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Former Bush aide: ‘Clearly lines have been crossed’ to warrant Trump impeachment inquiry

Westlake Legal Group Andy-Card Former Bush aide: 'Clearly lines have been crossed' to warrant Trump impeachment inquiry Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/elections fox-news/politics fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 44b4716c-de1c-5ce5-aafc-6a06f70b3ca9

A former aide to President George W. Bush insisted on Monday that the pending impeachment inquiry against President Trump is “warranted” and that “clearly lines have been crossed.”

Appearing on MSNBC, former White House Chief of Staff Andy Card expressed his support for the launched inquiry into Trump’s communications with Ukraine.

“I do think that an impeachment inquiry is warranted. Clearly lines have been crossed,” Card told MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson.

The MSNBC analyst did, however, acknowledge that he wasn’t certain if Trump’s actions were an “impeachment offense yet” and warned Democratic lawmakers to not “call a molehill a mountain.”

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“I don’t know if that’s an impeachable offense yet. “We don’t know yet, because most people in Congress have already made up their mind when they haven’t seen any evidence,” Card explained.

“I want people to calm down, take a look at it. Don’t call a molehill a mountain. They tend to do that. There’s hyperbole on both sides. So this is a serious process. I want to help the president do his job because he’s our president.

“I also don’t want him to be distracted by others who are trying to undermine him and I do want the impeachment process if it’s going to go forward, to be done deliberately, without hyperbole, without exaggeration, and see where it leads based on the facts.

“Don’t make it about politics.”

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Card also admitted that he didn’t take Trump’s recent remarks about China investigating the Bidens seriously, calling them “a little bit frivolous and kind of baiting” and comparing the president to a “carnival barker.”

He also called for people on both sides to “step back” and “stop some of the hot rhetoric.”

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German bank robber’s 20-hour-long court rant cut off by judge before prison sentence, report says

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A German man jailed for committing three bank robberies reportedly gave a very rambling, 20-hour-long statement before his sentencing Monday that included anecdotes about his fitness routine and accounts from his criminal career.

A judge in Hamburg’s district court cut off Michael Jauernik before sentencing him to 12-and-a-half years in prison for three bank heists between 2011 and 2018, in which he shot one employee, The Guardian reported.

She said she regretted not interrupting Jauernik, 71, earlier for his repetitions and “excessive digressions.”

Jauernik started robbing banks in the 1970s and served several jail terms. He gained some notoriety in the 1980s when he was dubbed the “Thursday robber” for holding up a string of banks shortly before closing time on Thursdays.

During his prolonged statement, he reportedly said he was “more intelligent and clever than any employee of the criminal police agency” and bragged about his daily fitness regimen in jail. He also boasted about doing situps three times each day and doing 5-K runs, the report added.

Jauernik said he went back to robbing banks after working as a night porter where he found his pension payments “pitiful.” He justified the robberies by insinuating he targeted corrupt financial institutions.

“I didn’t rob supermarkets or old women,” Jauernik said.

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The unnamed judge said it was unlikely he would be rehabilitated.

“We are sure that you will still think it legitimate to rob banks and threaten people in 12 years’ time,” she said. “You suffer from a narcissistic personality disorder, which was on display to everyone who followed the main trial,” she said.

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Bill Clinton asked UK’s Tony Blair to ‘take a look at’ fixing problem during 2000 ‘political season’: document

While Democrats have been calling for President Trump’s impeachment over his alleged soliciting of assistance from foreign countries ahead of the 2020 election, an unearthed comment from 2000 might show stones were being thrown from glass houses.

On his show Monday, Tucker Carlson discussed a transcript of a call between former President Bill Clinton and then-U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair, the same year as the election pitting Clinton’s vice president, Al Gore, against George W. Bush.

“You’ve heard endlessly on cable news that it is unprecedented the president would seek political gain from a conversation with a foreign leader. Well, turns out, it has happened before,” Carlson said.

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President Bill Clinton British Prime Minister Tony Blair at Warwick University in December 2000. (BRIAN BOULD/AFP/Getty Images, File)

“Back in 2000, President Bill Clinton had a conversation with Tony Blair of the U.K. and asked him to intercede in a dispute between British Airways and two carriers. The president, at the time, was much more direct than President Trump was in his conversation.

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A screenshot of the conversation was shown during “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday.

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“This is Bill Clinton, and I’m quoting: ‘In a political season, it would be big over here to get this open sore resolved. If you could have somebody take a look at it.’ Tony Blair responded that he would.”

