Team Obama has a new plan to attempt to stop President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency.
A bipartisan group of mainly Democrats with some Never Trump Republicans in the national security field will issue the report on Monday.
And the majority of the big names on the list come from the administration of former President Obama.
But the group of security experts believes that their letter will be a help to the Democrat driven lawsuits to stop the president, The Washington Post reported.
A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials will issue a statement Monday saying that “there is no factual basis” for President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
The joint statement, whose signatories include former secretary of state Madeleine Albright and former defense secretary Chuck Hagel, will come a day before the House is expected to vote on a resolution to block Trump’s Feb. 15 declaration.
The former officials’ statement, which will be entered into the Congressional Record, is intended to support lawsuits and other actions challenging the national emergency proclamation and to force the administration to set forth the legal and factual basis for it.
“Under no plausible assessment of the evidence is there a national emergency today that entitles the president to tap into funds appropriated for other purposes to build a wall at the southern border,” the group said.
Should team Obama stay out of it?
Albright served under President Bill Clinton, and Hagel, a former Republican senator from Nebraska, served under President Barack Obama.
Also signing were Eliot A. Cohen, State Department counselor under President George W. Bush; Thomas R. Pickering, President George H.W. Bush’s ambassador to the United Nations; John F. Kerry, Obama’s second secretary of state; Susan E. Rice, Obama’s national security adviser; as well as former intelligence and security officials who served under Republican and Democratic administrations.
The letter comes the day before the House is set to vote on a measure to block the national emergency.
That block is essentially meaningless as it would require enough Republicans in the House nd Senate to overcome a presidential veto.
WaPo: “A bipartisan group of 58 former senior national security officials will issue a statement Monday saying that ‘there is no factual basis’ for President Trump’s proclamation of a national emergency to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.” https://t.co/fEBtLp3JAm
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) February 25, 2019
I have not read the list but bipartisan usually means a handful of Republicans and mainly Democrats. https://t.co/SLvvIeK8sg
— Carmine Sabia (@CarmineSabia) February 25, 2019
So tired of these. Remember all the multi-signatory letters denouncing Donald that were released during the 2016 election? Great job!
We live in a visual age. Statements don’t cut it. If you care enough, get together on the same stage and hold a presser.https://t.co/FFI9uh6Azn
— Old Rant Dump (@TrumpinTheShark) February 25, 2019
— JIM BAUR (@JIMBAUR) February 25, 2019
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