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Man pleads not guilty in missing child hoax

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A 23-year-old man who authorities say impersonated a long-missing child has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

Brian Michael Rini (REE’-nee), of Medina (meh-DY’-nuh), Ohio, was arraigned Friday in Cincinnati. He was indicted this week on two counts of lying to federal agents and one count of aggravated identity theft.

Magistrate Karen Litkovitz advised Rini of his rights before asking his federal public defender for his plea.

He was initially arrested on a single false statement count after DNA testing proved he wasn’t Timmothy Pitzen, an Aurora, Illinois, boy who disappeared in 2011 at age 6.

The federal magistrate earlier this month cited Rini’s lack of a permanent address, past mental health issues and “a lengthy criminal history” that goes back to age 13 as she ordered him held without bond.

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Meat, poultry contaminated by traces of fecal matter, lawsuit against USDA claims

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is being sued by a nonprofit organization of doctors that has claimed the government agency doesn’t properly regulate fecal contamination in meat and chicken production.

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine filed the suit on Tuesday in the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., USA Today reported.

“Although USDA implements a ‘zero tolerance’ policy for fecal contamination, this policy applies to visible fecal contamination only,” the lawsuit claims. “The result is that fecally contaminated meat and chicken products pass inspection as long as the feces on them are not visible to the naked eye.”

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The Physicians Committee, which has 12,000 members with a mission of “saving and improving human and animal lives through plant-based diets and ethical and effective scientific research,” petitioned the USDA back in 2013 about the agency’s fecal contamination regulations.

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The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine is alleging that despite the USDA’s “zero-tolerance” policy on fecal contamination, that only applies to fecal contamination that is “visible to the naked eye.” (iStock)

The organization argued in its 2013 petition that the USDA’s fecal contamination regulations aren’t sufficient. It also proposed the agency should label inspected meat and poultry with the warning: “May contain feces.”

The petition came after the organization did a study in 2011 that allegedly found fecal matter in 48 percent of the poultry products they analyzed from 10 U.S. cities, according to USA Today.

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The current lawsuit is asking for a “substantive response” to the petition and alleges that the situation has gotten worse since the 2011 study, the outlet reports.

However, USDA said it “disagrees with the underlying assumption that meat and poultry products bearing the mark of inspection are likely to be contaminated with feces,” The Washington Post reported.

Officials with the government agency told the outlet that pathogen testing also occurs to avoid fecal contamination that isn’t visible to the human eye. The agency also said other pathogens can be killed by cooking meat properly.

According to information from the North American Meat Institute, bacteria on raw products is normal and doesn’t automatically mean the product is contaminated by fecal matter. It claims that “all bacteria, whether pathogenic or not, are destroyed by cooking.”

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Columbine shooting 20th anniversary: Survivors reflect on how massacre changed their lives forever

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Columbine shooting survivors and the families of those who died say the upcoming 20th anniversary of the massacre is conjuring up feelings of pain, hope, love and despair – on top of their concerns of the unexpected as they watch their own children head off to school each day.

The attack on April 20, 1999, in Littleton, Colorado, forever changed the debate about gun violence in American schools. Now two decades later, the children of Dave Sanders — the lone teacher who died in the shootings at Columbine High School – say strangers still come up to them to thank them for their father’s heroics that day. Sanders has been credited with leading dozens to students to safety before succumbing to his wounds.

“I run into kids who had him as a teacher, and one of them said, ‘Can I take a picture of you holding my child?’ And I said, ‘Why?’ And they said, ‘Because he wouldn’t be here without your dad,’” Coni Sanders told Fox31 in an interview this week.

“And so we’re seeing these generations of kids who had a chance to grow up to be adults and parents and grandparents [because of my dad],” she added. “My sisters and I are so proud.”

