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California, New York promise legal challenges to Trump’s emergency declaration

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California and New York suggested on Friday they would take legal action against President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration aimed at freeing up billions of dollars in funds to build a wall along the U.S. border with Mexico.

Trump’s move would circumvent Congress, and he predicted in comments made in the White House’s Rose Garden that the emergency declaration would face a lengthy legal challenge.

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New York state’s Democratic attorney general, Letitia James, fired back almost immediately after Trump announced his action.

“We will not stand for this abuse of power and will fight back with every legal tool at our disposal,” she said in a statement.

Separately, California’s Democratic governor, Gavin Newsom, characterized the national emergency as “made-up.”

“Our message back to the White House is simple and clear: California will see you in court,” he added.

The Republican president has sought to build his promised wall along the southern border, which he says would stem the flow of drugs and stop illegal immigration.

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Democrats, in turn, have said the wall would be ineffective and labeled it immoral.

Reporting by Makini Brice; editing by Susan Heavey and Jonathan Oatis

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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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