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Schiff: Trump’s National Emergency a ‘Moment of Truth’ for GOP

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Representative Adam Schiff (D-CA), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN that the President’s national emergency declaration to acquire billions of dollars in funding for his southern border wall is a “moment of truth.”

“It’s going to be a real test for my GOP colleagues in Congress and their devotion to the institution. if we give away the power of the purse, which is our most important power, there will be little check and no balance left. It’ll not be a separation of powers anymore, just a separation of parties,” said Schiff on CNN’s “State of the Union” to host Dana Bash

“So, this is going to be a moment of truth for my GOP colleagues,” Schiff added,

The president had initially been looking for $5.5 billion for his border wall, even shutting down the government for more than a month in a bitter dispute over the funding. Nevertheless, he did sign a measure last week which secured only $1.375 billion for a broader border security package that doesn’t specifically include his wall, but does include funding earmarked for roughly 55 miles of physical barriers along the border.

President Trump himself skewered his own national emergency declaration, saying of his wall project, “I want to do it faster. I could do the wall over a longer period of time. I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster” in the press conference in the Rose Garden at the White House that declared the emergency.

Schiff mentioned this as well, calling it a “dare.”

“In saying just the other day that he didn’t really need to do this. He just wanted to do it because it would help things go faster. He’s pretty much daring the court to strike this down.”

The President also said in his declaration that he expects it to be challenged, and even that he will get a few “bad rulings” before winning at the Supreme Court.

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‘Smoking Gun’: Nicolle Wallace Says New Evidence Spells Trouble for Trump and ‘Coup Accomplices’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Friday offered her analysis after a bombshell new report by The New York Times detailing former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“On December 27, 2020 — just 11 days before his supporters would storm the U.S. Capitol with the stated goal of hanging Mike Pence and disrupting the certification of Joe Biden’s win, Donald Trump engaged in an insurrection of his own, calling the acting attorney general of the United States and directing him to declare the election corrupt and then, ‘leave the rest to me,'” Wallace reported.

She then went over DOJ officials’ notes in which the document how Trump asked them to declare the 2020 election “corrupt” as a pretext for staying in power.

“The notes pointing to Trump’s perceived coup accomplices are now in the hands of those members’ peers in the House Oversight and Reform Committee, which is investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn his defeat,” she explained. “The notes also illuminate a well worn theme of the Trump presidency, the ex-president’s imperviousness to facts.”

Wallace interviewed former Deputy Assistant Attorney General Harry Litman, who teaches law and is a legal columnist for the Los Angeles Times.

Litman said, “it couldn’t have been more flagrantly improper. The exact thing the Department of Justice never can do is simply announce something corrupt without taking action, they must file a lawsuit based on evidence.”

“This is going to be amplified and a lot more where this came from,” Litman predicted.

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Trump Smears Capitol Cops With Misogynistic Slur: Report

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Donald Trump is lashing out at Capitol Police officers who survived the January 6th insurrection, according to a new report in The Daily Beast.

“In his retelling, Ashli Babbitt—who was shot and killed trying to enter the House chamber on Jan. 6—wasn’t so much a rioter as she was an ‘innocent, wonderful, incredible woman.’ And, in Trump’s mind, some of the police officers who defended the Capitol that day aren’t the real heroes, calling them liberal ‘p*ssies’ who loathe MAGA, and outliers within a broadly pro-Trump law enforcement community,” The Beast reported.

The report was based on two sources who spoke with reporters Asawin Suebsaeng and Sam Brodey under the condition of anonymity,

“Trump has also maintained that these men seem ‘broke[n]’ by the events of Jan. 6, and that they do not have the supposed toughness or character of the law enforcement officers who, on the whole nationally, still widely support Trump and his policies,” The Beast reported. “According to these two people, and another source with knowledge of the matter, the twice-impeached former president has also alleged that these particular police officers are letting themselves be used as pawns by anti-Trump Democrats, like Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), or simply despise Trump and are Democrats themselves.”

D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who testified on Tuesday before the House select committee to investigate the insurrection, has said publicly that he voted for Trump in 2016.

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Dozens of House Republicans Refusing to Wear Masks March to Senate Side for ‘Taste of Freedom’

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After falsely blaming Speaker Nancy Pelosi for the newly-announced mask mandate on the House side of Congress, dozens of Republicans Thursday afternoon engaged in a performative protest, not against the coronavirus but against efforts to end the pandemic. What appeared to be 50 or so House GOP  lawmakers marched over to the Senate side of the Capitol Hill building for what one called a “taste of freedom.”

The Attending Physician of the United States Congress, following updated CDC guidance this week ordered anyone on the House side of the Capitol to wear a mask if in a group, regardless of vaccination status, but did not make the same order for the Senate side.

While Dr. Brian Monahan did not explain why the rules were different, at last cxount only about half of the Republicans on the House side have said they are vaccinated. Almost every Republican on the Senate side is. All Democrats on both sides are fully vaccinated. Dr. Monahan’s office announced fines and possible removal for repeat offenders.

Among those in the maskless pack making their way to the Senate side were Reps. Madison Cawthorn, Lauren Boebert, Louie Gohmert, Paul Gosar, Marjorie Taylor Greene, and Chip Roy.

Roll Call’s Chris Cioffi and The Hill’s Scott Wong posted video:

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