Former Kansas Secretary of State discussed adding a citizenship question to the with ’s advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign, he told the House Committee on Oversight and Reform this week. Kobach also discussed adding the question with Trump and his top advisers, including and , shortly after the president was inaugurated.  

The conversations add additional context to the ’s controversial decision to add the citizenship question to the upcoming census. Emails made public as part of ongoing litigation show Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross was interested in adding the question shortly after he was confirmed in 2017 and aggressively pushed for it after. It is not known what piqued Ross’ interest in adding the question. 

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