WASHINGTON — Restore Public Trust released the following statement today from spokesperson Lizzy Price after the House Oversight Committee voted to hold Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and Attorney General Bob Barr in contempt of Congress:
“No one is above the law in the United States, including the individuals entrusted to uphold the values and integrity of the nation. There is clear evidence showing the Trump administration plans to adversely target Latinos using the 2020 Census and Americans deserve to know the full extent of their scheme to manipulate Census data.
“It is shameful that Attorney General Barr and Secretary Ross are willing to obstruct such an important investigation. It’s up to Congress to expose the extent to which administration officials are willing to go to disenfranchise the Latinx community for their own political advantage, or for more nefarious reasons.
“We applaud Rep. Cummings and the House Oversight Committee for taking the first step to hold Barr and Ross accountable.”
This vote comes just weeks after Restore Public Trust filed a lawsuit against Secretary Ross for refusing to fulfill several public records requests, and less than two weeks after The New York Times reported that the administration worked with an expert on Republican gerrymandering to draft the citizenship question.