WOMAN ‘INFATUATED’ WITH COLUMBINE, CONNECTED TO COLORADO SCHOOL THREATS FOUND DEAD

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Kacey Ruegsegger, 17, is wheeled from a Denver hospital by Patty Anderson, center, after being released in May 1999. Walking beside her are her parents Greg, left, and Darcy, right. Ruegsegger Johnson survived a shotgun blast during the shootings at Colorado’s Columbine High School that left 12 students, one teacher, and both gunmen dead. (AP/File)

For survivors like Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson though, the emotional toll remains heavy as she lives out her life post-Columbine and watches her four children grow up. For the last 20 years, she has lived with post-traumatic stress disorder, along with physical pain. She worked as a nurse until the injuries to her arm – caused by a shotgun blast to her right shoulder during the massacre — forced her to stop.

“I’m grateful I have the chance to be a mom. I know some of my classmates weren’t given that opportunity,” Ruegsegger Johnson told the Associated Press, with tears in her eyes. “There are parts of the world I wish our kids never had to know about. I wish that there would never be a day I had to tell them the things I’ve been through.”

In an interview with the news agency published this week, Ruegsegger Johnson revealed how she would cry most mornings as her children left her car, and that she relied on texted photos from their teachers to make it through the day.

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On a recent sunny spring morning, she helped her kids find their book bags and tie their shoes before ushering them to her car. She prayed aloud as they neared the school, giving thanks for a beautiful morning and asking for a day of learning and friendship. And as always, the Associated Press says, she made a silent addition: Keep them safe.

Amy Over, who escaped the cafeteria at Columbine during the mass shooting, says she saw Sanders in the last hours of his life. She suffered no physical injuries from the attack, but has struggled emotionally for years.

Over told the Associated Press that waving goodbye to her daughter on the first day of preschool triggered a panic attack — the first of many. She was diagnosed with chronic panic disorder, underwent therapy and found new strategies for her life as a mother of two.

She now coaches her 13-year-old daughter Brie when she ventures to places outside her mom’s control: Where is the closest exit? What street are you on? Who is around you?

“I never want my kids to feel an ounce of pain, the way that I felt pain,” Over said. “I know that that’s something that I can’t control. And I think that’s hard on me.”

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Members of a police SWAT team march to Columbine High School on April 20, 1999. (AP/File)

Over says she first told Brie about her experience at Columbine two years ago, a few days before the anniversary.

That April 20, they visited the school for a memorial ceremony that included a reading of the names of the 13 people killed. Afterward, the Overs walked together through the quiet school.

Over told the Associated Press that opening up to her daughter was cathartic and so they have continued to attend annual memorial events, now imbued with a gentler tone with the girl by her side.

“It’s a day of reflection,” Over said. “It’s a day of love and hope. And I get to share that with my daughter.”

Frank DeAngelis, the principal of Columbine when the shooting happened, told CBS News in a recent interview that he starts his days reflecting on the 13 who were killed in the attack.

“Every morning when I wake up, as soon as I get out of bed I recite the names of my beloved 13,” he said. “I’ve done it since the shootings happened and they are not with us physically but spiritually, they’re with me every day.”

Michelle Wheeler, another survivor who appeared alongside him and now teaches middle school English in Columbine’s district, said she has given up on trying to figure out why the “broken souls” behind the attack carried it out.

“I’ve forgiven them. I think they lost their lives way before the 20th,” she said. “There is nothing I would get out of knowing why.”

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Kacey Ruegsegger Johnson poses for a portrait at her home in Cary, N.C., in late March. (AP)

Wheeler also said wherever she goes with her daughter, she is on alert for potential escape routes.

“We’ll be in the doctor’s office… and I’ll say ‘show me five places where you’ll hide’,” she told CBS News. “Because it could happen anywhere and I want her to be prepared. And I think it makes me feel prepared.”

“We’ll be in the doctor’s office… and I’ll say ‘show me five places where you’ll hide… Because it could happen anywhere and I want her to be prepared. And I think it makes me feel prepared.”

— Michelle Wheeler

Austin Eubanks, who survived being shot in the Columbine library, is among those who doesn’t fear the schools his sons, ages 13 and 9, attend.

Instead, he laments that active-shooter drills, video surveillance and armed guards are all too routine for them — as natural as a tornado drill was for him growing up in Oklahoma.

