Maine Independent Senator Angus King told CNN Wednesday that presidential advisor Stephen Miller is to blame for the ongoing government shutdown because he poisons any legislative compromise for immigration.
Host Alisyn Camerota noted the details of President Donald Trump’s offer to Democrats, which included what she called “big, big changes” to current asylum laws, and asked King if the bill would have his support.
“No,” he replied flatly, saying he had two major issues with the legislation.
“One is do we accede to the president’s requests, whatever it is today, with a gun to our head, with a shutdown, with 800,000 people furloughed, not being paid,” King said of the president’s hostage-taking. “The fear is this will become the routine way to do business around here.”
King said his other issue was the president’s “supposed compromise” which he said wasn’t anything of the sort.
“This wasn’t a compromise, this was the president’s offer,” he continued. “But in it were these major changes in asylum laws.”
“And this is typical, this is Steven Miller’s signature,” King said, clearly exasperated.
“You think you’ve got a deal. He’ll stick something in at the end to try to gain a little bit more in terms of limiting immigration, even legal immigration. Now we’ve got something that really makes it impossible to vote for.”
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Giuliani could get locked up for violating lobbying laws: Former FBI deputy director
On Monday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe discussed a potentially serious source of criminal liability for President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani: Failure to register as a foreign agent.
"Forget about impeachment. Let's say it goes nowhere, doesn't go anywhere," said Cuomo. "If you're running this case, [Southern District of New York], and you're looking for potential criminality, what are the potential crimes involved with what we know about Rudy so far and where questions might lead."
"We don't know," said McCabe. "The Southern District has many, many more facts than we have at this points but from the few facts we have, I think one of the things you would have to consider with respect to Mr. Giuliani is a possible FARA, Foreign Agents Registration Act, that requires any person acting as an agent of a foreign principal to file a very detailed registration for the Department of Justice."
Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Trump’s complaints about impeachment are ‘constitutionally unsound’
On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," former Watergate assistant counsel Philip Allen Lacovara told anchor Erin Burnett that President Donald Trump has no leg to stand on when he complains about the impeachment process.
"Look, it's the House. It's more of a grand jury investigation is how it's been described, right?" said Burnett. "This isn't about, you get to have a lawyer and counsel present and all of those things. But this is how they're going to play the game. They're going to say it's unconstitutional, a miscarriage of justice. Is there any truth to it?"
"No, there is no truth to it. It's a constitutionally unsound argument," said Lacovara. "One of the things I learned in law school is if you don't have the facts on your side, argue the law. If you don't have the law, argue the facts. If you don't have the facts or the law, you appeal to fairness or equity or something. That's basically where they are. They are complaining about process even though it's clear the House does not have any constitutional obligation to use any particular process."
Intel Democrat says Trump’s Russia adviser’s testimony was ‘incredibly helpful’ for impeachment
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told anchor Wolf Blitzer that President Donald Trump's former Russia adviser Fiona Hill's testimony was "incredibly helpful" for the impeachment investigation.
"You were in the room for Fiona Hill's closed-door deposition today," said Blitzer. "How helpful do you believe her testimony to your investigation will be?"
"Incredibly helpful, Wolf," said Swalwell, who serves on the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees. "Also helpful that she showed up, and, like some others, has chosen to defy orders from the president and the State Department to not show up. And when witnesses actually just show up, it advances our investigation."