Trump’s border wall declaration is facing the first court hearings.
District Court Judge Haywood Gillam heard three hours of testimony including questioning the “emergency” aspects used to justify moving money not appropriate by Congress.
The administration put together a plan for spending about $6 billion dollars, mostly from the Pentagon budget.
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The judge at the nation’s first hearing on President Trump’s wall project seemed skeptical of the administration’s argument that Congress had never actually rejected wall funding.
This first case is one filed by the Sierra Club. Later cases include one filed by the House of Representatives.
Some things I will watch include (1) whether the plaintiffs have standing and (2) how presidential authority gets defined. I expect this to go beyond district court either way but will also interesting to see how lower courts weigh in here and whether there is disagreement.
This article puts the headline as likely blocking
A federal judge indicated Friday he would likely block the Trump administration from diverting $1.6 billion in federal funds to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, three months after President Donald Trump declared a national emergency to access billions in funds denied by Congress.
Meanwhile the Pentagon is racing to get project started before the judges weigh in