REPORT: State sues Trump to block Navy money from being used for border wall

NAVYTIMES.COM:

SEATTLE — Washington state’s attorney general sued President Donald Trump on Thursday over his plan to shift more than $3.6 billion in military construction funding to help build a border wall.

In Washington state, Trump’s plan would divert $89 million from a pier project at a submarine base west of Seattle.

The article goes on to state the following:

State Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Trump and other administration officials, saying it was a “misuse of his presidential emergency powers to accomplish an ideological political goal.”

The lawsuit states:

The Constitution grants Congress the exclusive power to appropriate federal funds. President Trump’s Proclamation of a Declaration of a National Emergency (Proclamation,attached hereto as Exhibit A), and Defendants’ seizure of military construction funds, constitute an abuse of power and a violation of separation of powers. Since his inauguration, President Trump has lobbied Congress to fund a border wall. Congress has repeatedly chosen not to appropriate such funds.

Notwithstanding Congress’ refusal to fund the President’s Wall, on February 15, 2019, President Trump announced his intent to spend billions of dollars to build a wall at the southern border without congressional approval. He is diverting $600 million from the Treasury Department’s drug forfeiture fund, and $2.5 billion from the Defense Department’s drug interdiction program pursuant to 10 U.S.C. § 284. He also declared a national emergency at the southern border between the United States and Mexico. He purported to invoke powers under 10 U.S.C. § 2808 to direct the diversion of $3.6 billion from the Defense Department’s military construction budget towards construction of a border wall.

Among the funds targeted by the Department are $88.96 million appropriated by Congress for a naval construction project at Bangor Base on the Kitsap Peninsula in Washington State.

The President’s Proclamation, and his Administration’s seizure of funds

appropriated by Congress for military construction projects, are illegal and unconstitutional.

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