Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) on Friday appeared to short circuit after CNN’s John Berman asked him if a Democrat president could in the future use the precedent being set by President Donald Trump to unilaterally declare climate change a “national emergency.”
During a discussion about Trump potentially bypassing Congress to order the construction of his border wall by declaring a “national emergency,” Berman asked Brooks what he would think of a future Democratic president using the same tactics to address climate change.
“I’m sorry, you’d have to… that was kind of convoluted, the way I heard it, could you please restate it?” Brooks said in response.
“What I’m saying is, if the president can make the claim that national security money, emergency money is needed for a wall, could a president at one point say it’s needed to fight climate change?” he asked.
At this point, Brooks’ eyes darted about and there was an uncomfortable pause before he responded.
“I would have to look at the specific statutes to see what you can and cannot do,” he said. “This is so far out there…”
“Why?” Berman interjected. “If it’s a matter of national security and the president deems it so, why is it outside the purview of the law?”
“I don’t see how that example that you gave affects the national security of the United States,” he replied.
“The Pentagon and the intelligence services often talk about the affects of climate change,” Berman shot back.
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Jeffrey Toobin accuses Dershowitz of trying to ‘elevate himself’ with Trump trial in fiery CNN confrontation
CNN's "State of the Union" kicked off Sunday morning with a battle between one of Donald Trump's impeachment defense lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, and CNN legal contributor - and former Dershowitz student -- Jeffrey Toobin, with Toobin right away getting in a shot at his old professor for trying to elevate his profile by working for the president.
With fill-in host Brianna Keillar acting as referee and pressing Dershowitz to explain his legal case supporting the president, the conversation turned into a sparring match as Toobin disputed the Trump attorney's contention that the president did not abuse his power-- which is the centerpiece of the Senate trial.
Presidential historian rains hell on National Archives for ‘idiotic’ decision to blur photos to spare Trump’s feelings
Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, noted presidential historian Douglas Brinkley harshly criticized the decision by the National Archives to blur photos of posters that were critical of Donald Trump, saying it was a betrayal of their mission.
Speaking with host Martin Savidge, the normally staid Brinkley was blunt in his assessment of the decision -- despite an apology from a spokesperson for the Archives -- calling the very fact that it even happened "idiotic."
"I could not believe the National Archives did such a thing," Brinkley began. "It's such a venerable institution and we all trust it. It's the depository of our national heirlooms and leavings and here it is doctoring photos to make Donald Trump look good. I mean to the idea you take the women's march of 2017 which was largely anti-Trump march and start changing signs like one sign said 'God hates Trump,' they just blurred out the word Trump so the protester sign says 'God hates.' That was replicated many times, it's an idiotic idea to have altered that photograph. I am pleased a retraction has come our way. "
He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’
President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.
"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."