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Dan Crenshaw Slams Budget Bill For Lack Of Border Support: 'When Will We Start Taking It Seriously?'

On Thursday, Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) voted against the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019, stating bluntly that the bill had some positive aspects, but still didn’t give U.S. border agents the resources they need.

Crenshaw stated:

I reluctantly voted against this bill. There are many things to like in this bill and many examples of good-faith compromises. But this vote was about the border security debate, an issue which shouldn’t be debatable in the first place. There are approximately 400,000 illegal immigrants apprehended while crossing our border each year, and this bill does not take the necessary steps to fix this problem. This issue is not about who wins arbitrary political battles; it’s about the security and sovereignty of our nation. When will we start taking it seriously and finally give our border agents the resources they’ve requested?

The bill was passed in the House by a vote of 300-128; the Senate had already passed the bill with a vote of 83-16. The bill stipulates $1.38 billion for physical barriers along the border, which will be targeted for a 55-mile barrier in theRio Grande Valley of Texas. UPI reports that there is no funding for additional Border Patrol agents.

The bill does state:

For necessary expenses of U.S. Customs and Border Protection for procurement, construction, and improvements, including procurements to buy marine vessels, aircraft, and unmanned aerial systems, $2,515,878,000, of which $870,656,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2021, and of which $1,645,222,000 shall remain available until September 30, 2023. For necessary expenses of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for operations and support, including the purchase and lease of up to 3,790 (2,350 for replacement only) police-type vehicles; overseas vetted units; and maintenance, minor construction, and minor leasehold improvements at owned and leased facilities; $7,542,153,000.

But as Crenshaw noted in a video he made of visiting the very areas in the Rio Grande Valley that are plagued by illegal immigration, the shortage of manpower to deal with the number of illegal immigrants is crucial. While riding along with a deputy chief in the area, Crenshaw asked how many of the 1,000 illegal immigrants that came the day before were not seen by sensors or cameras and went unapprehended. The deputy chief answered, “We had 170 people get away from us that we didn’t know of … we were tied up dealing with the unaccompanied children and family units that we were also encountering … It becomes a resource issue; we don’t have enough agents; we don’t have enough infrastructure, and we certainly don’t have enough technology out here.”

Crenshaw commented, “I was always under the impression, because Democrats keep saying that all you need are drones and censors, it’s the magical solution: it just solves itself. But I guess that’s not true.” The deputy chief resonded succinctly: “No, sir.”

The video concluded by stating, “It’s time for Americans to hear the truth about the border debate. Secure fencing works. It’s a part of the solution, but not the whole solution. No one is asking for a 2,000 mile wall. Border security is a mix of fencing, technology, and personnel. And it is time that we fully fund the Border Patrol’s request for fencing where they need it.”

WATCH: Jim Acosta Suggests Trump's 'Creating' Fake Crisis At Border. Trump Directs Him To 'Angel Moms' In Crowd.

Jim Acosta, a reporter for CNN and a hero of the anti-Trump #Resistance, suggested Friday that President Donald Trump was manufacturing a fake crisis at our southern border in order to build an apparently unnecessary wall. President Trump redirected Mr. Acosta to the so-called “Angel Moms” — women whose children have been murdered at the hands of illegal immigrants — joining him at the press conference.

“What do you say to your critics who say you are creating a national emergency? That you’re concocting a national emergency here in order to get your wall?” asked Acosta.

“Ask the ‘Angel Moms,'” Trump shot back. “What do you think? You think I’m ‘creating’ something?” the {resident asked the mothers.

One ‘Angel Mom,’ according to USA Today reporter Christal Hayes, stood up and yelled to Acosta: “This is real!”

“Ask these incredible women who lost their daughters and their sons,” Trump continued. “Your question is a very political question, because you have an agenda. You’re CNN. You’re fake news. You have an agenda.”

“Take a look at our federal prison population,” the President told Acosta. “See how many of them, percentage-wise, are illegal aliens. Just see.”

“Angel Mom” Sabine Durben, whose 30-year-old son Dominic was tragically killed by an illegal immigrant who had two prior DUI charges, confronted Acosta to challenge his comments about a “manufactured” crisis, reported Jon Miller, a White House correspondent for The Blaze.

