Sen Murkowski just spoke to reporters about her frustration that her GOP colleagues will block a January 6th Commish from being formed.
"It's important that there be a focus on the facts, and on the truth, and that may be unsettling, but we need to understand that," she said.
Standing just steps from Ofc Goodman, who directed rioters away from Senators being evacuated on Jan 6, Murkowski said "we just can't pretend that nothing bad happened, or that people just got too excitable. Something bad happened. And it's important to lay that out."
Murkowski on why she wants a Jan 6 Commission: "I think there's more to be learned. I want to know more. And I want to know and I don't want to know. I don't want to know, but I need to know."
Meanwhile, @RandPaul is hanging out of the Senate floor (maskless) so that he can block the Senate from adjourning for the night & establishing a pro forma schedule. He's trying to make it harder for the Senate to (eventually) override a veto of the NDAA.
Everyone else is gone.
@RandPaul It's 1:11am, Rand is still there trying to make it harder for the Senate to get to a veto override vote (if one is needed).
He has said in the past that he'd like to see the NDAA expire and not be renewed (this would be the 60th year in a row it has passed).
I'm going to bed.
Here’s what was decided on a potential NDAA override in the Senate:
IF Trump vetoes the bill, & IF the House votes to override on Dec 28th, the Senate will come back on Dec 29th to start the process to do the same.
That process can take days, so goal = finish before noon Jan 3.
Sen Cotton on #DCStatehood: Dems "want two new democratic senators in perpetuity. The Democrats are angry at the American people for refusing to give them total control of the govt for going on a decade now, so they want to give the swamp as many senators as your state has."
COTTON: "They want to make Washington a state to rig the rules of our democracy and try to give the democratic party permanent power. But in doing so, the Democrats are committing an act of historical vandalism as grotesque as those committed by jacobin mobs roaming our streets."
COTTON: "Washington has just over 700,000 residents, more than Wyoming and Vermont, and about as many as Alaska. Doesn't this qualify Washington as a state? Well, if it did, we'd need a lot more states because Washington is just the 20th largest city in the country."
Senate Intel Committee Chairman @SenatorBurr: "Every elected official in the Ukraine was for Hillary Clinton. Is that very different than the Russians being for Donald Trump?"
@SenatorBurr Sen BURR: "You considered Russia meddling with just the preference they had before you knew the rest of it. Apply the same standard to Ukraine. The President can say that they meddled because they had a preference, the elected officials, that's not the current people."
@SenatorBurr Q: Is there any evidence that Ukraine meddled in the 2016 election?
BURR: I don’t think there’s any question that elected officials in Ukraine had a favorite in the election.
NEW: First to @NBCNews: @SenSchumer is asking the FBI and FTC to conduct a federal national security & privacy investigation into the Russia-based company, Face-App, which is producing all of those aged photos of your friends you’re seeing on social media.
Full letter is here:
@NBCNews@SenSchumer “It would be deeply troubling if the sensitive personal information of U.S. citizens was provided to a hostile foreign power actively engaged in cyber hostilities against the United States,” Schumer writes in the letter calling for an investigation into Face-App.
@NBCNews@SenSchumer "I ask that the FTC consider whether there are adequate safeguards in place to prevent the privacy of Americans using this application, including government personnel and military service members, from being compromised," Schumer writes in the letter.
GRAHAM: "I really do believe that if you're a Somali refugee who likes Trump, he's not going to say 'go back to Somalia.' A racist says go back to Somalia because you're a Somalian or you're a Muslim or whatever, that's just the way he is. More narcissism than anything else."
Went back to Sen Graham on the comment above, he said, "I was making a joke, I think you can make the case that he’s a narcissist more than you can make he's a racist. I mean, I don’t like the idea of telling somebody who’s an American citizen to go home, this is their home."
Q: Aren't the comments dangerous if Pres Trump makes them about ideology?
GRAHAM: "When a member of Congress says we’re going to impeach the motherf@#%er on day one what kind of response do you expect? So this is just, it’s a two-way street here."
In a timeline of actions the Senate Judiciary Cmte has taken in response to allegations against Kavanaugh, they says TWO individuals have come forward to the Cmte saying THEY had the encounter with Dr Ford instead of Kavanaugh —>
Should be clear: This is an account from @ChuckGrassley’s staff of the allegations and their responses. They have not provided any additional info about who these individuals are.
Asked for more info about the individuals, @ChuckGrassley Spox Taylor Foy says “Nothing further at the moment.”
Sen @JeffFlake to Harvard Law Grads: "Our presidency has been debased by a figure who has a seemingly has a bottomless appetite for destruction and division. And only a passing familiarity with how the Constitution works."
FLAKE to Harvard Law School grads: "And our Article I branch of government, the Congress (that’s me), is utterly supine in the face of the moral vandalism that flows from the White House daily."
FLAKE to Harvard Law School grads: "Now, you might reasonably ask, where is the good news in that? Well, simply put: We may have hit bottom."