House Judiciary Committee to Investigate Trump’s Declaration of a National Emergency


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The House Judiciary Committee has announced an investigation into President Donald Trump‘s declaration of a national emergency on the border. In a letter, the committee led by Jerrold Nadler announces an “immediate investigation” and says it “raises both serious constitutional and statutory issues.” They request that the White House make all those involved in the crafting of the decision available for a forthcoming hearing. “We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” the letter continues. It also takes note of the president’s rather blatant admission that “I didn’t need to do this” in today’s press conference. You can read the full letter here. [image via screengrab]

Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace spoke with Shepard Smith this afternoon following President Donald Trump‘s announcement declaring a national emergency at the border. Wallace noted the previous national emergencies declared by past presidents and said, “It’s a very different thing when you’ve had a debate for years, as we have, over funding a wall and Congress has decided not to give that funding to the president, for him then to say I’m going to declare a national emergency and take that funding anyway. I don’t think there’s ever been a declaration of a national emergency like that, where Congress refused to give the president money and the president took money on his own.” One political outcome here, he told Smith, is that Trump can still tell his base he’s fought for them as much as he can:
“You could say, as a cynic, perhaps, that he figures, ‘Well, even Continue reading "Chris Wallace on Trump Declaring Emergency: Maybe He Thinks He Can Tell Base ‘I Did Everything I Could’"

BREAKING: Sarah Sanders Has Been Interviewed by Robert Mueller’s Office


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders sat down with special counsel Robert Mueller‘s office for an interview. CNN broke the news this afternoon, and Sanders confirmed in a statement, “The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them.” The report from CNN notes that it’s “unclear” what was raised in the interview, but that it’s likely her public statements on the Russia investigation came up, especially her comments concerning the president’s role in crafting the statement from Don Jr. on the infamous Trump Tower meeting. Per CNN:
As Mueller wraps up his Russia probe, one focus of investigators has been conflicting public statements by President Donald Trump and his team that could be seen as an effort to obstruct justice, according to people familiar with the investigation.
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Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything


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White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders dismissed the idea today that Ann Coulter has any level of influence in the White House. By now, you’ve probably heard that Coulter is incensed at President Donald Trump for signing the compromise border security bill and declaring a national emergency: Fox News’ Dana Perino spoke with Sanders today and asked about the level of conservative Continue reading "Sarah Sanders: ‘I Don’t Think Ann Coulter Has Any Influence Over This White House’ or Much of Anything"

Trump Ally Tom Barrack Apologizes for Dismissing Khashoggi’s Murder: It Was ‘Reprehensible’


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Financier and Trump ally Tom Barrack recently made some comments dismissing the murder of Jamal Khashoggi, in which he said, “Whatever happened in Saudi Arabia, the atrocities in America are equal, or worse to the atrocities in Saudi Arabia.” Barrack continued, “The atrocities in any … country are dictated by the rule of law. So for us to dictate what we think is the moral code there, when we have a young man and regime that is trying to push themselves into 2030, I think is a mistake.” He was widely condemned for downplaying the murder of a Washington Post journalist––at a time when the White House is being criticized for not meeting the deadline to issue a report on it––and he ended up apologizing in a statement out this afternoon:
The killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi was atrocious and is inexcusable. I apologize for Continue reading "Trump Ally Tom Barrack Apologizes for Dismissing Khashoggi’s Murder: It Was ‘Reprehensible’"

CNN Reporter Says Ilhan Omar ‘Angrily’ Responded When He Tried to Ask Question: ‘Are You Serious?’


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CNN congressional correspondent Manu Raju asked Congresswoman Ilhan Omar about her response to President Donald Trump today and apparently got an earful in response. Both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have said her apology for tweets perpetuating anti-Semitic tropes was not adequate. POTUS said she should resign, while Pence said if she doesn’t she should be removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. Omar responded to Trump in a tweet today saying, “You have trafficked in hate your whole life.” Raju tweeted this afternoon that he asked her about the back-and-forth, but both times he tried to ask a question she “angrily” responded:

Pence: If Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Resign, ‘At Minimum’ She Should Be Removed from Foreign Affairs Committee


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MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell spoke with Vice President Mike Pence in Poland about his tweet Tuesday night denouncing Congresswoman Ilhan Omar. Pence tweeted that Omar’s apology was insufficient and said, “Those who engage in anti-Semitic tropes should not just be denounced, they should face consequences for their words.” Mitchell reported last night that Pence wants Omar removed from the House Foreign Affairs Committee. She asked Pence about his tweet on Wednesday, saying, “Republicans were very slow to go and punish Congressman Steve King of Iowa, who is historically critical of Hispanic-Americans. And the President’s Muslim ban. Can Continue reading "Pence: If Ilhan Omar Doesn’t Resign, ‘At Minimum’ She Should Be Removed from Foreign Affairs Committee"

Trump Reportedly Got a New Golf Simulator Installed in the White House


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President Donald Trump is getting a new golf simulator installed at the White House, replacing an older system installed during the Obama administration. Per the Washington Post, the $50,000 room-sized system was set up “during the last few weeks in a room in his personal quarters”:
The [White House] official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of the president’s private residence, said Trump had paid for the new system and the installation personally… The White House official said Trump has not used his new golf simulator during executive time — or at all since it was put in.
The Post report reveals Trump groused about not being able to go to his Florida golf course during the weeks-long government shutdown. After the shutdown, the President golfed at his Florida club earlier this month with Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus. [Featured phot by Leon Neal/Getty Continue reading "Trump Reportedly Got a New Golf Simulator Installed in the White House"

The View Tees Off on Senate Intel Finding No Collusion: What Do They Need, a ‘Hello Vladimir’ Phone Call?


