More State of Emergency Context

The NYT has a useful classification of previous declarations (which does show the odd nature of Trump's wall declaration).

The NYT has a useful addition to my post from yesterday:  Trump’s Emergency Declaration Is the First Since 9/11 to Authorize Military Action.  The piece categorizes each of the declarations of emergency made from Carter onward.  It is based on a Brennan Center document I linked in the posted noted above.

The piece helps underscore what such declarations have been used for (again, mostly foreign policy issues).  It also shows that not only is Trump’s the first since 9/11 to authorize military action, it is only the second to do so period.

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  1. Jake says:

    Following three years of investigations, President Trump is still standing. The Senate Judiciary Committee last week announced they have found no evidence that Trump colluded with Russia and Democratic lawmakers and journalists are finding it hard to come to terms with it. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), one of Trump’s most virulent critics, told CNN yesterday that “you can see evidence in plain sight on the issue of collusion, pretty compelling evidence. There is a difference between seeing evidence of collusion and being able to prove a criminal conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt.”

    It will be hard for them to accept that they’ve lost. It will be even more difficult for those whose unethical behavior crossed the line into illegal behavior for which they may be held responsible one day. Those who were involved in obtaining the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page might fall into this category as well as those like McCabe who lied to investigators and leaked stories to the press without authorization.

    Hanson is correct that the coup has failed. Too much has been revealed for Democrats to continue the ruse – though they will try.

    It’s your move, Mr. Barr.