President Trump rejected a report on Wednesday in The Washington Post that said he promised aides he would pardon them if they had to break the law to speed up the construction of the border wall before Election Day 2020
"Another completely false story on the Amazon Washington Post (lobbyist) that states that if my aides violate the law of building the Wall (which goes fast), I will forgive them," Trump said on Twitter on Wednesday, "This is made up of Washington Post Just To Humiliate And Cheat – FAX NEWS! "
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Trump later tweeted that The Washington Post and CNN had falsely announced that he did not think a wall along the southern border was important to stop illegal immigrants from entering in the country.
The Washington Post reports Tuesday that Trump is encouraging aides at weekly billion-dollar extradition meetings to aggressively seize private land and ignore environmental rules to complete 500 miles on the border wall, first Promised to voters in 201
Citing anonymous current and former White House officials, the Post reported that Trump said he would pardon aides if the law had to be broken to complete the project. An unnamed official said the president was joking when he offered a pardon.
The House of Democratic leaders investigating Trump for obstruction of justice is to decide whether to start an impeachment hearing when he reconvenes next summer.
Two Democratic presidential candidates – Senator Kamala Harris, D-California, and Beto O'Rourke — both tweeted a link to The Washington Post's story on Wednesday, saying the report turned out to need to be impeached. Trump, considering the president views himself as above the law.
"Donald Trump hangs pardons for subordinates who would violate the law to build his southern border vanity project," Harris said on Twitter. "Let's be honest here: Trump is a lawless president."
Rourke, a former Texas congressman and former mayor of the border town of El Paso, voiced Harris's sentiment and noted that the findings in the report show the consequences of failing to impeach Trump.
"We can't get caught up in these stories: Trump has promised to pardon law-abiding government workers to build a wall we don't need," O-Rourke writes. "This is the consequence of the failure of the Impression: He believes he is above the law – and will continue to hold it until we hold him accountable."
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Also Wednesday, Trump tweeted an unmanned video of a section of barriers along the southern border, saying the wall was "rising very fast" despite "total obstruction" by congressional Democrats.
The Post reports that in the first 2.5 years of Trump's first term in office, only 60 miles of barrier were built to replace the current fence along the southern border – which is only about one-tenth of the 500-mile border wall promised for the first time voters . The White House has asked for $ 3.6 billion in Pentagon funding to be used in barrier projects after Congress refused to spend $ 5 billion on work, according to the mail.