AG Barr: ‘Supreme Court Was Wrong’ In Ruling Against Trump’s Desire To Add Citizenship Question To 2020 Census
Attorney General William Barr said Monday that the Supreme Court was wrong when it ruled against the Trump administration’s inclusion of a citizenship question to the 2020 census.
In an interview with The Associated Press, Barr said he has been in regular contact with President Trump about the question, which the president is determined to see featured on the decennial survey.
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” Barr said during an interview with The Associated Press.
The attorney general declined to provide further details to the wire service on how the question will be added to the census.
The Supreme Court, in a 5-4 ruling last month, found that the administration’s stated reason for adding the citizenship question to the census didn’t match up with the evidence in the case.
The DOJ initially appeared ready to accept defeat in the legal battles, announcing Tuesday that census materials would be printed without the question. The administration had said in court filings that census materials needed to be finalized by June 30 for a July 1 printing deadline.
But Trump one day later tweeted that those efforts would move forward, appearing to catch even DOJ lawyers on the case by surprise.
“The tweet this morning was the first I had heard of the president’s position on this issue, just like the plaintiffs and Your Honor. I do not have a deeper understanding of what that means at this juncture other than what the president has tweeted,” Joshua Gardner, a DOJ attorney, told a federal judge during a teleconference Wednesday.
“But obviously, as you can imagine, I am doing my absolute best to figure out what’s going on,” he added.
The DOJ also announced late Sunday that it was pulling its entire legal team for the citizenship question off the case, and replacing them with other government lawyers.
Barr told the AP that he has been in regular contact with Trump about the question, which the president is determined to see featured on the decennial survey.
The Justice departments declined a Political Dig request for further comment.