Senate Democrats on Monday sued President Trump to block his decision to name Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.
Sens. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, filed the lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on Monday. In the 17-page complaint, Democrats said Whitaker’s appointment by Trump earlier this month violates the Appointments Clause of the Constitution.
The clause requires that the Senate confirm high-level federal government officials, including the attorney general, before they exercise the duties of the office.