The House on Wednesday voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt on Wednesday.
The measure, which passed in a vote of 230-198, holds the Trump Cabinet members in contempt for defying subpoenas for documents on their since-abandoned efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Democrats argued the measure was necessary to hold officials accountable for “obstruction & oppose efforts to undermine the census.”
“The resolution that’s before us today is about protecting our democracy. … It is about protecting the integrity of this body — it’s bigger than the census. It’s about protecting the integrity of the Congress of the United States of America,” Oversight and Reform Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said on the floor.
“We need to understand how and why the Trump administration tried to add a question based on pretext so we can consider reforms to ensure this never happens again.”
BREAKING: House votes to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress for defying subpoenas for docs about the citizenship question on the census.
Vote was 230-198.
👀 Four Democrats joined all Republicans in voting NO.
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