Donald Trump invokes executive privilege to block access to documents explaining why citizenship question was added to census.

Somebody wants something to be kept secret. 

Courtesy of NYT:

President Trump invoked executive privilege to block access by Congress to documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census ahead of a House committee vote to recommend that two cabinet secretaries be held in contempt of Congress over the matter.

In a letter to the chairman of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, Representative Elijah E. Cummings of Maryland, the Justice Department said that Mr. Trump had decided to invoke his secrecy powers to provide a lawful basis to defy the panel’s subpoena for the census-related materials.

In response, Mr. Cummings put off until later on Wednesday a vote whether to recommend that the House hold Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr. in contempt. Mr. Cummings called the move “another example of the administration’s blanket defiance of Congress’ constitutionally mandated responsibilities,” adding that it raised a question: “What is being hidden?”

In its letter, the Justice Department maintained that it already had turned over many materials in response to the subpoena, but that it had to keep certain information confidential to protect the candor of internal and attorney-client deliberations.

It also attached a memo to Mr. Trump from Mr. Barr arguing that the executive branch had a “strong interest” in keeping the materials secret to protect its ability to perform its functions, while Congress had not established that obtaining the information was critical to its “legitimate legislative functions.”

“I have concluded that you may properly assert executive privilege,” Mr. Barr wrote to Mr. Trump.

Gee Trump’s handpicked AG gives him carte blanche to do whatever the hell he wants, what a non-surprise. 

AOC pointed out just today why it is so important to get access to these documents.

Courtesy of The Hill:

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) said she wants to know about the “racism” behind the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census during a contempt hearing for Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross.

The New York Democrat referenced documents recently made public that allege that a Republican strategist conducted a study in 2015 showing that adding the question would harm Democrats and Hispanic communities, while helping Republicans and white, non-Hispanic communities.

“I want to know why this question was magically added after we have seen that a political operative knew and detailed an intent to intimidate racial and immigrant communities for a partisan purpose, saying this will hurt Democrats and help Republicans,” she said.

“I want to know about the racism and the very disturbing history that we’re seeing here,” she added.

Trump using his powers of executive privilege to keep Congress from accessing these documents is more or less an admission that there is some shady shit behind the decision to add this citizen question to the census.  

Not that we don’t already know it is to frighten people into refusing to participate in the census.

It is for obvious political reasons, and that is something the Trump Administration and RNC are desperate to keep secret. 

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6 Comments

  1. Anonymous June 12, 2019 at 4:31 pm - Reply

    Co-worker shout to me today: ” You wre right! He’s looking to extend a presidnt’s term!’
    Well, duh and DUH. It’s not rocket science.

  2. Anonymous June 12, 2019 at 6:44 pm - Reply

    I never would have guessed that you could rig the census. He taints everything he touches. I think it will be absolutely shocking once he’s finally gone and we start to see the true scope of what he has damaged in this country.

    If he get re-elected, it will be an absolute free-for-all.

  3. Anon June 12, 2019 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Everyone calm down with reruns of Teen Mom.

  4. Beaglemom June 13, 2019 at 3:19 am - Reply

    This may seem to be off topic, but, even worse, in an interview yesterday with, I think, ABC News, Don the Con, in answer to a “hypothetical” question about accepting information from a foreign power that would damage a political opponent during a political campaign, Don the Con said that he would want to see the information and that he would not necessarily contact the FBI. He was given the opportunity to change his response but he persisted, saying that was the way the real world operated. He’s a “businessman” so he knows. In the Trump universe, If someone has information about an opponent, one takes it. Legality or morality or scruples do not count. Of course, instead of referencing Russia, Don the Con made the possible foreign source “Norway,” his favorite substitute country.

    This was all about Little Donnie’s meeting at Trump Tower in 2016 and the question of why the Trump campaign did not immediately go to the FBI when the possibility of a meeting with a Russian operative who was offering to provide the campaign with negative information about Hillary Clinton, and thus the issue of Russian interference, was first raised. Accepting or inviting foreign interference in an America election is against the law. John Adams and Thomas Jefferson worried about this back in 1787; Mueller knew it and covered for Little Donnie, Little Jared and the rest of them in his report.

    Frankly, the meeting attendees knew their Trump Tower meeting with the Russian operative was illegal because, after the fact, when questions were raised by reporters, they scurried around looking for a cover up. Their cover story became “Russian adoption” and then it became the hotel Don the Con wanted in Moscow. And Don the Con gave the cover-up story to the media – so he was in on it too. Now, Mueller “concluded” that the meeting attendees (and Don the Con himself, I guess) didn’t know they were breaking the law. I say that’s a lie, pure and simple. if they didn’t know they had broken the law, they wouldn’t have hurried and scurried to cover up the meeting. And, frankly, I grew up knowing that ignorance of the law is not a defense. Anyone involved at such high levels in a political campaign SHOULD HAVE KNOWN the law involved. And any sentient American should know that Russians do not offer such tidbits out of “charity” but out of nefariousness. Didn’t anyone involved ever see a spy movie or hear of John LeCarre’s novels?

    To my mind, the House needs to start its impeachment investigations now.

  5. anon June 13, 2019 at 6:20 am - Reply

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/bill-barrs-brazen-new-dodge-he-hopes-to-blackmail-congress-over-census-info/

    “Barr responded to Tuesday’s vote by again threatening to withhold documents requested by Congress — but in a totally unrelated case.”

    +

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/06/watch-trump-babbles-nonsensically-when-asked-why-he-said-hed-stop-spying-on-kim-jong-un/

    “I wouldn’t let that happen under my auspices.” “When asked about this statement, the president seemed to deny making it, then admitted he said it but then claimed he was being misinterpreted.

    “No, it’s not what I meant,” Trump began. “It’s what I said. I think it’s different than, maybe, your interpretation. I think we’re going to do very well with North Korea over a period of time. I’m in no rush, the sanctions are on, we got our hostages back, our remains are coming back, you saw the beautiful ceremony in Hawaii with Mike Pence, we’re getting our remains back.” ““You know, they’ve been there a long time,” “The grandfather, the father, the son, and they’ve been there for a long time, and nobody’s done anything, except me.”

  6. OK June 13, 2019 at 6:33 am - Reply

    https://www.salon.com/2019/06/12/trump-loves-drama-now-democrats-need-to-use-that-addiction-against-him/

    “the only argument — is that it will somehow backfire on the Democrats, despite the overwhelming evidence of Trump’s guilt and his tendency to act like a cornered rat at all times. At the top of the list for reasons to believe that impeachment will backfire is the reason that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to favor: Trump himself seems, at times, to want impeachment. – Trump gets so irate about the idea that he refuses to even say the word — instead childishly calling it the “I-word” — but also argues that he likes hearing from advisers who tell him “that impeachment could be a political blessing” and might even help him get re-elected. – there’s no doubt that Trump is, even as he rages against it, attracted to the idea of being impeached. He brings it up with reporters, even when he’s not asked about it. He tweets about it relentlessly, making sure that the idea never falls far from the political discourse of the day. – he is a “messy bench” who lives for drama. – Trump’s instinct that impeachment hearings would be riveting drama that would drown everything else in politics out is entirely correct.
    But that’s a good thing.”

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