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Trump again threatens to use a ‘national emergency’ to build his wall and rants it is his ‘absolute right’

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President Donald Trump has offered his own opinion on what would constitute a “national emergency” allowing him to build a wall on the southern border without Congressional approval, according to reports from an Oval Office briefing.

“Trump also says the ‘threshold’ for declaring a national emergency at the border (empowering him to build the wall without congressional approval) is if he cannot make a deal with Congress,” according to the Wall Street Journal‘s Rebecca Ballhaus.

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Trump also reportedly claimed it was his “absolute right” to declare an emergency and build the wall.

“I think we might work a deal, and if we don’t, we might go that route,” he reportedly said.

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If Trump were to declare a national emergency so he could unilaterally begin construction on a border wall experts anticipate an immediate legal challenge.

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Lindsey Graham quickly scuttles press conference after being linked to Ukraine scheme

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not appear at a Wednesday press conference after reports linked him to a highly-controversial Ukraine scheme.

According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, provided Graham with a letter lobbying for sanctions on Ukrainian officials. The letter was obtained through Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Fox News reported on Wednesday morning that Graham was expected at a press conference -- but the senator never showed.

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Trump White House sends formal threat to John Bolton — and warns him not to publish his book: CNN

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CNN is reporting that the Trump White House has sent a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton aimed at blocking the publication of his upcoming tell-all book about his time working for the president.

The threat against Bolton marks an escalation for the Trump White House, which has resisted allowing Bolton to testify in the president's Senate impeachment trial. The president himself attacked Bolton in a tweet on Wednesday morning, and claimed that he fired him as national security adviser because he wanted to start "World War Six."

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‘The worst I’ve seen’: Conservative reacts in horror to Trump’s ‘dangerous’ abuse of executive powers

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Conservative Quin Hillyer has long been an advocate of restraining the power of the executive branch under both Democratic and Republican presidents -- and now he thinks it's time for the United States Senate to clamp down on President Donald Trump.

In his latest column for the Washington Examiner, Hillyer argues that the strongest defense of Trump's conduct lies in an expansive view of executive power that makes the president virtually unaccountable for any wrongdoing.

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