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house Bill H. Res. 497

Should Attorney General Barr & Commerce Secretary Ross Be Held in Contempt for Refusing to Comply With Subpoenas for Census Documents?

Argument in favor

Attorney General William Barr & Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross have refused to comply with legally valid subpoenas issued by the House Oversight Committee related to the 2020 Census. They should be held in contempt and House leadership to pursue enforcement of those subpoenas in federal court.

burrkitty's Opinion
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07/17/2019
Obviously, they are in contempt. Congress has the power to compel testimony from hostile witnesses. You can’t defy subpoenas. End of story.
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jimK's Opinion
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07/17/2019
Yes. They should be held in contempt and fined. Barr should be impeached and Ross should be removed from office. Barr, in particular, needs to be made an example of. He is not and should never be the Presidents personal attorney in these matters. I hope there is a way to find his actions to be outright criminal. He should never be able to just block a legal congressional inquiry. He is violating the Constitution in so doing and he definitely needs to be made an example of.
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Nancy's Opinion
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07/17/2019
The Attorney General is supposed to represent the People, not to protect the President. And law enforcement must have standards too.
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Argument opposed

This is nothing more than an attempt by Democrats to score political points. It wastes valuable floor time in the House of Representatives, and precious taxpayer dollars by pursuing what will be a lengthy battle in federal court where an outcome in favor of the House is far from certain.

Cherie65's Opinion
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07/17/2019
I'm telling you, the democrats are a laughing stock. So busy trying to play 'gotcha' they are ignoring the people's business. We see it, we know the game, we will vote you out. #Trump2020
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Stephen's Opinion
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07/17/2019
More nonsense from Congress to score political points. Would you PLEASE do your job like I do everyday!
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Mark's Opinion
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07/17/2019
Go ahead Democrats. Keep it up with your vicious agenda that benefits only the elitists inside the DC beltway and their wealthy donors. You care nothing for the people and in particular American citizens. No matter party affiliation, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, origin or any other label you want to attach to us. You are all about power grabs and the majority see it as clear as day. Please keep doing what you’re doing. You’re making our job to defeat you in 2020 even easier.
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Title

Recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General of the United States, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with subpoenas duly issued by the Committee on Oversi

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Recommending that the House of Representatives find William P. Barr, Attorney General of the United States, and Wilbur L. Ross, Jr., Secretary of Commerce, in contempt of Congress for refusal to comply with subpoenas duly issued by the Committee on Oversight and Reform.

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  • The house Passed July 17th, 2019
    Roll Call Vote 230 Yea / 198 Nay
    IntroducedJuly 17th, 2019

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    Obviously, they are in contempt. Congress has the power to compel testimony from hostile witnesses. You can’t defy subpoenas. End of story.
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    I'm telling you, the democrats are a laughing stock. So busy trying to play 'gotcha' they are ignoring the people's business. We see it, we know the game, we will vote you out. #Trump2020
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    Yes. They should be held in contempt and fined. Barr should be impeached and Ross should be removed from office. Barr, in particular, needs to be made an example of. He is not and should never be the Presidents personal attorney in these matters. I hope there is a way to find his actions to be outright criminal. He should never be able to just block a legal congressional inquiry. He is violating the Constitution in so doing and he definitely needs to be made an example of.
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    The Attorney General is supposed to represent the People, not to protect the President. And law enforcement must have standards too.
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    Why would they NOT be held in contempt? When did Republicans forget that the Legislature is a co-equal branch of government?
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    No one is above the law!
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    More nonsense from Congress to score political points. Would you PLEASE do your job like I do everyday!
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    Allowing these people to ignore subpoenas would set a dangerous precedent. This should be a bipartisan issue.
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    Of course. They broke the law. No one is above the law.
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    Go ahead Democrats. Keep it up with your vicious agenda that benefits only the elitists inside the DC beltway and their wealthy donors. You care nothing for the people and in particular American citizens. No matter party affiliation, race, gender, religion, ethnicity, origin or any other label you want to attach to us. You are all about power grabs and the majority see it as clear as day. Please keep doing what you’re doing. You’re making our job to defeat you in 2020 even easier.
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    Absolutely!!!!! Go further; Put them both in jail and let them meditate on their crimes!!
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    As for the common people, so for the elected.
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    Yes. The three branches are a check on each other. If they are allowed to ignore subpoenas then it gives the executive branch more power, something our founding fathers did not want.
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    Absolutely they should be held in contempt. Barr being a lawyer should know better.
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    If Barr, Ross, McGahn, and Kellyanne Conway, ignore or refuse to comply with a subpoena, as instructed by Trump, then they should be grabbed by the nape of the neck and seat of their pants and thrown in prison until they comply. Either we are a country of laws or we are not.
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    Throw them in jail with Trump!
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    No. The Democrats continue their stupid political games with Trump that do nothing to serve the American people. It's the Democrats who are to be in contempt -- against the citizens of this country.
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    Isn’t that the way it is done!? If it was me refusing I would get 20 years!!!
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    They should both be held to the highest standard. Subpoenas are not an option, or so I thought. They are defying the law, in my opinion, and should be penalized to the fullest extent of the law.
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    Anyone who ignores a Congressional subpoena should be held in contempt and punished accordingly. End of story. It doesn’t matter who they are.
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