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Retired Republican condemns Trump’s national emergency threat as ‘a violation of the Constitution’

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Retired Pennsylvania Republican congressman Charlie Dent slammed President Donald Trump in a Thursday CNN appearance, saying the president’s threat to declare a national emergency over the southern border was an unacceptable power grab and a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

Dent told host Brianna Keilar that in a few days, Trump would have a choice to sign or veto any compromise bill to fund the government.

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“If he decides to impose a national emergency, as a former congressman, I can tell you that would be an usurpation of Congressional authorities on a grand scale,” he said.

“To think that he’s going to take money that’s already been appropriated for military construction projects or natural disasters, approved by Congress, signed into law by the president and then move them to pay for a barrier on the southern border,” Dent continued, “is flagrantly in violation of the Article I powers of the Constitution.”

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Trump supported Matt Gaetz stunt to send a message to Senate GOPers and to ‘trivialize the process’: report

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Aides are reportedly advising President Donald Trump to accept that he is going to be impeached by the House of Representatives and to begin to "trivialize the process."

After Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a group of House Republicans to shut down an impeachment hearing on Wednesday, CNN and Bloomberg revealed that Trump had supported the plan.

CNN's Dana Bash reported that the demonstration has been on Republicans' calendars for a week.

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‘Fed up’ Republicans feel ‘growing unease’ that they can’t defend Trump from impeachment: CNN reporter

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CNN reporter Jamie Gangel said on Wednesday that Republicans she's spoken with over the last day are getting "fed up" with having to defend President Donald Trump's outrageous behavior and are growing concerned that they won't be able to defend him from getting impeached.

During an interview with Brooke Baldwin, Gangel said that Republicans were suffering through a "week from hell" after ambassador Bill Taylor's "game-changer" testimony on Tuesday, in which he said that Trump directly tied military aid to Ukraine to the country's willingness to investigate his political opponents.

Because of all this, Gangel said, they've resorted to attacking the process by which House Democrats are conducting their impeachment inquiry.

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WATCH: Alabama Republican explodes after CNN asks about Bill Taylor’s damning Ukraine testimony

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Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) shouted at a CNN reporter for asking about the devastating testimony against President Donald Trump by Ambassador Bill Taylor.

"We start with a bizarre turn on Capitol Hill when as many as two dozen House Republicans upset over the impeachment inquiry stormed a secure hearing room," CNN's Brianna Keilar reported. "Laura Cooper, the deputy assistant Secretary of Defense for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia was getting ready to answer questions at the time. This is pretty extraordinary."

"It is," CNN senior congressional correspondent Manu Raju replied.

"Earlier today, the Republicans who are not part of this proceedings railed on the process. Roughly two dozen or so conservatives came out demanding to be part of this impeachment inquiry. Then they stormed into the secure hearing place," he reported.

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