READ: Transcript of Maryland hearing on census citizenship question

Posted at 4:56 PM, Jul 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-03 18:56:05-04

Justice Department lawyers told a federal judge in Maryland on Wednesday that they’d been instructed to find a way to add a contested question about citizenship to the 2020 census.

That move came after a series of tweets from President Donald Trump pledging to include a citizenship question. It was a reversal from the government’s position from a day earlier, when lawyers said they were moving ahead with printing the census without it because of a Supreme Court ruling last week.

Read the court transcript below.