The Daily Wire reported Thursday evening that President Donald Trump was being shielded from “Angel Moms” requesting to meet with him by two of his own staffers, according to two White House sources speaking to One American News Network correspondent Ryan Girdusky.

“I don’t know exactly what is going on and why we can’t see our President,” Durben told The Daily Wire. “We’ve been scheduled to come here for over a week. Everything is just so strange. I don’t know who would shield him from us. I just know that if he sees pictures of our dead children, he wouldn’t sign that bill.”

Durbin added that she will not stop her activism until the border is secure. “I’m not going to stop,” she said. “I owe this to my son. He would do the same for me and more.”

Acosta, painted into a corner, reportedly had the “Angel Moms” on a CNN segment following the confrontation.

“Jim Acosta convinced by ‘Angel Moms’ to do a live shot with them behind him. They’re telling their story on [CNN] now. Finally the network airs [real news],” wrote Miller.

At the press conference, Trump further addressed the Angel Moms and others effected by illegal immigration.

“I have such respect for these people: ‘Angel Moms,’ ‘Angel Dads,’ ‘Angel Families,'” said the President. “These are brave people. They don’t have to be here, they don’t have to be doing this. They’re doing it for other people. So I just want to thank all of you for being here.”

Angel Moms have been vocal in the opposition to the Department of Homeland Security funding bill, begging the president not to sign it. As outlined by The Daily Wire’s Josh Hammer, the bill “is the exact boondoggle Trump ran against.”

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Knowles At 'Fox': The Dems' High School Class President Primary

Sen. Kamala Harris of California says she loved to puff the Devil’s Lettuce in college, especially while jamming to Tupac and Snoop Doggy Dogg. Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts has little or no Native American ancestry, despite decades of claiming American Indian heritage for professional advantage, but she believes strongly in “the importance of lifting up and celebrating Native voices,” as she herself will tell you ad nauseam. Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey wants you to adopt his faddish diet lest the world’s upwardly mobile hordes “destroy our planet” by eating meat. And when former U.S. House member and defeated Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke isn’t skateboarding through fast food parking lots, he passes his unemployed hours writing angsty public diary entries. He’s “been stuck lately,” you see, “in and out of a funk.”

These puerile Democratic politicians appear more inclined to run for president of their high school class than president of the United States. Yet Harris, Warren and Booker have announced their candidacies for the White House, while O’Rourke continues to ponder whether to run. Has Harris ever tried marijuana? Her “memories” of smoking pot include listening to Tupac and Snoop while studying at Howard University, where she graduated in 1986 – five and seven years, respectively, before Tupac and Snoop released their debut albums. More likely, the tough-minded Harris spent her years at Howard listening to Brahms and studying for law school. But her campaign spends precious little time advertising the candidate’s nearly three-decade career as a prosecutor, preferring to focus instead on “mood mixes” and marijuana.

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Ep. 199 – Will The National Emergency Gambit Work?

Today on the show, we’ll sort through the madness with the national emergency declaration and the disastrous spending bill. Also, the Jussie Smollett ‘hate crime’ claims continue to fall apart before your eyes. Finally, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is celebrating after preventing 25,000 New Yorkers from getting jobs.

Police: Two Men ‘Potential Suspects’ In Smollett Case; Smollett ‘Treated As Victim, Not A Suspect’

Chicago police released a statement Friday clarifying the latest developments of the ongoing investigation into the alleged hate crime attack on actor and singer Jussie Smollett, best known for his role on the hit series “Empire.” The two men who were taken in for questioning on Wednesday night, police say, are now considered “potential suspects,” while Smollett “continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect.”

“Interrogations will resume today with the two individuals and their attorney,” Chicago Police Department chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement emailed to CBS Chicago Friday morning. “While we haven’t found any video documenting the alleged attack, there is also no evidence to say that this is a hoax. The alleged victim is being cooperative at this time and continues to be treated as a victim, not a suspect. For clarification, the two individuals interviewed are classified as potential suspects. Detectives have probable cause that they may have been involved in an alleged crime and we are working to corroborate the allegations and investigative timeline as our investigation continues.”

The statement comes amid a series of rapidly changing and at times conflicting reports from local Chicago news outlets. On Thursday, multiple outlets including The Chicago Tribune reported that police confirmed that on Wednesday night they detained two “persons of interest” at O’Hare International Airport.

