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US House panel votes to hold Barr, Ross in contempt of Congress

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The voted to hold and Ross in for not complying with subpoenas for documents relating to the 2020 census.

The panel on Wednesday, by a 24-15 vote, recommended that the full find Barr and Ross in contempt for refusing to cooperate with an investigation of the administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the census, reported.

The vote came hours after the said that U.S. had asserted privilege over related materials subpoenaed by the Democrat-controlled earlier this year.

The and Democrats are locked in a political battle over congressional power to conduct oversight and investigations.

Democrat Elijah Cummings, who chairs the committee, criticized the assertion of privilege, calling it not an effort to "engage in good-faith negotiations or accommodations."

The announced last year that a citizenship question would be included in the upcoming census, sparking controversy and court battles as critics say it would lead to an inaccurate count.

Trump weighed in on the dispute on Wednesday.

"When you have a census and you're not allowed to talk about whether or not somebody's a citizen or not, that doesn't sound so good to me," he told reporters at the "It's totally ridiculous that we would have a census without asking."



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First Published: Thu, June 13 2019. 07:06 IST