Trade Court Grapples With Trump's Security-Based Tariffs

Law360 (December 19, 2018, 5:04 PM EST) -- A U.S. Court of International Trade panel posed tough questions Wednesday regarding President Donald Trump's authority to impose tariffs based on national security, with at least one judge voicing skepticism about the scope of the law he used to set levies on steel and aluminum earlier this year.

The case, spearheaded by the American Institute for International Steel, asserts that the law Trump used for those duties — Section 232 of the Trade Expansion Act of 1962 — violates the U.S. Constitution because it effectively transfers authority over trade policy from Congress to the executive branch.

A special three-judge CIT panel...

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