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

President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS-Saudi Arabia policy needs a dose of 'realpolitik' Trump talks to Swedish leader about rapper A$AP Rocky, offers to vouch for his bail Matt Gaetz ahead of Mueller hearing: 'We are going to reelect the president' 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 asks prosecutors about decision not to charge Trump in hush money probe DHS chief to Pelosi: Emergency border funding 'has already had an impact' Cummings tears into DHS chief for conditions at migrant border facilities 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.