Pres. Trump Tours Texas Border; Border Wall Funding Options; Pres. Raises Possibility Of Emergency Declaration; Democrats Defy Trump To
<Show: FOX NEWS @ NIGHT>
<Date: January 10, 2019>
<Head: Pres. Trump Tours Texas Border; Border Wall Funding Options; Pres.
Raises Possibility Of Emergency Declaration; Democrats Defy Trump To
Subvert Congress; President Remains Confident Of His Authority; Texas Land
Owners Threaten Legal Challenges Over Wall; CNN’s Jim Acosta Doubles Down
On How Safe Border Is; Top Democrats Supported Border Reforms in Past;
President Compares Pain of Missing Checks to Lost Lives; Democrats Claim
President Using Border as Distraction; Wisconsin Teen Who Vanished Last
October Located; Democrats Repeatedly Target Catholic Nominees; Second Man
Found Dead at Democratic Donor’s Apartment - Part 2>
<Sect: News; Domestic>
<Byline: Laura Ingraham, Ed Henry, Kristin Fisher, Trace Gallagher, David
Spunt, Peter Doocy, Doug McKelway, Jeff Paul>
<Guest: Dan Patrick, Jim Jordan, Saagar Enjeti, Lauren Claffey, Julian
Epstein, Don Rosenberg>
<Spec: Political; Donald Trump; Government Shutdown; Border Wall; Visit;
Michael Cohen; DOJ; FBI; Capitol Hill; Burger King; Jim Acosta; Don
Rosenberg; Federal Employees; Barack Obama; Hillary Clinton; Chuck Schumer;
Secure Fence Act; Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez; Simpson-Mazzoli Act; Catholism;
Democratic Party; Beto O’Rourke; Elizabeth Warren; Mazie Hirono; Brian
Buescher; U.S. District Court Nominee; Tulsi Gabbard; Ed Buck; Jamal Moore;
Timothy Dean; Ted Lieu; Donations; Kyrsten Sinema; Adam Schiff>
EPSTEIN: I think there’s two reasons to be perfectly honest. One is Democrats smell blood in the water. They’re winning this debate. And they know they’re winning the debate and they’re not about to start conceding when President has tried to rub this issue in their nose in the election. And so he’s politicized this issue when immigration shouldn’t be political. We would all probably agree that border security is absolutely vital.
We should have zero tolerance for illegal immigration. We are complete agreement on that. But of the question of the wall, I mean, if you look at the people like (INAUDIBLE) leading Republican thinkers and conservative thinkers out here saying, the wall is going to do a small --solve a small part of the problem. If you really want to solve this problem, visa overstays, employer sanctions, become an ally with Mexico, not an enemy. You know why?
HENRY: The President says he wants to do a whole bunch of things in Congress and you’re right, Republicans when they’re in the House didn’t do a lot of this stuff, Democrats but let me quickly drop in and everyone -- I’ll give everyone a chance to weigh in. Jim Acosta posted this video, he’s a CNN White House Correspondent who sparred with the Pesident. He was trying to make the point that there is not a crisis but he might have made the opposite point. Watch.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
JIM ACOSTA, CHIEF WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT, CNN: And here are some of the steel slats that the President has been talking about right here. As you can see, yes, you can see through these slats to the other side of the U.S.-Mexico border. But as we’re walking along here we’re not seeing any kind of immigrant danger, there are no migrants trying to rush towards this fence here in the McAllen, Texas, area.
As a matter of fact there are some other businesses behind me along this highway, there is a gas station, Burger King, and so on. But no sign of the national emergency that the President has been talking about. As a matter of fact, it’s pretty tranquil down here.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HENRY: The President himself trolled Acosta a while ago in Twitter, Lauren, because he is saying, well, wait a second, isn’t it tranquil as he says because there is a fence there?
CLAFFEY: Yes. I have a couple points on this. First, everyone get seems so confused why we would want a see-through barrier and that is because you want to be able to see the people across. I mean, a lot of the times, a concrete wall --
HENRY: So border patrol knows what’s on the other side. They’re not throwing grenades or they’re not --
CLAFFEY: Exactly. If somebody is throwing something or they’re ramming the wall or what have you, they want to be able to see. That is a director class from border patrol. So one (INAUDIBLE) and second, just dealing with this whole idea that barriers don’t work. Barriers do work but they work in the right areas. Not the entire southern border does not need to be covered.
HENRY: Right. Different pieces. Quickly. Saagar.
ENJETI: Yes. I would never disparage a colleague but I don’t think --
HENRY: You seem to be enjoying this one. Julian.
ENJETI: -- you made the point he wants to make.