Carlson continued: “Now, is this a big deal? Not really. Is it nakedly political? Is it an attempt to use a foreign country to influence the outcome of an election in a presidential year? Yes it is, obviously.

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“Incidentally, it didn’t take long for us to find that, we only had to dig through old Clinton transcripts for about 15 minutes… there are probably a lot more examples, and if we find them we will bring them to you.”

The quote referenced by Carlson can be found among a collection of declassified documents relating to Blair. It can be read in full here.

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George Papadopoulos claims other nations had ‘vested interest’ against Trump’s ‘America First’ platform in 2016

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Former Trump 2016 campaign adviser George Papadopoulos claimed Monday several nations, including U.S. allies, had a “vested interest” against the then-candidate’s 2016 platform.

Papadopoulos praised Attorney General William Barr and federal prosecutor John Durham for engaging with Australian, British and Italian officials, in an interview with Martha MacCallum on “The Story.”

“Bill Barr and John Durham are not on a wild goose chase,” he claimed. “These countries were willfully complicit in what I believe was an international conspiracy to undermine the Donald Trump campaign, and to assure that if he was elected president that he would be handcuffed because they had a vested interest in assuring that his America First policies would not be the ones that would be implemented.”

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Last year, Papadopoulos served 12 days in prison in connection with then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

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He had pleaded guilty to making false statements to federal prosecutors and spent those nearly-two-weeks in a Wisconsin facility.

Speaking with MacCallum, Papadopoulos appeared to nod to the events during the campaign that led to the Mueller team focusing on him.

“I lived it,” he said. “I spoke to these diplomats and I know what they wanted.”

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He also reacted to former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi reportedly threatening to sue him for $1 million.

Papadopoulos noted Renzi was in office during Trump’s campaign and claimed the ex-politician went “on a rant about the president and then says he wants to sue me.”

“I welcome discovery in any lawsuit.”

Barr sparked criticism in multiple countries in recent days, as he seeks assistance in studying the Russia investigation’s origins, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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A Justice Department official told Fox News on Monday that Attorney General Bill Barr asked President Trump to make introductions to foreign countries that might have had information pertinent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into possible misconduct by the intelligence community at the outset of the Russia investigation.

But, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News it would be wrong to say Trump “pressed” the Australian prime minister for information that could have discredited Mueller’s now-completed probe, as The New York Times reported earlier Monday.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Brooke Shields shares age-defying secret: ‘I’m now starting to celebrate my body’

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Actress and model Brooke Shields didn’t always have confidence in the way she looked.

“Well, I had a really fraught relationship with the whole idea of beauty since I was a little kid,” she explained on “Dr. Oz” on Monday. “There was a disconnect between my head and my body.”

Shields — known for her roles in “Suddenly Susan” and “The Blue Lagoon” — is now 54 years old, and her attitude toward her body has changed a bit.

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“… I’m now starting to celebrate my body in a way that I never felt free to do it as a kid,” she told Dr. Mehmet Oz.

For Shields, part of celebrating her body includes taking care of her skin and hair with a simple product: body balm.

Shields explained that she started using body balm as a young girl to sculpt her eyebrows, but has since begun to spread it on the skin around her eyes as well.

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Similarly, Shields — who demonstrated her application technique on the show — revealed that she also uses body balm on the ends of her hair and even on her eyelashes as a moisturizer.

She explained that the balm isn’t greasy, so it serves as a conditioner for skin and hair.

Shields, who last guest-starred in seasons four and five of “Jane the Virgin,” was nominated for two Golden Globes for her portrayal of the title character in “Suddenly Susan.”

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Her modeling career began when she starred in an Ivory Soap ad at 11 months old. At 14, she became the youngest model ever to appear on the cover of Vogue Magazine.

She’s slated to be seen next in the comedy “My Boyfriend’s Meds,” in February 2020.

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Jesse Watters: Democrats trying to ‘impeach the president in private’

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Jesse Watters took aim at Democrats over their continued push for impeachment against President Trump, saying Monday on “The Five” they were trying to “impeach the president in private.”

“I mean, they’re all doing this behind closed doors. They don’t let Republicans subpoena. They don’t let them cross-examine,” Watters said.

“They won’t release the full transcripts and they won’t put it to a floor vote.”

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The “Watters’ World” host also criticized the whistleblower for not disclosing his contact with staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

“And now you have the whistleblower who has been found out to have lied when he filled out the whistleblower complaint,” Watters said.

