

Earlier in June, US House Oversight and Reform Committee announced it will hold a ballot on the matter, accusing the administration of "challenging Congress' core authority to conduct oversight under the Constitution." Trump said last week an executive order to relevant federal agencies will provide records of citizens and non-citizens to the Department of Commerce, as the way to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census was "delayed by meritless litigation."

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