NEWS: Chief Justice planned to support Trump census citizenship question, then changed his mind: Sources

WASHINGTONEXAMINER.COM:

Chief Justice John Roberts was planning to vote in favor of President Trump’s citizenship question on the 2020 census before reversing course and striking it down.

Sources familiar with Supreme Court deliberations told CNN on Thursday that Roberts, 64, had initially planned on supporting the census question after hearing oral arguments in April. Roberts changed his mind after believing the reason for the question was invented rather than necessary.

The article goes on to state the following:

In June, the Supreme Court ordered the case involving the citizenship question back to lower court. Roberts said there was a “significant mismatch” in Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s reasoning behind the case.

“The CNN report is broadly corroborated by two factors. First, the Court seemed ready to allow the citizenship question during oral arguments in April. The chief justice himself appeared friendly to the government’s position, at one point remarking that demographic questions are ‘quite common’ on census forms,” the Daily Caller reports. ” Second, the opinion itself seems to bear out CNN’s telling of events. In early sections of the decision the conservative justices joined, Roberts affirmed the government’s general power to ask about citizenship in the census. He rejected arguments that the Constitution and certain federal statutes bar the question. It is not until the latter stages of the decision that Roberts, with the support of the four liberals, concluded that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross’s reasons for adding the citizenship question were contrived.”

Trump decided not to pursue a legal battle over the question and looked to other means of determining who is living in the United States.


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