Barr Threatens to Sue States That Don't Open When Trump Says - 2020-04-21
President Trump has intermittently gone to war with public-health experts, including those in his own administration, in an attempt to restart the economy fast enough to help him win reelection. His biggest obstacle — next to his administration's inability to produce enough testing to allow local officials to safely reopen — is that he lacks the legal authority to force states and cities to open up. After first claiming total authority over the governors, Trump is looking for ways to gain leverage to bring them to heel. He can whip up protests, and he can withhold aid from the states and cities.
And now he is pulling out a new weapon: Attorney General William Barr.
In his last interview two weeks ago, Barr expressed several Trumpy views about the coronavirus, complaining that the news media had launched a "jihad" against the "promising" drug hydroxychloroquine, and that "after the 30-day period, we have to find a way of allowing businesses to adapt to the situation and figure out best how they can get started."