Judge denies Barr’s attempt to replace entire census legal team with brand-new attorneys

359
USA TODAY / YouTube Attorney General Barr testifies on Mueller 1556796651.jpg...
USA TODAY / YouTube

In a three-page order, U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman shot down Trump Attorney General William Barr’s bizarre attempt to change out the legal team defending the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

“Defendants provide no reasons, let alone ‘satisfactory reasons,’ for the substitution of counsel,” wrote Furman. While allowing the departure of the two attorneys who had left their government departments entirely, Furman rejected the requested departures of nine other attorneys as disruptive to the case. In his rejection, the judge explicitly cited the Department of Justice’s own insistence on a “speedy resolution” of the case due to its “great private and public importance.”

It is presumed that the move to replace the entire Department of Justice legal team defending the census question was meant to facilitate a newly presented “rationale” as to why he question was needed, and one so dishonest or legally spurious that the current legal team was either uncomfortable with or flatly unwilling to seriously argue. Nope: The government team that has been assigned to this case does not get to be replaced wholesale at this extremely late date, the judge ordered. Either make your new, extra-stupid arguments yourselves—or don’t waste the court’s time with them.

Thank you to all who already support our work since we could not exist without your generosity. If you have not already, please consider supporting us on Patreon to ensure we can continue bringing you the best of independent journalism.

Leave a Comment

3 Comments on "Judge denies Barr’s attempt to replace entire census legal team with brand-new attorneys"

avatar
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Inzane
Guest
Inzane

This Barr is pathetic..he should be labeled The Reluctant Ass Kisser…he wants to do just enough for Trump then run away..but he never gets it right and has to do it again. He does not want to look too unethical. What a loser!

Fools walk in where wise men fear to tred.

Elli
Guest
Elli

Barr your are the laughing stock of the Justice System. Loose you. Hope you pay for your dishonesty and ass-kissing to Trump.

Steve
Guest
Steve
Disgusting when the Attorney General of the United States is involved not only in coverups, but blatant, open attempts to subvert the Constitution and the rule of law. It’s pathetic, but people MUST be reminded of the basic civics lesson we got back in junior high that it is the Executive Branch’s (including the DOJ) responsibility to ENFORCE the laws WRITTEN by the Legislative Branch (Congress) and INTERPRETED by the Judicial (the Supreme Court). The Executive does not and cannot choose to ignore the law simply because they don’t agree with it – and they MOST CERTAINLY cannot and must… Read more »