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Tuesday, January 1, 2019

New York State's New AG to Crack Down on Citizen Trump

For John, BLUFThe bsession of some with President Trump could derail our system of government.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

This is Blogger Ann Althouse's take on The New York Times article "N.Y.’s New Attorney General Is Targeting Trump. Will Judges See a ‘Political Vendetta?’", by Reporter Jeffery C. Mays, 31 December 2018.

Here is the key paragraph:

"She calls him an 'illegitimate president.'  She says her decision to run for attorney general was largely 'about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights.'...  Her strident attacks on the president could potentially threaten the legal standing of cases that her office brings against Mr. Trump, his family members or their business interests, legal experts said....  In an interview, Ms. James defended her remarks about the president, adding that she believed that her race and gender were shaping what she characterized as assumptions and misconceptions about how she would perform as attorney general.  Ms. James is the first woman in New York to be elected as attorney general, the first African-American woman to be elected to statewide office, and the first African-American to serve as attorney general.  Before winning election, she was the New York City public advocate.  'This is similar to when I was about to take office as public advocate, and individuals expressed concerns,' Ms. James said.  'What I have done repeatedly throughout my life is I have been underestimated and have continued to perform.'"
I wonder if this approach will end up with the Federal Government turning on individual State Attorneys General, to the detriment of the Constitutional separation of powers and our political process?

Hat tip to Ann Althouse.

Regards  —  Cliff

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