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Democrats to sue if Donald Trump declares a national emergency to build the wall

January 11, 2019

  As the impasse over border wall funding drags on the President has threatened to declare a national emergency in order to do an end around the Congress and fund the wall without its approval.

  Needless to say the Democrats are not happy about this decision and now they are threatening legal action to stop Donald Trump if he makes good on this threat, here is more:

House Democrats are weighing a lawsuit if President Donald Trump pulls the trigger on a national emergency declaration to build his border wall, with party leaders eager to stop the president from doing an end run around Congress.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi declined to lay out exactly how House Democrats would respond to such an explosive move during a Thursday morning news conference. And senior Democratic sources cautioned that lawmakers will wait to see whether Trump actually goes through with his threat to unilaterally move money to build his wall on the southern border.

But Democrats are considering their options — from issuing a legal challenge to grilling administration officials at hearings for executive overreach. Many Democrats predict their chamber would quickly pass a resolution instructing the House counsel to sue the administration for ignoring the appropriations clause in the Constitution. Congress, after all, has the power of the purse. And Democrats would likely have standing to challenge the administration for usurping their authority for what they view as a phony emergency.

“We’ll challenge him in committee hearings. We’ll challenge him in the courts. And we’ll just continue to challenge him and push back because that’s not the way this should be handled,” said Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.).

  Donald Trump’s record in legal proceedings as President is dreadful to say the least but I have to be honest here. I am vehemently opposed to the notion that Donald Trump should use his power as President to declare a national emergency simply for the reason that he cannot get funding for his agenda through the Congress. This is something I would have expected from Barack Obama, with his pen and his phone, and not from a Republican.

  And I believe it sets a dangerous precedent moving forward, even if you do believe this is justified, because once this cat is out of the bag there is no telling what a future President could decide to use this power to implement. Never let a good crisis go to waste…

malo periculosam libertatem quam quietum servitium

5 Comments leave one →
  1. don permalink
    January 11, 2019 8:43 pm

    The Revolution is coming so tell the Democrats to buy more ammo

    On Fri, Jan 11, 2019, 6:33 PM America’s Watchtower Steve Dennis posted: ” As the impasse over border wall funding drags on > the President has threatened to declare a national emergency in order to do > an end around the Congress and fund the wall without its approval. > Needless to say the Democrats are not happy about this deci” >

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  2. January 11, 2019 11:36 pm

    We are still waiting for the Keystone pipeline to make its way of the courts. Good luck

    Liked by 2 people

    • January 12, 2019 7:10 am

      Good point!

      Liked by 1 person

    • petermc3 permalink
      January 13, 2019 11:43 am

      We will have a wall once the republicans have both houses and the WH. Oh snap I forgot they had all three for two years. We’ll just have to wait till the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars….

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      • January 14, 2019 6:10 am

        Why Trump waited until now when the Democrats have the House is beyond me. That was a fatal mistake.

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