“We are so unwilling to actually make meaningful progress on eradicating the issue,” said Eubanks, who remains scarred by watching his best friend, Corey DePooter, die. “So we’re just going to focus on teaching kids to hide better, regardless of the emotional impact that that bears on their life. To me, that’s pretty sad.”

Isolation, depression, addiction and suicide are among the larger dangers he sees facing his kids’ generation, and he knows firsthand the damage those can cause.

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A woman embraces her daughter after they were reunited following the Columbine High School shooting. (AP/File)

For more than a decade after the attack, Eubanks was addicted to prescription pain medication, according to the Associated Press. He got sober in 2011 and began repairing his family, including his relationship with his sons and their mother. He now works at an addiction treatment facility and travels the country telling his story.

At home in Colorado, he tries to help his sons become attuned to pain others may be feeling. He encourages them to talk to an adult when peers seem so angry or afraid that they may need help. He tries to remember that — for them — all of the changes in schools are just normal.

He was horrified by videos that Marjory Stoneman Douglas students shot in Parkland, Florida, last year as they hid inside a classroom while a gunman moved through the halls of the high school. He has urged his own boys to always try to escape first — whatever it takes — even if school safety drills advise staying put.

“These are my children, and what I care about most is their safety,” he said. “And I know that for them, in a situation like that, getting away from it as quickly as possible is the best likelihood of success.”

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And he still honors DePooter when going fly-fishing in the wilderness, according to Fox31.

“When I’m out there and I catch a fish that’s of above-average size, I kind of give him a nod and say, you know, ‘He was with me today,’” Eubanks told the station.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Chad Michael Murray reveals he had a make out session with Jamie Lee Curtis while filming ‘Freaky Friday’

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Chad Michael Murray might have gotten to kiss Lindsay Lohan in the movie “Freaky Friday” but it was his off-screen make out session with the film’s other star, Jamie Lee Curtis, that’s really stuck with him.

The “One Tree Hill” alum told Busy Philipps on “Busy Tonight” that he was Lohan’s first kiss and she was rightfully nervous about it so Curtis stepped in to help them out.

“So we go and sit in Jamie’s trailer and she’s talking to Lindsay like, just kiss him … and [Curtis] grabs me by the back of the head and makes out with me,” the 37-year-old admitted.

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“At this point, I went, ‘Dude, I just made out with Jamie Lee Curtis!'” he said.

“That is really wild,” Philipps said. “I like that story!”

Murray played Lohan’s love interest in the iconic 2003 film in which the “Parent Trap” star switches bodies with her mother, played by the “Halloween” actress after a magical encounter at a Chinese restaurant.

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The new “Riverdale” star’s appearance on Philipp’s show also served as a little reunion for the two of them. They both starred together on “Dawson’s Creek” during Season 5 back in 2002.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry may consider a male nanny or ‘manny’ for their royal baby, reports say

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry could be breaking royal tradition once more when it comes to picking a nanny for their royal baby.

Sarajane Ambrose is the founder of Imperial Nannies, a leading childcare agency in London who has experience of placing nannies with royal families. Ambrose told People magazine Friday the couple could even opt for a male nanny or “manny” as they are known.

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Markle, 37, is due to give birth to her firstborn sometime this spring.

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Meghan Markle and Prince Harry have received hundreds of gifts. (Getty Images)

“There was a trend for male nannies a few years ago, but it’s really the personality match that’s important,” said Ambrose. “… He or she has to be professional, discreet, do a very good job and be prepared to not only speak to anybody about her experiences there, they will be on their toes the whole time and it can be isolating too.”

Ambrose, who has worked with members of the British royal family, as well as other European royals, wouldn’t comment to the magazine on whether Markle and Harry, 34, are using an agency such as hers. She also said “mannies” count for only 10 percent of the candidates on her book. However, she shared that at this point, the former American actress already has it covered.

“The Duchess of Sussex is up to date on all the different options, she knows what she’s doing, she’s done her research and she knows exactly what she is looking for,” explained Ambrose. “… She’s worldly and she has a huge network of friends, many of whom have had children, so I think she will have been offered lots and lots of advice — it’s up to her which advice she takes!”

