House Oversight Committee Votes To Hold Attorney General Barr; Commerce Sec’y Ross In Contempt

A House committee voted Wednesday to hold two administration officials in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with subpoenas for documents related to a decision adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The Democratic-controlled House Oversight Committee voted 24-15 to advance contempt measures against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross. The vote sends the measures to the full House.

The committee’s action marks an escalation of Democratic efforts to use their House majority to aggressively investigate the inner workings of the Trump administration.

House Oversight votes to hold Barr and Ross in contempt


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