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Connecticut Attorney General to sue President Trump over emergency wall declaration

Connecticut Attorney General William Tong (FOX61/file)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The office of Connecticut Attorney General William Tong confirmed to FOX61 a lawsuit against President Trump will be filed Monday in response to his national emergency on the southern border.

Connecticut is joining California’s lawsuit against President Donald Trump’s emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border. At least a dozen states are a part of the lawsuit.

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra says there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn’t have the authority to make the declaration.

Trump declared a national emergency to fulfill his promise of completing the wall.

The move allows the president to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets.

California has repeatedly challenged Trump in court. Becerra has filed at least 45 lawsuits against the administration.

Tong released the following statement:

“The President has left us no choice but to take legal action to protect the people of Connecticut and the rule of law. Today, Connecticut joined California and 14 other states in seeking a nationwide injunction to prevent the President from using the ruse of a national emergency to launch an end-run around the legislative process. He did not have to do this — he said that himself right before leaving for a weekend of golf. There is no national emergency. What we have is a President hell-bent on fulfilling a campaign promise motivated by racism and hate, and willing to trample on our Constitution to achieve that. After carefully reviewing all available information from the White House and analyzing all potential impacts to Connecticut federal appropriations, it is clear to me that specific funding — including potentially for critical Air National Guard projects at Bradley — is at risk. Today’s action brings me no joy, but it is necessary to protect Connecticut and our Constitution,” said Attorney General Tong.

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