Department of Justice lawyers argued in a D.C. court Thursday that the House doesn’t have the ability to sue the administration as they sought to block Democrats’ lawsuit challenging President Trump’s ability to use military funds to build a border wall under his national emergency declaration.
The Democratic-controlled House filed suit against the Trump administration last month after the president declared a national emergency to shift funds toward building a wall at the southern border.
The lawsuit doesn’t challenge the national emergency itself, but rather the transfer of the military funds toward constructing a border wall.
The article goes on to state the following:
During the second half of Thursday’s hearing, McFadden heard arguments pertaining to whether he should issue a preliminary injunction to temporarily block the military funds from going toward the wall.
The report states that Douglas Letter, the general counsel for the House, claimed that lawmakers are being “irreparably harmed” because the money can’t be returned once it’s spent.
Judge McFadden, a Trump appointee, reportedly ending the hearing without making a ruling, saying that he was taking the matter “under consideration.”
— The Hill (@thehill) May 24, 2019
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