Donald Trump’s re-election campaign now hangs in the balance.
That’s because the Democrats are salivating over one lawsuit aimed like a dagger at the heart of Trump’s political future.
And now Brett Kavanaugh is faced with this decision that could end Trump’s Presidency.
Recently Obama judge Haywood Gilliam issued an order barring the administration from using military construction funds to build a border wall.
President Trump gained access to the funds when he declared a national emergency at the border this February.
Two left-wing judges on the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the order.
But the Trump administration quickly appealed and asked the Supreme Court to intervene and lift Judge Gilliam’s order while the appeals process plays out.
The environment groups – led by the Sierra Club – argued that the stay should remain in place.
They claimed that allowing construction on the border wall to proceed would damage public lands that would remain untouched should the Trump administration lose at the Supreme Court.
“Defendants ask this Court, without full briefing and argument and despite their own significant delay, to allow them to circumvent Congress and immediately begin constructing a massive, $2.5 billion wall project through lands including Organ Pipe National Monument, Coronado National Memorial, the Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and the San Bernardino National Wildlife Refuge. A stay would dramatically upend the status quo, irrevocably injure delicate public lands, and permit Defendants to irretrievably commit taxpayer funds in contravention of Congress’s considered spending judgment. Defendants have failed to meet the standard for such an extraordinary disruption of the appellate process,” the environmental groups filing argued.
House Democrats also joined the filing.
They claimed allowing the administration to use the military construction funds during the course of the appeal would permanently damage Congress’s power of the purse.
“The injury to Congress’s appropriations clause interests harms not only the House, but also the public,” House Democrats argued in their brief. “The appropriations clause is a bulwark of the Constitution’s separation of powers and the history of liberty has largely been the history of observance of such procedural safeguards.”
This could be the most important case of Trump’s Presidency.
Building a wall along the Southern border was then-candidate Trump’s signature campaign promise.
President Trump has stated that the administration will build 400 miles of new border wall by the 2020 election.
If Justice Kavanaugh and the rest of the Supreme Court justices decline the administration’s appeal there is no way for President Trump to make his promise to build hundreds of miles of new border wall a reality.
Democrats believe if President Trump comes up empty-handed on building the wall, then the GOP voting base turnout will be depressed in 2020.
Since elections are contests of mobilization, even a one or two point drop in GOP voter enthusiasm could doom Donald Trump to defeat.
Great American Daily will keep you up to date on any new developments in this ongoing story.