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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.