1 Trump To Sign Budget Deal, Declare National Emergency
The massive government spending bill that averts another partial government shutdown is headed to President Trump's desk after passage by the Senate yesterday and House last night. The vote was 300-128. One-quarter of the federal government set to run out of money today. And when we say “massive,” we mean REALLY big – to the tune of $333-billion. As for exactly what’s in it? Well, that’s up for debate considering that the text of the 1,159-page bill was released late Wednesday night. Either way, the President is expected to sign it in the Rose Garden today. Something else he’ll sign off on? Declaring an emergency at the U.S.-Mexico border. In a statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders confirms Trump will take executive action to stop a "national security and humanitarian crisis at the border." The idea? To divert Defense Department funds to build a massive border wall. While Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has signaled support for the declaration, Dems are flaming – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is accusing Trump of plotting an "end run" around Congress. Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called it a “tremendous mistake” and “a gross abuse of power.”
2 Senate Confirms Barr As Attorney General, He’s Sworn In
It’s official, William Barr is America's newest attorney general. Barr, who previously headed the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush, was sworn in yesterday shortly after being confirmed by the Senate. As you’ll recall, President Trump picked Barr to replace fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Republicans called the 68-year-old corporate lawyer eminently qualified for the post. Of course, a number of Democrats are unhappy about Barr's noncommittal answers on releasing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's final report, once Mueller's work is finished. As attorney general, Barr will now oversee that investigation.
3 McCabe: There Were Discussions About Removing Trump
Andrew McCabe claims justice officials discussed whether the Vice President and Cabinet could push for the removal of President Trump from office under the 25th Amendment. In an interview with CBS News' "60 Minutes," which will air on Sunday, the Former FBI Deputy Director says those talks took place during the eight days between the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey and the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller . McCabe also says he believed Comey was fired to obstruct the Russia investigation – and that he ordered an obstruction probe into Trump over any possible Russian collusion during the election just in case he was also fired. Of course, McCabe was eventually fired for misleading investigators about leaks after announcing his early retirement. He gave the interview ahead of the release of his new book about Trump.