But critics say courts would be unlikely to agree.
King stated the census already requires a person's name, phone number, and date of birth among several other personal details.
"We're thinking about doing that". One less thing for Trump to try and weaponise as a means to being re-elected.
Ken Cuccinelli, acting director of US Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS), speaking to Fox News Sunday, expressed confidence in Trump's likelihood of succeeding in getting the question on the census, saying: "I think the president has expressed determination".
The request - "Is that this particular person a citizen of the U.S.?" - has now no longer regarded on a United States census for all People since 1950, though it has been requested to some subsets of the population between 1970 and 2000. In other words, the Court held that the administration seemed to be harboring an ulterior motive or pernicious agenda, and that this motive or agenda rendered an otherwise-constitutionally and statutorily legitimate census question inclusion "arbitrary and capricious", and thus invalid.
The Department of Justice vehemently denied there was any connection between Hofeller's memo and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross's decision past year to add the question, despite Hofeller being the first person to raise to the Trump transition team the issue of the census citizenship question.
The question's opponents cite the newfound computer files of a deceased GOP strategist as evidence that the Trump administration's push for the census question is motivated by forming favorable political maps for Republicans.
In a filing with Judge Jesse Furman, the American Civil Liberties Union said for the past year all sides had been operating under the assumption that the Census Bureau's June 30 deadline for finalizing the 2020 questionnaire was firm. The lawyers assured Mediate Hazel that printing of the census with out the citizenship ask integrated would continue.
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The ongoing controversy over the White House's determination to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census says plenty about President Trump, from his petulance to his willingness to undermine his own agencies, to his subservience to right-wing extremists and their causes.
It was an earlier ruling by Judge Furman against the inclusion of the question on the census that led to the Supreme Court decision last week.
Noting that the filing reveals the Justice Department's "lawyers have been instructed to devise/fabricate a new reason for imposing a citizenship question", Kristen Clarke, head of the National Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said the development "marks a new low point for the federal government".
According to the Washington Post, a federal judge in Maryland who is overseeing a lawsuit on the question has given the Trump administration until 2 p.m. Friday to explain how it intends to move forward.
The Justice Department declined to answer questions on what rationale they could use to justify adding the question or whether an executive order - which could spark a constitutional crisis - is forthcoming.
"We on the Division of Justice have been urged to gaze whether or no longer there is a direction ahead, in step with the Supreme Court docket's resolution, that could well maybe permit us to include the citizenship ask on the census", assistant attorney general for the Justice Division's civil division, Jody Hunt, acknowledged on the call.
An official told Reuters and the Associated Press that the new team of lawyers will consist of both career and political appointees.