President Trump and Bill Barr warned the Democrats they had an ace up their sleeves to deal with Democratic overreach.
They told them to mind themselves because Trump could at any time assert executive privilege and basically put a halt to their inquisition.
They didn’t listen, so Trump just shut them down. From Politico:
President Donald Trump claimed executive privilege to block Congress’ access to documents about how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census.
The move came as the House Oversight and Reform Committee was beginning proceedings Wednesday morning to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to comply with the subpoenas.
From The Hill:
President Trump has asserted executive privilege over congressionally subpoenaed documents on the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.
The announcement comes the House Oversight and Reform Committee is set to vote on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for failing to comply with congressional subpoenas for the documents.
“By proceeding with today’s vote, you have abandoned the accommodation process with respect to your requests and subpoenas for documents concerning the secretary’s decision to include a citizenship question on the 2020 census.
The executive branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the committee.
Moreover, until the committee’s abrupt decision to seeks a contempt resolution, the department was prepared to provide a significant number of additional documents responsive to the committee’s April 2, 2019 subpoena,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote in a letter to House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings.
“Unfortunately, rather than allowing the department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote.”