What happens if a federal court rules in the Trump administration’s favor?
The Trump administration and its legal team are preparing to file a lawsuit to block a federal judge’s order to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the president’s sons against the company that owned a timber-cutting company, Timber Ridge Elementary School.
The Trump administration argues the lawsuit is moot because the district’s lawsuit, filed last fall, has already been dismissed by the court.
Timber Ridge Elementary has already agreed to a settlement that requires the school to take a series of remedial steps to protect the endangered species of the endangered western forest.
The lawsuit says Timber Ridge has already taken steps to ensure the safety of the animals that live in the forest, and has agreed to take measures to protect animals in the woods, such as fencing off access to the school property.
In his ruling, U.S. District Judge Jeffrey Waller said he would rule in the administration’s defense on Thursday and send it to a federal appeals court.
A judge has also granted the Trump Justice Department a stay to prevent the lawsuit from moving forward, meaning it will remain in limbo.
The court said in its ruling that the Trump lawyers “have not shown that the district would suffer irreparable harm if the case were dismissed.”
Timber’s case has been closely watched by conservationists who say the federal government is overstepping its bounds when it comes to protecting wildlife.
The case is a test of the Trump Administration’s commitment to the public interest, said John Kretzmann, a wildlife biologist at the Smithsonian Institution.
He said the lawsuit raises significant legal questions, such the legality of the president using the executive privilege to bar lawsuits against the federal agency that is charged with protecting the public from threats to the environment and the environment itself.