A federal judge in New York City ruled in January that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’ decision to include the question — which could discourage some people from filling out the survey — was unlawful. Because the census needs to be ready this summer, the issue was fast-tracked for Supreme Court review.
During congressional testimony in early 2018, Ross said that the Department of Justice had requested his department include a citizenship question, but documents indicate that Ross himself actively pursued its inclusion. American Oversight obtained Ross’ 2017 calendars, which show that he had numerous meetings related to the census, and in October we joined the NAACP Legal Defense Fund in filing a lawsuit to uncover records related to the Justice Department’s role in the decision.
Two weeks ago, American Oversight expanded its investigation of the politicization of the Justice Department by suing for the emails of Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore, who has been at the center of many controversial civil rights decisions, including the citizenship question — he appears to have ghostwritten the DOJ letter to the Census Bureau that claimed the addition of the question was vital for the enforcement of the Voting Rights Act.
Here’s what else has happened this week:
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