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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:07 PM

As Trump eyes a potential national emergency, Democrats see a possible lawsuit

House Democrats are aggressively exploring a possible legal challenge should President Trump declare a national emergency to build a U.S.-Mexico border wall, scouring federal law and court precedents — including a recent attempt by a Republican-controlled House to undermine the Obama-era health-care law.

The preparation comes as leaders of both parties become increasingly convinced that Trump will see a national-emergency declaration as the only possible way to secure the billions of taxpayer dollars he is seeking to build the wall and end the three-week partial government shutdown, which has become the longest in U.S. history.

Trump on Friday said he “100 percent” had the power to build the wall — a project he previously said would be financed by Mexico — under emergency powers, but said he was “not going to do it so fast” and would give Congress more time to act.

But Democrats have moved quickly behind the scenes to defend against a possible emergency declaration, a step that members of both parties increasingly view as inevitable.

While Democratic lawmakers and lawyers are researching how to potentially undermine the move in the courts, according to House officials familiar with the effort, aides to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and staff members on several House committees are developing a parallel strategy to convince the public that an emergency declaration is unwarranted and would harm communities where previously funded projects were raided to pay for the wall.


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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 04:29 PM

1. What about a taxpayer

class action lawsuit against Individual 1 for failure to provide services paid for with taxpayer monies?

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Sat Jan 12, 2019, 06:18 PM

2. A national emergency would require immediate action by the president...

yet trump keeps delaying declaring an emergency. That won't fly in court as his non-action both puts a lie to any emergency and to his fitness for office as his non-action in the face of a so-called emergency is dereliction of duty.

And what happens if he does declare an emergency? What does it solve as far as the shutdown? Does the government by default automatically began functioning fully at such a declaration?

No, of course not, and the wall building won't start either as it will take years for all the litigation to wind through the courts—and that would include all the suits by border landowners against any imminent domain attempted seizures of their property.

trump has created another hot mess he has no idea of how to get out of. And turtleman is hiding in his shell instead of steering legislation through to restart the government and a possible override of a trump veto, probably because he took Russkie money too.

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