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Evers 'exploring' Wisconsin joining lawsuit against TrumpSubmitted: 02/19/2019
Evers 'exploring' Wisconsin joining lawsuit against Trump
Story By Associated Press

MADISON - Gov. Tony Evers says Wisconsin could join a multistate lawsuit challenging President Donald Trump's emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

California and 15 other states are parties to a federal lawsuit filed Monday alleging the declaration is unconstitutional.

Evers said in an interview Tuesday at the Marquette University Law School that he was "exploring" joining the lawsuit, saying people understand there is no national emergency.

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul, a Democrat like Evers, condemned Trump's declaration.

Kaul says it is a blatant attempt to circumvent constitutional checks and balances and fully expects the courts will block it.

Kaul says if federal funds meant for Wisconsin are diverted as a result of the declaration the state Department of Justice would take the "appropriate action." He didn't say what that might entail.

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