Fox News also reported that Intelligence Community Inspector General Michael Atkinson told House lawmakers he could not explain what accounted for the 18-day window between the July 25 call and the Aug. 12 complaint filing — or when exactly the whistleblower contacted a key Democrat’s staff.

Watters said he wondered why Democrats were being so secretive when it came to impeachment.

“What are they hiding?” Watters asked. “I mean, these are the same people that investigated the Trump campaign using secret warrants using foreign powers, and we still don’t know what the bottom of that was.”

Co-host Greg Gutfeld weighed in, saying that even the media altered the way they were covering the impeachment inquiry.

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“And you know… this story is waning and that it’s actually getting kind of fun because now the media is no longer covering impeachment,” Gutfeld said. “They’re covering Dems continuing to apply pressure on impeachment. That’s how far removed they are from this story. Now it’s like saying I’m applying pressure, you know, to keep a horse in my apartment. It’s not going to happen.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Catherine Herridge and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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NBA’s controversy with China is all about money, shouldn’t be surprising to anyone, Jesse Watters says

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The controversy over the National Basketball Association and China intensified Monday in part because of the financial factor involved, according to Jesse Watters.

The NBA — which apologized after the Chinese government was irked by Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey expressed support for pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong — is not an advocacy organization, Watters said Monday on “The Five.”

“I’m not surprised the NBA is not the United Nations — let’s be honest, this is a sports league, this is not a human rights advocacy group,” he said.

“This is all about money, obviously, and they’re no different than any other American company. Except, I actually have less expectation from the NBA than I have for a company like Google, who rewires their entire search engine for the Chinese Communists just so they can make a billion dollars more.”

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However, Watters said some of the criticism the NBA has received borders on being a little too much.

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“They’re now just caught in the middle of a political debate which they don’t really belong in,” he said.

Morey’s tweet, which read, “Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong,” prompted multiple Chinese businesses and organizations — including the sportswear brand Li-Ning, SPD Bank and the Chinese Basketball Association — to condemn the team and suspend their work with the franchise. The Chinese consulate in Houston also scolded the Rockets, saying: “We have lodged representations and expressed strong dissatisfaction with the Houston Rockets… Anybody with conscience would support the efforts made by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region to safeguard Hong Kong’s social stability.”

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But American lawmakers, including from the team’s home state of Texas, accused the Rockets and the NBA of appeasing a repressive Chinese government out of concern for their financial interests. The NBA is investing heavily in China, a market with 1.4 billion potential fans and a deep connection to Houston.

In addition, Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley has called on the NBA to cancel its high-profile preseason games in China amid growing controversy over a team official’s pro-Hong Kong statement.

Hawley, a Republican, sent a letter to NBA Commissioner Adam Silver on Monday, accusing the league of “kowtowing to the demands of one of the world’s most brutal regimes in the pursuit of profit.”

Fox News Tyler Olson and Liam Quinn contributed to this report.

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Machete-wielding California man shot, killed by deputies

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Los Angeles County investigators on Monday said deputies shot and killed a man who was advancing towards them with a machete after holding the weapon to a woman’s throat.

The shooting unfolded in Whittier – about 20 miles east of Los Angles – after a caller reported a man banging and screaming on a neighbor’s door while holding the knife, according to the sheriff’s department.

Responding deputies said they found the suspect inside the home. Family members identified him as 37-year-old Antonio “Tonito” Vasquez, who they said had a history of mental illness.

A mental evaluation team with the sheriff’s department initially spoke with the suspect and determined he was no longer a threat, Fox 11 reported. Deputies and the mental health team determined he had committed no crime and left the scene.

However, police received another 911 call 30 minutes later. The caller reportedly told cops that Vasquez said he wanted officers to shoot him.

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Responding deputies found the suspect in the garage, holding the knife to a woman’s throat, Fox 11 reported. He allegedly advanced towards them and they ordered him to drop the weapon, the station added. LASD said three of the four deputies opened fire. Vasquez was pronounced dead at the scene.

Sheriff’s Lt. Derrick Alfred told KABC “there was no time at that point for a mental evaluation team. Action had to be taken.”

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The three deputies were placed on administrative leave, pending an investigation. Neither the deputies nor the woman was injured in the incident.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.  

