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o months after former President Obama left the stage, a legion of lawyers from his administration now pushing back against President Donald Trump's agenda. Reuters legal correspondent Lawrence Hurley has the story.>> What we found is that several Obama administration lawyers who worked in the justice department and other places have now started to fight against Trump in court and in other ways since they've left.
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Which is somewhat unusual in terms of the speed in which they've gone from being government lawyers to suddenly switching and taking action against the government.>> The biggest name, former Obama Attorney General Eric Holder, helping California as it ponders a challenge to Trump's latest travel ban. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal doing the same in Hawaii's lawsuit.
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Without offering any evidence, Trump has blamed Obama for a wave of town hall protests, White House leaks, even tapping his phone, which Obama has flatly denied. But the lawyers Reuters spoke to didn't need a push from the former president, like former White House ethics czar Norm Eisen, who's become a prominent critic of Trump's alleged conflicts of interest through the nonprofit Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington.
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For some of them, it means putting other plans on hold, like former Justice Department lawyer Jonathan Smith.>> A lot of people go into private practice if they're a lawyer, go to work for a law firm, make some money. When he left the government on inauguration day, he planed to spend some time off to spend with his newborn son.
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But within two weeks he was ready to go back to work for a Muslim legal group, partly because of the travel ban and the need to, as he felt, to fight against it.>> And with several states announcing fresh opposition to Trump's latest ban Thursday, they won't be taking a break anytime soon.