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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Biden on Supreme Court fight: "This is about whether or not the ACA will exist"

Joe Biden made health care the overwhelming focus of his remarks from Wilmington, Delaware, on Sunday, stressing that the Senate confirmation battle over Judge Amy Coney Barrett's nomination to the Supreme Court is about preserving the Affordable Care Act in the midst of a pandemic.

Why it matters: Democrats are aggressively pushing the message that Barrett, who has previously criticized Chief Justice John Roberts for his 2012 ruling salvaging the ACA, will seek to invalidate the law when the Supreme Court hears a Trump administration-backed lawsuit against it on Nov. 10.

McMaster: Trump's peaceful transition comments are a "gift to our adversaries"

President Trump's refusal to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses November's presidential election is a "gift to our adversaries," Trump's former national security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday.

The big picture: McMaster, a retired three-star general, said that the American people must understand that the military will have "no role" in a presidential transition and that it's "irresponsible" to even talk about it as a possibility.