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U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Reform v. Barr

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has sued Attorney General William P. Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for refusing to comply with subpoenas the Committee issued as part of its ongoing investigation into the Trump Administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. This case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Last Updated: February 19, 2020
Published: January 13, 2020

Note: The Brennan Center is not a participant in this case.

Summary

The House Oversight and Reform Committee has sued Attorney General William P. Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for refusing to comply with subpoenas the Committee issued as part of its ongoing investigation into the Trump Administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census.

This case is currently pending in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

Case Background

The House Oversight and Reform Committee is suing Attorney General William Barr and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for defying the Committee’s request for unredacted documents related to the Trump Administration’s unsuccessful attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census. The Committee contends that the subpoenaed documents “go to the heart” of its investigation into the origins of the question. The Committee claims that Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross lack the legal power to disobey the subpoenas, which the Committee issued under the powers granted to it by Article I of the U.S. Constitution. 

The Committee is asking the court for declaratory and injunctive relief compelling Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross defendants to immediately produce the subpoenaed documents.

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