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Judge: Military spending in Washington can't go to wall

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Posted at 7:05 PM, Feb 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-27 20:05:00-05

A judge says President Donald Trump may not divert $89 million intended for a military construction project in Washington state to build his border wall.

The U.S. Supreme Court and some other courts have ruled that the administration can begin diverting billions in military spending to the wall. But U.S. District Judge Barbara Rothstein ruled Thursday that a case brought by Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson contains different arguments which are not covered by those decisions.

She found that diverting the money is unlawful because it would take money that Congress appropriated for the military and use it for domestic law enforcement.