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. (Getty)

Ambrose noted lots of Americans tend to favor a British nanny possibly due to their mannerisms, but the former “Suits” star could have another idea in mind.

Russell Myers, royal editor of UK’s Daily Mirror and chief executive reporter claimed a source close to the couple revealed Markle was looking for an American nanny to welcome into her royal household.

“Meghan and Harry have clear ideas on how to bring up their children,” claimed the source. “Meghan was clear in telling recruiters she favors an American over a Brit and wants them to feel part of the family rather than a uniformed member of staff.”

“That is important to her,” continued the source. “She’s never hidden the fact she is fiercely proud of her American roots. They are keen to explore the possibility of a male nanny.”

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Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex (Getty)

MEGHAN MARKLE’S BIRTH PLANS NOT HER IDEA?

Back in February of this year, Vanity Fair reported Markle reportedly told friends that she wants to take a “fluid approach to gender” when raising her child.

“Meghan has been talking to some of her friends about the birth and how she and Harry plan to raise their baby. Her exact word was ‘fluid,'” a source told the magazine. “She said they plan to raise their child with a fluid approach to gender and they won’t be imposing any stereotypes.”

The Sussexes have planned a gender-neutral nursery with white and gray colors, the outlet reported.

A Kensington Palace spokesman declined Vanity Fair’s request for comment.

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Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan, the Duchess of Sussex, are greeted by Princess Lalla Meryem of Morocco second left and Princess Lalla Hasna of Morocco, at the residence of King Mohammed VI of Morocco, on the third day of their tour of Morocco, in Rabat, Monday, Feb. 25, 2019. (Yui Mok/Pool Photo via AP)

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Kensington Palace recently announced that Markle and Harry are planning to keep the birth of their firstborn private.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are very grateful for the goodwill they have received from people throughout the United Kingdom and around the world as they prepare to welcome their baby,” the palace said in a statement.

“Their Royal Highnesses have taken a personal decision to keep the plans around the arrival of their baby private. The Duke and Duchess look forward to sharing the exciting news with everyone once they have had an opportunity to celebrate privately as a new family.”

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The Daily Spike: How to train your dog to like being groomed

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Spike loves the water, like most labs do. He loves swimming. He loves lying in puddles. And he really loves swimming around in super muddy puddles. And for the first year of his life, he didn’t really mind taking baths.

But in the last few months, things have started to change. Now when I try to clean him, he aggressively backs away from the shower or garden hose.

Similarly, he now has no interest in getting his nails clipped. This used to also be easy — I’d lay him on his back in my lap in a “cradling” position and use a Dremel, or a small hand-held rotary tool that painlessly files off the end of the nail. (Yes, Dremel makes power tools for humans as well as a pet-friendly version.) Now, however, he sees the Dremel come out and backs away in fear.

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This started happening late last fall when he went through a trying period of time. Within a couple of weeks, he was neutered, caught pneumonia, and had an ear infection. After all that poking and prodding by the veterinarian — and then me with all his medications and ear swabbings — he seems to have decided that he was done with further prodding.

While this is less than ideal for a normal pet, it’s not acceptable for a Canine Companions for Independence service dog, and it could be cause for him to be released from the program. As a future service dog, he will have to willingly let his partner do all these things with him. He can never back away or be fearful of his partner, even when they bring out whirling nail clippers. Spike’s eventual owner has to be able to do all the grooming himself or herself, to avoid the financial burden of being forced to pay for professional grooming services.

We went to a Canine Companion training class this week and instructor Liz Vacchiano met with us to discuss Spike’s issues. She started handling, and trying to pick up Spike’s feet wit the Dremel in-hand, and he started backing away from her like he did with me. So she got out her secret weapon: an all natural squeeze-pouch of chicken-flavored (human) baby food, or some other flavor of fruit or veggie baby food that now conveniently come in a squeezy bag.

