House Set to Approve Broad New Powers for Attorney General

February 16, 2017

The first items on the agenda for the Maryland House of Delegates Monday are House and Senate resolutions that will give Attorney General Brian Frosh sole discretion to sue the Trump administration to protect the “state’s interest as well as the health and welfare of Maryland residents.”

The House Rules Committee Friday afternoon voted to report favorably on both resolutions. The Maryland Defense Act of 2017, SJ5, passed the Senate 29-17 Friday morning, after a brief but contentious fight by Senate Republicans to delay the measure.

“Unless you’ve been living in a cave for the last couple of weeks the administration in Washington has taken action that I think is impulsive [and] erratic,” Frosh told the House committee. “If you look at the [Muslim ban] by itself I think it demonstrates to you the need for checks and balances.”

The resolution will give Frosh authority that 41 other state attorneys general have under common law.

Democratic leaders in Annapolis have voiced worries in recent weeks that Trump’s cabinet picks and executive orders have far reaching implications for Maryland’s economy and environment.

The resolution renders Gov. Larry Hogan powerless to direct the state’s top lawyer in litigation against the federal government as he can now.

Concerned about ISIS and foreign brain drain

In addition to citing constitutional issues with Trump’s  “Muslim ban,” Frosh spoke in broader terms about America’s image and vulnerability in the world under a Trump administration. He told the House committee that the Muslim ban not only violated the Immigration and Nationality Act, it was “counterproductive” and “ill-advised” in battling ISIS.

“It makes us less safe, not more safe,” Frosh said. “It gives propaganda opportunities to ISIS, it undermines our allies [and] it makes us less competitive.”

“The United States has been the destination for everybody who wanted to achieve knowledge and to achieve economic success, and we have been a ‘brain drain’ from countries around the world,” he said,

He said over half of the biomedical researches working in the U.S. are foreign born.

“If we put up a ‘not welcome’ sign it reverses that brain drain,” he said.

Frosh says resolution does Hogan a favor

At the hearing, House Republican Leader Nic Kipke challenged Democrat Frosh’s political motivations behind the resolution. Kipke suggested that a slew of lawsuits against the Trump administration could undermine Hogan’s ability to “strike a deal with Republicans” to locate the new FBI headquarters in Maryland, secure federal funds for the Howard Street Tunnel, protect the state’s Medicare waiver and ensure 400,000 Marylanders continue to have access to the Affordable Care Act, among other concerns.

“How can [the governor] be in a strengthened position to secure many of the things people…are demanding he do?” asked Kipke.

Frosh responded that the resolution actually strengthens Hogan’s position by taking him out of the loop.

“You can make the argument that this gives the governor a stronger hand,” Frosh said. “He doesn’t have to take the blame for the attorney general suing the federal government.”

Friday’s vote came a day after nine of the Senate’s 14 Republicans left the chamber in protest when the Democratic majority denied their request to postpone the vote for 24 hours.

By Daniel Menefee
For Maryland Reporter


28 Responses to House Set to Approve Broad New Powers for Attorney General

  1. Nunya on February 16, 2017 at 6:04 am

    Thats the most pressing issue Marylands attorney general has is to sue Trump over a travel ban? Thats whats wrong with this state. Well that and being taxed to death! Make maryland great again! Hogan for president

  2. Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 6:42 am

    So where was this power to sue the federal government when Obama was in power and destroying health care and restricting the movements of Muslims from 7 countries in 2011? And for a man holding such a high office to continue to say the executive order is a ban on Muslims is disingenuous or more to the point an out right lie. But we are talking democrats so lies are par for the course.

  3. Jim on February 16, 2017 at 7:20 am

    Maryland is politically one F***ed up state.

  4. Astonished on February 16, 2017 at 8:33 am

    Are you freaking kidding me? Spending OUR tax dollars to SUE the President? How about you TRY to work with him to solve OUR problems?

  5. joe on February 16, 2017 at 8:56 am

    “If you look at the [Muslim ban] by itself I think it demonstrates to you the need for checks and balances.”

    Where was Frosh when Obama was passing executive orders by the dozens?

  6. Steve on February 16, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Maryland land of the dopes. Were are scared boo hoo. Since you love Illegals why enforce any laws. These smucks do anything for votes to stay in power.

  7. Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 10:10 am

    “Protect the State’s interests?” These idiots have their own narrow minded agendas to protect, it has nothing to do with Trump. When Obama put a moratorium on Muslim immigration, where were these hypocrites? Delaying unvetted people from coming in this country is the right thing to do, no matter what party you are affiliated with.

  8. david20650 on February 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

    this is bs! Wonder what the gov has to say about this?

  9. anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 11:20 am

    Isn’t this the same liberal pos that was for an all out gun ban..guys a total moron. Glad I’m building I’m virginia maryland is the californiamd the east coast.

    • Christie on February 19, 2017 at 8:07 pm

      I’m glad your moving to. Take that horrible spelling with you.

      • Anonymous on February 20, 2017 at 11:08 am

        *** you’re

  10. anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 11:22 am

    And stop calling it a muslin ban you f’n pos.

  11. KS on February 16, 2017 at 12:02 pm

    Great! The corrupt liberals will have more power! I can’t believe this! They need to go! Let’s have a recall election to force them out of the office they’ve held for way to long.

