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NEW: We have a filing tonight detailing how the Trump Administration misled the court about the attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census.

Stunning new documents show that GOP strategist Thomas Hofeller played a *much* larger role than previously disclosed.
.@ACLU, @arnoldporter, and @NYCLU filed our case challenging the citizenship question more than a year ago.

For more than a year, the Trump Administration has repeatedly misled federal courts and has failed to provide a complete record.

Enough is enough.
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU The newly-released documents include:

— Secretary Ross' top adviser explicitly asking Hofeller for approval for DOJ's letter requesting a citizenship question
— Ross' adviser texting that draft letter to John Gore at DOJ, even though Gore testified he drafted the letter himself
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU Months ago, DOJ told a federal court that our description of Hofeller's essential role in adding a citizenship question was "a conspiracy theory."

Now, we know that Secretary Ross' top adviser asked for Hofeller's explicit blessing on language that he sent straight to DOJ.
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU MORE: Newly-released deposition testimony shows that Hofeller, for years, was obsessed with adding a citizenship question to aid "the Republican redistricting effort."
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU Former top DOJ official John Gore testified that he wrote the initial draft of the letter requesting a citizenship question.

New evidence shows he instead received *2 separate* drafts of that letter from Secretary Ross' top adviser,*explicitly approved* by Hofeller
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU Needless to say, after more than a year of dishonesty from the Trump Administration ... we have a lot of questions that need to be answered. Now.
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU This is the email that Secretary Ross' top adviser sent to Hofeller, asking him to "[p]lease make certain that this language is correct" for DOJ's letter requesting a citizenship question.

"Dale" is Dale Oldham, Hofeller's business partner and Republican gerrymandering expert.
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU And this is Hofeller on that same day giving his explicit blessing to Secretary Ross' top adviser to send the language requesting a citizenship question to DOJ.
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU A two-parter:

Left: Former top DOJ official John Gore testifying that he doesn't use his cell phone for DOJ work.

Right: Gore getting a text message w/ an entire draft of the letter requesting a citizenship question from Secretary Ross' top adviser (a draft he said *he* wrote)
@ACLU @arnoldporter @NYCLU It's been more than a year. We still don't have a complete record.

When will the Trump Administration turn over *all* of its communications and tell the American public the real story about its attempt to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census?
A lot going on here, but:

1. Hofeller wanted to add a citizenship question for years because it’d be “advantageous to republicans and non-Hispanic Whites.”

2. We now know that Secretary Ross’ top adviser got Hofeller’s blessing for the very request to add the question.
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