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Records Obtained in 2020 Census FOIA Lawsuit

The Trump administration documents are mostly from the Commerce Department and the Census Bureau.

Published: February 3, 2022

The Bren­nan Center is releas­ing in their entirety all records obtained through our Free­dom of Inform­a­tion Act requests seek­ing inform­a­tion related to the 2020 Census.

For analysis of the docu­ments show­ing the Trump admin­is­tra­tion’s attempts to illeg­ally inter­fere with the census, see this Bren­nan Center article and this in-depth guide to the most signi­fic­ant records.

In July 2020, the Bren­nan Center submit­ted requests to 10 federal agen­cies for inform­a­tion on the Trump admin­is­tra­tion’s plans for calcu­lat­ing the state popu­la­tion totals used to determ­ine the appor­tion­ment of the U.S. House of Repres­ent­at­ives.

When the agen­cies failed to respond in a timely manner, the Bren­nan Center filed a lawsuit to compel produc­tion of the reques­ted docu­ments with assist­ance from our pro bono coun­sel, Wilmer Cutler Pick­er­ing Hale and Dorr LLP. On Octo­ber 30, 2020, the trial court gran­ted our motion for a prelim­in­ary injunc­tion and ordered the govern­ment to produce most of the reques­ted docu­ments on a rolling basis by Janu­ary 11, 2021. The govern­ment complied, with its final produc­tion made on Septem­ber 15, 2021.

All records that the govern­ment did not redact in full are avail­able below.