Former Republican Lawmakers and Senior National Security Officials Slam Trump’s Constitutional Overstep
February 25, 2019
The momentum against President Trump’s unlawful power grab is building. Last week, the American people spoke loud and clear, as polling showed more than 60 percent disapprove of President Trump’s national emergency declaration.
Now, nearly two dozen former Republican lawmakers and nearly 60 former top national security officials are lining up to denounce the President’s Constitutional assault:
“As Republican Members of Congress, each of us started with one central understanding of our party’s overarching commitment: to honor our pledge to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States… It has always been a Republican fundamental principle that no matter how strong our policy preferences, no matter how deep our loyalties to presidents or party leaders, in order to remain a constitutional republic we must act within the borders of the Constitution.
“We are coming together to urge those of you who are now charged with upholding the authority of the first branch of government to resist efforts to surrender those powers to a president.
“If you allow a president to ignore Congress, it will be not your authority but that of your constituents that is deprived of the protections of true representative government.
“We are aware of no emergency that remotely justifies such a step. 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.
“In the face of a nonexistent threat, redirecting funds for the construction of a wall along the southern border will undermine national security by needlessly pulling resources from Department of Defense programs that are responsible for keeping our troops and our country safe and running effectively.”
House and Senate Republicans must honor their oath of office and the will of the American people, and join Democrats in putting patriotism before politics and partisanship.