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Ted Cruz knocks NBA in tweet defending ‘South Park’ in China

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Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, continued to assail the NBA and China on Monday, tweeting his support of “South Park,” which was banned from China after a recent episode critical of the Communist government, and at the same time criticizing the league for its perceived capitulation to Beijing.

The most recent episode of “South Park,” titled, “Band in China,” was scrubbed from China’s highly-regulated Internet after it criticized Hollywood for going out of its way to avoid offending the one-party state, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In the episode, the character of Randy got arrested for selling marijuana in China and was sent to a work camp similar to those where as many as a million Chinese Muslims have been imprisoned.

At the camp, Randy ran into Winnie the Pooh — which also has been banned in China because of the character’s comparisons to Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In his tweet, Cruz encouraged his followers to watch the episode.

“Annoy a communist. Watch South Park. (Note to @NBA: this is how it’s done.),” he posted.

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The censorship came after Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey tweeted in support of Hong Kong protestors over the weekend.

Team owner Tilman Fertitta distanced himself and the organization from Morey’s remarks. NBA officials said they were “extremely disappointed” by Morey’s “inappropriate” tweet about Hong Kong, which “severely hurt the feelings of Chinese fans.”

Since the now-deleted tweet, sportswear brand Li-Ning and Rockets sponsor Shanghai Pudong Development Bank (SPD Bank) Credit Card Center have cut tires with the team.

Protesters in Hong Kong have clashed with police after months of demonstrations against Chinese-backed authorities. Beijing has been seen as trying to exercise more control over the semi-autonomous territory.

The NBA has been heavily invested in China with its 1.4 billion potential fans. The Rockets have had a deep following there because of its connection to the country’s most famous player, Yao Ming, who was drafted in 2002 and embarked on a Hall of Fame career.

South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone issued a statement about the episode while criticizing the NBA.

“Like the NBA, we welcome the Chinese censors into our homes and into our hearts,” the statement read. “We too love money more than freedom and democracy. Xi doesn’t look like Winnie the Pooh at all. Tune into our 300th episode this Wednesday at 10! Long live the great Communist Party of China. May the autumn’s sorghum harvest be bountiful. We good now China?”

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U.S. lawmakers from across the political spectrum have blasted the league for its stance. Many accused the league of appeasing to what they called a repressive regime.

Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, a Republican, took his dissatisfaction a step further Monday, calling on the NBA to cancel games in China. The Los Angeles Lakers are scheduled to square-off with the Brooklyn Nets on Thursday in Shanghai and Saturday in Shenzhen, China.

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Ocasio-Cortez defends tweet promoting idea of ‘prison abolition,’ pushes ‘just alternatives to incarceration’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., defended her call for potential “prison abolition” as part of broader restructuring of the criminal justice system, in a series of tweets Monday.

“Mass incarceration is our American reality. It is a system whose logic evolved from the same lineage as Jim Crow, American apartheid, & slavery,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in reaction to a tweet from comedian Chelsea Handler. “To end it, we have to change. That means we need to have a real conversation about decarceration & prison abolition in this country.”

The Democrat recalled a conversation she had with a woman who was “thrown into Rikers [Island] as a teenager” and was “put in solitary confinement for months,” which she called “torture.”

“The conditions were so bad, she too had drank out of toilets,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “A cage is a cage is a cage. And humans don’t belong in them.”

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Later in the day, Ocasio-Cortez defended her use of the term “prison abolition,” pointing to statistics that showed the U.S. “incarcerates more than anywhere in the world.”

“I know the term ‘prison abolition’ is breaking some people’s brains. The right is already freaking out,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted to start a thread. “Yet the US incarcerates more than anywhere in the world. We have more than enough room to close many of our prisons and explore just alternatives to incarceration.”

“First of all, many people in jailed or in prison don’t belong there at all. Whether it’s punitive sentencing for marijuana possession or jailing people for their poverty & letting the rich free through systems like cash bail, we wrongly incarcerate far, far too many people.

“Secondly, our prison & jail system is so large bc we use them as de facto mental hospitals, homeless shelters, & detox centers instead of *actually* investing in… mental health, housing, edu, & rehab. If we invested meaningfully, what do you think would happen to crime?”

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She continued: “Lastly, people tend to say ‘what do you do with all the violent people?’ as a defense for incarcerating millions. Our lawmaking process means we come to solutions together, & either way we should work to an end where our prison system is dramatically smaller than it is today.”

A report published in March by the Prison Policy Initiative stated almost 2.3 million people were “held by the American justice system.”

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