Probe: Contact between Trump adviser and gerrymandering guru

House Democrats say they have found previously undisclosed communications between a Trump administration adviser and a redistricting guru who favored excluding noncitizens from population counts to help Republicans.

The House Committee on Oversight and Reform is investigating the origins of a proposed citizenship question for the 2020 Census. The committee on Tuesday released a memo outlining the probe’s progress.

The House memo says Trump administration adviser Mark Neuman was in direct contact with redistricting expert Thomas Hofeller as Neuman drafted a letter to the Census Bureau on behalf of the Department of Justice, asking that the question be added.

The U.S. Supreme Court rejected the Trump administration’s efforts to add a citizenship question. Opponents said it would have discouraged immigrants from participating.

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