EPSTEIN: I think walls can work, they’re part in strategic places as Lauren says. It’s part of the reasons that illegal border crossings have gone down 90 percent in the last 50 years. The last 15 years, I beg your pardon. So they can work, but there are other things that Democrats and Republicans ought to be coming together on. Like I said, visa overstays --
HENRY: Sure. Who would have thought may bring everyone -- Jim Acosta may help the President bring everyone together? That’s a great way for us to end the panel. Julian, Saagar, and Lauren, I appreciate you coming in.
ENJETI: Thanks, Ed.
HENRY: Democratic lawmakers are facing calls of hypocrisy over the issue we were just talking about, the border wall. We’re digging into their evolving position tonight. Plus, a very special parent is coming up. His name is Don Rosenberg, his son tragically killed by an illegal immigrant. We will get the perspective of a man now on a mission to hold lawmakers’ feet to the fire so that his son’s memory will never be forgotten.
HENRY: Tomorrow will mark the very first missed paycheck for federal workers because of the partial government shutdown. Many Democrats are facing calls of hypocrisy, though, for opposing a border wall or barrier that they once supported -- at least before President Trump was in office. Correspondent Peter Doocy takes a look at what you might call an evolving position from Capitol Hill.
PETER DOOCY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Two years before being elected president, a politician still shaping his future platform warned about the dangers of a border. Think it could only be Donald Trump? Think again. It was Barack Obama.
BARACK OBAMA, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: The bill before us, will certainly do some good. It will authorize some badly need funding for better fences and better security along our borders.
DOOCY: The next standard-bearer for the Democratic Party even bragged about border barriers.
HILLARY CLINTON, FORMER DEMOCRATIC PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Look, I voted numerous times when I was a senator to spend money to build a barrier.
DOOCY: The top Democrat in the Senate right now trying to negotiate out of a shutdown once said that progress looks like --
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY), SENATE MINORITY LEADER: 630 miles of border fence, that create a significant barrier to illegal immigration.
DOOCY: A lot has changed.
SCHUMER: Democrats believe a border wall is an obtuse public policy.
DOOCY: In 2006, prominent Democrats like Schumer and Clinton and Obama voted for two layers of reinforced fencing in the Secure Fence Act. And in 2013, all Senate Democrats voted for a bill, including 700 miles of fencing and technology.
What changed for you between back in 2013 when all the Democrats supported the measure that had 700 miles of border barrier?
COONS: What was 2013? Massive comprehensive, broad immigration reform.
DOOCY: Independent Angus King voted for it too. But today, wants more details.
SEN. ANGUS KING (I), MAINE: I want to know what’s actually being proposed, how many miles, location, eminent domain and non-eminent domain.
DOOCY: Democratic Senator Bob Casey, another yes in 2013, says one thing can get Democrats willing to back a beefed-up border.
SEN. BOB CASEY (D), PENNSYLVANIA: We should have lots of discussions about border security. You got to open up the government first.
DOOCY: Part of the reason that Senate couldn’t pass the build the border wall money in it at the end of the last Congress, they couldn’t convince any Democrats to vote yes, even though, out of all the Democrats and Independents that voted five years ago for hundreds of miles of new border barrier, 34 of them still work here. Ed?
HENRY: Thanks, Peter. The president is sending a message today to federal workers who won’t receive their paychecks responding to a shouted question from a reporter, he basically said, there are some other people interested in this debate who are suffering actually a lot more pain.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
TRUMP: You know who has more human pain? The parents of people who had children killed by illegal immigrants that should’ve never been in the country. You know what’s more human pain, the husband that lost the wife, or the wife that lost the husband to an illegal immigrant that came in five or six times that shouldn’t be here. That’s the human pain.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HENRY: Let’s bring in the co-founder of a group called Fight Sanctuary States: Don Rosenberg, his son was killed in a hit-and-run by an illegal immigrant. Don, good evening. We’ve spoken before, and we don’t want to minimize the government workers may be suffering financially, but as you know better than I do, losing a paycheck is nothing compared to what you lost, sir.
DON ROSENBERG, FOUNDER, FIGHT SANCTUARY STATES: Hi, Ed, thanks for having me on. Absolutely. I mean, I don’t want to be callous about, you know, the dilemma that they have not getting paid, but in a couple weeks they’ll have their money. I’ll never have my child, and neither will anybody else who’s lost anybody. So, you can’t even put the two in the same -- you know, you can’t compare the two at all.
HENRY: We go back and forth in these political debates on that very point. You just heard Peter Doocy layout, you know, Barack Obama was for a barrier, then all of a sudden, maybe not so much. Same with all these Democratic senators now that Donald Trump has been elected. There are these political games going on. But you, as a father who lost a son, it’s not just watching a debate, it has to get you in the gut. What goes through your mind when you watch those sound bites from years ago where they swore they were for a barrier?
