DOJ Reverses Decision To Nix Census Citizenship Question After Trump Instructs Them To “Find A Way”

(Tea Party PAC) – On Wednesday, the Justice Department reversed course on the citizenship question on the 2020 census after President Trump instructed them to find a way to keep it on the census.

The Justice Department sent out an email opposing counsel Tuesday announcing their decision to print the census questionnaire without the citizenship question after the issue was defeated in the Supreme Court last week.

Wednesday morning, however, Trump fired off a tweet that threw reporters threw a loop, as well as prompted two federal judges to convene emergency hearings.

“The News Reports about the Department of Commerce dropping its quest to put the Citizenship Question on the Census is incorrect or, to state it differently, FAKE! We are absolutely moving forward, as we must, because of the importance of the answer to this question,” Trump tweeted Wednesday morning, which contradicted previous statements made by the DOJ and Commerce Dept.

On Wednesday, the DOJ told a federal judge in Maryland that it has been “instructed to examine whether there is a path forward consistent with the Supreme Court’s decision, that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census.”

Jody Hunt, the assistant attorney general for the Civil Division, told the judge that were they to find a viable path to include the citizenship question on the census, they would go to the Supreme Court for “instructions … to simplify and expedite the remaining litigation and provide clarity to the process going forward,” CNN reported.

The judge then asked for more information from the DOJ by 2 PM on Friday.

Another attorney from the DOJ told the judge that they’d been instructed to begin printing the census forms without the citizenship question, although things could rapidly change, since the issue is still up in the air.

The government said previously that there was a Monday deadline to begin printing the census forms, however, the Trump administration asked a federal judge in Maryland on Monday for more time to decide what they were going to do.

In an early morning 4th of July tweet, the President wrote on Twitter: “So important for our Country that the very simple and basic “Are you a Citizen of the United States?” question be allowed to be asked in the 2020 Census. Department of Commerce and the Department of Justice are working very hard on this, even on the 4th of July!”

At the time of this publication, the injunction to keep the citizenship question off of the 2020 census is still in place.