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House panel votes to hold Trump officials in contempt over census citizenship question – live

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Democrats voted in oversight committee to hold William Barr and Wilbur Ross in contempt over failure to supply documents relating to the questionSign up to the US briefing and get a new perspective 10.26pm BST Representative Justin Amash, the first Republican to call for the impeachment of President Trump, has broken from the party line once again in voting to hold attorney general William Barr and commerce secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with subpoenas related to the 2020 census, the Hill is reporting. This comes a day after Amash voted against the resolution authorizing House judiciary committee chair Jerry Nadler to go to court to enforce congressional subpoenas. #HRes430 isn’t a contempt resolution; it authorizes Rep. Nadler to file lawsuits to enforce specific subpoenas but, unfortunately, shifts to leadership the power to authorize future enforcement lawsuits, further centralizing the House’s authority and undermining the institution.House rules aren’t clear on whether a vote of the House is required to authorize these lawsuits, but that’s been our practice. #HRes430 instead says that a vote of House leadership to authorize these lawsuits “is the equivalent of a vote of the full House of Representatives.” 10.17pm BST Here’s a statement from House judiciary committee chair Jerry Nadler on Hope Hicks agreeing to testify before the committee next week: Nadler confirms: Hicks to testify in private June 19; transcript to be made available publicly. Continue reading…

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Author : Vivian Ho in San Francisco (now) and Oliver Laughland in New York (earlier)

Publish date : 2019-06-12 21:26:03

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