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October 8, 2019

U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland might have more to share.

Sondland was supposed to testify for Congress on Tuesday as part of the House's impeachment probe, but shortly before his scheduled slot, the Trump administration ordered him not to appear. Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) later added that Sondland had also provided "text messages or emails on a personal device" to the State Department, but that it had refused to hand them over.

Sondland is a witness in Trump's ongoing Ukraine scandal set off by a phone call in which he urged Ukraine's president to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden. Sondland worked with the administration on Ukraine and in a series of text messages released last week discusses the scandal with Bill Taylor, the U.S diplomat to Ukraine. Schiff seems to be referring to a different set of texts or emails. Kathryn Krawczyk

March 6, 2019

U.S. District Judge Richard Seeborg of the Northern District of California became the second federal judge to rule against the Trump administration's decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 U.S. census on Wednesday.

Seeborg said that the question "threatens the very foundation of democratic system." Like many opponents of the addition, Seeborg views the citizenship question as a potential ploy for "distorting" congressional representation, as it could potentially alter the political power of urban areas with greater populations of immigrants.

The Trump administration has argued that the question would assist the Department of Justice in enforcing the Voting Rights Act.

A New York district judge already blocked the addition in January and the Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case in expedited fashion, skipping the normal appeals process to make a ruling before the census forms are printed. Dozens of states, cities, and civil rights groups are suing the Trump administration over the inclusion of the question. Tim O'Donnell

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