ROSENBERG: Well, I’ll tell you, yesterday was my son’s 34th birthday, or should I say, would’ve been. And you know, I spent a good part of the day, you know, we watched the president speak the night before, then I was watching, you know, watching a lot. And I usually handle this, I think, pretty well. I was a wreck yesterday because listening to these people and watching -- I mean, I’ll tell you, I was watching a lot of MSNBC because I wanted to see how they handled it, and you’ve got people laughing and mocking when that he was talking about how, you know, people have been murdered and had their heads cut off, and may be that went little bit too far, but I’m watching some of the panelists and they are laughing and mocking me. And not just me, of course, everybody who has lost somebody. So, it’s just outrageous, it’s mind numbing. Who knows? Who knows --
HENRY: It’s outrageous. It’s a gut punch, I’m sure, to you. And you know, the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, said something in effect: well, these are anecdotes, essentially like data points, these deaths of your son and others. And there’s something else that Democrats have been saying, they’ve been saying that this is not a real crisis. I quickly want to play what they’re saying about whether it’s a crisis or not and get your reaction.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
REP. ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ (D), NEW YORK: He manufactures crises like immigrants seeking legal refuge on our borders.
SCHUMER: This president just used the backdrop of the oval office to manufacture a crisis, stoke fear, and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.
TOM PEREZ, DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL COMMITTEE CHAIR: No crisis exists and anyone making the argument is most likely guilty of fearmongering and willfully misleading the American people.
REP. NANCY PELOSI (D-CA), SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES: The president’s manufactured crisis reaches into the lives of millions of Americans. It threatens services and benefits that they need to stay healthy and secure. It robs hardworking Americans of their paychecks.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
HENRY: Tom, they’re saying this is not a real crisis.
ROSENBERG: This has been a crisis since President Reagan signed the Mazzoli-Simpson Act or Simpson-Mazzoli Act. It’s just, nobody has cared to do anything about it. You know, since that time, you’ve probably had over 50,000 deaths, a couple hundred thousand raped, literally millions of crimes, about $2 trillion taken out of, you know, Americans’ pockets and they are saying it’s not a crisis. Yet when two children died, which was a horrible thing, that was a crisis. So, you know, it’s really shameful. I don’t know what else -- I don’t know how to describe what it is. I would just like to be able to talk to some of those people in person, but of course, they don’t have the guts to talk to me. They refuse every time.
HENRY: Don, you’ve made your point loud and clear and we grieve with you, especially as you mentioned, it would’ve been your son’s 34th birthday yesterday. We’re very sorry for your loss but we appreciate you coming into make sure that his legacy and his memory lives on, sir.
ROSENBERG: Thank you very much, Ed.
HENRY: All right. We’ll talk to you soon, Don, thank you. Let’s go to another Fox News Alert: another tragedy; a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since last October, that was the tragedy, when her parents were killed. Well, a positive side, she’s been found alive tonight. Officials say, it’s still a very fluid situation, not given us a lot of details, but they say there’s been a suspect that was taken into custody. Jayme Closs disappeared, you will remember, on October 15th after her parents were fatally shot in their home Northeast of Minneapolis. Now, the sheriff’s office is saying they’ll hold a news conference tomorrow, 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time, so we’ll bring you those details, you can bet, all day tomorrow.
Tonight, at least one Democrat has had enough of what is seen as the party’s bias against Catholics. A controversy that’s growing, we’ll bring you the details next. And Democratic darling, Beto O’Rourke, goes live from the dentist office. The new video sparking some to say today, really? The potential presidential candidate is answering his critics, we’ll have that after the break.
HENRY: Time for a 2020 update in just 60 seconds. Senator Bernie Sanders apologizing today after another report of alleged of sexual harassment about people involved in his presidential bid. A 2016 campaign aide allegedly forcibly kissed a female subordinate.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
SEN. BERNIE SANDERS (I), VERMONT: To the women in our campaign who were harassed or mistreated, I apologize. Our standards, our procedures, our safeguards were clearly inadequate.
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HENRY: Meanwhile, Democratic darling, Beto O’Rourke, coming at you live today from a dentist chair. I’m not making that up. You see it there. The former congressman says, the video recording his teeth cleaning was meant to highlight his dental hygienist who was raised near the southern border for an Instagram stories series that he calls “People of the Border.” Now you know.
All right. Let’s end on the fun note, the Republican National Committee chair trolling two potential Democratic candidates. Ronna McDaniel posting this tweet with the caption: “choose your fighter.” A picture of O’Rourke at the dentist and Elizabeth Warren swigging a beer. I’m going to have to say, Warren looks a little tougher. Better step up your game there, Beto.
All right. A controversy is brewing, get it, with the Democratic Party over Catholicism. The progressive wing in the party publicly critical of the religion even though some voter analysis says Hillary Clinton won the Catholic vote by a small margin in 2016. Tonight, at least one Democratic lawmaker has had enough. Correspondent Doug McKelway shows us how those anti- Catholic sentiments are in the party.
