Attorney General William Barr said Monday that he believes the Trump administration can legally add a citizenship question to the 2020 census, despite a Supreme Court ruling last month that blocked its inclusion.
Barr told the Associated Press that he has been in regular contact with the president about the question.
“I agree with [Trump] that the Supreme Court decision was wrong,” Barr told the AP.
Barr added that he thinks there is “an opportunity potentially to cure the lack of clarity that was the problem and we might as well take a shot at doing that.”
The attorney general declined to provide further details to the AP on how the question will be added to the census.
The AP cited a senior official who said Trump is expected to issue a presidential memorandum to the Commerce Department directing them to include the citizenship question on the 2020 census.
In a 5-4 ruling last month, The Supreme Court found that the Trump administration’s reasoning behind adding the citizenship question to the census didn’t match up with the evidence in the case.
The Hill notes: “The justices blocked the question from appearing on the survey for the time being, but left an opening for the Commerce Department to provide another reason for the question’s inclusion. The Trump administration had claimed the question was needed to enforce the Voting Rights Act.”