1. SOUNDBITE (English): Keith Ellison (D) Minnesota Attorney General:
"He (President Donald Trump) has signaled that he's going to take money that has been appropriated for National Guard units and drug interdiction and reassign it for himself to keep a campaign pledge to build a wall."
2. SOUNDBITE (English): Keith Ellison (D) Minnesota Attorney General
"No matter what people think about that particular goal of his, it violates Separation of Powers Doctrine. It penalizes states who've made plans for the money that's already been appropriated, and it's improper use of his authority."
3. SOUNDBITE (English): Keith Ellison (D) Minnesota Attorney General
'Well, the first thing that it would do for Minnesota is it would obliterate the idea of what a real emergency is. I mean, we know emergencies here. We've had tornadoes, we've had floods, we've had crises that we've had to deal with in which an invocation of emergency powers was proper and authorized. Never before has somebody just flagrantly done this for political purposes and political gain."
4. SOUNDBITE (English): Keith Ellison (D) Minnesota Attorney General: "The other thing it would do to harm Minnesota is it very well could and is likely to re-appropriate funds that we've decided to use based on congressional approval to use in a certain way that he's simply going to take that away and re-appropriate them in a way that is beneficial to his political goals."
Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison says President Donald Trump's declaring a national emergency to complete a southern border wall is an improper use of presidential authority, and has political goals.
Minnesota has joined 15 other states in suing to block Trump's emergency declaration.
Ellison, a Democrat, says no matter what people think of Trump's goal of building a wall, his action violates the Separation of Powers Doctrine and penalizes the states that already have made plans for the money that Trump is planning to divert to fulfill a campaign pledge.
In Minnesota, Ellison says Trump's emergency declaration "would obliterate the idea of what a real emergency is."
Ellison says emergency declarations have been invoked properly in the state for disasters like tornadoes and floods, but "never before has somebody just flagrantly done this for political purposes and political gain."
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