Democrats may have thought that they had Trump beaten in the fight over the citizenship question in the 2020 Census, but it appears as though there still may be a fight left.
Interestingly enough, one of the “fighters” over the census question appears to be Attorney General William Barr.
From the Washington Examiner:
House Democrats filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal judge to order the Justice and Commerce Departments to turn over documents from President Trump’s aborted effort to ask about citizenship during the 2020 count.
The Oversight Committee has been investigating the move but has run into a roadblock with Attorney General William P. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross refusing to divulge unredacted copies of some documents under the rules Democrats have laid out.
Democrats believe the documents would show nefarious reasons behind the attempt to add the question.
The Democrats think that Trump is the ultimate evil in the universe and believe that of course, they can prove it?
I feel like I’ve heard this old story, haven’t you?
But regarding the topic at hand, the Democrats believed that they had won the battle over the census question back in July when it appeared that the Trump administration ha admitted defeat.
From the Guardian:
Faced with a defeat in court and few viable options, Donald Trump on Thursday backed off his effort to place a question about citizenship on the next US census while announcing executive action by his administration to collect information on its own.
Trumporderedfederal agencies to turn over records on the number of citizens, non-citizens and undocumented immigrants living in the US.
“The only people that are not proud to be citizens are the ones who are fighting us all the way about the word ‘citizen’,” Trump said in the Rose Garden.
Legal advocates have vowed to fight any executive action on the census in court.
The executive order, released on Thursday evening, directs government agencies, including the state department and several agencies in the department of homeland security, to provide records relating to citizenship to the commerce department. It also ordered the establishment of an interagency working group to improve access to administrative records.
But it appears as the records have not been released, according to Breibart, and that Carolyn Maloney is on the prowl:
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who was recently elected as chair of the oversight panel, said she filed the lawsuit because the two departments have not handed over documents related to the squashing of the question.
“Since the Supreme Court ruled against them- and the House of Representatives held them in contempt for blocking the committee’s investigation- Attorney General Barr and Commerce Secretary Ross have doubled down on their defiance of the rule of law and refused to produce even a single additional document in response to our committee’s bipartisan subpoenas,” said Maloney.
“I am filing this enforcement action today because the Trump Administration’s brazen obstruction of Congress must not stand,” she added. “President Trump and his aides are not above the law.”
I think if they keep saying that phrase over and over and over, they might think that they’ve got a leg to stand on.