An adviser to Commerce Secretary Ross communicated directly with Thomas Hofeller about how to best phrase a 2020 Census citizenship question.
The contempt vote allows Congress to sue Ross and Barr in federal court, have a judge enforce the subpoena, and refer both men for criminal prosecution.
Gidley failed mention the fact that it’s “impossible” to use the citizenship question because the court found that the administration had violated the law.
Judge Furman is putting the career Justice Department lawyers on the spot. Will they admit they want out of the case because of Trump's bizarre conduct?
The Trump administration said it didn't include the citizenship question for reasons of congressional redistricting. The next day Trump said the opposite.
Although a former top Commerce aide “refused to answer” dozens of questions, he confirmed that Ross directed him to add a "citizenship question" to the Census.