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'No factual basis' for a wall emergency, former national security officials declare

Los Angeles Times

A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials will issue a statement Monday saying that "there is no factual basis" for President Trump's proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. The joint statement, whose signatories include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, will come a day before the House is expected to vote on a resolution blocking Trump's Feb. 15 declaration. The former officials' statement, which will be entered into the Congressional Record, is intended to support lawsuits and other actions challenging the national emergency proclamation and to force the administration to set forth the legal and factual basis for it. "Under no plausible assessment of the evidence is there a national emergency today that entitles the president to tap into funds appropriated for other purposes to build a wall at the southern border," the group said. Albright served under President Clinton, and Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, served under President Obama.


California tells Trump lawsuit over border wall emergency declaration is 'imminent'

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - California will "imminently" challenge President Donald Trump's declaration of a national emergency to obtain funds for a U.S.-Mexico border wall, state Attorney General Xavier Becerra said on Sunday. "Definitely and imminently," Becerra told ABC's "This Week" program when asked whether and when California would sue the Trump administration in federal court. Other states controlled by Democrats are expected to join the effort. "We are prepared, we knew something like this might happen. And with our sister state partners, we are ready to go," he said.


The Senate rebuked Trump's 'emergency' border wall, just not strongly enough

Los Angeles Times

The Senate gave final approval Thursday morning to a House-passed resolution to end the state of emergency declared by President Trump in order to steer billions of additional tax dollars to his pet project, a bigger, more extensive wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. It's the second rebuke to Trump in two days -- the body voted Wednesday to cut off U.S. aid to Saudi Arabia for the war against Yemeni rebels. But there does not appear to be enough GOP support for the wall resolution to overcome a certain Trump veto. That's because of members like Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.), who either do not recognize the principle at stake or do not care about it. The resolution passed, 59-41, with 12 Republicans joining all the chamber's Democrats and independents in support.


House Democrats readying bill possibly Friday to block Trump's border emergency

The Japan Times

WASHINGTON - House Democrats plan to file a resolution as soon as Friday that's aimed at blocking President Donald Trump's declaration of an emergency at the Southwest border. That could set up a vote by the full House by mid-March. The clash is over a declaration that Trump is using to try spending billions of dollars beyond what Congress has authorized to start building border barriers. Passage by the Democratic-run House seems likely. The measure would then move to the Republican-controlled Senate, where there may be enough GOP defections for approval.


At the Border, Trump Moves Closer to Emergency Declaration

U.S. News

Taking the shutdown fight to the Mexican border, President Donald Trump edged closer Thursday to declaring a national emergency in an extraordinary end run around Congress to fund his long-promised border wall. Pressure was mounting to find an escape hatch from the three-week impasse that has closed parts of the government, cutting scattered services and leaving hundreds of thousands of workers without pay.