Of course, there isn’t.
Courtesy of NBC News:
Fifty-eight former U.S. national security officials told the Trump administration in a letter Monday that they are aware of “no emergency that remotely justifies” diverting funds to build a border wall.
The officials, who served in both Democratic and Republican administrations, include former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, who served in the Clinton administration, and former Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, a Republican who served in the Senate and the Obama administration.
Others include Leon Panetta, former secretary of defense and director of the CIA; Gil Kerlikowske, former head of Customs and Border Protection; John Kerry, former secretary of state; and Nick Rasmussen, former director of the National Counterterrorism Center.
The letter, according to its authors, is a declaration intended to be used in lawsuits challenging President Donald Trump’s Feb. 15 decision to redirect $8 billion in federal funds in order to begin construction of a barrier along the southern border. Trump had promised during his campaign to build the border wall but Congress has offered less than $2 billion in federal funds after months of negotiations.
Well yeah, these experts can find no reason to justify declaring a national emergency, but what does Trump’s favorite adviser Vladimir Putin have to say about it?
Because that is the only input he will accept without question.
However, House Democrats are looking for a more direct way of dealing with Trump’s misappropriation of funds.
Courtesy of WaPo:
Congress braced Monday for an unprecedented effort to overturn a presidential emergency declaration, as Republicans worked to limit defections on the eve of a critical House vote while Democrats framed the issue as a constitutional showdown.
Partisans on both sides unleashed sharp new rhetoric ahead of Tuesday’s vote on a Democratic-authored resolution that would nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. Congress has never before sought to cancel a national emergency declared by the president since passage of the National Emergencies Act in 1976.
The resolution is expected to pass the House easily with unified Democratic support. But GOP leaders were urging their members to oppose it, aiming to keep the final tally low enough to demonstrate that Congress would be unable to overturn the veto that Trump has threatened.
That effort may not prove effective as there is talk of Republicans both in the House and the Senate who are ready and willing to support this resolution.
And that included Alaska Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Courtesy of The Hill:
GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) said over the weekend that she is “likely” to support a resolution blocking President Trump’s emergency declaration, which is expected to be sent to the Senate later this week.
“I want to make sure that the resolution of disapproval is exactly what I think it is, because if it is as I understand it to be, I will likely be supporting the resolution to disapprove of the action,” Murkowski said in an audio recording provided to The Associated Press by an aide.
Murkowski added in a separate interview with KTUU, an Alaska TV station, that she would “probably” vote for the resolution of disapproval.
“When I say probably, I want to make sure that what in fact we are voting on when it comes to the Senate is what I believe it is. If it’s what I have seen right now, I will support the resolution to disapprove,” Murkowski said.
This should be an interesting vote.