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She suggested we use this extra tasty treat to entice him when grooming. (And if his favorite food doesn’t already come in a squeezy pouch, she suggested be put some in a travel squeeze bottle.) This way, Spike can continuously lick it and (ideally) continuously be distracted from the nail clippings or dog washing or ear cleaning that is otherwise going on.  And we’ll only use this secret weapon while grooming, so he’ll have a positive association with grooming and yummy chicken.

She also suggested that we put the nail clippers or Dremel next to his greatest source of joy — a bowl of food — so he associates the grooming devices with a good thing.

So now I have a plan. Spike and I will need to start over with nail clipping. She suggested not cradling him at first, since he has a bad association with that. Every day, I’ll touch his paws while squeezing out the yummy baby food. After a few days, I apply pressure to each of his toes, and hold them for longer periods of time. Once he’s comfortable enough with me holding his paws and toes for a long time while he’s eating his tasty chicken baby food, we’ll start slowly filing his nails. And if at any point he’s resistant, we’ll back up a step until he’s completely comfortable with the whole process.

We’ll do the same with bathing, by luring him into the bath with the delicious secret weapon, until he’s practically jumping into the bathtub at just the sight of that chicken baby food.

Wish us luck!

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Andy Puzder: Socialist Sanders touts American capitalist system he so vehemently criticizes

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Socialists are quick to preach benevolence towards the poor and lecture capitalists on greed. Avowed socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders is among capitalism’s most vehement critics, once stating that “ruthless capitalism is not an economic model that we should be embracing.” It’s a strange attack coming from someone who has unabashedly benefited from that system.

Sanders made over $2.75 million over the past three years in great part because he wrote a best-selling book. He provided consumers with something they wanted. As he lives in a capitalist economy,  he was rewarded and joined the ranks of the successful millionaires he so often disparages.

Asked about this in his recent Fox News Town Hall, Sanders responded: “If anyone thinks I should apologize for writing a bestselling book, I’m sorry, I’m not going to do it.” Nor should he. Just as President Trump was unapologetic about his wealth when running for president, Sanders is rightly proud of his.

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Sanders has even commented that “If you write a best-selling book, you can be a millionaire, too.” Sounds like he’s touting the very American capitalist system he so vehemently criticizes. Seems ironic – if not overtly inconsistent. If would-be, best-selling authors wonder how politically charged anti-establishment books would benefit them in a socialist economy, they might want to consider the life of author Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, who spent years imprisoned in a former Socialist mecca Sanders held in high esteem – the Union of the Soviet Socialist Republics.

The results for Sanders were far different because he lives in a nation with both political and economic freedom. A capitalist economy where consumers, not government elites, determine who succeeds and who fails by voting with every dollar they spend. Capitalism takes our natural desire to improve our lives and directs that desire outward towards meeting the needs of others – consumers. Knowing what consumers want and offering it to them at an affordable price is the key to success in a capitalist economy. In fact, it’s the key to survival. This striving to improve our lives by meeting the needs of others consistently results in widespread abundance and prosperity.

In a socialist economy, motivation is quite different. Rather than focusing on the needs of others, socialism compels people to shift their focus inward, to their own needs. In a socialist society you succeed by getting more for yourself from a limited supply of goods, services, or benefits the government chooses to make available. Whether you can get more for yourself depends on how well you please the political elites. The political elites who control the economy do very well. The rest of the population, not so much. The result is equality of poverty and despair.

To be sure, there is economic inequality in capitalist economies. But, that inequality results from the extent to which an individual or company meets the needs of others. The more you benefit others, the more you benefit. Steve Jobs and Jeff Bezos didn’t become incredibly wealthy because they stole from us or because they benefited some group of political elites. They have disproportionate wealth because they disproportionally benefitted all of us.

Similarly, Sanders met consumers’ needs by publishing a book they wanted to read, it became a best seller and he disproportionally benefitted, becoming a millionaire. This economic reality doesn’t seem to cause him the least bit of pain or regret. I say, good for him.

