May 7, 2019

Former general counsels urge judge to back House border wall lawsuit

 US President Donald Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, California on March 13, 2018.

President Trump is shown border wall prototypes in San Diego, California. File photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

A group of attorneys, who previously served a bipartisan set of House speakers, filed a brief backing a House lawsuit that attempts to stop President Trump’s national emergency to build a border wall, Politico first reported Monday.

Details: The former House general counsels asked U.S. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden to rule it's the House's right to pursue the suit following a "drawn-out standoff with the executive branch that led to the longest government shutdown in history," and that the dispute should be a matter for the courts.

What they're saying: "[I]t is clear that President Trump’s decision to spend $8.1 billion on a border wall will not only injure the House’s general institutional power over appropriations ... but also nullify the House’s specific vote to reject President Trump’s request for the funds at issue here," the brief says.

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