July 8, 2019

MAYBE THE JUDGE WON'T NOTICE!:

Former DOJ Lawyer Says Census Drama Put Attorneys in "Completely Untenable" Position (JEREMY STAHL, JULY 08, 2019, Slate)

The latest bizarre twist in the Census citizenship question case came on Sunday when the Department of Justice announced that the entire team of lawyers defending the government's position in ongoing litigation would be replaced. The highly unusual move was confirmed on Monday in a series of court filings. It is likely at the behest of career officials uncomfortable with the government's position moving forward, according to former DOJ attorneys. The lawyers on the case told the courts last week that the administration would stop trying to add the citizenship question to the census, but were quickly forced to reverse that position after President Donald Trump tweeted that reports of the decision to back down were "fake." The sudden change in lawyers suggests there is some internal recognition that the government's latest census stance has become untenable.

Posted by at July 8, 2019 6:44 PM

  

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