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Trump asserts executive privilege over documents in fight over census question

 House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings spoke after passing a resolution to take legal action against President Donald Trump's administration in response to those who defy subpoenas in Congress' Russia probe and other investigations. Cummings plans to take up new contempt citations Wednesday against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the administration's pursuit of citizenship questions on the US Census.
House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah E. Cummings spoke after passing a resolution to take legal action against President Donald Trump's administration in response to those who defy subpoenas in Congress' Russia probe and other investigations. Cummings plans to take up new contempt citations Wednesday against Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross over the administration's pursuit of citizenship questions on the US Census.(J. Scott Applewhite/Assoicated Press)

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is asserting executive privilege over documents related to the Trump administration’s decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

The Justice Department notified the chairman of the House oversight committee of the decision in a letter Wednesday.

The committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to turn over the subpoenaed documents.

Barr says the president has made a ‘‘protective assertion’’ of executive privilege so the administration can fully review all of the documents.

Democrats fear the question will reduce census participation in immigrant-heavy communities, harming representation and access to federal dollars.

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