Judge blocks Justice Department from swapping lawyers in census question case

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano expressed skepticism that President Donald Trump's administration will actually be able to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census after the effort was blocked in the Supreme Court last month.

President Donald Trump wants to "make America white again" by including a US citizenship question on the 2020 census, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman, of the southern district of NY, scolded the Justice Department on Tuesday for its failure to offer "satisfactory reasons for the lawyers' withdrawal, as required by local rules".

The changes in the legal team came about after a top justice department civil attorney who was leading the litigation effort told attorney general William Barr that multiple people on the team preferred not to continue, Barr told the Associated Press on Monday.

"So now the Obama appointed judge on the Census case (Are you a Citizen of the United States?) won't let the Justice Department use the lawyers that it wants to use", Trump wrote late July 9.

"The Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward", spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said in a statement.

The judge said the department may petition the court again to swap lawyers, but each request must be accompanied by a "signed and sworn affidavit" explaining the rationale.

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He said the case is speeding along and it's been the administration that's been pushing for that speed. Officials have suggested that if the government is able to prevail in court that the question could be added as some sort of addendum.

"The Supreme Court did not rule in their favor because they said the administration did not give sufficient evidence as to why the census citizenship question should be there", she said.

The Supreme Court blocked the question from appearing on the census in a 5-4 ruling last month.

But nine other lawyers were ordered to remain on the case - for now. Some saw the decision to replace the attorneys as a sign that the Trump administration was treading on shaky legal ground and did not want to make further representations to the court.

An ACLU official said in response to Furman's order that the department "owes the public and the courts an explanation for its unprecedented substitution of the entire legal team". "We won't rest until we know the truth".

It initially said the census citizenship question was meant to help enforce the Voting Rights Act (despite this law being something Republicans have worked to dismantle in recent years).

However, the ruling left open the possibility that the citizenship question could be added with adequate justification in the future.

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