The Justice Department is changing the set of lawyers dealing with the battle over whether a citizenship question will be included on the 2020 census.
The department announced the shift on Sunday saying, “As will be reflected in filings tomorrow in the census-related cases, the Department of Justice is shifting these matters to a new team of Civil Division lawyers going forward.”
The DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec continued by saying, “The Attorney General appreciates that service, thanks them for their work on these important matters, and is confident that the new team will carry on in the same exemplary fashion as the cases progress.”
It still remains unclear what the motive was for the shift given details regarding the move were relatively vague.
It is also unclear if the previous legal team voluntarily removed themselves from the legal battle, or if they were directed to step down.
The DOJ is reportedly expected to file documents Monday illustrating a new legal team will now be in control.
The move comes as the Trump administration has made it clear it will push to find legal grounds to include the question in the 2020 census citing it as a necessity for districting purposes.
The president has previously said he is considering an executive order to include the question on the census to help ensure it is included.
Just last month, the Supreme Court ruled against the question stalling the administration’s push in the short term.
Despite the push to include the question, officials have already started to print the census without the citizenship question.