House Democrats are moving towards holding figures in the Trump administration in contempt for rejecting to answer to subpoenas from Congress.
House Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said in a letter Monday that U.S. Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could be held in contempt for not complying with subpoenas having to do with a citizenship question added to the census.
“Unfortunately, your actions are part of a pattern,” said Cummings in the letter.
“The Trump administration has been engaged in one of the most unprecedented cover-ups since Watergate,” he claimed, “extending from the White House to multiple federal agencies and departments of the government and across numerous investigations.”
However, the votes for contempt would be avoided if Ross and Barr answered the subpoenas by Thursday.
Cummings accused Republicans of adding the citizenship question to the census in order to “gerrymander congressional districts in overtly racist, partisan, and unconstitutional ways.”
Barr has already been voted in contempt by the House Judiciary Committee, and that will be put before a vote of the entire House of Representatives later in June.
Here’s the latest on the subpoena battle:
New Evidence Emerges In Fight Over Census Citizenship Question | MTP Daily | MSNBC