  12. Anonymous on February 16, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    As an elected official, he is an employee of the MD state citizens. Shouldn’t the citizens of MD have the final say over his job duties? Just wondering.

  13. Do these delegates understand what they've done? on February 16, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    Is this Frosh’s way of padding his resume? What can be done about this? Limit the budget to his office to hmmm $45,000.

  14. Spart on February 16, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    It’s unfortunate that states actually must protect themselves from the president of the United States of America and the Republican Party. He is supposed to be helping Americans not hurting us. The republicans want to destroy exactly what made this country GREAT. Money only matters to them when it helps ordinary people. It took President Obama 8 years to bring the world back from the disastrous abyss caused by the Bush republican administration. God help us I don’t think I can survive another world depression with people losing their homes, the stock market tanking, two wars, killing thousands of innocent people in Iran, crisis unemployment etc. etc. Why do our own republicans keep trying to do us harm? Now they want to take even our health care and social security, what is wrong with them? Weren’t they satisfied the last time when they took our home and jobs? Do they really want to kill us now?

    • Spart on February 16, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Are these republicans doing these things to the Russians or is it only the American people they are trying to hurt?

    • Silent Majority Member on February 19, 2017 at 9:44 am

      It’s unfortunate that we were not protected from the past president. Here are some of his “accomplishments”, I mean scandals:

      IRS targets Obama’s non-progressive individuals and companies, Benghazi, spying on the AP, The ATF “Fast and Furious” scheme, Sebelius demands payment, The Pigford Agriculture Department Scandal, The General Services Administration Las Vegas Spending Spree, Veterans Affairs in Disney World and neglecting vets, Solyndra, New Black Panthers Voter Intimidation, The hacking of Sharyl Attkisson’s computer,Obama’s LIES about the Affordable Care Act, “I’ll Pass My Own Laws”, NSA Spying on American People, Failed Foreign Policy, Lack of solidarity with Israel, Disaster with the Arab Spring, Crimea, Leaving Iraq too soon and letting ISIS take over, Handling of Syrian Red Line, Calling ISIS “JV”, Failing to Recognize ISIS as a Radical (or Devout) Muslim Movement, Returning the bust of Churchill to the Brits, Lack of Confidence by NATO nations,Signing a Disastrous Nuclear Deal with the Mullahs of Iran, Paid $5 Billion & Released 5 Taliban Prisoners For Deserter Bergdahl, Waging war by attacking Libya without Congressional approval, Allowed the building of Chinese bases in the South China Sea and off the coast of Somalia at the entrance to the gulf of Aden, Paying ransom to Iranian for hostages- and using foreign currency in unmarked plane, Lying about paying ransom (which media ignored!), Pays tribute to Japanese at Hiroshima on US Memorial Day, Obama trashed America 18 times on Asian Tour,
      Pushing the U.N. resolution condemning Israel for legally building houses in Jewish neighborhoods, Domestic Policy, Failure to secure the Border, Bowe Bergdahl swap, 10 Trillion dollars more in debt, Vast expansion of government, Racial Division at all-time high, Disrespect for Cops, Failed economic stimulus plan, Constant disregard for the Constitution and tyrannical rule, China overtook America as world’s largest economy, Price of healthcare has drastically risen for those purchasing it, Highest percentage of Americans on Food Stamps and Medicaid, Record 92,898,000 Americans over 16 years not working, Lowest Labor Force participation rate of 62.7%, Mismanagement and cover up of Terrorist shootings in San Bernardino, California, Disastrous Vetting Process of “Immigrants” from Muslim Nations, Refusing to Listen to CIA/FBI that there is no way to properly vet certain immigrants from Muslim nations, Fort Hood Shooting, Colorado EPA Disaster, Worst economic recovery since the depression with anemic GDP numbers, Over 94 million Americans out of the workforce, Committing sentence on Chelsea Manning, etc.

      I love the way you left wingers view things with blinder on.

      • Anonymous on February 20, 2017 at 11:10 am

        Don’t waste your time.

        • Silent Majority Member on February 21, 2017 at 2:29 pm

          True that, however, I find it amazing that these individuals (left wingers) which view the world through a tunnel claim to be so open minded – hypocritical.

    • keepitreal on February 20, 2017 at 6:50 am

      Still riding your unicorn Snowflake?

  15. Silent Majority Member on February 17, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    Brian Frosh has only his interest in mind, towing the left wing agenda is not in our best interest. Vote this “bum” out!!

  16. b2 on February 18, 2017 at 12:13 pm

    Down with the Jacobin legislature. They do not represent the people of this state!

  17. freedom on February 19, 2017 at 1:54 pm

    Mike Miller along with Frosh are both socialists! These politicians have been in Maryland way too long. They no longer represent good ideas! The only thing they know how to do is tax and spend. And when they’re not doing that, they want to remove our gun rights as fast as they can. I hope and pray the voters in this State will finally drain the swamp in Annapolis and get some fresh ideas in the process.

  18. Buck on February 19, 2017 at 2:58 pm

    He’s like a boil on your behind! Liberal clown!

  19. Clarence Thomas on February 22, 2017 at 8:56 am

    What an overbearing, turkeynecked, liberal buffoon! He needs to go!

  20. Anonymous on February 22, 2017 at 3:14 pm

    Send him an email and tell him what you think. I did.

  21. Jerome Betts on February 22, 2017 at 10:26 pm

    This worthless commie turd needs to be flushed!