Amid news that President Donald Trump wants to have a primetime address to talk about his border wall, one former Justice Department appointee read between the lines.
Quoting a tweet from the New York Times‘ Maggie Haberman about the report she co-authored revealing the planned address, Obama-era Homeland Security and Justice Department appointee Eric Columbus offered his conjecture on its real purpose.
Admitting that he was “just speculating,” Columbus wrote that Trump may announce a national emergency “thus unlocking statutes that some argue allow some wall-building.”
The move would kick the fights to federal courts, “allowing him to reopen government while saving face.”
“If he later loses in court he’ll have a new scapegoat,” the former DOJ appointee noted.
Just speculating: Trump might
— announce national emergency
— thus unlocking statutes that some argue allow some wall-building
— thereby kicking fight to courts
— allowing him to reopen government while saving face
— and if he later loses in court he’ll have a new scapegoat. https://t.co/ICf2iUz8Mz
— Eric Columbus (@EricColumbus) January 7, 2019