Trump Declares National Emergency And Faces Legal Challenges

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Published on February 16, 2019 - Duration: 01:26s

Trump Declares National Emergency And Faces Legal Challenges

California's governor, New York's attorney general and the ACLU have all said they'll file lawsuits.

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Trump Declares National Emergency And Faces Legal Challenges

President Donald Trump's move to declare a national emergency is drawing significant legal challenges.  President Trump's declaration  Friday allows him to access certain government funding to pay for a border wall without going through Congress.

While it has drawn criticism from both Democrat and Republican lawmakers, it has also lead to several pending lawsuits.  The House Judiciary Committee said it's  opening up an investigation  into the president's actions, which it says "raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues." The Committee also wants answers from the White House and Justice Department as part of its investigation.

The committee wants to know how they determined if there was an emergency at the southern border and if the money the president receives could be used to fund a border wall.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said in a  statement  “President Trump is manufacturing a crisis" and his plans will "shutdown and divert funds used by California law enforcement that run counter-narcotics operations and fight drug cartels to build his wall." He added "California will see [the White House] in court." New York Attorney General Letitia James also promised legal action in a  statement , saying, "Declaring a National Emergency without legitimate cause could create a Constitutional crisis." The ACLU said it will  file a lawsuit  early next week.

The organization said the president's declaration "is a patently illegal power grab" and that "the emergency power that Trump has invoked, cannot be used to build a border wall." Earlier in the day, President Trump said at  a press conference  that he "expects" to be sued over his declaration.

Despite predicting he'll lose in the 9th Circuit, he believes he will ultimately win if the case is left to the Supreme Court to decide.

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