The House Oversight Committee on Wednesday advanced a vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in civil contempt over their refusal to comply with subpoenas in the panel's investigation of the effort to add a controversial citizenship question to the 2020 census. Earlier in the day, the Justice Department sent a letter to Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) saying President Trump would assert his executive privilege to protect materials from investigation. The committee has unsuccessfully sought documents and testimony from Barr and Ross for several months, but the White House said pursuing a vote on contempt of Congress was "premature."

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