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The Trump Saga
Trump's Border Wall

Trump's use of Pentagon funds for US-Mexico border wall illegal, court rules


Peter Burgess
Trump's use of Pentagon funds for US-Mexico border wall illegal, court rules BY JOHN KRUZEL - 06/26/20 02:02 PM EDT 682 6,528 A federal appeals court in California on Friday ruled that the Trump administration’s use of Pentagon funding to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border is illegal. In a 2-1 ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals found that President Trump’s diversion of defense, military and other funding — billions of dollars that were not originally earmarked for border wall construction — violated the Appropriations Clause of the Constitution, which gives Congress the exclusive power of the purse. “These funds were appropriated for other purposes, and the transfer amounted to ‘drawing funds from the Treasury without authorization by statute and thus violating the Appropriations Clause,’ ” the majority wrote. “Therefore, the transfer of funds here was unlawful.” Legal challenges arose early last year after Trump declared a national emergency at the southern border. Trump’s declaration sought to free up additional funding after a congressional spending bill allocated some $1.3 billion for border security, far short of the nearly $5 billion Trump said was needed to complete his signature project. The Ninth Circuit dispute is one of several lawsuits filed against the Trump administration over its emergency border wall funding. The court issued two related rulings on Friday, siding with California and more than a dozen states in one case, and private groups in another, all of whom challenged the administration’s move. Trump administration to extend troops at the border through 2021 Overnight Defense: Army to drop photos from soldier records to reduce... 'Today, the court reminded the President — once again — that no one is above the law,” California Attorney General Xavier Becerra said after the decision. “While the Trump Administration steals public funds to build an unauthorized wall at the Southern Border, families across the country are struggling to pay their bills.' The practical effect of the ruling was not entirely clear because the Supreme Court last July ruled 5-4 that Trump could begin spending $2.5 billion in reallocated Pentagon funds to build the border wall while the legal challenges proceeded through the courts. Developing... Related News Lincoln Project launches new ad hitting Trump over China policies Lincoln Project launches new ad hitting Trump… DOJ told lawmakers they are considering a probe of Minneapolis Police Department: report DOJ told lawmakers they are considering a… Before you renew Amazon Prime, read this Before you renew Amazon Prime, read this Sponsored | Wikibuy Solicitor general announces departure from DOJ Solicitor general announces departure… by Just In... WSJ editorial board tees off on Trump: Trends pointing to 'historic repudiation' MEDIA — 12M 23S AGO The non-immigrant visa proclamation is the latest step toward self-destructive othering OPINION — 14M 9S AGO Delayed mortgage payments increase by 79,000 FINANCE — 14M 32S AGO Energy Department aims to boost coal with $120M innovation program ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT — 21M 30S AGO Trump seeks help identifying suspects who vandalized Andrew Jackson statue ADMINISTRATION — 22M 55S AGO Clyburn threatens to end in-person coronavirus committee hearings if Republicans won't wear masks HOUSE — 25M 30S AGO Pence defends Trump campaign events, citing freedom of speech and assembly ADMINISTRATION — 35M 15S AGO Trump's use of Pentagon funds for US-Mexico border wall illegal, court rules ADMINISTRATION — 41M 31S AGO VIEW ALL
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