President opts for executive privilege in tertiary fight with Congress

President Donald Trump is being bombard on all sides by democratic leaders in 2019, with the “resistance”-minded legislators stopping just short of impeachment.

The democrats are trying to have their cake and eat it too, it seems, using the opportunity to wink-and-nod around the impeachment gamble in order to disparage Donald Trump ahead of the 2020 election.  It’s a game of public relations more than anything else, with little substantive action surrounding the allegations.

That may change, however, as a fight over President Trump’s desire for a citizenship question on the US Census has sparked a row among congressional leaders.  Some are threatening to charge Attorney General Bill Barr with contempt over his unwillingness to hand over certain documents, but the Commander in Chief is putting his foot down.

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President Donald Trump has asserted executive privilege in refusing to turn over to a U.S. House committee certain documents related to adding a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. Census, the Justice Department said in a letter to the committee on Wednesday.

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The House of Representatives Oversight Committee convened a meeting minutes after the letter was released, with Democrats in control of the committee planning to vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress over the matter.

The move comes just days after the Department of Justice and Congress reached a deal by which the legislative body would not vote on enforcing their previous contempt charges against Bill Barr in exchange for further transparency in the case of the Mueller report.

The showdown between President Trump and Congress has now reached a new plateau, and we can only expect the bickering to escalate from here.

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