Since taking over for Jeff Sessions as Attorney General, William Barr has put his stamp on the Justice Department.
Many Americans view this as a welcome development.
And William Barr just announced one big change that left everyone speechless.
After the Justice Department reversed course and stated it would find a new rationale to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census, William Barr announced a big change.
A new group of Justice Department attorneys would now handle the case.
There was no explanation given for the shift.
A statement announcing the move gave no clear rationale for the shift, but legal experts said the lawyers who’ve handled the multi-front legal battle for the Trump administration over the last 15 months were likely to face questions about their credibility in the prolonged fight, since they repeatedly told federal courts that there was an urgent deadline at the end of last month to finalize the language for the census questionnaire.
Now, Trump has ordered officials to keep pursuing avenues to add the citizenship question, even if it means delaying the decennial population survey mandated by the U.S. Constitution.
“As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward,” Justice Department Kerri Kupec said. “Since these cases began, the lawyers representing the United States in these cases have given countless hours to defending the Commerce Department and have consistently demonstrated the highest professionalism, integrity, and skill inside and outside the courtroom. The Attorney General appreciates that service, thanks them for their work on these important matters, and is confident that the new team will carry on in the same exemplary fashion as the cases progress.”
Previously, the DOJ told the Court that the census would go to press without the citizenship question after Chief Justice Roberts betrayed conservatives by siding with the Supreme Court’s four liberals to block the question.
But in his decision, Roberts held that if the administration could come up with a new rationale for the citizenship question, he would allow it to be included in the census.
The previous group of attorneys ignored this part of the ruling and instead waived the white flag of surrender.
Replacing them shows Barr intends to continue this fight and end it with victory.