An official confirmed the White House has also looked into diverting disaster relief funds — but no decision has been made as to what Trump might do to bypass Congress for wall money, if anything at all. Trump said today he would like to avoid declaring a national emergency “right now,” as he called on Congress to “do its job.”
Republican Congressman Mark Meadows, a top ally of Trump’s on Capitol Hill, is among those who have pushed the civil asset forfeiture option over a national emergency declaration. Meadows today tweeted his support for attempting to use forfeiture money for the wall before declaring a national emergency. Two sources said there is support for the civil asset forfeiture approach among some House Freedom Caucus members, who would very likely support the President anyway if he decided instead to do the emergency declaration.
While other options look at funds coming from the Department of Defense, these would come from Justice Department.