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Trump Administration Exerted 'Unprecedented' Census Engagement In Bid For Political Gain: Memo

Added 01-16-22 03:54:02pm EST - “A memo written by a Census Bureau official complained of meddlesome interference in what's supposed to be an independent process.” - Huffpost.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Huffpost.com: “Trump Exerted 'Unprecedented' Census Influence In Bid For Political Gain: Memo”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Former President Donald Trump and his administration demonstrated “unprecedented” engagement in the census process in a brazen bid for Republican political gain, according to a newly released memo written by a frustrated Census Bureau official.

The scathing memo from September 2020 appeared to be written by Census Bureau Deputy Director Ron Jarmin and sent to two other top Bureau officials as Trump was desperately pressing to end the population count weeks early in an attempt to manipulate it in favor of him and the GOP.

The memo listed several instances of meddling by Trump and his officials that the Bureau planned to share with Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, whose department oversees the Bureau. It complained about attempts to breach the privacy of census respondents, the use of estimates to fill in data, pressure to take shortcuts, and attempts to identify undocumented immigrants.

Ultimately, the Trump administration was attempting to hijack an independent system governed by statistical science to serve Trump and the Republican Party, Jarmin suggested.

“While the presidential memorandum may be a statement of the administration’s policy, the Census Bureau views the development of the methodology and processes as its responsibility as an independent statistical agency,” the memo stated.

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