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"This resolution relates to our investigation of the #TrumpAdministration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the census. It authorizes me to issue three subpoenas"- Chairman @RepCummings
"(1) for a deposition of John Gore, a senior official at the #DOJ; (2) for documents withheld by #DOJ; and (3) for documents withheld by the #DepartmentofCommerce."
"As we all know, last year #WilburRoss, the Secretary of Commerce, decided to add a citizenship question to the census, even though his own #CensusBureau warned that the question “harms the quality of the census count.”
" #SecretaryRoss testified repeatedly that he added the citizenship question “solely” at the request of #DOJ, but the record shows that this was a pretext. In fact, #SecretaryRoss began a secret campaign to orchestrate the addition of the citizenship question months before."
"The Committee is trying to determine the real reason #SecretaryRoss added the citizenship question, and the documents and testimony covered by these subpoenas are critical to answering that question".
"NONE of these requests is new. They are all items we asked for repeatedly, but the #TrumpAdministration refused to produce."
"Let me be clear: The Administration may not withhold information from Congress because of separate litigation. That is not a valid legal argument."
"The Supreme Court has rejected this claim repeatedly. It is not the law, and it would lead to absurd results. If this were the policy, we would have to shut down our investigations every time a private party decided to sue a federal agency"
"We have bent over backwards to try to work with the #TrumpAdministration. We identified priority documents, we extended deadlines, and we even offered to review certain documents in camera."
"But the #TrumpAdministration’s stonewalling has left the Committee no choice but to obtain this information by compulsory process." - Chairman @RepCummings
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