White House counselor Kellyanne Conway says her husband’s opinion about President Trump’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker are “not relevant.” Appearing on ABC’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos, Kellyanne commented on a New York Times op-ed co-written by George Conway—her spouse and a high-profile Washington lawyer—where he wrote that Trump’s appointment of Whitaker as acting Attorney General is unconstitutional. That’s not relevant and she disagrees, Conway said.
—QUOTABLE: ”People disagree on the Constitution,” she said. “That’s why we have a US Circuit Court system and, indeed, a United States Supreme Court. They are there to interpret the law, and they disagree about the Constitution regularly.” -Kellyanne Conway
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Senator Rand Paul tells Chris Wallace the Saudi account that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a fist fight at their consulate isn’t believable. “This is just another in the line of long instances of Saudi insults to the civilized world,” Paul said. He called for ending arms sales to the Arab kingdom and reconsidering their status as an American ally.
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Senator Thom Tillis echoed Rand Paul’s sentiment to Chuck Todd on Meet the Press: “In Saudi Arabia, you do not do something of this magnitude without having clearance from the top. We need to find out who that is and hold him accountable,” Tillis said.
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US Senate candidate Beto O’Rourke is walking back his use of the “Lyin’ Ted” epithet he borrowed from President Trump to attack Ted Cruz. Cruz and Trump have made up, and Trump is campaigning for Cruz before Election Day. This week on the campaign trail, O’Rourke said the “Lyin’ Ted monicker” was fitting for his opponent and Trump was right to use it. But under pressure to disassociate himself in any way at all from the Commander in Chief, he apologized to ABC News: “That wasn’t the best phrase for me to use but, you know, I’m — I’m going to do my best to stay focused on the future.”
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Senator Ben Sasse touted his new book, “Them,” which analyzes the deep political divide in the country. The book points to the digital revolution alienating people and removing community associations that until recently kept people together despite political differences.
White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow is pushing back against tax fraud allegations against President Trump’s family. On Sunday, Kudlow said allegations of criminal behavior against Jared Kushner, Trump’s son in law and a White House adviser, made in a New York Times article aren’t even criminal. “He didn’t break any laws,” Kudlow told ABC’s George Stephanopolous.
—QUOTABLE: ”Americans respect success. I don’t think these stories — don’t have anything to them. I thought the President Trump story was full of holes and hot air and whatnot. Playing by the rules is a good thing, not a bad thing. Both gentlemen have done so. In the Jared Kushner story, the Times said he’s done nothing.” -Kudlow