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Oct 8, 2018

Primer: Wilbur Ross And A Top DOJ Official May Have To Be Deposed

We’ll likely find out soon whether Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross and DOJ official John Gore — Trump’s pick to lead the Civil Rights Division — will be deposed this week as part of New York’s challenge to the census citizenship question. The parties challenging Ross’ addition of the question to the 2020 survey argue that Ross and Gore need to fill in key gaps on why the administration sought to add the question, and whether the ostensible reason that the citizenship data was needed for DOJ Voting Rights Act enforcement was merely pretense. The administration has been fighting court orders that they be deposed tooth and nail, and turned last week to the Supreme Court to halt them. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg denied Friday the DOJ’s request that lower courts’ deposition and orders be paused. However, she said that she was denying the request “provided the Court of Appeals will afford sufficient time for either party to seek relief in…

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