Oversight Chairman Gowdy Agrees to Maloney Request to Subpoena DOJ Employee Behind Census Citizenship Question, if Necessary, in Order to Compel Testimony
WASHINGTON, DC – At today’s House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform hearing about the 2020 Census, members expected to hear from and have the opportunity to question John Gore, the acting head of the Justice Department Civil Rights Division, and political appointee behind the department’s request to add a citizenship question to the census. However, Mr. Gore declined to appear before the committee. Given his absence, Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney (D-NY), Co-Chair of the House Census Caucus and senior member of the Committee on Oversight and Government, moved to subpoena Mr. Gore to appear before the committee. Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) swiftly agreed. Rep. Maloney issued the following statement in response.
“Mr. Gore’s decision to not show up to this hearing, after initially agreeing to testify, is an insult to all members of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee and the critical role that our committee plays in overseeing the executive branch. That is why I am pleased that Chairman Gowdy agreed to my request to issue subpoena, if necessary, in order to compel Mr. Gore’s appearance before the Committee on May 18. The American public and its representatives deserve answers about the Department of Justice’s decision to request that a citizenship question be added to the decennial census and why the Department believes it is necessary in order better enforce the Voting Rights Act, especially when no serious Voting Rights Act expert has called for this data. The census is constitutionally required to count every person living in this country and it is incumbent upon this Committee to exercise its oversight responsibilities to see that it does.”