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US House panel announces emergency declaration probe in letter to Trump

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A key committee in the U.S. House of Representatives announced on Friday it was launching an immediate investigation into President Donald Trump’s national emergency declaration, saying his move to fund his promised wall at the U.S.-Mexico border raised constitutional and statutory issues.

In a letter to Trump, Democrats who control the House Judiciary Committee asked the Republican president to make available for a hearing White House and Justice Department officials involved in the action. They also requested legal documents on the decision that led to the declaration, setting a deadline of next Friday.

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“We believe your declaration of an emergency shows a reckless disregard for the separation of powers and your own responsibilities under our constitutional system,” said the letter signed by committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler and other top Democrats on the panel.

Reporting by David Morgan; editing by Jonathan Oatis


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Diehard Trump fans explain their love for the ‘orange’ president: ‘He’s just like a regular cab driver dude’

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Donning a camouflage Trump baseball cap and Trump-Pence 2020 sneakers, Ronnie Drury arrived nearly 12 hours early to hear President Donald Trump speak Thursday evening at a reelection rally in Dallas.

“This is the biggest thing on my bucket list, and I’m checking it off,” he said.

For Drury, of Plano, the draw wasn’t hearing Trump discuss any particular policy issue but receiving affirmation on his staunch beliefs toward Social Security and immigration policy. “They can’t live off of you and I’s benefits,” Drury said of migrants entering through the U.S.-Mexico border. “They have to work just like everybody else does.”

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Fox News host get schooled after trying to rationalize Mulvaney’s Ukraine confession

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On this Friday's edition of Fox & Friends, the panel discussed acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney's recent press conference where he undermined the White House's talking points regarding President Trump's infamous July 25 phone call with Ukraine's president, saying that there indeed was a quid pro quo discussed on the call. Mulvaney subsequently walked back his comments, releasing a statement that essentially denied what he originally said.

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The pro-Trump Super PAC at the center of the Ukraine scandal has faced multiple campaign finance complaints

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Last year, a Department of Defense contractor quietly donated half a million dollars to a group supporting President Donald Trump’s reelection.

Once a watchdog organization noticed it, the contribution raised an alarm. Federal contractors are not allowed to donate to political entities. And groups are required by law to examine all donations for potential legal issues. If they discover that a contractor has made a contribution, the money has to be returned.

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