JOHN F. KENNEDY, FORMER PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: I am not the Catholic candidate for president, I am the Democratic Party’s candidate for president.
DOUG MCKELWAY, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: The election of John F. Kennedy changed the trajectory of anti-Catholicism in U.S. politics. Critics say, it’s spreading again in the party of Kennedy. The latest target, they say, is U.S. District Court Nominee Brian Buescher, who is Catholic and pro-life.
SEN. MAZIE HIRONO (D-HI), SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: I do not feel assured that you will be able to put aside your personal feelings and your ideological propensities.
BRIAN BUESCHER, U.S. DISTRICT COURT NOMINEE: I will absolutely enforce and apply Roe vs. Wade as Supreme Court precedence in the United States.
MCKELWAY: Buescher is also one of 1.9 million members of the Knights of Columbus, the world’s biggest Catholic charitable organization. In a follow up questionnaire to his confirmation hearing, Senators Hirono and fellow Democrat Kamala Harris peppered Buescher over whether he will end his membership or recuse himself from relevant cases. The grilled proved too much for Democratic Congressman Tulsi Gabbard. This week, she called out Hirono and other Democrats who have “weaponized religion for their own selfish gain.” She cited the constitution, “there shall be no religious test for those seeking public office.”
Hirono refused Fox’s request for an interview, but said a statement that read in part, “It is unfortunate that Congressman Gabbard based his misguided opinion on these far-right-wing manipulations of these straightforward questions.” Hirono and Harris are not alone. California Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein grilled another judicial nominee, Amy Coney Barret, about her pro-life Catholicism.
SEN. DIANNE FEINSTEIN (D-CA), SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE: The dogma lives loudly within you.
MCKELWAY: Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh faced a similar inquisition from Democrats and their allies. Both justices attended Catholic Georgetown Prep School. It was recently skewered in a Vanity Fair piece, headlined: “Inside Georgetown Prep’s Culture of Omerta.” That’s a mafia phrase for code of silence.
Next week, confirmation hearings get underway for attorney general nominee William Barr. He, too, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is a Catholic, a constituency that Republicans see as right for courting. Ed, back to you.
HENRY: Thank you, Doug. More news coming up.
HENRY: Big new development tonight in the case of that Democratic donor, Ed Buck, caught in a deadly sex and drugs scandal. Here’s our Correspondent Jeff Paul out west.
JEFF PAUL, FOX NEWS CHANNEL CORRESPONDENT: Ed, authorities now saying they’re reviewing the 2017 case while they investigate the latest death at Buck’s home. While the coroner hasn’t released a cause of death, deputies say on Monday, they received a report of a man who wasn’t breathing. We now know it was 55-year-old, Timothy Dean, the second African-American man to die inside Buck’s west Hollywood home. Dean’s roommate of three years says, he still can’t believe his friend is gone.
OTTAVIO TADDEIA, DEAN’S ROOMMATE: I don’t even know what to tell you. It’s like, he was a wonderful person. He’s always been a super nice to me and accommodating. I have never seen him on drugs ever.
PAUL: Back in July of 2017, authorities say a Jamal Moore man died after overdosing. Buck never faced any charges in that investigation. Moore’s family, however, released a statement today saying they’re outraged by the latest death, calling it an avoidable tragedy. The cases are now sparking protests and demonstrations. Some saying Buck is a danger to the community and that he’s taking advantage of the vulnerable for personal gain. An attorney for Buck says, he’s done nothing wrong, but that’s not stopping some politicians from saying no thanks to Buck’s donations. California Congressman Ted Lieu says, he’s accepted nearly $20,000 in contributions from Buck, but he called the latest revelations: deeply disturbing, and now wants nothing to do with any of Buck’s money.
REP. TED LIEU (D), CALIFORNIA: While we await the outcome of the law enforcement investigation, I have decided to return any contributions that Mr. Buck gave to my congressional campaigns, and I’ve donated them to nonprofits and charities.
PAUL: In the past, Buck donated money to former President Obama and Hillary Clinton. Arizona Senator Kyrsten Sinema also received money from Buck, but she says she’s since donated it to charity, as did California Congressman Adam Schiff. And here in Los Angeles, an advisor from Mayor Eric Garcetti says, he received the donation from Buck but returned the money. Ed?
HENRY: All right. Thank you, Jeff. And by the way, next time you’re stuck in a traffic jam, you have no right to complain, here’s why: look at these motorists in South Africa, what they have to go through. You couldn’t tell if the roar was from the car engines or those intruders. And by the way, that was the Safari Park where the lions actually have the right of way. All right, most-watched, most trusted and most grateful you spent the evening with us. Good night from Washington. I’m Ed Henry, in for Shannon Bream. Shannon will be back tomorrow night. Thanks for joining us tonight right here on FOX NEWS @ NIGHT.
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