Jan 11, 2019

Trump says he won't declare national emergency "right now"

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Speaking at a roundtable Friday, President Trump reiterated that he has "the absolute right" to declare a national emergency in order to secure border wall funding, but said he does not want to do so "right now" and urged Democrats to vote again.

Details: Trump admitted that if he does invoke emergency powers, the decision will likely be appealed to the 9th circuit and subsequently the Supreme Court, where "hopefully we'll win." He also said he would sign a bill passed by the House and the Senate that ensures backpay for federal workers affected by the government shutdown. The shutdown is set to break the record tonight for longest in U.S. history, with both the House and the Senate adjourned for the weekend.

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Minnesota AG: Prosecution of officer in George Floyd case shouldn't be rushed

Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison cautioned in an interview on "Fox News Sunday" that the case against Derek Chauvin, the former Minneapolis police officer involved in the death of George Floyd, is "very early in the process" and that charges could be amended or added.

Why it matters: Chauvin was arrested last week and charged with third-degree murder and manslaughter, which implies that he did not intend to kill Floyd. Some protestors have demanded more severe charges and Floyd's family has asked Ellison to serve as a special prosecutor in the case.

Robert O'Brien: "I don't think there's systemic racism" in law enforcement

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday that he doesn't believe there is "systemic racism" among law enforcement in the U.S., arguing that there are "a few bad apples" that are giving police a bad name.

Why it matters: The mass protests that have swept across the United States are not just a response to the death of George Floyd, but of the dozens of high-profile instances of unarmed black men dying at the hands of police officers over the years.

Atlanta mayor on Trump's riot response: "He speaks and he makes it worse"

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms responded on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday to President Trump's tweets and comments about the mass protests that have swept across the United States, urging him to "just stop talking."

What she's saying: "This is like Charlottesville all over again. He speaks and he makes it worse. There are times when you should just be quiet. And I wish that he would just be quiet."