CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday praised former acting Attorney General Sally Yates over her testy exchange with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), noting she “basically crushed him” when he tried to corner her on Donald Trump’s Muslim ban.
During Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Cruz tried confront Yates over her refusal to defend Trump’s immigration ban. Yates’ memo to the Department of Justice led to her dramatic firing by the president back in February.
Cruz on Monday brought up the “binding statutory authority for the executive order that you refused to implement that lead to your termination,” asking Yates if she was familiar with the power vested in the president by that statute. Yates, nailed Cruz for his line of questioning, explaining she refused to defend the ban out of “Constitutional concerns.”
Speaking about Cruz and Yates’ back and forth, Blitzer argued Yates “basically crushed him.”
“I was going to say, ‘Sen. Cruz, you met your match,’” CNN’s Dana Bash agreed.
“He was trying to do legal gotcha with the code, and she said, ‘I’ll hear your legal gotcha and I’ll one-up you,’” Bash added.
CNN political director David Chalian noted Cruz “met his match” with Yates.
“She really … did remarkably well,” Blitzer said.
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Soccer star slams Trump for attacking her teammate: He hates women he ‘cannot control or grope’
On Wednesday, U.S. Women's Soccer champion Ali Krieger rebuked President Donald Trump for his attacks on her teammate Megan Rapinoe, saying that the president feels threatened by women that he "cannot control or grope":
In regards to the “President’s” tweet today, I know women who you cannot control or grope anger you, but I stand by @mPinoe & will sit this one out as well. I don’t support this administration nor their fight against LGBTQ+ citizens, immigrants & our most vulnerable.
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The Justice Department on Tuesday sued Omarosa Manigault Newman, a former contestant on "The Apprentice" who campaigned for President Donald Trump and later worked for him in the White House, alleging she failed to file a required public disclosure report after she left 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.
The lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington, claims Manigault Newman "knowingly and willingly" failed to file the financial disclosure report after corresponding multiple times with attorneys for the White House. It accuses her of violating the Ethics in Government Act (EIGA) by not filing the report, which was required because her salary exceeded $124,406, despite several oral and written reminders from White House ethics lawyers.
WATCH LIVE: Livestream of first #DemDebate with 10 presidential hopefuls
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Corey Booker and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke are just three of the ten Democrats who will appear on the debate stage in Miami Wednesday night.
Warren is clearly seen as the front-runner of this tier of candidates, and her policy-focused campaign has helped her stand out from typical politicians speaking in broad platitudes and empty promises made but rarely kept.
The Democrats are set to take the stage at 9 p.m. EST and will speak in 60-second sound-bytes for two hours, the rules state. Prior to the debate, two candidates went to one of the ports of entry and immigration is likely to be a key issue in the discussion.