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Wilbur Ross’ Calendar Gives Clues About How A Citizenship Question Ended Up On The Census

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10:  U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee May 10, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2019 funding request and budget justification for the Commerce Department.  (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee May 10, 2018 on ... WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 10: U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross testifies during a hearing before the Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee of Senate Appropriations Committee May 10, 2018 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. The subcommittee held a hearing on the FY2019 funding request and budget justification for the Commerce Department. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images) MORE LESS
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October 22, 2018 9:07 pm

A July 2017 email chain — released this summer, as part of the Census citizenship question litigation — suggested that Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was seeking, at the time, to get on the phone with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to follow up on phone conversation they had “a few months ago” about adding the controversial question.

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