ON THE HILL WITH DOUG CHRISTIAN
CAPITOL HILL – On day 28 of the government shutdown, the interpersonal conflict between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and President Donald Trump takes center stage. Speaker Pelosi denied in a letter to the President a platform in the House chamber to deliver the State of the Union until the government is reopened.
“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week,” the speaker wrote, “I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.”
President Trump retaliated with his own letter denying Pelosi a military jet to use to travel to Afghanistan. Trump wrote:
“We will reschedule this seven-day excursion when the Shutdown is over. In light of the 800,000 great American workers not receiving pay, I am sure you would agree that postponing this public relations event is totally appropriate.”
Looking forward, Thursday’s Buzzfeed article, “President Trump Directed His Attorney to Lie to Congress about the Moscow Tower Project,” stirred the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) of California to retweet the BuzzFeed article and say:
“The allegation that the President of the United States may have suborned perjury before our committee in an effort to curtail the investigation and cover up his business dealings with Russia is among the most serious to date.”
Michael Cohen is scheduled to testify before the House Oversight Committee on February 7.
Doug Christian, Capitol Hill