Supreme court allows trial on census citizenship question to proceed
White House had asked the court to halt a trial on the legality of decision to ask those taking census if they are citizens
The US supreme court on Friday rejected a request by Donald Trump’s administration to halt a trial set to begin on Monday that will test the legality of the government’s contentious decision to ask people taking part in the 2020 national census whether they are citizens.
The administration had argued that there should be no trial in the legal challenge brought by 18 states to the citizenship question until the justices rule on a fight over evidence. That dispute includes whether the commerce secretary, Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the US Census Bureau, should be forced to answer questions under oath about his motivations for the politically charged decision.