Federal Bureau of Investigation officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page discussed in text messages a "secret society" set up within the Justice Department and the FBI after the 2016 election, according to two House Judiciary Committee members who have seen the latest release of text messages between them.
In an appearance on CNN’s “The Lead,” White House spokesperson Hogan Gidley slammed Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dick Durbin (R-IL) for their insistence that President Trump back their so-called “Gang of Six” amnesty plan. Reportedly the plan would give amnesty to millions of illegal aliens, as well as their parents. Partial transcript follows: JAKE TAPPER, HOST OF “THE LEAD”: Lindsey Graham and Dick Durbin thought they were bringing president trump… at least a starting off point with those four items addressed [i.e. DACA fix, chain migration, visa lottery and border security]. Then he [Trump] said no. So there remains some confusion about what the President is willing to sign. Is he willing to sign anything that contains a path to legal status for the DREAMers? GIDLEY: Let me address the Durbin-Graham piece for a moment. That’s not true. Senator Graham and Senator Durbin called the President and said they have a bipartisan bill. They come together with a meeting of the minds to prepare a piece of legislation would address what the president outlined. The president was ecstatic. Here’s the problem. They were completely dishonest. When they brought the plan to the President, it did not do anything
Monday on MSNBC, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez (D-IL) discussed Senate Democrats agreeing to a three-week spending bill that would fund the government until February 8 and said he was “disillusioned” because “they’re caving.” Gutiérrez said, “I’m disillusioned. I think they’re caving. You know Democrats are pretty good at articulating values, but a little weak on defending them.” He continued, “I think we needed to stand tall on this issue. We said we wanted to set aside and put in a safe space 800,000 young people. Their lives are important. And let’s be clear. It is not about a wall. If it were about a wall, we would never had a government shutdown, and we would have been able to move forward.” When asked if Democrats let down the DREAMers Gutiérrez added, “Not all Democrats. Not all Democrats. Now you could say I’m from Illinois. I think Dick Durbin stood up for them and I know others did too. And I’m proud of them. And I’m hopeful that they’re going to come back and that we’ll have a resolution.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Monday on MSNBC, Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN) said President Donald Trump and the Republican Party had a “pretty poisonous first year” because they did “everything” on a “partisan basis.” Corker said, “Look, we had a pretty poisonous first year. Everything was done on a partisan basis, just about.” Discussing the shutdown negotiations, he added, “So yeah, I think this created a lot of coming together of people who want to solve problems and think it will bode well over the next month or so.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Monday at a press conference while discussing domestic spending on community health centers, infrastructure and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said “There is a dark cloud hanging over the Capitol. And that dark cloud is the Trump tax scam.” Pelosi said, “There is a dark cloud hanging over the Capitol. And that dark cloud is the Trump tax scam that took nearly two trillion dollars and added it to the deficit when you take the cost and the interest on the debt. So, therefore, the impact of members on the Republican side voting for more domestic investments is diminished.” Follow Pam Key on Twitter @pamkeyNEN
Monday on ABC’s “The View,” during a panel discussion on President Donald Trump’s new campaign ad saying Democrats “will be complicit in every murder committed by illegal immigrants” guest co-host Ana Navarro declared Trump legitimized and empowered racism and misogyny. Co-host Sunny Hostin said, “I was also so offended by that ad. It was so shocking to me. When you have these ads, these national ads, hate crimes, the statistics are the hate crimes do rise. There are real world consequences for these kinds of advertisements. So you have that stoking of this racism, this hatred we’re seeing and you know, whose hand is the blood on when immigrants are attacked?” Joy Behar said, “In the old days we had George Wallace, remember George Wallace? He ended up in a wheelchair? He was the biggest racist, but he was just a governor of a state, and now this mentality is in the White House. That’s the difference between then and now.” Navarro said, “I think it’s important to point out, you know, Donald Trump did not invent racism. Donald Trump did not invent misogyny. But I feel like he’s legitimized it. He has empowered it. And I feel like it has
During a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) announced a deal has been reached where Democrats will vote to reopen the government with a commitment that if an agreement has not been reached by February 8, there will be immediate consideration of DACA legislation. Schumer said, “We will vote today to reopen the government, to continue negotiating a global agreement, with the commitment that, if an agreement isn’t reached by February the 8th, the Senate will immediately proceed to consideration of legislation dealing with DACA. The process will be neutral and fair to all sides. We expect that a bipartisan bill on DACA will receive fair consideration and an up or down vote on the floor.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
An expansive amnesty plan for millions of illegal aliens, being led by Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and his Democrat and Republican establishment allies, known as the "Gang of Six," would give a pathway to U.S. citizenship to 25,000 foreign nationals who were previously granted Temporary Protected Status (TPS).