Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

General Discussion

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(50,013 posts)
Mon Jul 19, 2021, 10:22 AM Jul 2021

DOJ Will Not Prosecute Trump Officials After IG Referred Findings of False Testimony on Census [View all]


The Biden administration has declined to prosecute former Trump administration officials, including former Commerce Department Secretary Wilbur Ross, after an inspector general confirmed they provided false testimony regarding the origins of the proposed citizenship question on the 2020 census.

The Commerce IG launched its probe in 2019, following a request from lawmakers. The investigators did not make their report public, citing Privacy Act concerns, but said in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., that Ross and other officials played a “substantive role” in proposing the addition of the citizenship question to the census. The proposal caused significant controversy as critics said it would deter non-citizens from participating in the count at all and it was eventually struck down by the Supreme Court.

Ross twice told Congress the addition of the citizenship question was based solely on a request from the Justice Department, but the IG found Ross “misrepresented the full rationale” behind the decision. Its findings follow publicly disclosed emails that clearly demonstrated the role Ross, the White House and other Commerce officials played well before Justice became involved. The Supreme Court noted the political influence when ordering the removal of the question.

“Evidence shows there were significant communications related to the citizenship question among the then-Secretary, his staff, and other government officials between March 2017 and September 2017, which was well before the DOJ request memorandum,” the IG said. “Evidence also suggests the department requested and played a part in drafting the DOJ memorandum.”


35 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
WTF!? Why the hell not? Garland needs to be fired. Put Sally Yates in. triron Jul 2021 #1
Makes you wonder why it's called the DOJ padah513 Jul 2021 #10
I have been warned here, and placed on the verge of banishment, Goodheart Jul 2021 #12
This will just egg on the christofascists...they got with it once right. Thomas Hurt Jul 2021 #2
It's very short-sighted and bottom line, stupid and timid. A la Neville Chamberlain triron Jul 2021 #4
I'm sure the Republican's will return the favor when they regain power. Right? jalan48 Jul 2021 #3
Whitewash Xoan Jul 2021 #5
Garland strikes again PSPS Jul 2021 #6
No wonder the republicans wanted him over Sally Yates. Biden made a huge mistake. triron Jul 2021 #7
Mr. Garland Needs A Kick In The Ass, Ma'am The Magistrate Jul 2021 #8
Wonder what Dr. Timothy Snyder thinks of this? triron Jul 2021 #9
Hi Magistrate mvd Jul 2021 #13
It's funny when I was young and naive I used to think... Takket Jul 2021 #11
Terrifying. lagomorph777 Jul 2021 #14
This message was self-deleted by its author Celerity Jul 2021 #15
Why Even Bother Having Laws? Me. Jul 2021 #16
Omarosa, eg, not so fortunate as Wilbur BeyondGeography Jul 2021 #28
"misrepresented the full rationale" it's different than Ross bold face lied which most... uponit7771 Jul 2021 #17
Exec Branch Repukes break the law because they know there won't be consequences. RockRaven Jul 2021 #18
"We are a nation of laws, not of----------------". Never mind! nt Atticus Jul 2021 #19
WTaF?!!! IrishAfricanAmerican Jul 2021 #20
Merrick Garland has failed to take any actions to hold the Trump administration accountable SledDriver Jul 2021 #21
Garland needs to be removed and someone with balls put in. triron Jul 2021 #23
Really, How... RANDYWILDMAN Jul 2021 #22
Rich people stick together Bettie Jul 2021 #25
That is the only way this works RANDYWILDMAN Jul 2021 #29
knr triron Jul 2021 #24
Cue the Garland apologists: Sur Zobra Jul 2021 #26
Waiting for an explanation here bluestarone Jul 2021 #27
Gee......maybe they are BGBD Jul 2021 #30
So infuriating. Boomerproud Jul 2021 #31
Imagine...almost a SC Justice. That'd be cool. Nt JanMichael Jul 2021 #32
Sad SunImp Jul 2021 #33
Rachel covered this tonight. Not sure this report is entirely correct now. triron Jul 2021 #34
After publication of this story, the Justice Department and Commerce Department inspector general Celerity Jul 2021 #35
Latest Discussions»General Discussion»DOJ Will Not Prosecute Tr...