Cory Booker Pushes Wilbur Ross to Clarify Census Citizenship Question Controversy
Senators Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Brian Schatz (D-HI) on Tuesday called on Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to come before Congress to clarify his comments on the proposal of a citizenship question for the upcoming 2020 Census. In testimony before Congress, Ross said that the citizenship question originated at the Department of Justice. However, an NPR report and recently published e-mails raise new questions about the veracity of that claim. Records from a lawsuit filed by more than a dozen states and big cities over the added question included a message from Ross nearly 11 months earlier saying: “I am mystified why nothing have been done in response to my months old request that we include the citizenship question. Why not?” Earl Comstock, Director of the Commerce Department’s Office of Policy and Strategic Planning then replied to Ross that they needed to work with DOJ to get them to request the citizenship question. In a joint statement, the Senators say that “In light of these newly released e-mails, Secretary Ross must come before Congress to clarify the testimony he gave under oath. Who initiated the request for the citizenship question and why? The American people deserve to know the truth.” More here.