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The hosts of The View this morning discussed the Senate Intelligence Committee reportedly finding no direct evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. NBC News’ report on the finding said Democratic investigators “did not dispute” the characterization from Chairman Richard Burr, but “said they lacked context.” Joy Behar brought it up this morning as something President Donald Trump is getting a “glimmer of hope” from. She noted the hesitance from Ranking Member Mark Warner to fully agree with the conclusion before asking, “So if the Senate finds nothing wrong in terms of collusion with Russia, does that mean he’s not guilty?” “Not to me,” Sunny Hostin said. She brought up the guilty pleas, prison sentences, and criminal charges stemming from the Mueller probe, noting all the lies about contacts with Russia. Behar said their answer would be even if those people were doing bad things, “Trump knew nothing about it. Continue reading "The View Tees Off on Senate Intel Finding No Collusion: What Do They Need, a ‘Hello Vladimir’ Phone Call?"

Hannity Blasts ‘Pathetic’ Border Agreement… But Says He Wouldn’t Be Too Concerned If Trump Signs It


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Sean Hannity tonight railed against the “garbage new compromise” on border security from Congress, but he also said he wouldn’t be too “concerned” if President Donald Trump went ahead and signed it anyway. The agreement only allocates roughly $1.37 billion for barrier funding, a fraction of what the president wanted in the border security fight during the shutdown. Hannity said tonight, “We haven’t seen the language, nor has the White House. Sources are telling me that it’s still being worked out. But if Democrats are going to put a lot of restrictions on wall construction––in other words, that it’s not really wall money––this is not a bill the president will be able to sign. He will then need a clean CR.” Trump said today he’s “not happy” about the deal and Hannity agreed, saying, “The president has every right to be angry.” He said the compromise is Continue reading "Hannity Blasts ‘Pathetic’ Border Agreement… But Says He Wouldn’t Be Too Concerned If Trump Signs It"

House Intel Dem on Senate Committee Findings: Too Early to Draw Conclusions About Collusion


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Congressman Jim Himes, a Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, reacted tonight to the reporting that the Senate Intel Committee has found no direct evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. Anderson Cooper asked him about the “public spit” between Chairman Richard Burr and Ranking Member Mark Warner. Himes said there’s still witnesses to speak to and a final report to be written, adding that “the very word ‘collusion’… is subject to a lot of different interpretations.” “I’m encouraging people to remember that you’ve got three investigations out there––House, Senate, and the Mueller investigation––and it’s probably best that we wait and see what they actually say in their final versions before we get too excited about any potential outcome,” he continued. Himes emphasized again to Cooper it’s too early to draw any conclusions yet:
“We know there was all kinds of communication back and forth. We know that almost everybody who Continue reading "House Intel Dem on Senate Committee Findings: Too Early to Draw Conclusions About Collusion"

CNN’s Erin Burnett: Can Trump Really Bash Ilhan Omar and Say She Should Resign Given His Track Record?


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CNN’s Erin Burnett tonight brought on two guests to discuss President Donald Trump‘s call for Congresswoman Ilhan Omar to resign, given past statements of his own. Keith Boykin noted Trump “has a history of anti-Semitism” and has never apologized, including the comments he made to the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015. Burnett played those very comments, in which Trump said, “You’re not going to support me because I don’t want your money… But that’s okay, you want to control your own politician.” She asked, “How is that any different?” Scott Jennings said Trump made those kind of remarks to “a lot of donors.” Burnett shot back, “That was at the Republican Jewish Coalition where he was speaking. You can’t act like that’s not relevant, Scott.” Jennings said Omar should lose her committee assignments like Steve King did. Burnett showed a few clips of Trump, including Continue reading "CNN’s Erin Burnett: Can Trump Really Bash Ilhan Omar and Say She Should Resign Given His Track Record?"

Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Dismisses Senate Intel Committee Finding No Collusion: Mueller Has Access to More Info


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Former CIA Director John Brennan spoke with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace late this afternoon about the reports that the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no direct evidence of Trump/Russia collusion. As Wallace and Brennan discussed the collusion issue, Brennan said there was “collusion in plain sight,” bringing up Trump’s infamous “Russia, if you’re listening…” line. “What the Mueller team is doing is trying to determine whether or not the engagement rises to the level of criminal conspiracy,” he said. “You can collude without violating the law.” He brought up the Senate Intel finding and said he thought they were going to look at “what the Russians actually did” and how the government responded. Wallace said Trump will undoubtedly tout the committee’s conclusion very soon. Brennan said the committee doesn’t have “the investigative tools” and other things that Robert Mueller has. “The special counsel’s team I’m sure has so much more Continue reading "Ex-CIA Chief Brennan Dismisses Senate Intel Committee Finding No Collusion: Mueller Has Access to More Info"

Chuck Todd Says Trump Engaging in ‘Unprecedented Level’ of Deception: He’s ‘Pretending’ to Build the Wall


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Chuck Todd opened Tuesday’s MTP Daily by asking, “Are we bordering on make-believe?” He ripped President Donald Trump for his “unprecedented level of presidential deception” on the wall, saying, “The president seems to be pretending to fulfill his campaign promise by pretending to build his wall.” Todd noted how Trump has changed the slogan from “build the wall” to “finish the wall,” as well as Trump’s claim today that the wall is being built anyway. “The president seems to be conditioning his supporters to believe that the wall is an inevitability, even though there may be a more appropriate word for it if he end-runs Congress. That would be illegal,” he concluded. You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

Chuck Todd Says Trump Engaging in ‘Unprecedented Level’ of Deception: He’s ‘Pretending’ to Build the Wall


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Chuck Todd opened Tuesday’s MTP Daily by asking, “Are we bordering on make-believe?” He ripped President Donald Trump for his “unprecedented level of presidential deception” on the wall, saying, “The president seems to be pretending to fulfill his campaign promise by pretending to build his wall.” Todd noted how Trump has changed the slogan from “build the wall” to “finish the wall,” as well as Trump’s claim today that the wall is being built anyway. “The president seems to be conditioning his supporters to believe that the wall is an inevitability, even though there may be a more appropriate word for it if he end-runs Congress. That would be illegal,” he concluded. You can watch above, via MSNBC. [image via screengrab]

White House Issues Statement on Attack of Journalist at Rally: Trump Condemns ‘All Acts of Violence’


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The White House has issued a condemnatory statement on the attack on a BBC photojournalist by a Trump supporter at President Donald Trump‘s El Paso rally last night. The BBC posted video last night showing the attack and the White House Correspondents Association issued a statement calling on Trump to “make absolutely clear to his supporters that violence against reporters is unacceptable.” This afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders addressed the attack in a statement:
“President Trump condemns all acts of violence against any individual or group of people — including members of the press. We ask that anyone attending an event do so in a peaceful and respectful manner.”

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Senate Intel Chair Tees Off on Cohen for Testimony Delay: ‘Any Goodwill’ Is Gone


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The Senate Intelligence Committee, which has reportedly found no direct evidence of Trump-Russia collusion, had expected to hear from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen today, but his closed-door testimony got postponed yesterday. Lanny Davis said yesterday it’s being postponed for “post-surgery medical needs.” (Cohen recently had minor shoulder surgery.) Intel Committee Chair Richard Burr spoke to reporters today and said that the committee’s patience is wearing thin:
“I can assure you that any goodwill that might have existed in the committee with Michael Cohen is now gone.”
When asked if there’s a chance they don’t end Continue reading "Senate Intel Chair Tees Off on Cohen for Testimony Delay: ‘Any Goodwill’ Is Gone"

NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly Ending After 17 Years


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Last Call with Carson Daly is ending its long run on NBC after 17 years. Per Variety, Carson Daly is leaving the show but is staying on the Today Show and The Voice:
“If you had told me in 2002 I would be a part of the historic NBC late-night family for 17 years, I would have said you were crazy!” Daly said. “Hard to believe it’s been so long – 2,000 episodes. It’s time to move on to something new and let someone else have access to this incredible platform.” “I’m forever grateful and proud to all who have worked with us at ‘Last Call’ over the years,” he continued. “So many have gone on to achieve incredible success. It’s been really awesome to watch. I owe our executive producer Stewart Bailey a huge bottle of something expensive. He masterfully keep this train on the Continue reading "NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly Ending After 17 Years"

Ann Coulter: Trump ‘Talks a Good Game,’ But is ‘Afraid to Fight for’ Border Wall


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Ann Coulter ripped President Donald Trump again today over the border wall, accusing him of being “afraid to fight for it.” Trump today said he’s “not happy” with the preliminary border security agreement to avert a second shutdown. Amid all this, Coulter tweeted, “Trump talks a good game on the border wall but it’s increasingly clear he’s afraid to fight for it. Call this his ‘Yellow New Deal.'” Some conservative commentators have criticized the agreement, including Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham:

Hannity Pans Preliminary Border Security Agreement: ‘Garbage Compromise’


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Sean Hannity took a moment during President Donald Trump‘s speech to pan the agreement reached tonight on border security to avert a second government shutdown:
“By the way, on this new so-called compromise, I’m getting details. $1.3 billion? That’s––not even a wall, a barrier… We will get back into this tomorrow. Any Republican that supports this garbage compromise, you will have to explain––look at this crowd, look at the country.”

Right before the president’s rally tonight, congressional negotiators announced the agreement. Per Politico, the deal includes $1.375 billion for barriers at the border, and “includes a total of 55 miles.” You can watch above, via Fox News. [image via screengrab]