Sanders certainly isn’t remorseful about keeping as much of his disproportionately large income as he can. While his gross income qualified him for the highest tax bracket, Sanders took advantage of deductions to lower his taxable income and then took full advantage of the lower tax rates available because of the Republican tax cuts – despite having voted against them. His explanation: “Come on. I am – I pay the taxes that I owe.” Well, “come on” Senator, so do Amazon, Netflix, and every other corporation and billionaire you so vehemently criticize for paying too little in taxes.

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Perhaps we could at least expect the quintessential defender of socialist benevolence to make substantial charitable contributions to help the poor and disadvantaged, voluntarily redistributing some of his disproportionately large – income inequality enhancing – income. That’s the kind of benevolence socialists are really talking about, right? Well, over the last three years, Sanders’ charitable donations averaged 2.4 percent of his income – or 2.4 cents for each of the over $2.75 million dollars he earned.

Are we experiencing some “do as I say, not as I do” moralizing? Perhaps. It is at least curious that Sanders continues to criticize the very economic system that made him successful while advocating a socialist system that would deny others – even aspiring young authors – that same opportunity. But, Sanders has at least shown us that, on a personal level, capitalism’s virtues – and benefits – can reach into the hearts of even the most outwardly devote socialists. Now, if it could just reach into their minds.

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Ari Fleischer: Trump should move on from Russia, let Dems ‘walk that impeachment plank’

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President Donald Trump should “move beyond” the Russia issue and let Democrats self-sabotage through their focus on impeachment, Fox News contributor Ari Fleischer said on Friday.

“The Democrats are about to walk a plank and fall off of it into the ocean with their conspiracy theories and their truther collusion theories,” he said while appearing on “America’s Newsroom.” “Let them walk that plank and fall off into the ocean.”

The special counsel’s report — detailing 10 concerns surrounding potential obstruction of justice — prompted Democrats to call for Mueller’s testimony, subpoena the unredacted report, and support impeachment.

Trump, Fleischer worried, only invited more suspicion as he continued discussing the issue in public.

“If I were the president, I would have basically declared victory with the Mueller report and everything that came out,” Fleischer said after noting Trump’s tweets from Friday morning.

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“This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened,” Trump tweeted. Trump also derided the Mueller’s team as “18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters” and called some of the report’s statements “totally untrue.”

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Fleischer argued that Trump’s tweet “suggested he was upset with something in the Mueller report, which only makes it look like he’s got something to worry about.”

While it’s unclear exactly which statements Trump was referring to, Fleischer called some of the report’s claims came “too close to obstruction” and said the administration should “realize just how close” it came to facing charges.

If Democrats push for impeachment, they could face pushback from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has already denigrated the idea.

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Although Democratic National Committee (DNC) chairman Tom Perez had some strong words about the report, he seemed to sidestep Fox News host Bret Baier’s question about pursuing impeachment. Perez indicated that impeachment wasn’t out of the question, however, and said it was “hogwash” to argue “there’s no obstruction.”

“I think that there are more questions to be asked here,” Perez said.

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Chris Wallace: Barr’s decision to make a conclusion on obstruction is ‘troubling’ and ‘politically charged’

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“Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace said Friday Attorney General William Barr’s decision to make a conclusion on the question of obstruction of justice “seems even more troubling, and perhaps even more politically charged when you read the report.”

Wallace made the comment on “America’s Newsroom” Friday referencing Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein ‘s determination there was not sufficient evidence on the obstruction front even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump committed this offense.

“When you read the report it becomes clear that the reason that Robert Mueller didn’t make a finding on obstruction wasn’t because he didn’t feel capable of doing it, but because he thought in direct contradiction to what Bill Barr said yesterday, that under department guidelines, there could not be an indictment of a sitting president, and he very much left it to Congress to make that decision,” said Wallace Friday.

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“So the fact that Barr decided to interpose himself and to make this decision himself, although Congress obviously can go ahead and do what it wants, really seems to go against the grain of what Robert Mueller was suggesting in his own report.”

Wallace referenced Barr’s statements to the press before the redacted Mueller report on the Russia investigation was released to the public on Thursday.

Barr offered a staunch defense of President Trump on Thursday morning during the press conference where he previewed the report’s findings and explained why he and Rosenstein concluded that the president had not obstructed justice.

