Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) shared his prediction over a House-led effort to block President Trump’s border wall national emergency declaration, saying it will be “deader than dead” after Trump rejects the bill.
“IT’LL PASS THE HOUSE, WITH A HANDFUL OF REPUBLICAN VOTES,” SAID GRAHAM “IT’LL COME TO THE SENATE, IT MIGHT GET 51 [VOTES]. IT’LL GET VETOED BY THE PRESIDENT, AND REPUBLICANS WILL STAND WITH THE PRESIDENT TO SUSTAIN HIS VETO, AND IT WILL BE DEADER THAN DEAD.”
Graham feels that republicans may break ranks over fears that allowing the emergency declaration to go forward will lead to potential future democratic administrations using similar declarations, and are unwilling to cede that much power to the administrative branch. Graham, however, doesn’t see that as a real issue.
The president has already said that he will reject such a resolution.
“Will I veto? One-hundred percent,” and I don’t think it survives a veto,” said Trump in the Oval Office.
President Trump declared a national emergency even after signing the spending bill that reopened the government after a disastrous 37-day government shutdown. That bill allowed for $1.375 billion for border security, far less than the $5.5 billion he was aiming for to just start his southern border wall.
Trump has claimed that such a wall is necessary since his election campaign, famously claiming initially that Mexico would pat for construction. He has since decided to look for his funding domestically. His national emergency declaration would hit funds already earmarked for U.S. Military construction projects.
Polls have shown that support for President Trump’s national emergency declaration remains low, with an NPR/PBS Newshour/Marist poll showing a 61-36 split against the declaration. Pulls from Morning Consult/Politico poll and HuffPost/YouGov has shown a similar lack of overall support.
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David Holmes opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report
Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.
"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.
""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"
Putting ‘health of all species’ in danger: Trump EPA proposal guts restrictions on toxic herbicide linked to birth defects
"The pro-industry zealots now running the EPA's pesticide office are making a mockery of science and eliminating key safety measures, all for company profits."
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‘Rudy has got to be looking at handcuffs’: Ex-prosecutor says Giuliani will have a tough time in prison
Another Donald Trump attorney is looking at serving prison time, a former federal prosecutor predicted on MSNBC on Friday.
MSNBC "Meet the Press Daily" host Chuck Todd asked former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner if prosecutors would be tougher on Giuliania because he had once been a prosecutor himself.
"It’s tough to figure out, first of all, how Rudy is going to play it because based on what we’ve seen and particularly if [Lev] Parnas flips, Rudy has got to be looking at handcuffs sometime soon," Kirschner replied.
"And Chuck, what does he do? As a former U.S. Attorney, does he want to run the risk of ending up in the bureau of prisons where he will not find a lot of friends in the inmate population," he explained.