Taxpayers are not on the hook for state’s suits against Trump

I was surprised to read the Nov. 2 letter to the editor published in the Herald titled “State AG’s lawsuits against Trump wasting money.” A week earlier, my office shared my letter to the Senate Majority Leader informing him that taxpayers have incurred negligible expense for my office’s legal challenges to the Trump administration’s unlawful actions that harm Washingtonians.

My website contains details, but our affirmative litigation divisions are handling the bulk of the work, and our affirmative litigation divisions are self-sustaining through recoveries, which means that taxpayers are not incurring these costs.

We are 5-0 in these legal challenges. Since these lawsuits are not costing taxpayers, and federal judges are agreeing President Trump is violating the law and the Constitution, I’m curious which case the reader thinks I should not have filed. My office will continue standing up to the president’s unlawful actions that harm Washingtonians.

Attorney General Bob Ferguson

Olympia

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