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- Apr 10, 2010
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Democratic California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, a leading legal antagonist of President Donald Trump, isn’t legally eligible to serve as his state’s top law enforcement officer, according to a lawsuit working its way through the state’s courts. After 24 years in the U.S. House of Representatives, Becerra was appointed California attorney general on Jan. 24, 2017, replacing Democrat Kamala Harris, who was elected to the U.S. Senate. He won election to the position in his own right on Nov. 6, 2018.
Eric Early, a Los Angeles lawyer who sought the Republican nomination in 2018 in the attorney general race, argues in his lawsuit that Becerra is ineligible for the post because he wasn’t practicing law for close to five years prior to his appointment or election to the office. Early lost his case in the initial phase and filed an appeal last week. “The state’s top legal officer should have at least a modicum of experience as a practicing lawyer,” Early told The Epoch Times in an interview. “Instead, we have one who has no clue what it’s like to be a practicing lawyer,” he said. “We have ended up with a pure, wall-to-wall politician as our state top legal officer, so it has not been a surprise that since he became attorney general, his agenda has been entirely political.” “We might as well have Nancy Pelosi in our attorney general’s office,” Early said, adding that Becerra “has turned into a vessel for the resistance.” The “resistance” is often used to describe the Democratic opposition to President Donald Trump.''
As of February, the California attorney general’s office had filed a record 46 lawsuits against the Trump administration, according to a tally by The Hill newspaper. This is reportedly more than any other state attorney general during the current administration or any other presidency in the nation’s history. Republican attorneys general across the nation sued the previous administration a total of 46 times during Barack Obama’s entire presidency. Becerra has repeatedly angered conservatives and supporters of the rule of law. In January 2018, a few days after three state laws took effect that turned California into a so-called sanctuary state, Becerra threatened to prosecute employers if they assisted U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials in their efforts to uphold federal immigration laws. California Assemblyman Travis Allen responded by saying Trump and then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “come to California [and] literally arrest [and] indict Xavier Becerra for breaking federal law.” “The [state] attorney general is literally, criminally trying to obstruct justice,” said Allen, a Republican. He “has crossed the line.”
On April 18, a three-judge panel of the often-reversed 9th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld almost all parts of the three laws that interfere with ICE enforcement in California, which is home to more than 2 million illegal aliens. The Trump administration seems certain to appeal the ruling.