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House Ethics Committee warns lawmakers about access to secure areas after GOP members’ intrusion

Westlake Legal Group 16_AP19296527062491 House Ethics Committee warns lawmakers about access to secure areas after GOP members' intrusion Samuel Chamberlain fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/politics/house-of-representatives/republicans fox-news/politics/house-of-representatives/hearings fox-news/politics/house-of-representatives/democrats fox-news/politics/house-of-representatives fox news fnc/politics fnc Chad Pergram article 1f00852d-14e9-5f69-aa00-505cadbd4eea

The House Ethics Committee has sent a memo to members of Congress and their staffers about how to conduct themselves in secure areas, weeks after around two dozen Republican lawmakers barged into a closed-door deposition in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The memo, signed by Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Ranking Member Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, reminds members that they are given access to classified rooms “on a ‘need to know’ basis” and warns that “breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures could result in the decertification of these facilities[, which would] significantly impair the House’s ability to conduct its business.”

“Inadvertent breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures may be handled as a matter of security by the committees of jurisdiction over the relevant classified information or controlled areas,” the memo continued. “However, attempts to gain unauthorized access to classified areas or purposeful breaches of basic security protocols may cause classified information to be improperly disclosed, and may reflect discreditably on the House as a legislative body.”

On Oct. 23, about 30 House Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., flooded the secure room where Laura Cooper, who oversees Ukraine policy at the Department of Defense, was set to testify. Because there was no agreement that non-members of the Intelligence, Oversight or Foreign Affairs Committees could be present, Cooper’s deposition was delayed for approximately hours after Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suspended the proceedings.

Some of the Republican members brought in phones and other electronic devices into the secure area, despite agreeing to an oath that they would not do so. Members of the House GOP had repeatedly accused Democrats of a lack of transparency in the early stages of the inquiry.

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In Friday’s memo, Deutch and Marchat reminded members that “portable electronic devices [PEDs] should generally not be taken into any controlled area.  PEDs include, but are not limited to, cell phones, laptops, smartwatches, tablets, or any other devices capable of transmitting or receiving an electronic signal.”

The Republicans eventually left the secure room and Cooper completed her deposition.

Following the incident, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to House Sergeant at Arms Irving, raising “serious concerns” about the security of SCIF’s. He asked Irving to “take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach.”

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ABC News correspondent: Yovanovitch ‘did not really get us any closer’ to proving Trump committed impeachable offense

Westlake Legal Group Moran-Yovanovitch-Getty-AP ABC News correspondent: Yovanovitch 'did not really get us any closer' to proving Trump committed impeachable offense Joseph Wulfsohn fox-news/us/congress fox-news/politics/trump-impeachment-inquiry fox-news/person/donald-trump fox-news/media fox news fnc/media fnc article 717ea62b-b560-51d2-8ea4-c0c1f7c0fb53

ABC News senior national correspondent Terry Moran said on Friday that former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch “did not really get us any closer” to finding an impeachable offense committed by President Trump.

Yovanovitch was the sole witness at the second public impeachment inquiry hearing looking into Trump’s conduct regarding Ukraine. She was sworn in as the ambassador to Ukraine in August 2016 but her recent ouster was prompted by Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who led attacks against her.

Moran began by pointing to the “drama” Yovanovitch has faced between the State Department, who has overwhelmingly supported the diplomat despite the ongoing attacks from President Trump, and the secret back channel headed by Giuliani. However, he also acknowledged that the president has “every right” to remove an ambassador.

“That said, she did not really get us any closer to an action that would demonstrate the guilt of Donald Trump of an impeachable offense,” Moran told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “She describes a very sad and disturbing situation regarding the State Department, the foreign service, and her role as ambassador for the United States of Ukraine, but she doesn’t get us any closer to an action by President Trump.”

CNN ANALYST: IT’S A ‘PROBLEM’ FOR DEMS THAT IMPEACHMENT WITNESSES NEVER MET TRUMP

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CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin expressed a similar message on Wednesday following the first public impeachment hearing featuring U.S. diplomat Bill Taylor and State Department official George Kent.

“The one criticism of these two witnesses, which I think is very much legitimate — it’s not really a criticism, it’s a factual statement, is that neither of them had direct contact with the president,” Toobin said.

“Ever,” CNN anchor Jake Tapper stressed.

“Ever,” Toobin responded. “And, that’s a problem if you’re going to impeach the president.”

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Jim Jordan jabs Adam Schiff: ‘Our indulgence wore out with you a long time ago’

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Friday’s contentious public impeachment hearing saw a heated exchange between Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

During Jordan’s time to question former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, the congressman gave preliminary remarks, prompting Schiff to cut him off. Schiff urged the congressman to pass over the preliminary remarks and move on to asking the question.

“Mr. Jordan, I’ve indulged you with extra time, but my indulgence is wearing out,” Schiff said.

