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On Friday, ahead of the House's vote to pass the Democrats' landmark Inflation Reduction Act package of health care, climate investment, tax reform, and deficit reduction, far-right Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) appeared on Fox News to attack the legislation.
During the interview, Roy suggested that an upcoming Republican House majority should immediately force a government shutdown and hold the entire federal civil service hostage to force President Joe Biden to agree to repeal the legislation.
"What Republicans ought to do — I would personally say that we should deny them a physical quorum today. I wouldn't even play their game today, flying in here and having 175 people voting by proxy. But if this thing passes today — which I assume it will because there's not a single Democrat who gives a whit about the American people and doing the right thing — I would say we should defund all of these entities and we should commit to repealing this bill on day one if the American people give us power and give us the control in the House."
"We should fight this with everything we have," Roy continued. "No more speeches, no more here's what we're going to do, no more hearings. Come in on day one and say, we're going to shut this government down, shut it down until they stop going after the American people. Stop screwing them with high energy bills. Stop screwing them with high gas prices. Stop sending the FBI after them. Stop going after parents when they want to just fix their schools. And the Republicans should show up to the party and actually fight."
Before being elected to Congress, Roy served as chief of staff to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX). One of Cruz's first acts in the Senate in 2013 was to rally Republicans to shut down the government to try to force President Barack Obama to defund his signature health care legislation, the Affordable Care Act.
That shutdown was disastrous for Republicans, with hundreds of thousands of federal workers furloughed or going without pay, national outrage, and Congress finally coming to an agreement to resume funding with virtually no changes to the law.
Watch video below.
\u201cChip Roy says Republicans should shut down government on day 1 of the new Congress next January to force Democrats to repeal the Inflation Reduction Act\u201d— Aaron Rupar (@Aaron Rupar) 1660310210
Steve Doocy calls out Elise Stefanik's anti-law enforcement rant: 'The FBI director was appointed by Trump!'
On Friday morning's edition of "Fox and Friends," Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) went on to attack the FBI — but was caught off guard when co-anchor Steve Doocy actually hit back and pointed out there are several reasons to think the search warrant at former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago country club was justified and serious.
The FBI, as Doocy noted, was in fact looking for highly classified nuclear secrets as part of their search — and he challenged Stefanik to justify why that wouldn't be a legitimate thing to investigate.
"House Republicans are going to follow the facts and demand accountability and transparency," said Stefanik. "The statement by Attorney General Merrick Garland is not nearly enough ... this is Joe Biden's Department of Justice and FBI, targeting his most likely presidential opponent in 2024. It is not news to the American people that President Trump is very likely to run for president. This was incredibly an overreach, it's un-American, and there's going to be a lot more questions from the FBI that the American people deserve."
"Well, of course, the FBI director was appointed by Donald Trump," Doocy corrected her. "But Congresswoman, if — and they're just allegations, and we just have a little taste of the story from The New York Times and The Washington Post — they say, as Peter talked a moment ago, that apparently there was a national security concern about some of the documents, allegedly, at Mar-a-Lago. That they were materials from — they were higher than Top Secret, they were classified higher than that. As you know, they're called special access programs, and apparently they're related to nuclear weapons. We don't know if they're our weapons, we don't know if they're another country's weapons. But if that is true, and they were just in the basement at Mar-a-Lago, that's kind of a big deal."
"Well certainly, Steve, there's been a lot of, again, guesses as to, and media reporting," said Stefanik. "We do not know the facts, which is why it's important to follow the facts wherever they lead. And that's why it's important in our oversight role on the House Intelligence Committee, we continue to see the FBI refuse to answer questions when they create controversies and they overreach, and that should never be the case."
Trump responded to the new reports that the FBI was searching for nuclear material with a new rant earlier in the morning, accusing them of "planting information." However, he has indicated he will not contest the DOJ's move to unseal the warrant.
\u201c.@RepStefanik: [word salad about FBI]\nDoocy the Elder: Trump appointed the FBI director. Isn't it a big deal if there were nuclear secrets at Mar-a-Lago?\nStefanik: [more word salad]\u201d— Andrew Feinberg (@Andrew Feinberg) 1660303206
Intel agencies need to 'assess the damage' Trump created with Mar-a-Lago document exposure: former CIA agent
In a series of tweets on Thursday night, former CIA double agent Naveed Jamali suggested every U.S. government intelligence agency will likely be taking a hard look at the possible damage Donald Trump did to their programs because he stored top secret documents in an unsecured storage room at his Mar-a-Lago report.
Reacting to a report from the Wahington Post that the Department of Justice rushed to serve a warrant at the former president's Florida resort based upon a belief that he took highly secretive documents about nuclear weapons with him when he left the White House eighteen months ago, Jamali claimed the intel agencies must be in a panic.
He also warned, "our entire national security at risk."
"I've held a Top Secret clearance, and had my bags and papers checked to make sure I wasn’t leaving the SCIF with classified info. That a former President would be storing classified material relating to our most important capabilities, put our entire national security at risk," he began by way of explanation.
"It doesn’t matter how 'benign' the info in those docs is, they were classified for a specific reason," He explained. "I can’t even begin to lay out how damaging it is that the information contained in those documents may have been compromised."
He then lamented, "Presumably, the agencies responsible for those programs are going to have to assess the damage of a possible compromise."
You can see his tweets below:
\u201cI\u2019ve held a Top Secret clearance, and had my bags and papers checked to make sure I wasn\u2019t leaving the SCIF with classified info. That a former President would be storing classified material relating to our most important capabilities, put our entire national security at risk.\u201d— Naveed Jamali (@Naveed Jamali) 1660263818