Pelosi, Schumer Draw Red Line: Emergency Declaration ‘Would Be A Lawless Act’

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 25:Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Leader Chuck Schumer address the media in the Senate Radio/TV Gallery at the United States Capitol after Donald Trump agreed to end the partial federal government shutdown on Friday, January 25, 2019, in Washington, DC. The day also marks the second consecutive payday when some federal employees have missed getting a pay check. (Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)
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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Thursday said President Donald Trump declaring a national emergency to get more border wall funds than Congress appropriates “would be a lawless act.”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday that Trump would declare an emergency, and that he would have the Republican leader’s support in doing so.

Schumer and Pelosi said of the move: “It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one.”

Read Schumer and Pelosi’s full statement below:

Pelosi, Schumer Joint Statement On the Possibility of President Trump Declaring a National Emergency

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer released this joint statement on the possibility of President Trump declaring a national emergency:

“Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that President Trump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.

“It is yet another demonstration of President Trump’s naked contempt for the rule of law. This is not an emergency, and the president’s fearmongering doesn’t make it one. He couldn’t convince Mexico, the American people or their elected representatives to pay for his ineffective and expensive wall, so now he’s trying an end-run around Congress in a desperate attempt to put taxpayers on the hook for it. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities.”

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