CNN host Don Lemon opened his Thursday night show anticipating the drama to come to President Donald Trump as a new Democratic lead Congress was sworn in.
“As of today, it’s a whole new world. A world where President Trump doesn’t control Congress. A world where he can’t rely on his own party to push through his agenda. A world where he can’t bully Congress into giving him exactly what he wants,” he said.
“Nancy Pelosi retook the gavel today, when Democrats took control of the House, they ushered in the most diverse Congress in history,” he said.
Lemon then went on to describe the “rollercoaster” year Trump will most likely have.
“Remember, there are no fewer than 17 investigations of just about every aspect of this president’s life. From his campaign to his administration to his allies to his businesses,” Lemon said.
He added, “It’s no coincidence that top Democrats on the judiciary committee introduced a bill today to protect special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by President Trump. The same committee is trying to get acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker to answer their questions about protecting Mueller.”
Lemon concluded by talking about the government shutdown. The shutdown has now extended to its 13th day, and there has been no progress made on a negotiation.
“This president has the bully pulpit. Nancy Pelosi has the gavel. Americans are waiting to see who gets the last word,” he said.
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Melania Trump statue torched near her Slovenian hometown: report
On Wednesday, The Daily Beast reported that a wooden statue of First Lady Melania Trump carved from a tree outside her hometown in Slovenia last year has been burned to the ground.
"The artist who had commissioned the sculpture, Brad Downey, had the statue removed on July 5," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "Downey, who is American but works out of Berlin, had hoped his statue of the first lady would create dialogue about American politics, given that Melania Trump is an immigrant married to a president who seeks to stem immigration. Though the investigation is still pending, Downey said he hopes to interview the perpetrators for an upcoming exhibition."
FBI investigating Chinese businessman who bankrolled media company linked to Steve Bannon
A Wall Street Journal expose revealed that a Chinese businessman is under investigation by the FBI after he used funds to bankroll a media company with ties to a former aide to President Donald Trump, Steve Bannon.
"Federal Bureau of Investigation national security agents in recent months have asked people who know both men for information on Mr. Guo’s activities, including the source of funds of a media company linked to him that hired Mr. Bannon in 2018 as a consultant, the people said," according to the Journal. "As recently as last week, the FBI met with one person familiar with the companies tied to Mr. Guo, the people said. The probe has been underway for more than six months, and prosecutors from the U.S. Attorney’s offices in Manhattan and Brooklyn have been involved.
Mike Pompeo asks Egypt to stop harassing US citizens
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday welcomed Egypt's release of a US citizen but urged the ally to stop harassment of others.
Mohamed Amashah, 24, was freed Monday, nearly 16 months after he was arrested in Cairo's Tahrir Square for holding up a sign seeking the release of prisoners, according to human rights campaigners.
A dual US-Egyptian citizen who lives in New Jersey, he had gone on a hunger strike this year to protest his conditions.
"We thank Egypt for securing his release and his repatriation," Pompeo told a news conference.
"But at the same time, we urge Egyptian officials to stop unwarranted harassment of US citizens and their families who remain there," he said.