On Thursday, the 34th day of a government shutdown that’s left 800,000 federal workers without pay, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi held a press conference about the stand-off with President Donald Trump over funding for his border wall.
Pelosi cited the multiple security professionals, including former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who’ve written a letter airing security concerns as essential personnel continue to go unpaid.
“That should be a call to this administration to open up government,” Pelosi said.
“Instead they have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why,” Pelosi continued, referencing a statement by the US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, a billionaire who said he didn’t understand why unpaid workers would have to rely on food banks.
“It’s a let them eat cake kind of attitude,” Pelosi said. “Or call your father for money.”
.@SpeakerPelosi addresses Ross’s comments: “They have Wilbur Ross saying he doesn’t understand why they have to [go to food pantries]. Is this the ‘let them eat cake’ kind of attitude? Or call your father for money?” 🔥 pic.twitter.com/JZ9wlaytsa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 24, 2019
CNN’s Cuomo obliterates GOP congressman who raided SCIF in impeachment hearing
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," Chris Cuomo brought on Rep. Bill Johnson (R-OH), one of the Republicans who participated in the raid on the secure room where the Intelligence Committee was conducting impeachment hearings. And Johnson's attempt to defend his behavior did not go well.
"Congressman, did you bring a phone in there?" asked Cuomo.
"We headed down that hallway to demand to be able to do our job. That's what we were there for," said Johnson. "There is no classified information being discussed in that room. It is a classified facility, if classified is being discussed, but there was no classified information being discussed there ... You know, a Republican speaker gave that due process and fairness to President Clinton. A Democrat speaker gave that fairness and due process to Richard Nixon. So what do they have to hide, Chris?"
‘He’s long ago left the fact-based world’: Ex-CIA operative takes down Trump’s lies about recapturing ISIS fighters
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former CIA operative Bob Baer destroyed President Donald Trump's claims that ISIS fighters in Syria have mostly been recaptured.
"Okay. So you heard him, right? They've been largely recaptured and there were only a few who got out," said anchor Erin Burnett. "Unfortunately, it's not true. His own special envoy for Syria and the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS an hour before the president said that, said the exact opposite thing about the escaped ISIS fighters."
"We would say that the number is now over a hundred," said Ambassador James Jeffrey in the clip. "We do not know where they are."
‘Ridiculous’ for Trump’s team to ‘feed people this line’ that Ukraine didn’t know about the frozen aid: CNN contributor
President Donald Trump and his associates have recently tried a new defense for the Ukraine scandal, claiming that there couldn't have been a quid pro quo because the Ukrainians were supposedly unaware of the military aid freeze the Trump apparently ordered to force them to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.
On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Washington Post journalist David Swerdlick and his co-panelists smacked down that narrative.
"The New York Times reports that the Ukrainians learned in early August that aid was frozen and they were told to reach out to the acting White House Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney," said anchor Wolf Blitzer.