Cummings offers to delay contempt vote for Wednesday deadline on subpoenaed census docs
Added 06-11-19 09:58:02pm EST - “House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he would hold off on his committee's contempt votes for Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross if officials provided…” - Thehill.com
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House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday Cummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday Steyer group targeting 12 congressional Democrats over impeachment MORE (D-Md.) said Tuesday that he would hold off on his committee’s contempt votes for Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrAmash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Tensions between Democrats, Justice cool for a day Tensions between Democrats, Justice cool for a day MORE and Commerce Secretary Wilbur RossWilbur Louis RossCummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday Cummings sets contempt votes for Barr, Ross for Wednesday Trump's acting budget chief pushes for delay in Huawei ban MORE if officials provided certain documents to Congress by Wednesday.
In a letter sent to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday evening, Cummings was critical of a DOJ letter sent earlier in the day that warned that the department would ask President TrumpDonald John TrumpTop Armed Services Republican plots push for 0B defense budget Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance MORE to assert executive privilege over the documents on the census citizenship question subpoenaed by the committee over the contempt vote, scheduled for Wednesday morning.
“In other words, without making any recognizable counter-offer with respect to the documents under subpoena, the Department appears to be indicating that it may stop producing responsive documents over which even the department concedes no privilege exists — and that the Department may also withhold documents in other investigations,” Cummings wrote.
“The committee cannot accept these terms. The committee has a responsibility under the Constitution to conduct rigorous oversight of the census, and we will not continue to delay our efforts due to your ongoing obstruction.”
While he wrote that DOJ had made “no commitments” to hand over certain documents and “no counter-offer with respect to these documents,” Cummings said he would be willing to delay the contempt vote if he received certain key documents by Wednesday.
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