- The Washington Times - Monday, August 31, 2020

The California attorney general marked a legal milestone this month by filing his 100th lawsuit against the Trump administration, setting a record among states for being the largest thorn in the Trump Justice Department’s side during the past four years.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra’s office said that although President Trump’s administration touts “law and order,” federal courts have been determining otherwise.

“We don’t wake up in the morning looking to pick a fight, but when the administration threatens our people, values and resources, we’re ready,” Mr. Becerra said in a statement touting his record.

The blue state’s latest lawsuit filed on Friday challenged the administration’s easing of requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The state was one of 21 to sue the administration on Friday for the rollback.

Roughly half of the 100 legal filings focus on environmental laws, according to a representative for Mr. Becerra.

A dozen involve issues of immigration and healthcare, while the other legal battles include worker and consumer rights, civil rights, and Second Amendment litigation.

The Trump Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Sacramento Bee last month noted the lawsuits have cost California $43 million. The state is spending more on the filings each year, with $3.7 million spent in 2017, $11.3 million in 2018, $12 million in 2019, and $16 million in 2020.

The 100 lawsuits are reportedly more than any other state has filed during Mr. Trump’s first four years in office, Mr. Becerra’s office said, comparing it to Texas — a Republican-led state — during the Obama administration, which was known for challenging the former president’s executive orders and administrative decisions on everything from immigration to healthcare.

During President Obama’s eight years in office, Texas filed at least 48 lawsuits, according to The Texas Tribune.

Paul Nolette, a political science professor at Marquette University, compiled data showing Mr. Trump has faced more than double the number of lawsuits than any other administration during his first term.

Mr. Obama placed second, and President George W. Bush came in third, suggesting politics has increasingly spilled into the courts during the past two decades.

• Alex Swoyer can be reached at aswoyer@washingtontimes.com.

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