House Committee Votes to Hold Barr, Ross in Contempt | Voice of America

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A day after the U.S. House passed a resolution authorizing its committees to take the Trump administration to court and pursue criminal contempt cases to enforce their subpoenas, the House Oversight Committee took the next step. 

The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday voted in favor of holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress because of the Trump administration’s refusal to comply with the committee’s subpoena for information about why a U.S. citizenship question was added to the 2020 census. 

Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan, a vocal supporter of impeaching U.S. President Donald Trump, voted with Democrats. 

Trump claimed executive privilege Wednesday in refusing to hand over documents to Democratic lawmakers investigating the census question. 

“I think it’s ridiculous that we would have a census without asking” about…

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