July 08, 2019
According to a report from ABC News, the Department of Justice will replace the legal team working to add a citizenship question to the upcoming 2020 census.
A Justice Department official told ABC News that James Burman, the deputy attorney general of the department’s civil division, will be departing from the team. The official said that the new team will be comprised of political and career attorneys from the department’s civil and consumer protection divisions.
In a statement, Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said, “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.”
“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,” the statement read.
On Friday, the government filed legal papers to a federal court in Maryland. President Trump had previously told reporters that he was considering “four of five” different ways to implement the citizenship question to the 2020 census, including by executive order.
“We’re fighting very hard against the system that’s a very difficult system,” said the president.
– MK. II