How Washington’s attorney general keeps beating Trump
Bob Ferguson underestimated the president once. He tells journalist Emily Bazelon why that will not happen again.
In January 2017, Bob Ferguson became the first state attorney general to sue the Trump administration. That was in response to the president's attempt to ban travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States. Since then, the Washington state attorney general has filed 40 additional lawsuits against the administration.
He’s sued over the practice of family separation at the border, the administration’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military and, most recently, the proposal to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census.
So far, Ferguson’s office has won about half of those cases, and the Trump administration hasn’t won any.
For this episode of Crosscut Talks, we invited Ferguson to discuss all of these efforts and the changing role of attorneys general in American politics. Speaking with Ferguson is Emily Bazelon, a staff writer at the New York Times Magazine and author of Charged: The New Movement to Transform American Prosecution and End Mass Incarceration.
This episode was recorded on May 4, 2019, at Seattle University for the Crosscut Festival.