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Commerce Secretary Now Recalls Discussing Citizenship Question With Steve Bannon

Commerce Secretary Now Recalls Discussing Citizenship Question With Steve Bannon
October 11, 2018 Elijah James Logan

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross now recalls speaking with a White House official about the possibility of adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census . That’s according to a new court document from the administration’s attorneys that confirms conversations between senior officials during the early months of the Trump administration. This disclosure backtracks Ross’ March congressional testimony. As the head of the Commerce Department, Ross oversees the Census Bureau and approved adding a controversial question about U.S. citizenship status to forms for the upcoming national headcount. “Has the president or anyone in the White House discussed with you or anyone on your team about adding the citizenship question?” Rep. Grace Meng, D-N.Y., asked Ross during a House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on March 20 . “I am not aware of any such,” Ross testified. Ross also has told lawmakers that the Justice Department “initiated” the

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