Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer met with President Trump for nearly two hours Friday and emerged saying there is no deal to re-open the government. Leader Schumer told reporters President Trump vowed to keep the federal government shutdown for “months or even years” until he gets funding for his border wall.
Sen. Chuck Schumer updates on state of negotiations to reopen government after meeting with Pres. Trump: “We told the president we needed the government open. He resisted. In fact, he said he’d keep the government closed for a very long period of time.” https://t.co/tWm9rwdemj pic.twitter.com/yVPxfgRqCx
— This Week (@ThisWeekABC) January 4, 2019
At about 2:23 PM ET President Trump confirmed he threatened to keep the government shut down for months or years during a Q&A with reporters in the Rose Garden. He also said he hopes it’s just for a few days more.
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Trump Telling Aides He Wants to Pardon Himself on His Last Day in Office: Report
President Donald Trump has been telling White House aides in recent weeks he wants to grant himself a pardon on his last day in office, The New York Times reports Thursday.
The paper’s Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman says the President, now under siege for inciting what became a violent and deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday, may have reason to be increasingly interested.
“The discussions between Mr. Trump and his aides about a self-pardon came before his pressure over the weekend on Georgia officials to help him try to overturn the election results or his incitement of the riots at the Capitol. Trump allies believe that both episodes increased Mr. Trump’s criminal exposure.”
No president has ever tried to self-pardon. It would be “a move that would mark one of the most extraordinary and untested uses of presidential power in American history.”
Trump reportedly enjoyed the insurrection scenes.
“As aides urged Mr. Trump to issue a strong condemnation on Wednesday and he rejected that advice, the White House counsel, Pat A. Cipollone, warned Mr. Trump that he could face legal exposure for the riot given that he had urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and ‘fight’ beforehand,” the Times notes. “The president had appeared to White House aides to be enjoying watching the scenes play out on television.”
Trump has previously claimed he has the “absolute right” to pardon himself, though most legal experts disagree.
As has been stated by numerous legal scholars, I have the absolute right to PARDON myself, but why would I do that when I have done nothing wrong? In the meantime, the never ending Witch Hunt, led by 13 very Angry and Conflicted Democrats (& others) continues into the mid-terms!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2018
Should he go through with issuing a self-pardon, it would likely force the hand of the Biden administration’s Dept. of Justice to charge him with crimes, the only real way to test whether or not he constitutionally can self-pardon.
Trump’s Florida Rally Will Be at an In-Person Early Voting Polling Place — Side-Stepping Electioneering Laws
President Donald Trump intends to hold a huge rally at the Raymond James Stadium. The problem, however, is the location is also the site of in-person early voting, reported Politico.
Florida laws bar electioneering within 150 feet of a polling station. It’s safe to say being inside the polling station would classify within the boundary. However, Trump says that the polling station location is more than 150 feet from where the president will speak.”
“The Hillsborough County election supervisor issued a statement warning voters of traffic delays. Trump also plans a rally in South Florida this weekend, and Biden has a Thursday event in Democrat-rich Broward County,” said Politico.
Graham Defiantly Blows Up Judiciary Rules and Proceeds With Amy Coney Barrett’s Confirmation Hearing Without Democrats
Chairman Lindsey Graham is ignoring the official rules of the Senate Judiciary Committee, proceeding to conduct business on the final day of Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation hearing. Long standing rules require at least two members of the minority party to be present for any committee business to take place. Senator Dick Durbin was the only Democrat on the committee present.
Durbin warned Graham that he was violating the rules, but Graham pressed forward.
Saying “I know what awaits us,” Graham claimed, “we’ve had this problem in the past, we’re dealing with it the way we are today. If we create this problem in the future you’re gonna do what I’m gonna do.”
Chairman Graham then proceeded with the committee’s business and called for a motion to hold a vote on Barrett’s nomination on October 22.
WATCH: Sen. Lindsey Graham moves to schedule a committee vote on Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court nomination on Oct. 22.
Sen. Dick Durbin objects on grounds that a quorum is not present because he’s the only member of the minority party present. pic.twitter.com/wwFwsp8FhM
— Cheddar🧀 (@cheddar) October 15, 2020
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