Attorneys General sue Trump over emergency declaration; Rosenstein expected to step down in mid-March

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Developing now, Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2019

NEW YORK, CALIFORNIA, 14 OTHER STATES SUE TRUMP IN NINTH CIRCUIT OVER EMERGENCY DECLARATION: The attorneys general of California, New York, and 14 other states on Monday filed a lawsuit in the Ninth Circuit against the White House's recent national emergency declaration over border security, claiming President Trump has "veered the country toward a constitutional crisis of his own making."

Trump had predicted the lawsuit last week. He's slammed the Ninth Circuit multiple times as "disgraceful" and politically biased.

The litigation, brought before a federal trial court in the Northern District of California, seeks an injunction to prevent Trump from shifting billions of dollars from military construction to the border without explicit congressional approval. The suit also asks a court to declare Trump's actions illegal, arguing that Trump showed a "flagrant disregard of fundamental separation of powers principles ingrained in the United States Constitution" by violating the Constitution's Presentment and Appropriations Clauses, which govern federal spending.

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DEPUTY AG ROSENSTEIN EXPECTED TO STEP DOWN BY MID-MARCH, OFFICIAL SAYS: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is expected to leave his role at the Justice Department by mid-March, a senior DOJ official told Fox News on Monday.

FILE: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks before welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to speak to Drug Enforcement Administration employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va.

FILE: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, speaks before welcoming Vice President Mike Pence to speak to Drug Enforcement Administration employees at their headquarters in Arlington, Va. (AP)

An official announcement of who has been selected to replace Rosenstein could come as early as this week. A Trump administration official added that Attorney General William Barr has picked Jeffrey Rosen, who currently serves as Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, to take over for Rosenstein.

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VENEZUELAN WHO ESCAPED SOCIALIST NIGHTMARE SLAMS GREEN NEW DEAL BACKED BY OCASIO-CORTEZ: Venezuelan citizen, who left the crisis-stricken country in his teens for America, is speaking out against socialism and the Maduro regime -- and giving a warning to anyone who may support the Green New Deal backed by liberal Democrats including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y.

Daniel Di Martino told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” that his family went from flourishing in the upper middle class to making just two dollars a day under now-disputed Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and former President Hugo Chavez.

KAMALA HARRIS GIVES AWKWARD RESPONSE WHEN ASKED ABOUT JUSSIE SMOLLETT CLAIMS: Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris appeared to be caught off guard Monday when she was asked about the latest developments in the alleged attack on "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett.

During an appearance at a bookstore in Concord, N.H., a female reporter asked the senator from California if she wanted to amend a tweet from Jan. 29, in which she said Smollett was the victim of "an attempted modern day lynching" and called the actor "one of the kindest, most gentle human beings I know." Harris has also used the Smollett attack to push legislation that would make lynching a federal hate crime. She now said that she will not comment on the case until we learn the outcome of the investigation.

  • Kamala Harris distances herself from Bernie Sanders: 'I am not a democratic socialist'

MAN WHO DIED IN DEMOCRATIC MEGADONOR ED BUCK'S HOME CALLED HIM A 'F---ING DEVIL,' REPORT SAYS: A man who died last month at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic Party fundraiser Ed Buck warned his friends to steer clear of the well-connected donor and referred to him as a "f---ing devil" and "a horrible, horrible man," according to a report Monday night.

Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck's apartment early on Jan. 7, 17 months after 26-year-old male escort Gemmel Moore was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose. The Daily Beast reported that Dean and Buck had a relationship years before Moore's death, but Dean's friends claimed the relationship turned into a one-sided affair -- with Buck sending multiple text messages to Dean and Dean declining to respond.

THE SOUNDBITE

AN UNCONSTITUTIONAL COUP D’ETAT – “I don’t want to criminalize differences on either side, but there ought to be hearings and we ought to get to the truth as to how serious Rosenstein was. Did he actually think about, plan about, wearing a wire? Did he actually speak to or consider speaking to cabinet members getting their approval for the invoking of the 25th Amendment? That would be a serious movement toward an unconstitutional coup d’etat. – Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz on “America’s Newsroom,” on his belief that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein were searching for a way to remove President Donald Trump from office. WATCH

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