UNITED STATES—On Monday, June 3, Washington D.C. District Court Judge Trevor McFadden threw out a case by Democrats against President Donald Trump regarding the reallocation of unused funds to pay for construction of a border wall. McFadden presided over a three-hour hearing where he questioned the legitimacy of the lawsuit. He addressed rather Democrats had legal standing in the case as a large issue.
“And While the Constitution bestows upon Members of the House many powers, it does not grant them standing to hale the Executive Branch into court claiming a dilution of Congress’s legislative authority,” wrote McFadden.
“A Seat in Congress comes with many prerogatives, but legal standing to superintend the execution of laws is not among them,“ said Judge McFadden in a written statement.
According to the National Law Journal, Judge McFadden quoted the Federalist Papers in a 24-page document writing that judicial independence “requires that court takes no active resolutions whatsoever in political fights between the other branches.”
Democrats filed a lawsuit against President Trump in April, indicating that by the reallocation of unused funds, President Trump was “stealing from appropriated funds.”
“This case presents a close question about the appropriate role of the Judiciary in resolving the issues in between the two other branches of the Federal Government. ‘To be clear’, the Judge continued, “the court does not imply that Congress may never sue the Executive to protect its powers. The Court declines to take sides between the House and the President,” said Judge McFadden.
In February, President Trump declared the National State of Emergency in order to procure funding for a border wall and move forward in securing the borderRepublicans previously voted to secure the U.S. border with a wall. Democrats did not agree with funding the with Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer publicly calling the border wall, the President’s “border wall obsession.”