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Conservative outlines GOP ‘nightmare’ scenario for Trump’s national emergency border wall

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If President Donald Trump really does declare a national emergency as a way to go around Congress to fund his border wall, what precedent would that set for future presidents?

Writing in the Washington Examiner, conservative Philip Klein outlines how Trump’s gambit to build his border wall without congressional approval could completely blow up in the GOP’s face.

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According to Klein, the worst-case scenario for the president is that the Supreme Court rules he has the right as president to build the wall by declaring an emergency — and then he still loses the 2020 presidential election to a progressive Democrat.

“In that case, Trump wins the case in court, but the decision comes too late for him to get much construction done by the end of his first term,” Klein explains. “Then, he loses re-election. The next Democratic president could then stop construction on the border wall but still turn around and use the precedent set by court decision as a means of advancing any big-ticket liberal items that can’t get through Congress.”

In other words, concludes Klein, Republicans will have spent years of political capital to tear down governing norms only to “give the next Democratic president a blank check.”

For Klein, this scenario represents nothing short of a “nightmare” for the GOP.

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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