Trump Administration Sues California

By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 2, 2018 4:32 PM CDT
Trump Administration Sues California
President Donald Trump pauses between blowing a whistle to start races for the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2018.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The Trump administration is suing California over a law that aims to give the state power to override the sale of federal lands, the AP reports. The US Department of Justice filed the lawsuit Monday. It's the latest battle between President Donald Trump and the nation's most populous state, where Democrats have tried aggressively to thwart the president's agenda. California's law gives the state the first right to purchase federal lands or to arrange for a specific buyer. Lawmakers passed it in September out of concern the Trump administration would allow more logging, oil drilling, or development.

The Justice Department also sued California last month over laws that restrict cooperation with federal immigration authorities. Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a member of the lands commission, says the Trump is attacking California's way of life.

(More California stories.)

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