Congressman Jim Cooper

Representing the 5th District of Tennessee

Cooper Responds to House Oversight Committee Contempt Vote

Jun 12, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON – U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper (TN-05) made the following statement in response to the House Committee on Oversight’s vote to hold Attorney General William Barr and Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt for refusing to provide documents related to the addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 decennial census.

“For the second time in as many days, we have had votes in the House that are vitally important to our 240-year-old system of government. Today it was the Committee on Oversight and Reform. I believe that Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross are violating congressional authority by defying subpoenas and refusing to provide the Committee with the requested documents that address the real reasons why the citizenship question was added to the U.S. census survey. The House must take the next step to go to the courts to obtain the necessary documents.”

President Trump evoked Executive Privilege today in advance of the Committee vote. 

Cooper said, “Executive Privilege is not a free pass for a president to impose a partisan agenda.”