58 Ex-National Security Officials Tell Trump His National Emergency is Illegal
As opposition to Trump’s declared national emergency along our Southern Border picks up steam, perhaps the biggest rebuke of the declaration is taking place today.
This morning, Politico got ahold of a 13-page letter signed by 58 former national security officials, saying that they “are aware of no emergency that remotely justifies” a declaration by the President of the United States.
The letter, signed by former intelligence chiefs, senior government officials and Cabinet secretaries, among others, uses forceful wording to clearly define the boundaries of the president’s executive powers in this situation.
“The President’s actions are at odds with the overwhelming evidence in the public record, including the administration’s own data and estimates. We have lived and worked through national emergencies, and we support the President’s power to mobilize the Executive Branch to respond quickly in genuine national emergencies. But 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 letter reads, according to Politico.
While the letter has yet to be released to the public, we do know that the following individuals are among the 58 signees: Madeleine Albright, Chuck Hagel, John Kerry, John Brennan, James Clapper, Janet Napolitano, Thomas Pickering, Samantha Powers, Susan Rice, and Thomas Donilon.
The president hopes that his declaration of an emergency will allow him to redirect funds that were earmarked for military construction and drug prevention to help construct the wall he has been promising for the last two and a half years.