Trump asserts executive privilege over census documents

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Knew this was coming.

President Trump has asserted executive privilege over congressionally subpoenaed documents on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

The announcement comes as the House Oversight and Reform Committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for the documents.

"By proceeding with today's vote, you have abandoned the accommodation process with respect to your requests and subpoenas for documents concerning the secretary's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census," Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings. "The executive branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the committee. Moreover, until the committee's abrupt decision to seeks a contempt resolution, the department was prepared to provide a significant number of additional documents responsive to the committee's April 2, 2019 subpoena."

The announcement came one day after Boyd sent a separate letter to Cummings, warning that executive privilege would be invoked if the House panel moved forward with the contempt votes for Barr and Ross. The DOJ official also asked Cummings to delay the vote as Trump weighs whether the documents fall under the scope of executive privilege.

Wednesday's move is the latest effort by the White House to assert executive privilege over documents sought by Democrats investigating Trump and his administration.

Trump asserts executive privilege over subpoenaed census docs
 
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Devil505

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I guess the contempt vote will go on anyway.Sorry Trump you asshole!!!
....and Barr can goto hell too!

Edit:
Hold Trump in contempt to while you're at it!
 
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Jul 2013
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The courts are going to be busy sorting out what constitutes "Congressional Oversight" and what does not. I think it is going to be tough for them to throw out these legitimate requests of documents from the Administration.
 
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Devil505

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"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. "

Trump invokes executive privilege ahead of House Oversight contempt vote for Barr, Ross - CNNPolitics
The time for accommodations has passed.
Unconditional surrender is what the DEms have the power to demand or contempt should take place.

After contempt the real fun begins!
 
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The time for accommodations has passed.
Unconditional surrender is what the DEms have the power to demand or contempt should take place.

After contempt the real fun begins!
It's amazing how RWC republicans want to uphold the Constitution when there is a democratic president BUT don't give a damn when there is 1 of their own as president. The Constitution clearly states "resident" not "citizen" in regards to the 10 year census.
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