The House Oversight Committee wasted no time in filing a lawsuit against Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, suing both Trump appointees for failure to respond to subpoenas demanding documents.
Declaring "President Trump and his aides are not above the law," Oversight Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney on Tuesday announced, “I am filing this enforcement action today because the Trump Administration’s brazen obstruction of Congress must not stand."
Politico reports Maloney is seeking documents related to the 2020 Census, and the Trump administration's attempts to add a citizenship question to the constitutionally-mandate survey.
That question was the brainchild of a Republican strategist, now deceased, who wrote it would depress participation in the Census by minorities, effectively granting Republicans greater representation in the House and other areas – including where $675 billion in federal funds are spent.
One federal judge declared if the citizenship question made it onto the census, “hundreds of thousands — if not millions — of people will go uncounted.”
The Trump administration has ignored many subpoenas from House Democrats. On Monday a federal judge ruled former White House Counsel Don McGahn could not ignore a subpoena and must testify before Congress.
"Stated simply, the primary takeaway from the past 250 years of recorded American history is that Presidents are not kings," Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote in her 118-page ruling Monday.
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