This week, Attorney General William Barr joined Vice President Mike Pence in condemning the harrowing recent rise of "nationwide injunctions" as anti-constitutional judicial power grabs that disturb the carefully calibrated separation of powers system that the Constitution's Framers so sagaciously devised.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has also expressed his feeling that this practice is not compatible with the constitution.
In a Tuesday speech to the American Law Institute, Barr went after "improper use of nationwide injunctions against policies of all stripes" and said that the use of the injunctions to block policy gives district courts "unprecedented power."
"One judge can, in effect, cancel the policy with the stroke of the pen," he said. "No official in the United States government can exercise that kind of nationwide power, with the sole exception of the President. And the Constitution subjects him to nationwide election, among other constitutional checks, as a prerequisite to wielding that power." ...
He went on to emphasize the magnitude and increase of the injunctions, pointing out that the use of the rulings has increased dramatically since President Trump was inaugurated and contrasted the prevalence of the orders with those under Trump’s Democratic predecessor.