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Poll worker firing for not wearing a mask sues Wisconsin governor | TheHill – The Hill

A Wisconsin man is suing a La Crosse city clerk and Gov. Tony EversTony EversCoronavirus lockdowns work Cast of ‘Parks and Rec’ reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters At indoor rally, Pence says election runs through Wisconsin MORE (D) after he was dismissed from a paid poll worker position for refusing to wear a mask at a voting precinct, citing a medical condition.

The La Crosse Tribune reported Tuesday that Nicholas Newman is suing Clerk Teri Lehrke as well as Evers over his Aug. 11 dismissal, which his lawyers wrote in court documents came as a result of Lehrke enforcing the statewide mask mandate his lawyers argue is unconstitutional.

“The American system of government contains three branches, not one. For those who might say the governor must do ‘something,’ the founders divided power for a reason: They had left behind a king’s rule. Power is divided on purpose so that it cannot be exercised so easily,” Newman’s lawyer told the Tribune in a statement regarding the lawsuit.

Conservatives in many states have fought back against mask mandates, arguing that governors do not have the authority to issue such orders.

Their legal efforts have largely been unsuccessful. In Pennsylvania, the state Supreme Court sided in favor of the governor on the issue and ruled that the legislature could not unilaterally end a statewide emergency declaration after voting to give the governor the power to declare such an emergency situation.

Evers’s office told the Tribune in a statement that the governor would continue to promote the use of masks to fight the spread of COVID-19.

“We know that masks can save lives, and Gov. Evers continues to ask everyone to do their part to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 by wearing a mask, staying safer at home, and limiting their social circles as much as possible,” the governor’s office said.

Evers announced an extension of his statewide mask order on Tuesday, though the state’s Supreme Court previously sided with Republicans to end his stay-at-home mandate.

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Trump on firing of Geoffrey Berman: ‘I’m not involved’ – CNN

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Saturday denied firing Geoffrey Berman, the powerful prosecutor atop the Manhattan US Attorney’s office, shortly after his attorney general sent Berman a letter saying the President had done so.

Attorney General William Barr’s letter on Saturday said Trump had fired Berman after he refused Barr’s effort a day prior to oust him.
“Unfortunately, with your statement of last night, you have chosen public spectacle over public service,” Barr said in his letter to Berman. “Because you have declared that you have no intention of resigning, I have asked the President to remove you as of today, and he has done so.”
Trump, however, speaking to reporters shortly after Barr’s letter was made public, said, “That’s his department, not my department.” He added: “I’m not involved.”
Berman’s firing caps a remarkable 24 hours that encompassed a power struggle over the leadership of the most prominent prosecutors’ office outside Washington, one that has prosecuted one of Trump’s lawyers, is investigating another and has probed the activities of the President himself.
During a meeting in New York on Friday, Barr had asked Berman to resign, but Berman refused, CNN reported, and hours later Barr issued a statement saying Berman had “stepped down.” Two hours later, around 11 p.m. ET on Friday, Berman said he had learned of his purported exit from a press release.
“I have not resigned, and have no intention of resigning, my position, to which I was appointed by the Judges of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” Berman said.
On Saturday morning, with news cameras staked outside his lower Manhattan office, Berman entered the building, telling reporters, “I issued a statement last night, I have nothing to add to that this morning. I’m just here to do my job.”
Barr’s letter Saturday noted that “by operation of law,” Berman’s current deputy, Audrey Strauss, will become Acting US Attorney, “and I anticipate that she will serve in that capacity until a permanent successor is in place.” On Friday evening, Barr said he intends to nominate as Berman’s permanent successor Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, who has never been a prosecutor.
Barr’s effort to push out one of the most powerful prosecutors in the country had begun to run into headwinds Saturday, with Republicans signaling little appetite to fight to confirm a new US attorney amid Democratic accusations that the move was an effort to shield Trump’s associates from federal investigation.
Republicans on Capitol Hill were blindsided by the late Friday night effort by Barr to seek the ouster of Berman and showed little willingness to confirm a new nominee without Democratic support — meaning there is a real possibility that Clayton’s nomination could languish and Berman could stay at the post indefinitely.
The fast-moving developments seemed to catch by surprise Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham, a close ally of Trump’s and Barr’s, who said Saturday he had not been told about the effort to fire Berman.
And in a significant announcement Saturday, Graham announced that he will honor tradition to let home-state senators sign off on a replacement for Berman’s post, meaning that Democrats essentially have veto power over a replacement to a position considered the most powerful US attorney job in the country.
This story has been updated with additional developments Saturday.

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