President Donald Trump in the Rose Garden at the White House in Washington, D.C., May 6, 2019. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Trump on Wednesday asserted executive privilege to block lawmakers from accessing documents related to his administration’s plan to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The Department of Justice urged trump to assert executive privilege over the documents just as the House Oversight and Reform Committee prepared to hold a hearing in which attorney general William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross are expected to be held in contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the panel’s subpoenas.

“These documents are protected from disclosure by the deliberative process, attorney-client communications, or attorney work product components of executive privilege,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter to House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.).

“Regrettably, you have made these assertions necessary by your insistence upon scheduling a premature contempt vote,” Boyd added.



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