The ruined Republican representative Justin Amash joined the Democrats and agreed to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Trade Minister Wilbur Ross in contempt for Congress for refusing to comply with a submission from Congress for documents related to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
Amash was the first republican to call for deposition proceedings against President Donald Trump, who received the wrath of the president, who is said to support the primary opponent of the congressman.
A new poll in Michigan shows Amash's primary opponent, Jim Lower, with 16 points – 49 percent to 33 percent.
Rogue Republican Rep. Justin Amash entered into a vote with Democrats to pursue Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress
Amash joined the House Oversight and Reform Committee Democrats and voted to recommend charges against the two men.
But President Trump took a protective step before Wednesday's vote: he claimed executive privilege over the documents that the Democrats were looking for.
The president said he is in favor of a plan to ask US residents if they are US citizens when the census of once every ten years asks people next year.
& # 39; I find it completely absurd that we would have a census without asking & # 39 ;, he told reporters in the Oval Office.
President Donald Trump said in the White House on Wednesday that it was & # 39; completely ridiculous & # 39; is for US delegates not to ask people if they are US citizens
Attorney General William Barr is confronted with a criminal disregard for the vote in Congress after he has refused to issue defamed documents
Trade Secretary Wilbur Ross is also confronted with the contemptuous voice, driven but the demands of the Democrats to see what led to a decision to let the delegates ask a citizenship question
I think if you have a count and you can't talk about whether someone is a citizen or not, that doesn't sound so good to me, & said the president.
& # 39; Can you imagine? & # 39; he asked, turning to Polish president Andrzej Duda. & # 39; You are sending a census and you are not allowed to say whether a person is an American citizen or not? In Poland they would say they are Polish or not, right? & # 39;
& # 39; When a census goes out, & # 39; The President added, "You should know whether or not you are – and you have the right to ask whether or not someone is a US citizen.
The president made his executive privilege hours earlier to again hamper the contemptuous voices of the Democrats, Barr and Ross, which took place on Wednesday afternoon in Parliament's Oversight and Reform Committee.
& # 39; The President has confirmed the executive privilege on certain summonsed documents & # 39 ;, Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote to supervisor Elijah Cummings.
& # 39; These documents are protected against disclosure through the consultation process, communication between lawyers and clients or the components of the advocacy product of the executive privilege, & # 39; he added.
In addition, Boyd wrote, & # 39; the president made & # 39; a protective claim about the executive privilege over the rest of the documents summoned. & # 39;
& # 39; By continuing with today's vote, you have left the housing process regarding your requests and subpoenas for documents regarding the Secretary's decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census, & # 39; Boyd wrote.
Trump, pictured with Polish President Andrzej Duda, claimed executive privilege over the census documents on Wednesday, bringing them out of the reach of democrats
Boyd claimed that the & # 39; department was willing to provide a significant number of additional documents & # 39; in response to the subpoena, but that was annulled because of the & abrupt decision to look for a contemptuous resolution & # 39 ;.
Cummings said Wednesday morning that his committee had been searching for these documents for more than a year.
& # 39; We offered that if they produced one or two categories in the main documents of our subpoenas, we would consider postponing the vote, but both departments rejected our offer and therefore we proceed to the vote of today & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; The count is crucial for our democracy & # 39 ;, Cummings explained, adding that it is the task of the congress to ensure that & # 39; the count works as it should & & # 39; 39 ;.
& # 39; We must protect the integrity of the census & # 39 ;, said Cummings.
House Oversight President Elijah Cummings is investigating the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census
The court admitted the addition of the citizenship question, but the case was appealed to the Supreme Court
Ross told an interviewing CNBC interviewer that evoking a contemptuous voice in the House is a & # 39; political stunt & # 39; used to be.
& # 39; What we do is work together in a rational manner that is consistent with the rules, the rules, the laws and the previous practice, "he said.
& # 39; We have produced 14,000 pages of Parliament's Oversight Committee. I testified for them for nearly seven hours. We produce three more witnesses, & he added.
The White House adviser, Kellyanne Conway, said that Ross was & # 39; was harassed & # 39 ;.
& # 39; I think media coverage has been very one-sided, with respect, about the legitimacy and constitutionality of the citizenship question in the American census, and I think Minister Ross is being harassed & # 39 ;, she said reporters in the White House Wednesday morning.
The Trump government argues that whoever knows and is not eligible to vote – non-nationals are legally prohibited from voting – would help to enforce the law on voting rights.
Opponents claim that a citizenship question will reduce the response rate for the census, thereby affecting the amount of federal funding for cities and states.
It would also have an effect on how congress districts are redrawn.
A group of states, cities and civil rights organizations challenged the administration for the addition of the citizenship question, which was dropped by the federal court and is now pending before the Supreme Court after oral arguments in April.
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