A federal appeals court handed a win to the U.S. House of Representatives on Friday, saying the Democratic-led chamber could proceed with a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s diversion of funds to pay for a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.
Reversing a lower court judge, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said in a 3-0 decision that the House had legal standing to sue Trump for using money to build the wall that was appropriated by Congress for other purposes.
The case now returns to a lower court, where House Democrats will argue that diverting the funds violated the separation of powers doctrine laid out in the U.S. Constitution.
Mexico was never going to pay for Trump’s wall. And neither should taxpayers.
Today, the Court affirmed what we already knew: that Congress has the power of the purse, not Trump.
Let Trump pay for his own broken promises, and bankrupt policy.
The Constitution holds. https://t.co/F1X2bcm7im
— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) September 25, 2020