FOX NEWS FIRST: Trump uses Obama's words to justify immigration policy; Dems face Pelosi midterm power struggle

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Developing now, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018

  • GOP leaders are urging the Trump administration to reach a 'third-party agreement' with Mexico that could stop the migrant caravan heading to the U.S-Mexico border
  • President Trump has turned to a surprising source to justify his immigration policy - former President Obama and his past remarks on illegal immigration
  • House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an attempt to quash brewing dissension among Democrats, said she could agree to an abbreviated term as speaker if her party regains control of the House in the midterm elections
  • The Trump administration has moved to revoke the visas of the suspects in the killing of Saudi activist Jamal Khashoggi
  • Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's scheduled closed-door testimony before lawmakers Wednesday has been postponed. Two House committees were set to question Rosenstein about the reports that he suggested wearing a 'wire' to secretly record Trump and discussed invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office
  • The winning numbers for the Mega Millions lottery worth $1.6 billion were drawn Tuesday night, and there is at least one reported winner

THE LEAD STORY - POSSIBLE SOLUTION TO CARAVAN CRISIS - Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Mike Lee have urged Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to execute a "safe third country agreement" with the Mexican government, which would require members of the growing migrant caravan to stop and seek asylum there ...  The third-party agreement would require asylum seekers to make their claims in their first country of arrival. The senators noted the arrangement would also take some pressure off the overworked asylum system in the U.S., which has been increasingly inundated with claims that judges must adjudicate. Some Trump administration officials have argued that the "vast majority" asylum claims are fraudulent or legally dubious.

IN OBAMA'S OWN WORDS: President Trump turned to an unlikely source Tuesday evening to find support for his hard-line immigration policies: his predecessor, Barack Obama ... Trump tweeted a 2005 video in which Obama, then a senator, made a statement against illegal immigration, accompanied by the comment "I agree with President Obama 100%". "We are a generous and welcoming people here in the United States," Obama says in the 31-second clip. "But those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law. We simply cannot allow people to pour into the United States undetected, undocumented, unchecked, and circumventing the line of people who are waiting patiently, diligently and lawfully to become immigrants into this country."

Obama is not the only Democrat cited by Trump and his supporters to justify crackdowns on illegal immigration. Another is former President Bill Clinton in his 1995 State of the Union address.

PELOSI IN ‘TRANSITION’?: Nancy Pelosi, in an apparent bid to assuage concerns from younger rank-and-file Democrats, says she could commit to an abbreviated, “transitional” term as speaker if her party wins the House majority next month ... But she has yet to provide details and still says she'd want to stay through 2020, leaving unclear when and if she'd be willing to hand off the gavel. The current House minority leader first floated the idea of a short-term speakership last week. “I see myself as a transitional figure,” Pelosi, D-Calif., told the Los Angeles Times. “I have things to do. Books to write, places to go, grandchildren, first and foremost, to love.”

Pelosi has long made clear she plans to run for speaker again if Democrats reclaim the majority. But many Democratic lawmakers and candidates have distanced themselves from her and current leadership this year, with some saying they'd oppose her for speaker.

HOLDING SAUDIS 'ACCOUNTABLE': The U.S. is revoking visas of some of the Saudi Arabian officials involved in the murder of writer Jamal Khashoggi ...  Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said at a news conference Tuesday said the U.S. has identified people implicated in Khashoggi’s death — “including those in the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry and other Saudi ministries” — and is working to hold them accountable. The State Department is revoking visas and taking other measures in the wake of the ordeal. “We’re making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence,” Pompeo told reporters. “Neither the president nor I am happy with this situation.”

ROSENSTEIN DELAY: The heads of two House committees announced Tuesday evening that a planned Wednesday interview of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had been postponed ... Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a joint statement that they were "unable to ask all questions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein within the time allotted for tomorrow’s transcribed interview." They added that Rosenstein has indicated a willingness to testify "in the coming weeks in either a transcribed interview or a public setting.

Rosenstein was to have been interviewed by Goodlatte, Gowdy and the top Democrats on each committee in a secure room. Many of the questions were to focus on reported remarks by Rosenstein in which he suggested secretly recording President Trump and canvassing members of the Cabinet about the possibility of removing him from office.

AND THE WINNING NUMBERS ARE ... The winning numbers have been drawn in Tuesday’s Mega Millions lottery, worth an estimated $1.6 billion ... The winning numbers are 5, 28, 62, 65 and 70, with a Mega Ball number 5, according to the official Mega Millions website. The website of the South Carolina Education Lottery reported that a winning Mega Millions ticket had been sold in that state, Fox Carolina reported. But not all states have reported whether they had sold winning tickets.


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