1. SOUNDBITE (English) Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General:
"Here's what Donald Trump also got wrong. No one in America is above the law not even the President of the United States. The president does not have power to act frivolously, taking the powers of this 240 plus year democracy and using them in ways that were never intended."
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2. SOUNDBITE (English) Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General:
"What's perhaps most ironic about this is that even the president knows that his declaration of an emergency for the nation is dubious. He himself said that this will be challenged in court. He already knows it. He himself said that he's probably going to lose in court. He already knows it. He himself said that this is going to be appealed and he'll probably lose. And he already knows it. He himself said that he's hoping to get to the U.S. Supreme Court and then use the Supreme Court to try to win something that is nothing more than a campaign promise."
"The irony of this is the actual work that was effective, the actual work that is responsible and responsive to the real legitimate concerns around fentanyl and methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine that is being done within the state of California is now being put at risk for a vanity project, for a monument to stupidity, a wall that will do nothing to impact drugs coming over our border. Ask any expert. Don't ask politicians, certainly don't ask the President of the United States. Ask any expert how these drugs are going to cross the border."
"And we want to work collaboratively and we want to work in the spirit of partnership. I don't want to be a sparring partner with President Trump. We want to be a working partner. But he makes it all but impossible when he plays these games and manufactures a crisis and creates the conditions where we have no other choice than to sue the administration, join other states and our partners in the federal government to do the same, to go through the theater of, as I said a few weeks ago the absurd and to sort of create a sideshow to the real work that should be done."
California is likely to sue President Donald Trump over his emergency declaration to fund a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the state attorney general said Friday.
Attorney General Xavier Becerra at a joint news conference with Gov. Gavin Newsom said there is no emergency at the border and Trump doesn't have the authority to make the declaration.
"No one in America is above the law, not even the president of the United States," Becerra said. "The president does not have power to act frivolously."
Trump declared a national emergency earlier in the day to bypass Congress to use money from the Pentagon and other budgets to fulfill his promise of completing the border wall. The president said illegal immigrants were invading the country.
The announcement was immediately met with resistance from members of Congress.
Becerra and Newsom said they were reviewing the emergency declaration but are likely to join other states in suing.
Both challenged the notion that there was a real emergency. Becerra said past presidents used such declarations after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the Iran hostage crisis in 1979.
Newsom said the wall is a "monument to stupidity" that would not make the country safer.
California has repeatedly challenged Trump in court. Becerra has filed at least 45 lawsuits against the administration.
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