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1. Trump says that "probably" will declare the emergency if no agreement on the wall
Today the government's blockade is the longest in US history.
President Donald Trump still demands billions of dollars to build a wall along the southern border of the nation, and is approaching the possibility of declaring a national emergency to do so.
"I have not done it yet," he told reporters Thursday, before going to McAllen, Texas, to visit the border. "I could do it, if it does not work, I probably will, I would almost certainly say."
ABC News's main national correspondent Matt Gutman reaches us from the border in Mission, Texas, and tells us that the White House is already laying the groundwork for the military to build the wall.
If Trump declares a national emergency, he might face opposition from people in his own party, according to ABC News's Trish Turner: "Republicans also agree that this is a very risky that you are going down if it is so try to conclude a negotiation that does not go your way. "
2. Michael Cohen, witness before Congress
Michael Cohen, former president's attorney and transferee, has agreed to testify under oath to Capitol Hill, giving what is called a "complete and credible account of the events that have emerged".
A hearing is scheduled for February 7th, and there will be limits to the questions asked not to interfere in Cohen's cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Chairman of the House Supervision and Reform Commission, Elijah Cummings .
Still, note ABC News political director Rick Klein, Cohen's testimony may be "a big deal".
"He talked a lot," Klein tells us, "but he never told his story under oath before Congress."
Cohen was sentenced in December to three years in a federal prison for financial crimes, lying to Congress and for two violations of the law on electoral campaigns in connection with money payments to two women who claimed to have dealings with Trump.
Cohen is scheduled to report in prison at the beginning of March.