Rep. Sean Duffy (R-WI) on Monday had a difficult time defending President Donald Trump’s decision to fund his border wall by declaring a “national emergency” during a tough interview with CNN’s Alisyn Camerota.
At the start of the interview, Duffy tried to argue that a border wall was needed to stop the flow of deadly drugs from pouring into the United States, but Camerota shut him down by pointing out that the vast majority of drugs come into the country through legal ports of entry.
“How is a national emergency to build a couple hundred miles of fence going to solve your drug problem in Wisconsin?” she asked him.
Duffy dodged the question and said that we also need funding to better inspect trucks coming through ports of entry — but Camerota once again shot him down by telling him that Congress had given funding for such measures.
Camerota then asked him how he’d feel if a future Democratic president declared a national emergency to fight climate change and then diverted billions of dollars from the Defense Department to enact a Green New Deal.
Duffy admitted that Congress probably needed to enact some “guardrails” to the president’s authority to declare a national emergency, but only after Trump had built his border wall.
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GOP lawmaker hammers Trump for Ukraine server conspiracy theory: ‘Are we trying to exculpate Russia?’
Rep. Francis Rooney (R-OK) on Friday signaled that he was taking House Democrats' impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump far more seriously than many of his Republican colleagues.
During an interview with CNN's Poppy Harlow, Rooney said he was very disturbed at the president's efforts to prove a debunked conspiracy theory about Ukraine purportedly being behind the hack of the Democratic National Committee in 2016, despite the fact that all evidence that has been uncovered points directly to Russia as the true culprit.
Harlow then asked him what he made about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) comment that "all roads" in the Ukraine scandal lead back to Russian President Vladimir Putin.
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During a segment about the president's multiple corruption scandals, Sciutto described Trump's G7 gambit as the president "explicitly, publicly steering a taxpayer-funded government contract to [his] own business." He then asked former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti to comment on why this scandal might get Trump into hot legal water.
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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna (CA), who sits on the House Oversight Committee, said he and other Democrats have enough in hand to vote on the impeachment of President Donald Trump.
Speaking with host John Berman, Khanna was pressed on what he had learned behind closed doors from former and current officials working in Trump's administration, saying he couldn't divulge any more than has previously been released but that there was enough there to raise serious issues about Trump's continuing as president.
Pressed by host Berman whether lawmakers have enough to proceed with impeachment, the California Democrat didn't skip a beat and said yes.