"Look my view of the last year or so, is that I've had very little to say about the various investigations that have been suggested. I support the Mueller investigation. Hopefully it will conclude sometime soon."
"But I think it's pretty clear going back to the late 90s that the public is very skeptical about partisan congressional investigations. And all I've said is that sometimes the politics of presidential harassment hasn't worked out too well. I remember when we decided it was a good idea to impeach President Clinton and his approval rating went up and ours went down."
"Well with regard to the national emergency declaration just speaking for myself, I'm I'm convinced that what the president did is authorized by legislation. But I'd be less than candid with you if I didn't say we've had a lot of spirited discussion, couple of hours last week and again just before we came out here about this whole issue."
"I don't personally think there's a constitutional issue here. Some have raised questions about the authorization itself. I don't have a solution to how this ultimately ends, other than a prediction that at the end of the day the president in all likelihood is going to get a measure that he will veto. And will almost certainly be sustained, the veto will be sustained in the House."
6. Cutaway of Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer arriving for press conference with Democratic colleagues
"The president's national emergency we now know that a bipartisan resolution to terminate the president's national emergency has enough votes to pass the Senate. So I'd say this to all of my colleagues particularly those on the Republican side, no matter what you think about the president's policy at the southern border, no president none should be allowed to discard the constitution at a whim and do an end run around a coequal branch of government."
"The bottom line is this the Founding Fathers exquisite balance of power is now being attempted to be undone by President Trump. Members of both parties should come together and say no. It seems we have enough votes to pass this resolution of disapproval. But why don't our Republican colleagues vote with their conscience and give us enough to override a presidential veto."
"So to me there are two issues that are the most important. Number one, that there be none, no interference in Mr. Mueller's investigation. Whatever direction he wants to take it in he should be able. And second, that the full report is made public. There may have to be a few redactions to protect intelligence sources, but that's it. It should be made public. We've gotten no assurances of either."
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called on his Republican colleagues to vote with their conscience and "give us enough to override a presidential veto."
Schumer's comments come as several Republican senators say they will defy President Donald Trump and vote on resolution to block his emergency declaration.
The Democratic-led House recently voted to upend Trump's declaration, which he declared to circumvent Congress and funnel billions of extra dollars to erecting his proposed border wall.
Many lawmakers opposed to the emergency declaration say it tramples Congress' constitutional power to control spending. They also are concerned Trump would siphon money from home-state projects to barrier construction.
Majority leader Mitch McConnell says he doesn't "personally think there's a constitutional issue here."
"I don't have a solution to how this ultimately ends," said McConnell.
"Other than a prediction that at the end of the day the president in all likelihood is going to get a measure that he will veto. And will almost certainly be sustained, the veto will be sustained in the House."
Schumer and McConnell also spoke Tuesday on Capitol Hill about the Special Counsel Robert Mueller report and the several House investigations aimed at the Trump administration.
McConnell says Democrats should heed lessons from the late 90's, "the public is very skeptical about partisan congressional investigations."
But Schumer says he has two concerns, one is there is 'no interference in Mr. Mueller's investigation" and "it should be made public."