Trump Asserts Executive Privilege to Withhold Census Documents

Headline Roundup June 12th, 2019

President Trump asserted executive privilege over documents related to how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 U.S. census, preventing them from being disclosed. The documents have been demanded by a House committee that is investigating the controversial citizenship question the administration added to the census. The Justice and Commerce Departments have said the documents are part of litigation and can’t be released. The move came as the House Oversight Committee prepared to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with its subpoena seeking information about the addition of the question. Democrats say the citizenship question will frighten illegal immigrants and prevent them from replying. The Supreme Court is deciding on the legality of adding the question.

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege to Withhold Census Documents

From the Left

President Donald Trump on Wednesday moved to block Congress’ access to documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census.

Trump claimed executive privilege over subpoenaed documents at the urging of the Justice Department, as the House Oversight and Reform Committee was beginning proceedings Wednesday morning to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the panel’s subpoenas.

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President Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege over documents demanded by a House committee in its investigation of a controversial citizenship question the administration added to the U.S. census survey.

The assertion of executive privilege was made as the House Oversight Committee prepared to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for ignoring its subpoena seeking information about efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

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President Trump has asserted executive privilege over a host of documents related to the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Justice Department said Wednesday, thwarting Congressional Democrats’ attempts to subpoena the materials.

Assistant Attorney General Stephen E. Boyd alerted the House Oversight Committee of the move in a letter, saying Democrats had soured the chances for cooperation by moving to hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress.

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