Federal Judge Makes Dramatic Ruling Against Trump & GOP

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After Mr. Trump couldn’t successfully find funding to build his border wall, he diverted funds from the Pentagon budget for that purpose by an emergency declaration. Back in July, the Supreme Court approved $2.6 billion in Pentagon funds for the expense.

However, a federal judge in Texas blocked the use of billions of dollars in Pentagon funds on Tuesday. The funds originally approved by the Supreme Court have been left in place though.

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According to CNN:

‘Judge David Briones of the US District Court for the Western District of Texas said Tuesday that the administration cannot use military construction funds to build additional barriers on the southern border.’

CNN reported:

‘The ruling is a setback for the administration, which has sought to shore up money for the President’s signature campaign promise of a border wall, and marks yet another high-profile blow the courts have dealt Trump of late on key issues, including his immigration policies and his fight to not turn his tax returns over to Congress. It targets only one set of Pentagon funds, however, leaving in place the money the Supreme Court allowed to be used earlier this year.’

Back in September, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized diverting $3.6 billion in military construction funds for 11 wall projects on the U.S.-Mexico border. According to the Pentagon, the money for those projects was coming partially from deferred projects overseas and the other half was coming from planned projects in the U.S.

According to CNN:

‘The lawsuit, brought by El Paso County, Texas, and Border Network for Human Rights, argued that President Donald Trump overstepped his authority when he issued a national emergency declaration to gain access to additional funds for his border wall, despite receiving $1.375 billion from Congress.’

In addition, it was argued that the declaration doesn’t meet the National Emergencies Act’s defintion of an “emergency,” and contradicts Trump’s claim that border barriers led to a drop in crime in El Paso.

Kristy Parker, counsel for Protect Democracy, a nonpartisan nonprofit which represented the plaintiffs, said in a statement:

‘The President’s emergency proclamation was a blatant attempt to grab power from Congress. Today’s order affirms that the President is not a king and that our courts are willing to check him when he oversteps his bounds.’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said:

‘Once again, the courts have resoundingly ruled against the President’s attempt to negate our system of separation of powers, which is the genius of our Constitution, by assaulting Congress’s exclusive constitutional power of the purse. Despite what the President may think, Article II does not mean that he can ‘do whatever he wants.’

CNN reported:

‘At issue is the military construction funds that have been diverted to build a border wall. In October, Briones found that the plaintiffs had standing to bring the case because of they’ve suffered harm as a result.

‘The ruling doesn’t apply to the use of other funds for the wall, including counter-drug and Treasury Forfeiture Funds, that have been designated for wall construction.’

This is only one of Trump’s many worries as he awaits an imminent impeachment vote likely in the next week. Mr. Trump was found to have violated the Constitution and put the nation’s security at risk as a result of interactions with Ukraine President Zelensky.

 

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