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Trump ‘manufactured’ border crisis to declare national emergency: Ex-RNC chair Michael Steele

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Michael Steele, the former Republican National Committee chairman, said President Donald Trump had purposefully “manufactured” a crisis to revive his imploding presidency.

The MSNBC contributor appeared Thursday on “Morning Joe,” where he said the president was preparing to declare a national emergency to send a signal to his base supporters.

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“I don’t see any wiggle room for Nancy Pelosi or Chuck Schumer to go back into the White House and say, ‘Here’s $2 billion or $3 billion for the wall,'” Steele said. “That’s just off the table.”

Steele said the president wanted to declare a national emergency over the southern border, and he said the shutdown would help him accomplish that.

“We are where we are because this is actually where Trump wants to be,” he said. “This idea of a national emergency, while he tinker-toyed around with it, he said, ‘Well, I may, I have the authority to do it, I might do it’ — he absolutely wants to do it, because it is the only offer has.”

Steele said the emergency and resulting court challenge would buy Trump some much-needed time.

“He’ll throw it into the courts, let them work it out,” Steele said. “He’ll go to the base and say, ‘I did everything, I got the money for the wall, we’re going to start building the wall,’ and then six months, eight months, whatever time is left over to figure all of that out — he will have moved on.”

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Steele said the situation would likely play out again, sometime down the road.

“There will be other emergencies that will be manufactured and put on table for the House, the Senate, the nation to deal with,” he said. “But we’re here because this is where the president wants us to be right now.”

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Trump administration heavily redacted documents concerning their withholding of Ukraine aid

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The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget reacted to President Trump’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine.

On Nov. 25, federal district court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the administration to produce records reflecting what these officials said to one another about the legality and appropriateness of Trump’s order. The Center for Public Integrity sought the information in Freedom of Information Act requests filed in late September.

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Donald Trump Jr laughs at the prospect that Bill Barr will eventually lock up Trump’s political enemies

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On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr. tweeted a video of Attorney General William Barr saying that he is constantly asked when Democrats are going to prison for their treatment of President Donald Trump, and he jokingly responded "these things take time."

Trump Jr. repeated that particular line in his tweet, accompanied by a series of laughing face emojis:

These things take time. 🤣🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/TX7DuYgAsr

— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) December 13, 2019

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Jared Kushner is ‘officially overseeing’ Trump’s 2020 campaign ‘from his seat in the West Wing’: NY Times

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The administration of President Donald Trump has had multiple scandals for using federal government resources to aid his 2020 re-election campaign, but senior White House advisor Jared Kushner is his de facto campaign manager, The New York Times reported Thursday.

"Hours before the House Judiciary Committee was set to take a historic vote to push President Trump to the brink of impeachment, campaign officials gathered across the Potomac River for a state-of-the-race briefing in which they described how the Republican Party had been transformed into the “beer and bluejeans party” crafted in Mr. Trump’s image," the newspaper reported, despite the fact Trump claims he does not drink beer and is not known for wearing anything other than suits and golf attire.

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