WASHINGTON – President Trump on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to block the congress from obtaining documents on how a citizenship issue was added in the 2020 census before a House Committee's vote recommending that two government secretaries be disdained by Congress over the matter.
In a letter to the chairman of the chamber monitoring and reform committee, representative Elijah E. Cummings in Maryland, the justice department said that Trump had decided to invoke his secrets because Cummings had "chosen to proceed with an unnecessary and premature referendum . "The letter came just as Cummings convened the panel to consider a despised recommendation to the lawyer William P. Barr and trade secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr.
"We must protect the census and we will stand up for the congressional authority under the Constitution to carry out meaningful surveillance," Cummings says, calling the privilege "another example of the administration's cover against the congressional constitutional mission."
"This apologizes," added Cummings: "What is hidden?"
At the White House, Mr Trump defended his administration's impetus to include a citizenship issue in the 2020 census: "When a census goes out, you should find out if you have or not – and you have the right to ask – someone is a citizen of the United States, "he said when he met the President of Poland Andrzej Duda.
However, in a monitoring committee meeting at Capitol Hill, Democrats demanded to see the deliberations behind the issue, and they pointed out Mr Trump's declaration a few months ago that he intended to defy all Congress courts. In the census survey, they said that the administration had left little more than irresponsible documents and stonewalling of critical deposit requests.
"It's really laughing to say that the administration had collaborated with the panel," said representative Stephen F. Lynch, the Democrat of Massachusetts, brandishing a blacked-out page with no text visible as an example of the heavily edited material the Department of Commerce had sent. "We've reached our limit."
In separate letters from the Justice Department and the Department of Commerce, administration officials held that they had already switched many materials in response to the verdict, but that they needed to keep some information confidential in order to protect the knowledge of internal and lawyer – client deliberations Nevertheless, both officials made it clear that the privileges claimed that the panel insisted on issuing contempt quotes for Mr Barr and Mr Ross.
"The institution regrets that you have made this claim necessary with your insistence on scheduling a premature controversy" , says the letter from the Ministry of Commerce.  The struggle over the census centers on the liberals' suspicions that ask respondents that they are US citizens can be a deliberate trick to lean every 10-year-old reapportionment of house chairs, short areas of higher immigrants. They are afraid that illegitimate immigrants or their family members would be afraid to turn to their questionnaires, resulting in a population base.
The Census Bureau has estimated that all US citizens are asking for citizens to be able to kick off a 5.8 percent response rate reduction from non-citizens, which democracies fear will skew the redistribution of house chairs against Republicans while depriving states of federal resources. The distribution of the housing districts has been based on the raw population, not the number of eligible voters.
"I want to know why people like Kris Kobach, with a summary of the electorate's repression technique, have their fingerprints over the most sensitive census transactions we have as a government," said representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, New York Democrats, as a bitter debate about the despicable quotes developed between Republicans and Democrats on the panel. "This determines who is here. This determines who has power in the United States. "
In sworn testimony before Congress, Ross said he had decided to add the question" solely "in response to a request for the Justice Department in December 2017 for data to help enforce the 1965 voting law. postings revealed during the trials showed that Ross had begun discussing the addition of the issue several months before, and that Kobach, the former Kansas State Secretary and architect of strict voter identification laws, had discussed it during Mr Trump's presidential campaign in 2016. Three federal judges have decided that The evidence in the record shows that Mr. Ross disturbed.
New evidence from data files by a deceased Republican strategist suggests that the administration's real reason was to gather information that might allow states to draw voting districts that count only authorized voters rather than, as it is curren t exercise, all residents. The strategist would write "be kept nasty to Republicans and non-Spanish white ".
The Supreme Court is already weighing on whether to add the citizenship issue to the census was legal and can decide a verdict in the coming weeks. Republicans argued that Democrats rushed abusive quotes in an attempt to prevent the court and influence its governance.
"You are so worried that the Supreme Court will rule over this that you must do it before it happens," said representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, the Republican ranking on the panel. "Why don't the Democrats want to know how many citizens in the country are?"
The committee voted to recommend keeping Barr and Ross in contempt would be the latest action by the democratically led parliament to intensify pressure on Mr Trump and his inner circle to provide critical witnesses, documents and other information that would burn a line investigations that the House has launched into the President's behavior and politics.
Wednesday's action in the Supervisory Committee would mark the second time this year as a committee has recommended members of Mr Trump's cabinet to be held in contempt for the congress. The Court Committee had sought a contempt resolution against Barr for his refusal to give the panel an unredacted version of the Mueller report and the evidence supporting the special council's conclusions.
House leaders decided now to vote to hold Mr. Barr in contempt after the Justice Department began on Monday to share some of the special council evidence with the committee. For the same reason, it is not yet clear whether the Committee of the Household Committee will use its power to bring an action against him.
In the Supervisory Committee's lawsuit, members have protested against Barr's instructions for a subordinate involvement in the census to judge a lawsuit that requires him to act for a deposit based on a long-term house rule that state attorneys may not follow a witness in the deposition room.
The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled a departmental note claiming that the house rule is an unconstitutional infringement of the President's power to ensure that subordinates do not disclose information that may be the subject of executive privilege.
Democrats also complain that Mr Ross has prevented the committee from accessing all the information that the court holds, which houses the census office.
Overall, this week's action by committees and the whole parliament is out of a strategy by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to hold off conversations to quickly impeach Mr. Trump by showing that there are other ways to keep him and his administration publicly responsible for maladministration.
The House's vote Tuesday should speed up the process by which other committees involved in disputes with the Trump administration can try to get the courts to enforce their supervisory powers.