CALIFORNIA AG LEADS THE CHARGE vs TRUMP
In two of our earlier emails, we looked at the US progressed Venus squaring the US progressed Pluto and drew some attention to it. People are not happy under this alignment. Folks are being unfair, possibly in an illegal manner. Situations are being forced or coerced. Here was the nod we gave to this alignment, coming after a string of hard aspects for the US at the end of January this year.
That was from the Moon Mail on February 4th, 2019. Last year in the USA TODAY segment of the MOON MAIL (November 7th, 2018) we ran the following copy:
“On the days surrounding Valentine’s Day (Feb 15, 2019) prog Venus will square prog Pluto. The war on terror, as well as Trump’s illegalities will be in the spotlight. Justice and peace are not being served. The last time this happened (June 3rd, 2017), Trump announced the US would withdraw from the Paris Climate Agreement, while bombings in Kabul (one of the worst of the war) and London shook the headlines.”
Venus rules over Libra, the scales and the legal system. The 15th was Friday, the morning that Trump gave his sing-song declaration that he would, in fact, declare a state of national emergency and that it would probably be challenged in the courts. His alternative was to once again forcibly shut down the government, an option which did not serve him, Congress or the country. On the 15th the focus changed gears as we switched from governmental shutdown to national emergency.
While strong, this alignment pales against what I see coming up for August 10th later this year. At that time, Donald Trump will not be a happy camper. Two powerful progressed alignments occur on the same day. We previously discussed them in the same MOON MAIL of November 7th, 2018. Stay tuned.
The president has attempted to fill in his campaign promise to ‘build a wall’ for his core supporters, but according to the constitution the money has to be appropriated through Congress. As we approached the February 15th date, it became evident that Congress was not going to give the president the 5.7 billion dollar$ he was asking for. Failing that, he has attempted to use a presidential prerogative by declaring a national emergency.
The following is how the Venus Pluto square is currently manifesting itself.
From CNN, Friday, February 15, 2019:
Sixteen states on Monday evening [Feb. 18, 2019, President’s Day] filed a lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration [of February 15].
The group of states, led by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, filed the lawsuit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California.
“We’re going to try to halt the President from violating the Constitution, the separation of powers, from stealing money from Americans and states that has been allocated by Congress, lawfully,” Becerra told CNN’s Kate Bolduan Monday.
The attorneys general from [in alphabetical order] Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon and Virginia joined California in the lawsuit.
It’s the latest challenge to hit the Trump administration, which already faces a litany of lawsuits over the national emergency declaration. Over the weekend, the Center for Biological Diversity, Border Network for Human Rights, which marched with Beto O’Rourke in El Paso, Texas, last week, and the American Civil Liberties Union all announced lawsuits.
At the core of each lawsuit is the argument that Trump is circumventing Congress to fund the wall along the US-Mexico border by declaring an emergency.
“The Constitution assigns Congress the power of the purse, and no prior president has ever tried to use emergency powers to fund a chosen project — particularly a permanent, large-scale domestic project such as this — against congressional will. This is obviously improper,” said Dror Ladin, staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project.
Becerra argued that the states have standing to challenge Trump because money appropriated to them might be at risk.
“If the President is essentially stealing money that’s been allocated to go to the various states for various purposes but no longer will, we’re being harmed, our people are being harmed,” he said.
The wave of lawsuits was expected, though fighting them in court will likely be difficult.
The National Emergencies Act allows the President to declare a national emergency and unlock a stash of funds by invoking certain statutory authority. The President has wide discretion over what constitutes a national emergency. As a result, legal experts argue that fighting the declaration on the basis of the emergency itself will likely be difficult. The other question is whether the statute Trump has invoked — which in this case, requires the use of the armed forces — can be used to fund the wall.
Under the declaration, the administration will tap $2.5 billion of military narcotics funding and $3.6 billion in military construction funding. Acting US Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said he will start studying which projects to pull from and determine whether border barriers are necessary to support the use of the armed forces.
It’s not just lawsuits that the administration has to face, but also the possibility of a joint resolution put forth by House Democrats to terminate the declaration. The resolution would need to be voted on by the House and then the Senate, before heading to the President’s desk.
On Sunday, White House adviser Stephen Miller indicated that Trump would cast the first veto of his presidency if lawmakers tried to terminate the declaration.
National emergencies can last for one year and then terminate, unless the President renews the declaration 90 days prior, said Robert Chesney, who served in the Justice Department and teaches at the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. Every six months, Congress can consider whether to put forward a joint resolution to terminate the emergency.