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Barr: We Found a Way to Ask Census Question

'The president is right on the legal grounds'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 9, 2019 4:51 AM CDT
Updated Jul 9, 2019 6:50 AM CDT
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Attorney General William Barr speaks during a tour of a federal prison Monday, July 8, 2019, in Edgefield, S.C.   (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
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(Newser) – Attorney General William Barr says the administration has found "a pathway" for adding a controversial question on citizenship to the 2020 census despite a Supreme Court ruling against it. Barr said Monday that people will "see what approach we're taking" in the next day or two, the Post and Courier reports. President Trump has said he is considering adding the question via an executive order, though Barr's workaround will apparently involve adding the rationale for the question the Supreme Court was lacking, reports the New York Times. "The president is right on the legal grounds," Barr said. "I felt the Supreme Court decision was wrong, but it also made clear that the question was a perfectly legal question to ask, but the record had to be clarified." (On Monday, the Justice Department replaced the legal team that had been dealing with the census question.)

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