Judges Reject Trump Administration Request To Swap Out Lawyers In Census Cases

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Updated at 7:22 p.m. ET Two federal judges have rejected the Trump administration’s requests to completely swap out its teams of lawyers who have been defending its push to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census. The move marks a setback for the administration as it prepares to make an expected announcement about its new strategy for getting the question onto forms for the census after the Supreme Court ruled last month to keep it off for now. U.S. District Judge George Hazel of Maryland wrote Wednesday that “as a practical matter, the Court cannot fathom how it would be possible, at this juncture, for a wholesale change in Defendants’ representation not to have some impact on the orderly resolution of these proceedings unless Defendants provide assurance of an orderly transition between the withdrawing attorneys and new counsel.” Previously, in an opinion released Tuesday , U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman of New York also denied the DOJ’s request to swap out its legal team. He

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