President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday over documents related to the House Oversight Committee's probe into the decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The Department of Justice notified committee chair Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) in a letter that materials that were sought via subpoena are now "protected from disclosure." The letter said the House Democrats had "made these assertions necessary" by insisting on holding a "premature" vote on whether to recommend holding Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over materials requested by the committee. Critics say adding a citizenship question to the census would intentionally dilute congressional representation for Democrats and Hispanics. Proponents say it would help enforce the Voting Rights Act.

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