On Politics: Congress and Trump Clash Over Census

Good Thursday morning. Here are some of the stories making news in Washington and politics today.


Congress clashed with President Trump over efforts to investigate how a citizenship question was added to the 2020 census, as a House committee voted to recommend that two cabinet members, Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur L. Ross Jr., be held in contempt.

Experts say the citizenship question would deter immigrants and minority residents from responding to the census, leading to an undercount in Democratic areas. Federal judges in three lawsuits have concluded that the Trump administration’s rationale for adding the question was contrived.

Justice Department officials intend to interview senior C.I.A. officers as they review the Russia investigation. The interview plans suggest a focus on the intelligence agencies’ conclusion that Russia intervened in 2016 on behalf of the Trump campaign.

Senator Bernie Sanders on Wednesday presented his brand of socialism through a framework of economic rights in an effort to defuse voter concerns about his electability. Still lost? Here’s a guide to democratic socialism.

In a Monmouth University poll of voters in Nevada, a key early-voting state, Senator Elizabeth Warren finished second in the 23-person field, surpassing Mr. Sanders and trailing only Joe Biden.

Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director, agreed to participate in a transcribed interview with the House Judiciary Committee next week. It will be the first time that a Trump aide takes the witness stand in the committee’s investigation of possible obstruction of justice.

R. Clarke Cooper, a top State Department official, defended the use of an emergency declaration to sell arms to Saudi Arabia against Congress’s will.

In three hours of questioning, Donald Trump Jr. told Senate investigators that he had nothing to correct from his past statements to congressional bodies about issues related to Russia.

Planned Parenthood will hold a forum for the 2020 Democrats on June 22, the first event in the campaign focused specifically on women’s health.

Mr. Trump welcomed Poland’s nationalist president to the White House on Wednesday with an elaborate show of support, promising more American troops, defending Warsaw’s record on democracy and staging a showy F-35 flyover to mark their friendship.


Today’s On Politics briefing was compiled by Isabella Grullón Paz in New York.

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