July 3, 2019 / 9:28 PM / 4 months ago

U.S. Justice Dept. seeks 'path forward' for adding citizenship query to census

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. Justice Department lawyer told a Maryland-based federal judge on Wednesday that President Donald Trump’s administration is seeking a “path forward” to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, a dramatic change of course.

“We at the Department of Justice have been instructed to examine whether there is a path forward ... that would allow us to include the citizenship question on the census,” Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt told U.S. District Judge George Hazel during a call with lawyers involved in litigation over the matter, according to a court transcript obtained by Reuters.

Reporting by Lawrence Hurley; Editing by Will Dunham

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