Congressional Democrats are desperate to get their hands on documentation related to what led to the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. For some reason, they seem to think that if they can prove there was some nefarious reason for its inclusion, they can have it, and maybe even the entire census, suppressed.
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the man charged with conducting the census, testified for seven hours on Capitol Hill on the matter, and his answers did not give the Democrats in the House of Representatives what they wanted to hear. Subpoenas were issued for documents which the Department of Justice refused to gather in order for them to be provided to Congress.
That led to the threat of contempt votes for both Ross and Attorney General William Barr.
President Trump put a stop to it with the exertion of executive privilege.
President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege over documents that were subpoenaed by Congress related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday.
The claim comes as the House oversight committee is considering whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over the subpoenaed documents.
In a letter to the committee’s chairman, Rep. Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, the Justice Department asserted that the Trump administration has “engaged in good-faith efforts” to satisfy the committee’s oversight needs and said the contempt vote was premature.
The administration has turned over more than 17,000 of pages of documents and Ross testified for nearly seven hours. The Justice Department has said two senior officials also sat for interviews with committee staff members and it was working to produce tens of thousands of additional pages of relevant documents. But that process will now be halted, Boyd said.
“Unfortunately, rather than allowing the Department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in Wednesday’s letter.
Nice try, Democrats. The Supreme Court has the census issue at this point. There is every chance the citizenship question remains, and with the results of its use, the Electoral College map will be redrawn.
Don’t think we don’t see this effort for what it is.