The House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress in a 230-198 vote on Wednesday. The House held the vote after Barr and Ross withheld subpoenaed materials from the House Oversight Committee’s probe into the origins of the effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, which will no longer be a possibility after a Supreme Court ruling against the Trump administration. Before the vote, Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said the two “blatantly obstructed [the committee’s] ability to do congressional oversight into the real reason Secretary Ross was trying for the first time in 70 years, in 70 years to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census,” according to NBC News. Barr and Ross sent a letter House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) earlier Wednesday, calling the vote “unfortunate” when the question would not be included in the census.
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