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Federal judge blocks the Justice Department’s efforts to replace the legal team working on the Trump administration’s case for including a citizenship question on the 2020 census

United States District Judge Jesse M. Furman blocked in New York on Tuesday the Justice Department’s (DOJ) efforts to replace its legal team working on the Trump administration’s case for including a citizenship question on the 2020 census. According to The New York Times, after a new group of lawyers began notifying the court of their assistance in the case on Tuesday, Judge Furman “Barred the old lawyers from leaving until they met a legal requirement to satisfactorily explain their departure and show that it would not impede the case.” Judge Furman further stated that if the Department still wished to carry out its replacement of its legal team, then it must first provide sworn affidavits explaining the specific departures. ~

The rejection comes just days after the Justice Department released a statement regarding the legal team on the 2020 citizenship question case, saying it would be “shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward.” The efforts by the DOJ to switch out the legal team came with much controversy due to the Department’s lack of explanation for such an unprecedented action. ~

Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge in Maryland last week that there are still options being explored by the Trump Administration on the legality of including a citizenship question on the 2020 census via executive order, but it remains unclear whether recent actions by the DOJ and Judge Furman will affect the result of the case. According to The New York Times, many critics of the Trump Administration’s efforts to include a question of citizenship on the 2020 Census say that the lack of reasoning for the replacement of the legal team leads some to believe that the “Department’s career lawyers had decided to quit a case that at the least seemed to lack a legal basis.” Others say that the efforts are not abnormal actions being taken by the DOJ, and that the replacement of the legal team is to ensure that the case is being investigated to its fullest extent (Wall Street Journal). ~

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