YOVANOVITCH TESTIMONY OVERSHADOWED BY PARTISAN BRAWL OVER TRUMP TWEET

Jordan responded, “Our indulgence wore out with you a long time ago, Mr. Chairman, I can tell you that.” Jordan’s response drew laughter. Schiff replied, “I’m about to gavel you down so if you have a question, I suggest you ask it.”

TRUMP ATTACKS MARIE YOVANOVITCH DURING IMPEACHMENT HEARING, SAYS EVERYWHERE SHE WENT ‘TURNED BAD’

Jordan proceeded to ask Yovanovitch, “Do you think there’s maybe a reason that President Trump’s concern [about corruption in Ukraine] was justified?”

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Earlier in the hearing, Yovanovitch delivered a dramatic personal account Friday of her ouster as America’s Ukraine ambassador amid a campaign against her by Trump associates, telling lawmakers she believes that Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani played a key role in her recall by telling people she was not sufficiently supportive of the president.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Private planes in runway crash at Texas airport

Two private planes collided at San Antonio International Airport on Friday afternoon.

The crash between the two midsize business jets caused significant damage. But no injuries were reported.

The Cessna planes collided just after 4 p.m.

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One aircraft had been parked since Nov. 5 after arriving from New Orleans, reported Fox San Antonio. The other arrived on Friday afternoon from San Jose, Calif., and reportedly had to make an emergency landing over a fuel leak.

It is not clear how the two planes ended up colliding on the runway. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP

San Antonio airport confirmed that the incident would not interrupt service. It would not confirm if the plane from San Jose Friday afternoon was carrying any passengers.

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Border Patrol agent shoots Russian allegedly trying to sneak into US

A Border Patrol agent shot and wounded a Russian citizen who appeared to be trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico, the Border Patrol said.

The agent was trying to arrest the man just after 7:15 p.m. on the U.S.-Mexico border east of Lukeville, Ariz., Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement.

“As the agent attempted to arrest the subject, a physical altercation ensued, and the agent discharged his firearm, striking the subject,” CBP said.

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A border fence in Nogales, Ariz. A Border Patrol agent shot a Russian citizen allegedly attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Thursday. (iStock)

The agency said the injured man was flown to a Phoenix hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The border agent was not harmed.

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Calls and messages to the Border Patrol from Fox News were not returned.

The FBI and the CBP Use of Force Incident Team are investigating the shooting.

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Border Patrol agent shoots Russian allegedly trying to sneak into US

A Border Patrol agent shot and wounded a Russian citizen who appeared to be trying to enter the United States illegally from Mexico, the Border Patrol said.

The agent was trying to arrest the man just after 7:15 p.m. on the U.S.-Mexico border east of Lukeville, Ariz., Customs and Border Protection (CBP) said in a statement.

“As the agent attempted to arrest the subject, a physical altercation ensued, and the agent discharged his firearm, striking the subject,” CBP said.

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A border fence in Nogales, Ariz. A Border Patrol agent shot a Russian citizen allegedly attempting to cross the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona on Thursday. (iStock)

The agency said the injured man was flown to a Phoenix hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The border agent was not harmed.

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Calls and messages to the Border Patrol from Fox News were not returned.

The FBI and the CBP Use of Force Incident Team are investigating the shooting.

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Meghan McCain tells Roger Stone to ‘rot in hell’

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View” co-host Meghan McCain tweeted a simple but harsh message for former Trump adviser Roger Stone.

“Rot in hell, Roger Stone,” she offered Friday.

PROSECUTORS SAY ROGER STONE LIED TO CONGRESS, AS DEFENSE CLAIMS ‘NO CORRUPT INTENT’

Stone was found guilty on all seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress in a Washington, D.C., federal court on Friday. The verdict followed a weeklong trial on charges that stemmed from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia election meddling investigation.

President Trump voiced his disdain for the verdict minutes after it was announced.

“So they now convict Roger Stone of lying and want to jail him for many years to come. Well, what about Crooked Hillary, Comey, Strzok, Page, McCabe, Brennan, Clapper, Shifty Schiff, Ohr & Nellie, Steele & all of the others, including even Mueller himself? Didn’t they lie?” he tweeted. “A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country?”

McCain, who is no fan of Trump or many of his associates, had a similar message for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort a year ago.

“As far as I’m concerned, people who do blood money dealings like this, he should rot in jail and then he should rot in hell, as far as I’m concerned with Paul Manafort,” McCain said on “The View” last November.

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McCain’s new tweet garnered a strong response on Twitter that included various comments from Trump supporters. Some urged her to “be better.” Others mocked her deceased father, the late Sen. John McCain, who was known to butt heads with Trump.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer, Jake Gibson and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Celine Dion surprises fans at NYC karaoke contest with performance of ‘Flying On My Own’

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Celine Dion will handle this one, thank you very much.

Fans were treated to an up-close-and-personal performance by the music queen when the 51-year-old diva popstar crashed her own album release celebration at Lips Drag Queen Show Palace Restaurant and Bar in New York City on Thursday night.

