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The Census Case Could Provoke a Constitutional Crisis

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    It seems it is once again time to see which American democratic norms are more akin to suggestions. Administration officials and some conservative legal "experts" are in the process of trying to...

    If the administration rushes back to the Court for a mulligan, it will almost certainly be denied. And here’s where Trump’s truculent tone becomes most chilling. Because the next step would, logically, be a claim that the executive can ignore the Court.

    It seems it is once again time to see which American democratic norms are more akin to suggestions.

    Administration officials and some conservative legal "experts" are in the process of trying to pervert the constitution in order to justify further centralization of power into the president's hands:

    Hugh Hewitt, the conservative commentator and law professor who once styled himself “a ‘rule of law’ conservative.” On July 1, Hewitt proclaimed a new revelation in The Washington Post: “The census belonged to the president. Until this past Thursday it did,”

    Even going so far as to outright lie in order to prop up Trump's power grabs.

    Article I of the Constitution. Article I provides powers to Congress. It requires that an “actual enumeration” be carried out “within every subsequent Term often Years, in such Manner as they [meaning Congress] shall by Law direct.” The census, and the following apportionment—the distribution of seats in Congress—are up to Congress, not the president

    As with most budding "constitutional crises" since this president has taken office, I imagine nothing will be done to curtail any executive over reach.

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