White House on #SchumerShutdown: DEMS holding Americans, U.S. military, hostage over ILLEGAL aliens

(National SentinelShutting Down: The White House on Friday issued a blistering statement following the expiration of government funding, leading to a partial shutdown of the government, blaming it squarely on Democrats and their Senate leader, Charles Schumer of New York.

In the statement, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made it clear that President Donald J. Trump was putting American citizens first and foremost in any budget and related negotiations, but that Democrats were more interested in gaining protections for people in the country illegally, no matter when or how they came.

“Senate Democrats own the Schumer Shutdown,” Sanders said.

“Tonight, they put politics above our national security, military families, vulnerable children, and our country’s ability to serve all Americans. We will not negotiate the status of unlawful immigrants while Democrats hold our lawful citizens hostage over their reckless demands,” she continued.

“This is the behavior of obstructionist losers, not legislators. When Democrats start paying our armed forces and first responders we will reopen negotiations on immigration reform,” Sanders added.

“During this politically manufactured Schumer Shutdown, the President and his Administration will fight for and protect the American people.”

The House continuing budget resolution to fund the government through February 16 (and the Children’s Health Insurance Program for six years) failed a cloture vote in the Senate on a largely party line vote, 50 to 49.

All Democrats voted against cloture except Senators Joe Donnelly of Indiana, Doug Jones of Alabama, Claire McCaskill of Missouri, Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

All Republicans voted for cloture except Jeff Flake of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Rand Paul of Kentucky and Mike Lee of Utah. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky voted no for procedural reasons.

An absent John McCain of Arizona did not vote.

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Bannon releases FULL STATEMENT after ‘Fire and Fury’ debacle: Defends DON Jr.; FULLY backs Trump

(National SentinelMIA Mea Culpa: Breitbart News chief and former presidential political strategist Steve Bannon on Sunday issued a full statement of support for President Donald J. Trump and his son, Donald Trump Jr., following massive fall-out over comments he allegedly made to author Michael Wolff for his new book.

Bannon had come under fire from the president and his son over comments he allegedly made to Wolff for his new book, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”

Several critics have questioned the veracity of Wolff’s accounts after he himself said in an author’s note contained within the book that he could not verify everything he wrote.

That said, observers note that Bannon’s mea culpa suggests his comments were accurate.

Among other things, Wolff quoted former top Trump political strategist Steve Bannon as saying that Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016 as being treasonous.

He also predicted that special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation is focusing on “money laundering” involving former campaign manager Paul Manafort, Don Jr., and Kushner.

“This was a smart move for Steve Bannon,” The Gateway Pundit noted. “Everyone knew the comments in ‘Fire and Fury’ were taken out of context. And everyone knows Donald Trump Jr. is a patriot.

“The statement was clear, not too soft and keeps Steve Bannon in place as a top voice for the #MAGA movement,” the site noted further.

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Trump attorney Ty Cobb releases statement following Flynn guilty plea

(National SentinelSpecial Counsel: President Donald J. Trump’s attorney released a statement following news that former national security advisor Michael Flynn had pleaded guilty to charges he lied to FBI agents regarding conversations he had with Russia’s ambassador to the U.S.

Earlier, Flynn said that his guilty plea was made in the best interests of the country and his family.

“My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions,” he said.

Earlier reports noted that Flynn said he will cooperate fully with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

As to the implications of Flynn’s admission, Trump attorney Ty Cobb said there are no links to the White House.

“Today, Michael Flynn, a former National Security Advisor at the White House for 25 days during the Trump Administration, and a former Obama administration official, entered a guilty plea to a single count of making a false statement to the FBI.

“The false statements involved mirror the false statements to White House officials which resulted in his resignation in February of this year,” Cobb continued.

“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn. The conclusion of this phase of the Special Counsel’s work demonstrates again that the Special Counsel is moving with all deliberate speed and clears the way for a prompt and reasonable conclusion.”

Cobb’s statement jibes with an assessment by Andrew McCarthy, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in national security cases.

Writing in National Review, McCarthy said that the nature of Flynn’s plea did not appear to have any implications in the long-running media and political narrative that the Trump campaign “colluded” with Russia against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

“There’s less to the news than meets the eye,” McCarthy wrote.

He added:

…[W]hen a prosecutor has a cooperator who was an accomplice in a major criminal scheme, the cooperator is made to plead guilty to the scheme. This is critical because it proves the existence of the scheme. In his guilty-plea allocution (the part of a plea proceeding in which the defendant admits what he did that makes him guilty), the accomplice explains the scheme and the actions taken by himself and his co-conspirators to carry it out. This goes a long way toward proving the case against all of the subjects of the investigation.

That is not happening in Flynn’s situation. Instead…he is being permitted to plead guilty to a mere process crime.

Further, McCarthy explained, “It is is becoming increasingly palpable that, whatever ‘collusion’ means, there was no actionable, conspiratorial complicity by the Trump campaign in the Kremlin’s machinations.”

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