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Who The Fuck Has Sued The Trump Administration

Hi folks. So this a curated thread to follow up on my previous “general discussion” thread here concerning lawsuits that have been filed against the Trump administration, family, foundation, etc. since Trump took office.

As I had said in that thread, I have been interested in finding a list of all lawsuits filed against Trump and found (to my surprise) that none of the major news outlets seem to be maintaining such a list. So I’ve taken it upon myself to get one started for the WTF Community.

I’m hosting it on Google Drive here. It’s crude and missing some information on a few but I figure it’s a good enough start. The problem that I foresee is many news outlets don’t link to the complaint or even give the civil action number when they write about lawsuit announcements so trying to find the specific plaintiffs and defendants can be tricky. Additionally I’m not an attorney myself so I don’t know how best to check the status of cases overtime.

I’ve started combing through the WTFJHT archives for suits and saving those that are announced starting this week. I’m thinking for some key topics and issues such as the original Muslim ban in January 2017 it makes sense to include just one or two key cases filed. For example I currently have the ACLU’s lawsuit listed while I know I could also include the State of Hawaii vs. Trump which are just two of the many cases that were filed from that original ban.

I will update this spreadsheet as I can. This is of course not my full time job, just something interesting to me. If anyone is interested and motivated enough to lend a hand in this endeavor please let me know.

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This is a great idea. Could we pull it out of a spreadsheet that can’t be publicly indexed and instead add it here in a form that people can better read?

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Nicely done!
In a blow to President Trump, a federal judge says a lawsuit that alleges Trump’s business interests violate the Constitution can proceed.

Federal District Judge Peter Messitte denied the Department of Justice’s request to dismiss a case brought by the attorneys general of Maryland and the District of Columbia. The Emoluments Clause bars any president from personally profiting from his dealings with foreign governments — or even U.S. state governments.

I see this one is listed and the list is growing. The king of meaningless lawsuits has bitten off more than he can chew…

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New Suit (August 2nd, 2018):

Cities of Baltimore MD, Chicago IL, Cincinnati OH, and Columbus OH


DONALD J. TRUMP (President of the United States), ALEX M. AZAR, II (Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services), UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES, SEEMA VERMA (Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), CENTERS FOR MEDICARE AND MEDICAID SERVICES

Concerning: Healthcare Laws and Constitution Violations

Source: The Hill

Current Record Count: 12


Lawsuit Update (August 3rd, 2018):

States of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Seattle, Vermont, and Virginia and the District of Columbia



Concerning: Gun Laws

Update: 11 states join lawsuit over 3D-printed guns

Source: Reuters via Axios

Current Record Count: 12


New Suit (August 7th, 2018):



JEFF SESSIONS (Attorney General of the United States)

Concerning: Immigration Laws

Source: ACLU via Daily Kos

Note: Details are incomplete on this one as I cannot get the complaint to load on ACLU’s website :slightly_frowning_face: However, I did discover the ACLU keeps track of their cases online for public reference. The link for this case is here

Current Record Count: 13


Remember the huge scandal involving the outrageously padded $300 million Puerto Rico power contract? It was awarded to a company with only two employees. Where was the company based? Whitefish, Montana – hometown of Zinke. Zinke knows the owner of the company – and Zinke’s son once worked for him. When this money grab was uncovered, the contract was suddenly yanked. Zinke and the Administration told everyone, “There’s nothing to see here. Return to your accommodation units.” Then . . . radio silence.

I’m still wondering why this nefarious plot, which on its face has every appearance of a massive graft scheme, was not vigorously investigated – it warranted congressional hearings. When we win back the House, we need to put this Zinke scandal back under the microscope.

Whitefish Energy is based in Whitefish, Mont., the home town of Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke. Its chief executive, Andy Techmanski, and Zinke acknowledge knowing one another — but only, Zinke’s office said in an email, because Whitefish is a small town where “everybody knows everybody.” One of Zinke’s sons “joined a friend who worked a summer job” at one of Techmanski’s construction sites, the email said.


Put the Zinke in the Clink…couldn’t help myself. Sheesh, graft and grifters spreading like roaches…yuke.
thanks for this one!

They aren’t going after the Trump administration, per se, but this is close enough to Trumpville to warrant mention here. BTW, this is totally separate from all the other investigations into Trump & Co’s shady dealings.


