[Ed. – And round and round we go again. A key problem with this constant maneuvering against Trump is that there is simply no way to trust the courts anymore. The reset will have to be very comprehensive to restore that trust.]
An appeals court found that President Trump unlawfully obtained funding to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border by diverting money from the military.
A panel of judges on the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in a 2-1 decision Friday that Trump exceeded his constitutional powers by diverting $2.5 billion from the Pentagon to fund a border wall. Last year, Trump declared a national emergency to use the funds as part of an attempt to fulfill a central 2016 campaign promise on immigration.
“The Executive Branch lacked independent constitutional authority to authorize the transfer of funds. These funds were appropriated for other purposes, and the transfer amounted to ‘drawing funds from the Treasury without authorization by statute and thus violating the Appropriations Clause,'” wrote Judge Sidney Thomas for the deciding opinion.