A New York federal judge barred the Justice Department on Tuesday from changing its lawyers in a legal fight over the Trump administration’s effort to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, FOX NEWS reports.
U.S. District Court Judge Jesse Furman, an Obama appointee, said government lawyers’ motion for the change was “patently deficient” except in the case of two lawyers who have already left the department or the civil division which is handling the case.
“Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” Furman wrote.
The Justice Department sought to switch out its legal team Monday after some of its attorneys seemed to be giving up on the legal fight. Attorney General Bill Barr told the Associated Press that he had learned from a top DOJ civil attorney leading the litigation effort that multiple people on the team preferred not to continue.
Earlier JonDougherty at The National Sentinel reported that Attorney General William Barr said in an interview with The Associated Press published on Tuesday that he supports POTUS Donald Trump’s contention that the U.S. Supreme Court was wrong when a majority of justices failed to support the administration’s efforts to put a question about citizenship on the 2020 Census.
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Furthermore, the AP reported, Barr said he plans to take action in the coming days regarding the addition of the question on the 2020 Census, but he strategically declined to discuss what actions were being considered.
The AP noted:
…Barr said the Trump administration will take action in the coming days that he believes will allow the government to add the controversial census query. Barr would not detail the plans, though a senior official said President Donald Trump is expected to issue a memorandum to the Commerce Department instructing it to include the question on census forms.
But in addition to that, it appears as though the AG has also replaced the entire legal staff that was working on the issue after they failed to convince justices of its constitutionality.
The AP noted further:
The new team, named in court papers, includes Deputy Assistant Attorney General David Morrell, a former Trump White House lawyer and law clerk to Justice Clarence Thomas; Christopher Bates, who previously worked for Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah, and four career Justice Department attorneys, Glenn Girdharry, Colin Kisor, Christopher Reimer and Daniel Schiffer.
James Burnham, a top lawyer in the department’s civil division who had been leading the team, had told Barr that a number of people who had been litigating the case preferred “not to continue during this new phase,” the attorney general said.
The new team may find it easier to argue the administration’s new position, said an administration official, speaking only on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to comment for attribution.
Barr said he didn’t have details on why the attorneys didn’t want to continue, but “as far as I know, they don’t think we are legally wrong.”
As for POTUS Trump’s opinion that the high court got its 5-4 ruling wrong — with Chief Justice John Roberts writing not that the question is unconstitutional but only that the administration did not properly justify asking it — Barr said he agrees.
“I agree with him that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” the attorney general said, adding that he believes there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
Several legal and constitutional analysts did not agree with Roberts, noting that the high court’s only function was to decide whether or not asking a question about citizenship is constitutional — and clear, the SCOTUS didn’t rule that it is not constitutional.
In fact, the larger issue is why all references to citizenship were removed in 2010 by the Obama administration, they argue, since the question had been asked in some form or another for the vast majority of our country’s history.
Conservative talk radio behemoth Rush Limbaugh addressed this aspect of the citizenship question Monday on his program:
You know the real question here? Who took the citizenship question off the census and why? That’s the question. The idea that it’s controversial to put it back on, wrongo!
And I’ll tell you who took it off. Barack Hussein O eliminated the citizenship question from the census. And the real pregunta is why? Well, we all know the “why.” The left is doing everything it can to increase the census by including illegal aliens in it. And if you put a citizenship question on there, you might depress or suppress the participation of the illegals. And the Democrats demand and require that the illegals participate in this. They want as many unproductive, dependent souls as they can get supposedly living legally in the United States.
The census to them is simply a vehicle for the distribution of wealth. And they also, of course, want to use it to help in the drawing of congressional districts and this kind of thing. But it’s really primarily about money.
So it looks like the President will use his pen to override this liberal pile of crap.
WHAT DO THESE DEMS HAVE TO HIDE?
ONE MILLION ILLEGAL ALIEN VOTERS.