Attorney General Brian Frosh on MD's Lawsuits Against the Trump Administration | WYPR

Attorney General Brian Frosh on MD's Lawsuits Against the Trump Administration

Jan 22, 2019

Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh
Credit Office of the Attorney General

Today a conversation with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh.

During the 2017 General Assembly, Maryland state lawmakers voted to give Mr. Frosh the power to sue the Trump administration. They did so over Gov. Larry Hogan’s objection. Last year, Mr. Frosh filed or joined at least 14 different lawsuits against the President. He and the attorney general of the District of Columbia have filed a lawsuit accusing Mr. Trump of profiting from the presidency, in violation of the Emoluments clause of the Constitution. Frosh sued the Administration over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act; and he challenged the president’s choice of Matthew Whitaker to be the acting attorney general as unconstitutional. Early on in the Trump Administration, Maryland was also part of lawsuits challenging the legality of the so-called “Muslim ban.”

The lawsuits are not without their critics. Some Republican state lawmakers have accused Attorney General Frosh of “grandstanding,” accusing him of exploiting his political power to go after President Trump. Frosh was elected to a second term as attorney general in November.

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