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Article by Bryan Howard
June 13, 2019
The Democrats held a vote on Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary Wibur Ross in contempt over the Census question. However, this was instantly halted by President Trump’s White House by exercising executive privilege.
Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd sent House Oversight Committee chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) a letter notifying the president will be using his executive privilege to override the Democrats tyrannical political play.
The letter reads, “This letter is to advise you that the President has asserted executive privilege over certain subpoenaed documents identified by the Committee in its June 3, 2019 letters to the Attorney General and the Secretary. These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney—client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege. In addition, the President has made a protective assertion of executive privilege over the remainder of the subpoenaed documents.”
The letter continued, “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. The Executive Branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the Committee … Unfortunately, rather than allowing the Department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote.”
BREAKING: DOJ letter to House Oversight Chair Elijah Cummings ahead of today's contempt vote: "By proceeding with today's vote, you have abandoned the accommodation process with respect to your requests and subpoenas." pic.twitter.com/6yZrjKthYU
— Nate Madden (@NateOnTheHill) June 12, 2019