Tag: House Republicans

Trump Speaks After Meeting with Senate GOP: It’s the Democrat Shutdown

President Trump said the chances of a government shutdown are “very good”  after meeting with Senate Republicans about the temporary spending bill and funding for the border wall.

Speaking to reporters prior to signing the bipartisan Criminal Justice Reform Act, the President said, “Its really up to the Democrats as to whether or not we’ll have a shutdown. It’s possible that we’ll have a shutdown. I would say that the chances are probably very good because I don’t think Democrats care so much about maybe this issue but this is a very big issue….its up to the Democrats, its really the Democrat shutdown.”

The President also praised House Republicans for their speedy vote last night on a spending bill that would include $5.7 billion for the border wall.

“We had a very busy two or three days…as you know we had a vote on border security and I think we want to discuss this just for a second but the House of Representatives voted 217-185 approving strong border security and the money necessary to take care of the barrier, wall or steel slats, whatever you want to call it it’s all the same. It was a tremendous evening for Republicans to be honest with you because the level of spirit the level of happiness…I want to thank, in this case, House republicans because what they did was rather incredible.”

Comey Crumbles: No Longer “Resisting” GOP Subpoena, Will Testify this Week

Former FBI Director James Comey has agreed to testify behind closed doors this Friday after initially stating he would “resist” House Republicans’ subpoena, claiming his interview would be “selectively leaked.”

On Friday, attorneys for Comey filed suit in federal court to challenge the subpoena. However, on Sunday, it was announced the former FBI Director and the Republicans had  come to an agreement. The arrangement would include a transcript of the interview which will be made public within 24 hours. It also enables Comey to speak publicly about his testimony.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday, Comey wrote “Grateful for a fair hearing from judge. Hard to protect my rights without being in contempt, which I don’t believe in. So will sit in the dark, but Republicans agree I’m free to talk when done and transcript released in 24 hours. This is the closest I can get to public testimony.”

Comey had previously stated he wanted to testify in public, writing on Twitter on Nov. 16,  “House Republicans can ask me anything they want but I want the American people to watch, so let’s have a public hearing. Truth is best served by transparency.”

A public testimony, however, would hinder his ability to answer certain questions. Congressman Trey Gowdy recently appeared on Fox News and slammed Comey for his calls for a public hearing.

“Did he interview Hillary Clinton in public? Did he interview George Papadopoulos in public? Did he interview Michael Flynn in public? Did he interview Huma Abedin…Cheryl Mills? Has the FBI ever conducted an interview in public and has the FBI ever conducted an interview where you are limited to five minutes, which is what happens in Congressional hearings.”

“The last time I saw Jim Comey in a public Congressional hearing, almost 100 times he said ‘I can’t answer in this setting,’ he continued. So why in the world would he want to go back to a setting where he knows he can’t answer all the questions? I’m sure he only wants me to have five minutes. I’m sure of that,” he said.

Early on Sunday, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) joined Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo where he said he was expecting Comey to withdraw his motion to challenge the GOP subpoena.

“I expect that later today Mr. Comey will withdraw his motion to quash our subpoena and agree to voluntarily appear for a transcribed interview…the counsel for the house and the counsel for Mr. Comey have been working cooperatively and I expect that to happen.”