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Senator John Cornyn Responds to CNN For Calling Him Out On Using Eminent Domain To Seize Private Property To Build The Wall At The Border

CNN AUDIO

(Alisyn Camerota) My head almost exploded yesterday when I read that the president was considering seizing private property to build the wall through eminent domain. And the idea that you know Senator John Cornyn comes out of this meeting with Republicans and says like No one's blaming the president here. Wow. We are completely in a different universe.

(Jim Messina) It is unbelievable. Could you imagine if Barack Obama proposed eminent domaining huge chunks of the country will be a national uprising on the right. And yet no one's even talking about it.

Senator John Cornyn's response to Brian Kilmeade

(Brian Kilmeade) That was Jim Messina former campaign manager. So give me some context there.

(Senator John Cornyn) Well unfortunately these folks are you know maybe they're saying things they actually believe but they don't know what they're talking about. They've never been to the border. We've had a secure fence act that was passed in 2006 that provided for up to 800 miles of fencing along the southwestern border that was supported by Barack Obama Hillary Clinton and Chuck Schumer. And it was not a particularly a partisan issue. And yes in some places where there is private property that's needed in order to actually place the fencing I can tell you it's not particularly popular in South Texas because people lived on these properties for a long time but many of them want the protection that comes with this because they're being overrun by the drug dealers and the human traffickers as well as the coyotes who are moving people from Central America. So they realized more than anybody the need for security at the border. But yes, in some places eminent domain is used in those lawsuits that are now pending in court. But this idea that this is something brand new. I mean this is something Barack Obama voted for.

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ABC AUDIO

(Dan Abrams ABC Legal Analyst) The most important point to me is who was talking to before anything was released? If you want to talk to lying about conversations you had with people in the Trump campaign after this was released, that's very different in terms of the big picture than who in the Trump campaign knew that this stuff existed before it was released."

Senator John Cornyn's response to Brian Kilmeade

(Brian Kilmeade) You're also got a big legal background former judge. Does that matter?

(Senator John Cornyn) You know it's all just speculation. I'm a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. We've been conducting a classified investigation of this matter which some of it's been in open hearings with Director Comey and the like. But I will quote Mark Warner who is the ranking Democrat on the Intelligence Committee Senator Dianne Feinstein a member of the Intelligence and Judiciary Committee. Both of them have said publicly there's no evidence of collusion. So now what some commentators says when they're completely speculating is really to me insignificant.

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