Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley says he plans to help President Donald Trump in an unorthodox way: He’s going to sue him.
During his campaign, Hawley, a Republican, pledged to go to court any time he felt the federal government overstepped its authority. And in his first month in office, he initiated or signed on to four lawsuits seeking to repeal federal regulations implemented during President Barack Obama’s administration.
Earlier this month, Hawley filed a brief in federal court challenging the constitutionality of the U.S. government’s consumer protection arm, arguing the agency’s “out-of-control regulations have been hurting Missourians for years.”
The guy occupying the White House may be a Republican now, but Hawley sees little reason to ease off. In fact, he said Trump’s victory last fall made this type of litigation even more necessary. It could take months, or even years, for a regulation to be rescinded once it’s on the books. A lawsuit expedites things, he said, especially if the feds decide to settle instead of taking the matter to court.
“It turns out the best way to help President Trump pursue his agenda of rolling back federal overreach is to sue him,” Hawley said.
To his supporters, Hawley’s emphasis on attacking years of Obama-era environmental and business regulations is a cause for celebration.
But to his critics, Hawley is simply trying to undo rules put in place to protect the health and safety of Missourians. John Hickey, Missouri chapter director of the Sierra Club, slammed the attorney general’s “politically motivated and frivolous lawsuits that waste taxpayer money.”
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