President Donald Trump showed “contempt” for the law by telling a Customs and Border Protection official that he’d pardon him if he went to jail for stopping asylum seekers at the border, Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Sunday.
In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Nadler was asked about Trump’s remark to former CBP commissioner and current Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan during a visit to the border in Calexico, Calif.
“This shows the president's contempt for law, another incidence of the president's contempt for law, to order that something clearly illegal, mainly blocking people claiming asylum, from coming into the country, which is clearly against our law… or offering a pardon… to someone who would disobey the law at the president's request,” Nadler said.
“That's the main job of the president, to see that the laws are faithfully executed,” Cardin added. “For a president to sabotage that goal by deliberately seeking to break the law is unforgivable.”
Nadler also charged that Trump, before he became president, “stole” a 9/11 grant that should have gone to small businesses — and that Trump has “no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all.”
”I was instrumental in getting funding for small business grants for victims of 9/11, people with small businesses in the area,” the New York lawmaker said. “Donald Trump actually took a $150,000 grant from the Bush administration, they let him take $150,000 grant for 40 Wall Street.
“He stole $150,000 from some small business person who could have used it to rehabilitate himself… He has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all,” Nadler added, referring to Trump’s tweet condemning remarks by Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., about the terror attacks.
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