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Trump wrongly diverted $2 billion for border wall, appeals court rules

President Donald Trump smiles after autographing a section of the border wall during a tour, Tuesday, June 23, 2020, in San Luis, Ariz. /Evan Vucci

By Tim Darnell | The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

A federal appeals court in San Francisco has ruled President Donald Trump’s administration wrongly transferred more than $2 billion from military construction projects to build sections of the U.S. border wall with Mexico.

The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled the administration illegally sidestepped Congress, which gets to decide how to use the funds. The court agreed with a coalition of border states and environmental groups that contended the money transfer was unlawful and that building the wall would pose environmental threats. The latest twist in the legal battle that has largely gone Trump’s way came after the Supreme Court previously allowed the $2.5 billion to be spent while the litigation continued, blunting the impact of the latest appeals court action. 

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