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In an interview that aired Friday on Showtime's "The Circus", Clinton suggested President Donald Trump was merely "frustrated" at his inability to push border wall legislation through Congress and was resorting to other means of getting his way.

Still, it will take a more firm and public commitment from Trump to make most on Capitol Hill feel confident about the state of play.

Trump has repeatedly focused on the border crisis, noting that the flood of illegal aliens, particularly families, has put a strain on the border infrastructure and involves large numbers of drug and human trafficking.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had said an agreement would need to be reached by then to ensure legislation is passed by February 15, when stopgap government funding expires.

"I think overwhelmingly the public wants to see the president's tax returns".

"Throughout the talks, Democrats have insisted that a border security compromise not be overly reliant on physical barriers", said Evan Hollander, spokesman for Democrats who control the House Appropriations Committee.

Members of a House-Senate conference committee, meeting behind closed doors Wednesday, are focused on how much to spend on border security and fencing or other barriers, said Dick Durbin of IL, the No. 2 Senate Democrat. It ended January 25 when Trump said he would agree to fund the government for three weeks to give congressional appropriators time to work out a solution.

US President Donald Trump lashed out Thursday at Democrats for investigating his dealings with Russian Federation, saying his opponents are "going nuts".

Meanwhile, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., reported he had discussed developments with the president and he was waiting to see what would develop.

"An economic miracle is taking place in the United States - and the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics, or ridiculous partisan investigations, " Trump said.

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Republicans said they'd prefer to get at least $2 billion. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) told the Wall Street Journal. The question of the number of beds the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency could have for detained migrants has also been raised, in addition to some high-tech surveillance equipment and the number of personnel.

The effort is being met with outright hostility from Republicans and skepticism even within Democratic ranks. "This is our first real crack", Pascrell said.

It could take days to nail down final details and unexpected problems could develop, especially with Trump's penchant for head-snapping changes of mind.

The White House may still attempt to get the additional funding for the wall by using executive action, though such a move is likely to be met with resistance and lawsuits.

The president is aware that if he did declare a national emergency, legal challenges would be filed nearly immediately.

"Don't interpret this as looking into it, but I'm going to have a briefing by Joint Tax on what all this involves before I answer any questions", Grassley told reporters January 9, referencing the Joint Committee on Taxation.

Republicans rejected the need to obtain Trump's tax returns, saying a required annual IRS audit of presidential tax records should provide adequate safeguards without threatening the privacy normally afforded to individual tax data. The provision would apply to Trump, but Republicans oppose the measure and are expected to have the votes to block it in the Senate.

There are also avenues to fund the wall without Congressional approval and without declaring a national emergency.

Testifying at the House Armed Services Committee on January 29, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy at the Department of Defense John Rood was asked by Rep. Mo Brooks (R- Ala.) if the president had the authority to use 10 U.S. Code § 284 to deploy the military to the southern border to "build fences and a lot of other things". According to a Department of Defense official, Trump has the authority to use the military to construct a barrier.

"You are correct", Rood said.

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