The attorney representing the two potential suspects — whom CBS Chicago says are brothers from Nigeria and worked with Smollett on “Empire” — told the outlet that they have been in custody at Area Central detective headquarters since they were detained Wednesday night at customs at O’Hare after returning from a trip to Nigeria.

“When they first learned about what happened to him they were horrified,” Schimdt told CBS. “This is someone they know. This is someone they’ve worked with, so they don’t want to see somebody go through that.”

CBS reports that the two men allegedly left town hours after the reported attack on Smollet on January 29.

Police revealed to reporters that they raided the home of the two men Wednesday night. Images posted online by CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar show the front door apparently kicked in and the apartment strewn with items, including clothing. One photo shows an inventory CBS says was left behind by police. “Some of the items seized include a black face mask hat, an Empire script, phone, receipts, a red hat and bleach,” the outlet reports.

Below are some of De Mar’s posts on the raid and the two men:

Guglielmi told reporters earlier this week that the “heavily redacted” phone records from the night of the attack provided by Smollett were not sufficient to meet the burden of a criminal investigation. However, according to CWB Chicago, investigators were able to obtain Smollett’s complete phone records “via a subpoena served on his service provider.” Police reportedly used surveillance footage along with phone records to identify the two suspects.

Smollett, who is an openly gay African American, told police that he was attacked by two masked men at around 2 a.m. on January 29 while walking home from Subway in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood. He says the men assaulted him, calling him “n***er” and “f***ot” and throwing an unknown chemical at him (believed to be bleach). He also says they put a rope around his neck and yelled, “This is MAGA country!”

Related: Chicago PD: Jussie Smollett’s Phone Records ‘Do Not Meet The Burden For Criminal Investigation’

Dershowitz On Fox News: Andrew McCabe Attempted A ‘Coup D’Etat’

Harvard Law School professor Alan Dershowitz told Fox News on Thursday that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s having attempted to invoke the 25th Amendment to oust President Trump in concert with the Department of Justice (DOJ) amounts to a “coup d’etat.”

Speaking with Tucker Carlson, Dershowitz said that if McCabe did indeed discuss the possibility of ousting President Trump with the DOJ, then the spirit of the Constitution was clearly violated.

“If [McCabe’s comments are] true, it is clearly an attempt at a coup d’état,” Dershowitz said.

The Harvard Law professor went on to say that even in the worst case scenario — Trump committing treason — neither the DOJ nor the FBI Deputy Director would be within their rights to enact a coup against the President, given that Congress has the power of impeachment.

“Let’s assume the President of the United States was in bed with the Russians, committed treason, committed obstruction of justice — the 25th Amendment simply is irrelevant to that,” said Dershowitz. “That’s why you have an impeachment provision [elsewhere in the Constitution]. The 25th Amendment is about Woodrow Wilson having a stroke. It’s about a president being shot and not being able to perform his office.”

Dershowitz added that invoking the 25th Amendment as a means for effecting a coup d’etat is “a grievous offense against the Constitution” and “a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing.”

“These people may have been well-intentioned, they may have believed that they were serving the interests of the United States, but you have to obey the law and the law is the Constitution,” Dershowitz said.

The Harvard Law professor’s comments on Fox News were so stirring that President Trump cited them on Twitter:

The president tweeted: “‘Trying to use the 25th Amendment to try and circumvent the Election is a despicable act of unconstitutional power grabbing…which happens in third world countries. You have to obey the law. This is an attack on our system & Constitution.’ Alan Dershowitz.”

One of the most chilling excerpts in McCabe’s revelatory “60 Minutes” interview is when interviewer Scott Pelley discussed meetings that were held at the DOJ about bringing Cabinet members together in order to oust Trump.

“The most illuminating and surprising thing in the interview to me were these eight days in May when all of these things were happening behind the scenes that the American people really didn’t know about,” said Pelley. “There were meetings at the Justice Department at which it was discussed whether the Vice President and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the President of the United States under the 25th Amendment. These were the eight days from Comey’s firing to the point that Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel. And the highest levels of American law enforcement were trying to figure out what do with the President.”

McCabe said he was “troubled greatly” by the thought of President Trump being a Russian stooge.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly,” McCabe said.