READ: Letter asserting Trump's executive privilege over census docs

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senator introduces bill to hold online platforms liable for political bias Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally Rubio responds to journalist who called it 'strange' to see him at Trump rally MORE asserted executive privilege over subpoenaed documents in a letter from the Department of Justice to House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsCummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question Top Dems question legal basis for appointing Cuccinelli as temporary immigration chief MORE (D-Md.) on Wednesday.

The documents requested by the committee included drafts of a letter sent from the Justice Department to Commerce officials requesting that a citizenship question be added to the 2020 census.

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"The executive branch has engaged in good-faith efforts to satisfy the legislative needs of the committee," the letter reads. "Moreover, until the committee's abrupt decision to seek a contempt resolution, the department was prepared to provide a significant number of additional documents responsive to the committee's April 2, 2019 subpoena."

"Unfortunately, rather than allowing the department to complete its document production, you have chosen to go forward with an unnecessary and premature contempt vote."

Read the text of the letter below.