Pelosi Accuses Supreme Court of Allowing Trump to ‘Steal Military Funds’ to Build Border Wall


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) accused the Supreme Court of allowing President Donald Trump to “steal military funds” to build the wall and called the court a “monarchy.”

“This evening’s Supreme Court ruling allowing @realDonaldTrump to steal military funds to spend on a wasteful, ineffective border wall rejected by Congress is deeply flawed. Our Founders designed a democracy governed by the people — not a monarchy,” Pelosi  tweeted on Friday.

The Supreme Court allowed Trump to reprogram $2.5 billion in Pentagon funds to start construction on 100 miles of border wall in a late Friday order, Battleground State News reported.

The five conservative justices voted with the government in full. Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan indicated their full dissent. Justice Stephen Breyer proposed a compromise in a partial dissent.

Trump tweeted, “Wow! Big VICTORY on the Wall. The United States Supreme Court overturns lower court injunction, allows Southern Border Wall to proceed. Big WIN for Border Security and the Rule of Law!”

The court’s decision is here.

The application for stay presented to JUSTICE KAGAN and by her referred to the Court is granted. Among the reasons is that the Government has made a sufficient showing at this stage that the plaintiffs have no cause of action to ob- tain review of the Acting Secretary’s compliance with Sec- tion 8005. The District Court’s June 28, 2019 order granting a permanent injunction is stayed pending disposition of the Government’s appeal in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and disposition of the Government’s petition for a writ of certiorari, if such writ is timely sought. Should the petition for a writ of certiorari be denied, this stay shall terminate automatically. In the event the peti- tion for a writ of certiorari is granted, the stay shall termi- nate when the Court enters its judgment.

Trump asked the Supreme Court to take up the wall matter earlier in July after U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam forbade the administration from using $2.5 billion in military funds for border wall construction, Battleground State News said. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the administration’s request to stay that ruling while litigation continued on July 3.

House Democrats have dismissed the demands for wall funding throughout the year, Breitbart reported. Trump had requested $5.7 billion for the wall.

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Jason M. Reynolds has more than 20 years’ experience as a journalist at outlets of all sizes.
Photo “Nancy Pelosi” by Nancy Pelosi. Background Photo “Supreme Court” by Tim Sackton. CC BY-SA 2.0.




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