The Trump Administration Is Preparing to Launch an All-Out Legal Attack on Federal Agencies
Yes, it can still get worse, folks. Today we have news from TIME’s Zeke Miller that the Trump Horror is assembling a high-powered legal team that will launch an all-out attack on the regulatory powers of federal agencies.
One White House aide described the group of lawyers hired by McGahn as a conservative answer to “Nader’s Raiders,” a small group of liberal activists organized by Ralph Nader in the 1960s and 1970s, who successfully fought for greater federal regulation of consumer goods like automobiles and food.
McGahn said he had specifically chosen his staff because of their expertise in working inside federal law. “They understand the regulatory agencies, several are appellate lawyers who have spent their careers fighting regulatory and government overreach, or worked on Capitol Hill conducting oversight,” McGahn said in an interview with TIME. “A number of people in the office actually have sued the government over regulatory over reach, and have won.”
The group, which reports to McGahn, includes Greg Katsas, a deputy White House counsel, who ran the Department of Justice’s Civil Division during the Bush administration and challenged the Affordable Care Act at the Supreme Court while in private practice. Stacy Cline Amin, an associate counsel, was the Chief Counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Associate Counsel John Bash has argued 10 cases before the Supreme Court, clerked for Justice Antonin Scalia and D.C. Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a hero of conservatives in the fight against the regulatory system.
Stephen Bannon was recently quoted saying his goal was to “deconstruct” the federal government, and that effort is now well under way. They’re laying the groundwork for a complete takeover of the US by rapacious corporations unconcerned with climate change, the environment, or workers’ rights — just to name three important areas that are on the chopping block.