Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has now filed or joined 17 lawsuits against the Trump administration. Ferguson this week outlined the lawsuits in response to a request from some GOP state senators.
OLYMPIA — For anyone who lost count: Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has now filed or joined 17 lawsuits against the Trump administration.
Ferguson sent a nine-page letter, dated Wednesday, outlining the lawsuits his office has brought or joined against the federal government this year.
The letter came in response to a request earlier this month by a GOP state Senate staffer on behalf of an unnamed group of senators.
Among other things, that request sought the number of lawsuits filed by the state against the federal government since Jan. 1, their cost and which part of the attorney general’s budget was funding them.
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Ferguson’s letter summarizes 17 lawsuits that Washington state has filed or joined.
Other lawsuits focus on administration action around federal health-care policy, energy-efficiency standards for appliances, access to contraception, coal leasing on public lands and transgender members of the military.
In addition to the 17 lawsuits, Ferguson listed four legal actions in which his office intervened in defense of an Obama-era agency rule.
Atop all those, Ferguson listed three cases where Washington state filed friend-of-the-court briefs in other lawsuits against the Trump administration.
In his letter, Ferguson wrote that the costs for the lawsuits have been minimal, and that he also twice sued the Obama administration over cleanup issues at the Hanford nuclear reservation.
Due to its nature, the second Hanford lawsuit “has required more resources than all of the 21 legal actions against the Trump Administration combined,” Ferguson wrote.
Ferguson’s letter was addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville, and copied to the other 48 senators.
Schoesler on Thursday said he didn’t know which senators had requested the information.
But, “It was interesting that he cc’d all 49 [Senate] members, because typically they respond back to the staff,” said Schoesler, who added that he hadn’t yet closely read Ferguson’s letter.