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UPDATED 9:21 AM PT — Wednesday, June 12, 2019

The Trump administration has asserted executive privilege over documents related to the 2020 Census citizenship question.

The move happened Wednesday just as the House Oversight Committee was holding meeting on holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt. The Department of Justice sent a letter to the committee stating Barr and Ross will not comply with the subpoenas.

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings, D-Md., listens to an objection by Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, left, the ranking member, as they debate whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over subpoenaed documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Chairman Elijah Cummings called the move another instance of stonewalling, while ranking Republican Jim Jordan questioned why Democrats would not want to know who is in the country illegally. The panel will continue with the contempt vote later Wednesday.

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