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Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law Responds to Withdrawal of U.S. Census Bureau Nominee Dr. Thomas Brunell

For Immediate Release February 12, 2018

Brunell “was woefully unqualified for this most important role”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Kristen Clarke, President and Executive Director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, issued the following statement Monday responding to reports that Dr. Thomas Brunell, President Trump’s pick to lead the U.S. Census Bureau, has withdrawn from consideration:

“Simply put, Dr. Thomas Brunell was woefully unqualified for this critical position.  To ensure a full and accurate census count in 2020, the U.S. Census Bureau must be led by someone who brings a commitment to ensuring that all communities are counted.  Brunell’s record raised grave concerns about his ability to approach the role with the requisite level of fairness and independence, given his apparent support for partisan gerrymandering.  Moving forward, we will continue to demand that this administration identify nominees who are qualified for the critical positions at hand.”

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About The Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
The Lawyers' Committee, a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1963 at the request of President John F. Kennedy to involve the private bar in providing legal services to address racial discrimination. The Lawyers' Committee celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 as it continued its quest of "Moving America Toward Justice." The principal mission of the Lawyers' Committee is to secure, through the rule of law, equal justice under law, particularly in the areas of fair housing and fair lending, community development, employment, voting, education and environmental justice.

For more information about the Lawyers' Committee, visit www.lawyerscommittee.org.

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