WH Claims Executive Privilege As Dems Race to Hold AG and Commerce Secretary in Contempt

CNS News | 6/12/2019 | Staff
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(CNSNews.com) - As the House Oversight Committee met on Wednesday to vote on contempt citations against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the White House sent the committee a letter, saying President Trump has asserted executive privilege over the subpoenaed documents.

“These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney-client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege,” the White House said.

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The White House called it regrettable that the Democrat-led committee has made it necessary to assert executive privilege “by your insistence upon scheduling a premature vote.”

Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) postponed the contempt vote by a few hours to consider the White House letter, but the debate raged on.

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The Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the Trump Administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Decennial Census, asking whether each member of a household is a U.S. citizen.

Democrats on the Oversight Committee issued subpoenas for documents pertaining to the citizenship question and the deliberations that went into it.

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Because the documents have not been turned over, “The Committee has been left with no choice but to move to contempt proceedings and to seek enforcement of its subpoenas to enable the Committee to fulfill its duties under the Constitution,” a press release said.

Article I of the Constitution requires the federal government to conduct a Census every ten years and to count every person in the United States. Right now, that would include untold millions of illegal immigrants, many living in the homes of people here legally.

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As the Oversight Committee noted, “The Census provides the basis for apportioning seats in Congress and for distributing more than $675 billion in federal funds. These funds support vital healthcare, nutrition, education, infrastructure, housing, and other programs on which many Americans rely.”

Democrats argue that including a citizenship question...
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