House Of Representatives Is Trying To Intimidate The Trump Administration
The White House called “ridiculous” the decision of the House of Representatives to accuse the heads of the Ministry of Justice and the Ministry of Commerce in criminal contempt of Congress, which it considers an attempt to intimidate the President and his administration.
The US House of Representatives voted in favor of the resolution accusing the Attorney General, William Barr, and the Secretary of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, of criminal criminal disrespect for Congress because of the refusal to testify on the addition of the “citizenship” column in the census.
The Justice and Commerce departments have produced more than 31,000 pages of documents to the House regarding the census issue. As the White House press service noted, is “another lawless attempt to harass the President and his Administration.”
“House Democrats know they have no legal right to these documents, but their shameful and cynical politics know no bounds,” Green said.
The adopted resolution should now be sent to the Office of the Prosecutor. According to NBC News, as a preventive measure can be imposed a fine of 100 thousand dollars or even up to one year in prison. At the same time, the TV notes that the office of the Prosecutor General is unlikely to hurry with taking any measures, since it is headed by Barr himself.
Earlier, the US Supreme Court blocked the question of adding a “citizenship” column to the census, which President Donald Trump insists on. The Supreme Court considered that the administration had presented insufficient grounds in favor of adding a new column. According to critics, the inclusion of the “citizenship” column in the census will lead to the fact that millions of people will not be counted, as they will be afraid to admit that they do not have US citizenship.
The distribution of seats in the US House of Representatives depends on population counts in each state. In addition, population size affects the distribution of federal funding for various programs. The census issue in the United States is under the Ministry of Commerce. At the same time, experts from the Census Bureau point out that adding the issue of citizenship will negatively affect the census results.