Why Trump Doesn't Have The Power To Mess With National Monuments

19 May 2017 10:21 AM | Samantha Coffman (Administrator)

WASHINGTON — Nothing gives U.S. presidents the authority to abolish, shrink or otherwise weaken national monuments, four legal scholars have concluded in a new analysis.

However timely and significant, the findings are likely to be ignored by President Donald Trump, who appears set on trying to rescind monument status on sites such as the 1.35 million-acre Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, or at least shrink them. If he does, the administration will almost certainly be challenged in court.

In their paper, three law professors from the University of Colorado, UCLA, and the University of California, Berkeley, and a faculty research fellow at UCLA conclude that Congress, not the president, has sole legal power to rescind or weaken protections for monuments designated under the Antiquities Act of 1906. Read Full Article...

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