Barr: DOJ might back lockdown lawsuits if state, local officials go too far

Barr: DOJ might back lockdown lawsuits if state, local officials go too far

[Ed. – Important nugget from Barr’s interview with Hugh Hewitt.]

Tuesday during Hugh Hewitt’s nationally syndicated radio show, Attorney General William Barr warned that states could find themselves in hot water from the Justice Department if their coronavirus lockdowns go “too far.”

A partial transcript is as follows: 

[…]

ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR: Hugh, you know … one of the reasons we have federalism is because the people provide a much greater check over their governors and the state officials than they do over a more remote federal government. And the first line of defense for people is the political process in their states.

HEWITT: But theoretically, we also have 42 USC 1983 … if someone gets out of control, the best answer … may be to litigate against individuals who are abusing our rights. And that is a long-standing tradition in the United States. It happens.

ATTORNEY GENERAL BARR: Well, if people bring those lawsuits, we’ll take a look at it at that time. And if we think it’s,  you know,  justified, we would take a position. That’s what we’re doing now. We, you know, we’re looking carefully at a number of these rules that are being put into place.

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