Published: Wed, March 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Trump appreciates Pelosi's 'statement against impeachment'

Trump appreciates Pelosi's 'statement against impeachment'

Chances seem to be improving that President Donald Trump might avoid an expected rejection by Congress of his effort to divert more money to building barriers along the Mexican border.

Vice President Mike Pence met privately at the Capitol with a handful of GOP senators, hoping to persuade them to stand by Trump in a showdown vote set for Thursday.

After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) declared she's "not for impeachment" following the growing interest on the topic among her freshman Democratic colleagues, President Donald Trump is showing his appreciation toward Pelosi's remark.

"Republican Senators are proposing new legislation to allow the President to violate the Constitution just this once in order to give themselves cover", she said.

If Trump would agree to sign legislation handcuffing future emergency declarations, it could help the White House reduce opposition among GOP senators to his border emergency declaration in Thursday's vote.

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Although four Republican senators have already announced they will vote to nullify the president's emergency declaration, one of them - Sen.

"It's true that Mr. Clinton was not removed from office, but Republicans used the fact of his impeachment as a cudgel first against his vice president, Al Gore, and later against his wife", Reines said. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would amend the National Emergencies Act to say an emergency declaration would automatically expire after 30 days unless both chambers of Congress affirmatively vote to keep it. Tillis faces a potentially tough re-election fight next year.

The disapproval resolution passed the Democratically-controlled House by a wide margin and garnered enough Republican public support to pass the Senate. The others are Sens.

Paul said earlier this month that there were "at least 10" GOP senators prepared to oppose Trump's emergency.

The president noted on Wednesday that he "greatly" appreciated the top Democrats' comment against impeachment but reiterated he "never did anything wrong". Congress can vote to block an emergency declaration, but the two-thirds majorities required to overcome presidential vetoes make it hard for lawmakers to prevail. It would apply to future emergencies, not Trump's current border emergency.

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