UPDATED 8:00 AM PT – Thur. July 4, 2019
The Department of Justice confirms it is following the president’s orders to try and find a way to include the citizenship question on the 2020 Census, frustrating an Obama appointed district judge.
According to court transcripts released Wednesday, Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt, said his department was instructed to re-examine the Supreme Court’s decision on the census question, and find “near-term options” to legally add it.
Hunt said the DOJ plans to file a motion which will “govern further proceedings.”
Judge George Hazel said he expressed confusion, after the president tweeted he would move forward on the census question.
The President claims it’s so important for our country to have the “very simple and basic” citizenship question on the 2020 Census.
“I think when a census goes out, you should find out whether or not, and you have the right to ask whether or not somebody is a citizen of the United States,” the President said.
The judge said he wants “a final answer” by Friday afternoon, and warned the court was going forward, if he does not get an answer by at that time.
The White House is also reportedly thinking about using an executive order to add the citizen question to the census.
According to Axios Thursday, senior administration officials said “we didn’t come this far to just throw in the towel.”
One White House source with legal background said “they are considering the appropriateness of an executive order which would address the constitutional need for the question.”
A former federal judge told Axios, if the president were to take executive action for the citizenship question, the Supreme court would likely affirm the constitutional power of the president.