Wallace also reacted to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler’s push for Mueller’s “complete and unredacted” Russia report.

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Nadler, D-N.Y., issued a subpoena Friday to obtain the “complete and unredacted” version of Mueller’s report, as well as the underlying materials.

Wallace said the release of the unredacted report “has to be decided by a court.”

“The main thing they’re talking about here is grand jury testimony. It is in fact the case that in the past, that attorneys general have gone to the courts and said — gotten a court to agree, a judge to agree to release that information, to give it to Congress to fulfill its constitutional duties. Bill Barr chose not to do that. It now is on Jerry Nadler as the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,” said Wallace.

“This will end up in the courts, and it’s going to end up, I suspect, taking months if not longer to determine whether or not they’re going to release that information. But given the kind of ill will that there seems to exist now between House Democrats and the attorney general, the idea that they would simply sit down and wait and accept whatever Barr decided he was going to redact and not redact, that ship seems to have sailed.”

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He added: “I think they are going to contest this and say we want to see everything that’s in there.”

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The Latest: Couple who shackled children get life in prison

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The Latest on the sentencing of a California couple who starved and abused a dozen of their children for years (all times local):

10:26 a.m.

A California couple who pleaded guilty to years of torture and abuse of 12 of their 13 children have been sentenced to life in prison with possibility of parole after 25 years.

David and Louise Turpin were sentenced Friday during an emotional hearing that saw some of the children speak publicly about the abuse for the first time.

Louise Turpin wept as she apologized for hurting her children, while her husband David Turpin struggled to give a short statement.

One of their daughters, weeping, said in court that “My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back.”

The sentencing came just over a year after the Turpins’ 17-year-old daughter jumped out of a window of the family’s squalid home and called 911. She reported that some of her siblings were chained to their beds and that she hadn’t bathed in months.

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10:18 a.m.

A California couple convicted of abusing 12 of their children has apologized at their sentencing after hearing from some of the victims.

David Turpin’s lawyer read part of a statement because he was too upset. “My homeschooling and discipline had good intentions,” he said. “I’m sorry if I’ve done anything to cause them harm.”

Louise Turpin spoke for herself, saying, “I’m sorry for everything I’ve done to hurt my children. I love my children so much. … I only want the best for them.

The Turpins are expected to be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. They pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse that was uncovered when their 17-year-old daughter jumped out a window and called 911.

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10:10 a.m.

Several children of a California couple convicted of torturing them for years gave emotional statements at their parents’ sentencing Friday.

Louise Turpin wept and David Turpin wiped his eyes as the children spoke, with one of them saying: “My parents took my whole life from me but now I’m taking my life back.”

Some of the other children said they still love their parents. One asked for a lighter sentence because “they believed everything they did was to protect us.”

It’s the first time the children have spoken publicly since the arrest of their parents, David and Louise Turpin. They have the right to address the court to say how they’ve been impacted by the abuse.

The Turpins are expected to be sentenced to at least 25 years in prison. They pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse that was uncovered when their 17-year-old daughter jumped out a window and called 911.

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10:05 a.m.

Two of the children of a California couple convicted of torturing them for years have addressed the court at their sentencing.

It’s the first time the children are appearing publicly since the arrest of their parents, David and Louise Turpin. They have the right to address the court to say how they’ve been impacted by the abuse.

Their parents watched in tears, as their children related the nightmares about being chained and beaten.

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12:01 a.m.

A California couple who starved a dozen of their children and shackled some to beds face sentencing for years of abuse.

David and Louise Turpin are due Friday in Riverside County Superior Court for a proceeding that is largely a formality.

The couple pleaded guilty in February to torture and other abuse and agreed to serve at least 25 years in prison.

The abuse was uncovered last year when one of the couple’s 13 children jumped out a window and called 911. The 17-year-old girl had lived such an isolated life that she didn’t know her address and didn’t know what medication meant.

Most of the children ranging in age from 2 to 29 were severely underweight and hadn’t bathed for months. The house reeked of human waste.

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