Wow – when I posted this, it seemed like a pretty obscure story (at least relative to the hurricane of breaking news that’s been tearing off roofs for the last couple days). However, according Rachel Maddow, who devotes a goodly portion of her show to the implications of this subpoena, this is shaping up to be a major-mega bombshell with shock waves that threaten to rumble Trump Sr., the Trump Organization, and the Trump Campaign – as well as Ivanka, Trump Jr., and Eric.

I imagine that by tomorrow there will be more reporting on this. The issues are somewhat complex – I can’t explain them anywhere near as well as Maddow so, if at all possible, watch her show tonight. If you don’t have access to the show, then check back tomorrow and I’ll try to locate some of the articles that Maddow’s research and commentary are sure to trigger.

Some footnotes:

  • Rachel spins a great story on this – she really knows how to build suspense – it’s like listening to someone read a best-selling detective story.

  • The story includes a thumbnail bio of a fascinating new super-hero in the cast of characters investigating Trump: Barbara Underwood – an amazing legal mind who has been quietly achieving remarkable results in the halls of justice for many years and who has now suddenly been thrust into the limelight.

  • Any criminal charges against Trump and his minions that grow out of this particular investigation will be at the state level and, hence, unpardonable by the President (whoever that might be a year or so from now).

UPDATE: Good news. MSNBC has made this segment available on their site (they don’t always do that). You can watch it here:

It’s a long segment at 26 min., but if you have the time, I think you’ll enjoy it.

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I remember a video of this event during which Keith Schiller grabs and tears up the protesters’ signs. He appeared to me to be on what could be called a “rampage.”


T’s lawyers are trying to get Stormy Daniel’s defamation lawsuit tossed out…countering that she is profiting from all the publicity generated by her expose.

Classic counterpunch route on T’s part.

LOS ANGELES (CN) – An attorney for President Donald Trump asked a federal judge on Monday to toss porn star Stormy Daniels’ defamation lawsuit, arguing she can’t claim to have been damaged by a presidential tweet when she’s making big money from her newfound fame.

In a motion to strike Daniels’ suit, Charles Harder of Harder LLP firm said Daniels has become famous due to her legal tussle with Trump and has capitalized on it by “embarking on a nationwide tour of adult live entertainment venues” where she is regularly paid four times her normal fee.

Harder said Daniels’ nationwide “Make America Horny Again” strip club tour is an “obvious parody” of Trump’s campaign slogan and designed to generate further interest in her tour.

Plaintiff is making money – not suffering economic harm – as a result of her disputes with the president,” Harder wrote in the filing.

Good find dragonfly9 thanks! I’ll add it to the list.


Lawsuit Update (New To Record) (August 27th, 2018):

Stephanie Clifford a.k.a. Stormy Daniels


Donald J. Trump

Concerning: Defamation

Update: Motion filed to dismiss

Source: Courthouse News Service

Current Record Count: 14


Thanks for the easy to read list and updating it. Looks very thorough.

Lawsuit Update (New To Record) (September 12, 2018):

19 States and the District of Columbia


The Department of Education and Betsy DeVos

Concerning: Education and Finance Law

Update: Judge ruled in favor of Plaintiff

Source: Bloomberg

Current Record Count: 16


New Suit (September 14, 2018):

Association For Community Affiliated Plans, National Alliance On Mental Illness, Mental Health America, American Psychiatric Association, AIDS United, The National Partnership For Women & Families and Little Lobbyist, LLC


HUMAN SERVICES, ALEX M. AZAR II (Secretary of Health and Human Services), R. ALEXANDER ACOSTA (Secretary of Labor), STEVEN MNUCHIN (Secretary of the Treasury), UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Concerning: Healthcare Laws

Source: Vox

Current Record Count: 17


Lawsuit Update (New To Record) (September 15, 2018):

The District of Columbia and the State of Maryland


Donald J. Trump (individually and as President of the United States)

Concerning: Constitution Violations

Update: Document Discovery

Source: NPR

Current Record Count: 18


A federal judge in Manhattan has ruled that the largest of the six lawsuits against the new citizenship question on the 2020 census can move forward in court.

More than two dozen states and cities, plus other groups and individuals, are suing the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the census, to get the question about U.S. citizenship status removed from forms for the 2020 census. Judges in Maryland and California are deciding whether to dismiss similar legal challenges.

While U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman has dismissed the plaintiffs’ claim based on the Enumeration Clause — the constitutional requirement of a national head count every 10 years — Furman has ruled that other claims in the two cases before him can proceed.

regarding this question

New Census question

@Eliwood - check this one…? Do not think I saw it on the list. Apologies if it is there…links to this post Day 607 - Ross Census question