Frosh is doing what attorney generals should
In response to the Oct. 19 letter “Wolf would make a better attorney general,” I offer the following observations:
Attorney General Brian Frosh is not some rogue operator. In addition to protecting Marylanders from fraud and civil rights violations, his office is a check and balance against corrupt and unconstitutional practices in our federal government. Since the majority in Congress has refused to hold the Trump administration to account, Frosh has stepped up on our behalf.
His suit against President Trump for emoluments violations is intended to protect Maryland venues against financial harm from the Trump International Hotel, which continues to enrich the president and his family at the expense of local businesses. (He is joined in this lawsuit by D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine on behalf of D.C. businesses.) This lawsuit would not be needed if the president had divested himself of his business interests, as previous presidents have done.
The attorney general’s office is not “accountable to no one.” Although the General Assembly approved money and jobs for the attorney general’s lawsuit, Gov. Hogan, in a bow to the Trump administration, refused to include it in his budget. (He instead expects Frosh to divert funds from the consumer protection budget.)
Claiming Mr. Frosh’s office lacks transparency is unfair. While I can’t speak to the writer’s personal experience, I personally found extensive information on the lawsuits he has filed or joined on the Maryland Office of the Attorney General website. There is information on the emoluments lawsuit at www.marylandattorneygeneral. gov/pages/emoluments/faq.pdf.
The other lawsuits have been filed, in conjunction with other states, to protect things that are important to Maryland residents — for example: our federal tax deductions for state and local taxes; women’s contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act; college students, from predatory for-profit schools; and our air, from methane and nitrogen oxide emissions. A 2017 end-of-year report on these and other actions can be found at www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/reports/Md_Defense_Act_Report_2017.pdf.
In addition, there are frequent press releases on the attorney general’s website at www.marylandattorneygeneral.gov/Pages/ News/All-News.aspx#releases.
I, for one, am frustrated that the majority in Congress lacks the backbone to stand up against corruption, violation of longstanding norms, and ethical violations in the Trump administration. If the state of Maryland has legal standing to protect our citizens in these matters, then Attorney General Frosh should go for it. That’s what an attorney general is supposed to do.
Linda Copeland, Dunkirk