Obama Alums Slam William Barr’s ‘Deviant’ Illinois Court Filing


The U.S. Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division on Friday filed a federal court brief in support of an Illinois Republican lawmaker’s lawsuit, which claimed Democratic Gov. J.B. Pritzker exceeded his authority under the state’s constitution when issuing an extension of his coronavirus-related executive order. The DOJ’s decision to file a “statement of interest” in a lawsuit that did not touch upon any questions of federal law left legal scholars and former department employees bewildered, with many criticizing the move as a purely political ploy to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to end statewide restrictions.

The case was initially filed by Illinois State Rep. Darren Bailey, a Republican who serves a rural southeastern Illinois district. In his complaint, Bailey claimed that the governor’s three coronavirus-related orders are illegal because, when combined, they have…



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