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Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:44 PM

House panel votes to hold attorney general, commerce secretary in contempt over census probe

Source: Washington Post

The House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over documents about the administration’s decision to a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The nearly party-line vote of 24-to-15 came hours after President Trump asserted executive privilege to shield the materials from Congress. Rep. Justin Amash (Mich.), who has accused Trump of impeachable acts, was the lone Republican to join Democrats on the contempt vote.

On Tuesday, the Justice Department had warned the committee that if it moved toward holding Barr in contempt, the attorney general would ask Trump to assert privilege to protect the materials. The department revealed the assertion in a letter to the committee, which called the contempt vote “unnecessary and premature.” In the Justice Department’s view, the privilege assertion undercuts the contempt finding because it prevents the attorney general from turning over materials lawmakers had subpoenaed.

With the new development, House Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) delayed the contempt vote until later in the day so that members could read the Justice Department letter. “We must protect the integrity of the census and stand up for Congress’ authority under the Constitution to conduct meaningful oversight,” Cummings said in explaining the need for a contempt vote. He also questioned why Trump had waited to assert executive privilege on the brink of a contempt vote, given that the subpoenas in question were issued two months ago. “This begs the question,” Cummings said. “What is being hidden?”

Wednesday’s developments marked a further escalation in the fight between House Democrats and the Republican administration over the investigatory powers of Congress that is playing out in multiple committees and the courts.

Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-asserts-executive-privilege-to-shield-documents-on-census-citizenship-question/2019/06/12/971263c8-8d11-11e9-adf3-f70f78c156e8_story.html



Full headline: House panel votes to hold attorney general, commerce secretary in contempt over census probe, the next step toward a court battle

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By Matt Zapotosky and
John Wagner
June 12 at 4:40 PM

BREAKING: The House Oversight Committee has been seeking information about the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the census.

If the resolution is approved by the full House, as expected, Oversight Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) would be empowered to ask a federal court to order Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to comply with subpoenas that sought documents related to the 2020 Census and testimony from a senior Justice Department official.

This story will be updated.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/powerpost/trump-asserts-executive-privilege-to-shield-documents-on-census-citizenship-question/2019/06/12/971263c8-8d11-11e9-adf3-f70f78c156e8_story.html?utm_term=.215e0610158a

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BumRushDaShow Wednesday OP
Shell_Seas Wednesday #1
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Eyeball_Kid Wednesday #3
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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:51 PM

1. This is criminal contempt, right?

What consequences would they likely face?

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Response to Shell_Seas (Reply #1)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:17 PM

5. The House can't directly charge criminal contempt

to get that, they would have to refer the matter to DOJ to in essence, investigate and charge themselves (which IIRC, was what the GOP attempted to do against Eric Holder). In this case, it will more likely end up being civil contempt through the courts.

Good description of the options - https://www.lawfareblog.com/can-congress-fine-federal-officials-under-its-contempt-power

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:52 PM

2. And it very much matters

that every "no" vote came from white members of the committee.


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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 04:59 PM

3. I'll believe it when it happens.

IMO, we should believe that nothing will happen until it does. We’ve been living on expectations for three years. So far, no one has gotten impeached. Mnuchin, McGahn, Barr, Pence, Hicks— all of them and more are UNTOUCHABLES. They’ll never go to trial, never be disciplined, never lose a night’s worth of sleep over anything, felonies included.

The Dems are nice. They’re always playing softball. Pelosi tries to sound like she got fire in the belly, but when it’s time to get her hands dirty, she moves to the periphery and “shows restraint.” It’s a pattern.

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Response to Eyeball_Kid (Reply #3)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 07:18 PM

6. Unfortunately...

I have to agree with your assessment. With their inaction, the Dems look weak and that only emboldens the Orange Anus and his cultist. Brute force is the only thing that deters and neutralizes a bully.

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 05:10 PM

4. An attempt to "punish" truth seekers?

There must be a lot to hide in those docs. Is there any recourse to a corrupt President claiming executive privilege to conceal wrongdoing?

Like someone said earlier, those thumb drives from the dead repug ought to be evidence enough

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Response to BumRushDaShow (Original post)

Wed Jun 12, 2019, 09:02 PM

7. good day for America

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