Constitution expert Laurence Tribe on Saturday explained how Speaker Nancy Pelosi has legal standing to sue President Donald Trump over his declaration of a national emergency to build his border wall.
Prof. Tribe has taught at Harvard Law for fifty years and has argued three dozen cases before the United States Supreme Court.
"Trump's actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution," Pelosi tweeted. "The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available."
Tribe agreed, while explaining a potential remedy at the Speaker's disposal.
"The House of Representatives has standing to sue Trump in the US district court for DC," Tribe noted.
He cited a 2015 case as precedent.
"Speaker Pelosi shouldn't hesitate to take Trump to court. She'll have a compelling case," he explained.
Here are some of his additional thoughts on the national emergency:
I’m with @RepJerryNadler here. Calling Trump’s frustration with our form of government an “emergency” so he can sei… https://t.co/bXUT9gNuUx— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550187490.0
Question for the President from US Constitution, Art. I sec. 9: “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but i… https://t.co/PZjTg1uHjr— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550232888.0
The Senate voted 83-16, the House 300-128, to authorize $1.375 billion in public money to be spent for more physica… https://t.co/KEcpz3BWMu— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550234019.0
Trump just said “I didn’t need to do this.” Some emergency!— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550247205.0
This argument that Dems strengthened Trump’s legal hand has it backwards. By appropriating $1.375 for a fence and s… https://t.co/l5zwFzF5Wo— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550326900.0
I’m sheltering in place. How bout you? https://t.co/NA4QbKR7WL— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550365499.0
No emergency, for sure. But it turns out the BIGGEST legal weakness in Trump’s defense is that NONE of the federal… https://t.co/PZKjB8Oy11— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550367917.0
The House of Representatives has standing to sue Trump in the US district court for DC. See (ironically) US House o… https://t.co/ivDYGTIjyY— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe)1550366005.0