An adviser to Commerce Secretary Ross communicated directly with Thomas Hofeller about how to best phrase a 2020 Census citizenship question.
Reducing the “seafood trade deficit” has been pushed hard by Timothy Gallaudet, Trump’s assistant secretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere.
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.
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.
The committee warned that Barr and Ross will be in contempt if they don’t provide un-redacted copies of documents pertaining to the 2020 census.
Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) asked Wilbur Ross if he would "take responsibility today for misleading Congress" when he testified under oath about the census.