House Schedules Floor Vote to Hold AG and Commerce Secretary in Contempt
Washington, D.C. (July 11, 2019)— Today, Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the Chairman of the Committee on Oversight and Reform, announced that the House of Representatives will vote on July 16 to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with bipartisan subpoenas issued as part of the Committee’s investigation into the Trump Administration’s pretext for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.
“For months, Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross have withheld key documents subpoenaed by the Committee on a bipartisan basis without asserting any valid legal justification for their refusal. These documents could shed light on the real reason that the Trump Administration tried to add the citizenship question. Unfortunately, the Administration is stonewalling our investigation and obstructing our efforts to get the information we need to do our jobs. We should not be forced to take these extreme actions to get the documents and information we need to conduct a thorough investigation. I urge Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross to change course and produce the documents we have subpoenaed on a bipartisan basis so the House is not forced to hold them in contempt of Congress.”
Today’s announcement comes on the heels of President Trump announcing that he may issue an executive order to circumvent the Supreme Court’s ruling that the Trump Administration’s effort to add the citizenship question was based on a pretext that violated the law.
Since the Committee issued bipartisan subpoenas on April 2, 2019, the Departments of Justice and Commerce have refused to produce key unredacted documents identified by the Committee, made no commitments to produce these key documents, and made no counter-offers relating to those key documents. The key documents include: