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Meadows: Congress Could Have Prohibited Trump from Using Funds for Emergency Order Wall But Didn’t

JEFF POOR

Saturday on Fox News Channel’s “Justice,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) expressed his optimism that Supreme Court would find in favor of President Donald Trump if his emergency order is challenged in court.

According to Meadows, the high court could defer to Trump on an emergency order given Congress neglected to prohibit Trump statutorily from using funds to spend on the wall despite Trump having signaled he would use an emergency order to do so before Congress sent him the spending bill he signed last week.

“Well, I think everybody, especially on the Republican side of the aisle, wants to make sure Congress has the power and not the executive branch,” Meadows said. “That being said, Judge, here is the interesting thing: Congress had the ability to act, and actually stop the president from doing this national emergency. Twenty words, Judge — all they had to do was say no funds from 10 USC 284 2808 shall be used to build a barrier between Mexico and the United States.”

“Twenty words if they had put in there basically would have prohibited the president from doing this. But the president did a real shrewd thing: Before they signed the bill and sent it to him before they voted on it, he said I’m going to declare a national emergency. He put them on notice, yet Congress didn’t act. I think the Supreme Court will look at that and say why did not Congress act? Do you know why they didn’t act? Because it’s dysfunctional and they refuse to admit that there is a crisis at the border.”

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