The New York Times reports:
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has shifted his explanation for adding a citizenship question to the 2020 census, saying he now recalls discussing it with Stephen K. Bannon, President Trump’s former chief strategist, according to court documents filed Thursday.
Mr. Ross, who faces a court order to provide a deposition to the plaintiffs in a lawsuit seeking to strip the question from the questionnaire, told a congressional committee earlier this year that he had only talked about the question with Justice Department officials to determine its legality.
Mr. Ross now says Mr. Bannon suggested that he contact Kris Kobach, the Kansas secretary of state whom Mr. Trump appointed to a commission to investigate his unsubstantiated claims that millions of illegal immigrants cast ballots for Hillary Clinton in 2016. The panel was later disbanded, and Mr. Kobach is currently the Republican candidate for governor of Kansas.
Wilbur Ross worked with voter suppression activists like Kris Kobach to add citizenship questions to the 2020 Census. Then he lied about it under oath. We’ve got the emails. #LetsCleanHouse https://t.co/30Y4ufKGg3
— Swing Left (@swingleft) October 12, 2018
The top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee argued that Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was part of a “secret campaign” to push for a citizenship question to be added to the 2020 Census https://t.co/wkpboMT5W1 pic.twitter.com/tmJc0fQSUz
— CNN (@CNN) October 12, 2018