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NY AG Schneiderman Heads Legal Battle Against Trump

NY AG Schneiderman Heads Legal Battle Against Trump
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By    |   Tuesday, 26 December 2017 11:42 AM

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's filing of a lawsuit earlier this month to block the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net neutrality rules has capped a year in which his office has spearheaded the legal fight against the Trump administration and congressional Republicans, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

"The biggest threat to New Yorkers right now is the federal government, so we're responding to it," Schneiderman said.

In filing the lawsuit to save net neutrality rules, Schneiderman said in a statement: "This is not just an attack on the future of our internet. It's an attack on all New Yorkers, and on the integrity of every American's voice in government — and we will fight back."

Other highlights of at least 100 such legal or administrative actions have been challenges against Trump's travel bans and a lawsuit against a weakening of pollution standards. Often the actions have been taken in cooperation with other Democratic attorneys general, with his Massachusetts counterpart telling the Times "We don't have a stronger or smarter ally" than Schneiderman.

Since federal pardons do not apply to violations of state law, many also see Schneiderman as a possible defender of justice should the president pardon those who might face indictments in the probe into Russian meddling in the American presidential election.

When asked about Schneiderman's legal filings, Justice Department spokesman Devin O'Malley said "The federal court system is not a substitute for the legislative process. The Department of Justice will continue to defend the president's constitutional and statutory authority to issue executive orders aimed at securing our borders, protecting U.S. workers, promoting free speech and religious liberty, among many other lawful actions."

Even before becoming president, Schneiderman battled Trump in a three-year civil investigation into Trump University, which resulted in a $25 million settlement in the case.

During the inquiry, Trump called Schneiderman "a lightweight," a "total loser," the nation's worst AG and "dopey."

When Trump became president, Schneiderman said he did not have any reason to believe that Trump would change.

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