The U.S. House Oversight Committee voted on Wednesday to approve contempt of Congress citations against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross for defying congressional subpoenas related to the U.S. Census.
By a 24-15 vote, the panel recommended that the full House of Representatives find Barr and Ross in contempt for refusing to cooperate with an investigation of the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census.
NEW: House Oversight and Reform Committee votes to hold AG Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross in contempt of Congress related to failure to comply with subpoenas and provide documents on US Census. Vote was 24-15.
— Mitchell Miller (@mmillerwtop) June 12, 2019
— Paulasbarntiques (@barntiques859) June 12, 2019
BREAKING: House panel votes to hold attorney general, commerce secretary in contempt of Congress over census documents. https://t.co/AIf4BzVS47
— The Associated Press (@AP) June 12, 2019
The #coverup has gone on long enough…
— Bob (@bobpi31415) June 12, 2019
They have nothing but bad faith. No other choice.
— Ernest Bowen (@CarolinaBowen) June 12, 2019
Is that ineffectual, “sternly worded letter” contempt of Congress, or the “we’re sending the bailiff to take you to the DC jail” type of contempt?
I mean, they can legally do both, but only one of them will have any impact on the current administrative regime.
— TimidTanuki (@TimidClef) June 12, 2019
Are the Democrats biased?
100% (104 Votes)
0% (0 Votes)
This is why Americans put Democrats back in charge of The House. Executive oversight is not optional, it’s a duty of Congress under The Constitution.
— A Tree 🌹 (@ATree87571299) June 12, 2019
— ANDY’S SCOTTISH RITE 🇬🇧❤🇺🇸❤🇷🇺❤🇷🇺 (@sasontour1) June 12, 2019
— Global Issues Web (@globalissuesweb) June 12, 2019
House committee votes to charge AG William Barr & Commerce secretary Wilbur Ross be held in contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas.
— Doc. Savage (@turnmeondeadman) June 12, 2019
House oversight committee just voted to hold A.G. Barr & Commerce Sec. W.Ross “IN CONTEMPT” !!!! pic.twitter.com/VJXZg5AOAX
— Jeffrey Montalvo (@montalvo387) June 12, 2019
— Christal Hayes (@Journo_Christal) June 12, 2019
— Mary Ann Owens (@mao2u2) June 12, 2019
A bipartisan rebuke of top Trump officials, the House Oversight Committee votes to hold two Trump cabinet lackeys (Barr & Ross) in contempt. https://t.co/Czr5iZt3lY
— Dan Desai Martin (@DanMartinTalks) June 12, 2019
BREAKING: House Oversight Committee votes 24-15 to hold Attorney General William Barr, Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt. #UNBNews
— UNB! News (@unbnews_) June 12, 2019
Reuters contributed to this report.
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