Attorney General Brian Frosh said Republican lawmakers shouldn't act surprised by his lawsuits against federal officials.
In a letter that subtly dug at what his office called "grandstanding" by aggrieved state lawmakers, he wrote that he's doing what the Democratic-majority General Assembly allowed him to do in a joint resolution.
In a letter addressed to Del. Haven Shoemaker of Carroll County and more than 40 Republican colleagues, Frosh wrote that his office has joined seven lawsuits pursuant to the resolution that allowed him to do so without expressly asking lawmakers or the governor. The suits include ones targeting environmental regulation roil-backs, the travel ban, for-profit college rules and one led by Frosh and District of Columbia counterpart Karl Racine against President Donald Trump that claims violations of the Constitution's little-tested emoluments clause.
"Each seeks to protect the health and well-being of Marylanders against harmful federal acts," Frosh wrote.