Gov. Paul LePage announced he will appeal a Superior Court decision to dismiss his lawsuit against Attorney General Janet Mills to the state Supreme Court. The governor argues that Mills overstepped her authority when she joined California and several other states in bringing a federal suit challenging the Trump administration’s decision to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program last year.

“I am suing Attorney General Janet Mills because she has refused to follow the law in representing the Governor’s Office, and she has explicitly broken the law by suing the federal government in another state without direction from either the Legislature or the Governor,” said LePage. “The Attorney General acts as if she is her own branch of government instead of a department head subject to the direction of the duly elected Legislature. The Democrats in the Legislature are obviously afraid to rein her in so it is left to me once again to call out rogue and unscrupulous behavior when I see it.”

In her decision, Superior Court Justice Michaela Murphy noted that the Supreme Court “has repeatedly interpreted the powers of the Attorney General broadly, allowing that she ‘may institute, conduct, and maintain all such actions and proceedings as (s)he deems necessary for the enforcement of the laws of the State, the preservation of order, and the protection of public rights.”

The governor spent most of the week on talk radio shows calling Murphy an “activist judge,” and accusing her of holding the case so long that the Law Court won’t rule on it until after the election. Last year, Murphy also tossed out the governor’s lawsuit against Mills for refusing to represent him on legal briefs supporting President Trump’s executive orders on immigration.

Meanwhile, the governor says he is still withholding payments to Mills’ office for legal services rendered because she has refused to send him invoices based on “time increments” in order to “reflect the activities” of Mills’ staff and the “time devoted to each activity.” Mills, is suing the governor for stopping the payments, has said that all of the office’s positions are already funded in the current state budget and that the governor’s requests are not based in fact or law. In a statement, Mills spokeswoman Melissa O’Neal said that the court decision affirms that the Attorney General is “an independent constitutional officer with a right to represent the public interest. For six years this Attorney General has fought to uphold the rule of law while the governor has ignored the checks and balances so vital to our democracy.”

Since 2014, Maine taxpayers have provided over $750,000 to pay for Gov. Paul LePage’s costly legal battles, according to the state’s expenditure database.