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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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Kayleigh McEnany Says Trump ‘Very Likely’ Will Nominate New Supreme Court Justice Before Ruth Bader Ginsburg is Buried

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany says President Donald Trump will announce his nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court, mostly likely by Tuesday. The late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will lie in repose at the Supreme Court. The date of her funeral, which will be a private ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, has not even been announced yet.

Asked if the nomination would be announced “before Wednesday,” she replied, “I think that’s very likely.”

MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell Monday morning also hinted the announcement would come Tuesday.

 

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Trump Says He Will Make SCOTUS Nomination Next Week – Appears He Will Use Seat to Strengthen Where He Is Weak in Polls

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President Donald Trump says he will announce his nominee to replace Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “next week.”

He made clear his primary deciding factors will be to help him in the polls.

Trump told reporters Saturday afternoon “most likely” he will choose a woman.

CNN reports he is leaning towards choosing a woman mostly because he is doing poorly in the polls with women.

Trump spoke about two women judges. He talked about Barbara Lagoa, noting she is Hispanic and from Florida. He is struggling in the polls with Hispanics and in Florida.

Reporters also asked about Amy Coney Barrett, a far right wing anti-choice, anti-LGBTQ extremist. Trump spoke positively about her as well. Reports say she is the current frontrunner.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

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Trump: Republicans Must Fill Supreme Court Seat ‘Without Delay’

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President Donald Trump Saturday morning, barely 12 hours after U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away, announced his intention to fill her seat “without delay.”

The president said the Republican Party has been handed the “position of power and importance” to make decisions for those who elected them.

“We have this obligation,” he insisted, ignoring his obligation to balance decision-making by remembering he is president of the entire country, not just the red states.

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