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Sen. Durbin: We Literally Begged Him

And more around the Sunday dial
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 23, 2018 12:58 PM CST
Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., leaves at the end of Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018, with Christine Blasey Ford and Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – Sen. Dick Durbin says he and other senators begged Jim Mattis to stay—but no, the defense secretary had made up his mind. "I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said, 'Please stay, stay as long as you possibly can,'" says Durbin on NBC's Meet the Press, per Politico. "We desperately need your mature voice, your patriotism in the room when this president's making life or death decisions about national security. But it obviously reached a breaking point." He goes on, "It breaks my heart that he's going to step aside. We counted on him to be there and to stop this president from his worst impulse." For more Sunday talk:

  • So funny: "We joked about it last night." So says acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on ABC's This Week about him and Trump reacting to now-viral video of Mulvaney calling Trump "a terrible human being" in 2016, ABC News reports. Axios says Trump was privately "furious" about the video.

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