Attorney General William Barr takes notice to a growing number of court injunctions targeting the presidency worrying it could compromise President Trump’s agenda.
Barr made the remarks during a speech Tuesday warning against the “willingness” of lower courts across the U.S. to issue injunctions against the executive branch.
The attorney general also said it could hurt future administrations as the growing injunction trend continues to grow.
His comments come around one week after Vice President Mike Pence said the White House is expected to push for limitations surrounding injunction power of federal courts.
According to Barr, federal courts have issued 37 injunctions since President Trump took office, and the trend is likely to continue.
“If we’re worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason, we should be worried about whether government officials abused their power and put their thumb on the scale.” — AG William Barr on investigating the origins of the #MuellerReporthttps://t.co/66qaY5ZUrJ pic.twitter.com/ZScpU4CjLL
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) May 17, 2019
On the other hand, there were only two injunctions issued during the first two years of Barack Obama’s presidency.
Barr cited a 2018 injunction targeting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients who have experienced political limbo for over a year.
Barr mentioned if the presidency is weakened by this continuing trend, the United States will be weaker overall and more divided.
“I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump, and I thought it was damaging for the presidency over the long haul,” says Attorney General William Barr https://t.co/6jdFKjHcKl
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) May 21, 2019
His remarks come as Democrats continue to blast him for what they call defending President Trump, though he has clarified he is standing up for the executive branch overall.