WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump is asserting government privilege over documents related to the Trump administration’s determination to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
The Justice Division notified the chairman of the Home oversight committee of the decision in a letter Wednesday.
The committee is about to vote on whether to carry Lawyer Basic William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to show over the subpoenaed paperwork.
Barr says the president has made a “protective assertion” of government privilege so the administration can absolutely evaluate all the documents.
Democrats worry the question will scale back census participation in immigrant-heavy communities, harming representation and entry to federal dollars.
Republicans have criticized the hearings as a waste of time and have referred to as for Democrats to maneuver on.