Durbin, Schumer, Cornyn

Executive Session (Blew Nomination)

Senator Durbin: (10:20 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "President Obama was looking for a bipartisan response condemning Putin's efforts in the closing days of the election so as to avoid any hint of partisanship in the public announcement and to present a unified deterrent. What was the response of majority leader Mitch McConnell after hearing this alarming revelation? That Vladimir Putin was actively interfering in our elections and trying to undermine our democracy? Senator McConnell's response - no thanks, we're not going to help. Incredibly, neither the senator for his party did. Madam President, is there anyone in the Senate, anyone who took the oath to protect our nation against enemies foreign and domestic who thinks any of us, regardless of political party, should receive help from a foreign adversary to get elected?"


Senator Schumer: (10:45 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "He and Putin seem to be speaking from the same script as the president made a conscience choice to defend a tyrant against the fair questions of a free press and to grant Putin, an uncontested platform to spew propaganda and lies to the world. Coming close on the heels of President Trump's bombastic and erratic conduct towards our closest friends and allies in Brussels and Britain, today's press conference - yesterday's press conference actually, marks a recent low point in the history of the American presidency. Not only did President Trump fail to speak the truth about an adversary, but speaking for America to the world, our president failed to defend all that makes us who we are, a republic, free people dedicated to liberty at home and abroad. Americans must be champions of that cause if it's to succeed. Americans are waiting and hoping for President Trump to embrace that sacred responsibility. "


Senator Cornyn: (11:03 a.m.)

  • Spoke on the meeting between President Trump and President Putin.
    • "And as a matter of fact this afternoon, the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is hearing from some Obama administration officials on why they didn't do more to stop it back when President Obama was in office when they knew very clearly what was going on but did not do -- well, virtually did nothing to stop it. So I would say to my friend from New York, the Democratic leader, there have been a lot of hearings and the hearings are ongoing, and obviously Special Counsel Mueller has issued this indictment. I only wish that it was more than a name and shame exercise because there is no chance the Russians will extradite these intelligence officers over here for a trial, but I think it does serve a useful educational purpose by pointing out in minute detail what the Russians have been up to. "
  • Spoke on the abolition of I.C.E.
    • " Is that what the abolish I.C.E. movement is about, is eliminating enforcement of our immigration laws and allow people who flout those laws to succeed in staying here in the United States in violation of those immigration laws? Of course, abolishing I.C.E. would mean ending all of the agencies' programs and functions. It would mean allowing dangerous criminals, including potential terrorists who are in our country to remain here. It would mean scrapping the I.C.E. Cyber Crime Center's investigation of child exploitation online."