A witness at the venue told Entertainment Tonight that along with celebrating Dion’s release of her newest album “Courage,” ten people also took part in a karaoke competition and following the wrap of the last singer, Dion appeared on stage to the disbelief of many in attendance.

CELINE DION COMMENTS ON FANS WORRIED ABOUT HER APPEARANCE

Fans weren’t notified Dion would be showing up, according to the insider, however around 12:15 a.m., the “My Heart Will Go On” songstress arrived and took photos with eager fans.

“[Celine] talked a bit, left, but immediately came back and said she couldn’t leave without giving us something,” the eyewitness told ET, adding that Dion then sang her hit, “Flying On My Own.”

CELINE DION BIOPIC ‘THE POWER OF LOVE’ IN THE WORKS

According to the outlet, Dion then addressed the audience while on stage and told the crowd she hopes they enjoy the album and she hopes her late husband and manager, René Angélil, likes it as well. She then put her hand in the air, the eyewitness told ET.

The Grammy-winning singer said she felt motivated recently to get back on the road and create music for the first time since the death of Angélil in 2016.

“It’s going to be the Celine that you know,” she told The Associated Press of her album. “Celine at 51. The Celine that you know. The Celine with producers and writers she’s worked with. It’s the Celine with new producers and new songwriters. … The sound will change a little bit, and music changes. But I will always remain who I am.”

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Dion is set to kick off her Courage World Tour in Quebec City, Canada, on Sept. 18, and will make stops in more than 50 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Montreal, Chicago and Brooklyn.

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Celine Dion surprises fans at NYC karaoke contest with performance of ‘Flying On My Own’

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Celine Dion will handle this one, thank you very much.

Fans were treated to an up-close-and-personal performance by the music queen when the 51-year-old diva popstar crashed her own album release celebration at Lips Drag Queen Show Palace Restaurant and Bar in New York City on Thursday night.

A witness at the venue told Entertainment Tonight that along with celebrating Dion’s release of her newest album “Courage,” ten people also took part in a karaoke competition and following the wrap of the last singer, Dion appeared on stage to the disbelief of many in attendance.

CELINE DION COMMENTS ON FANS WORRIED ABOUT HER APPEARANCE

Fans weren’t notified Dion would be showing up, according to the insider, however around 12:15 a.m., the “My Heart Will Go On” songstress arrived and took photos with eager fans.

“[Celine] talked a bit, left, but immediately came back and said she couldn’t leave without giving us something,” the eyewitness told ET, adding that Dion then sang her hit, “Flying On My Own.”

CELINE DION BIOPIC ‘THE POWER OF LOVE’ IN THE WORKS

According to the outlet, Dion then addressed the audience while on stage and told the crowd she hopes they enjoy the album and she hopes her late husband and manager, René Angélil, likes it as well. She then put her hand in the air, the eyewitness told ET.

The Grammy-winning singer said she felt motivated recently to get back on the road and create music for the first time since the death of Angélil in 2016.

“It’s going to be the Celine that you know,” she told The Associated Press of her album. “Celine at 51. The Celine that you know. The Celine with producers and writers she’s worked with. It’s the Celine with new producers and new songwriters. … The sound will change a little bit, and music changes. But I will always remain who I am.”

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Dion is set to kick off her Courage World Tour in Quebec City, Canada, on Sept. 18, and will make stops in more than 50 cities, including Miami, Los Angeles, Montreal, Chicago and Brooklyn.

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ICE says Washington murder suspect was released twice before, despite detainers

An illegal immigrant with a criminal history dating to 2010 was released from jail by local authorities in Washington state on two separate occasions despite Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers lodged again him, the agency said Thursday.

In addition, ICE said that Julio Cruz-Velazquez, 25, was arrested and released from jail before the agency could lodge a detainer request on seven further occasions.

Cruz-Velazquez, who entered the U.S. illegally from Mexico, was arrested by Seattle police and charged with homicide on Nov. 7. The agency lodged a detainer for him on the same day with the King County Jail.

“When law enforcement agencies do not honor ICE detainers or simple notification requests, the individuals they release, who often have significant criminal histories, are turned out into an unsuspecting community, free to continue their criminal behavior and seek out new victims,” the agency said in a statement. “Such is the case of Julio Cruz-Velazquez.”

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ICE said it had previously lodged detainers for Cruz-Velazquez with the King County Jail on July 9 of last year, two days after he was arrested by the Tukwila Police Department and charged with rape and domestic violence; and on Jan. 7 of this year, three days after he was arrested by the same department and charged with failure to comply and driving under the influence.

On both occasions, Cruz-Velazquez was released without the King County Jail notifying ICE, the agency said.

“Local law enforcement failed the public in this case on multiple occasions,” ICE Seattle field office director Nathalie Asher said. “Prior to Julio Cruz-Velazquez’s most recent arrest for murder, ICE lodged detainers on him twice. Had those detainers been honored, or had ICE been notified on any of the other multiple occasions he was arrested and released from local jails, we would have taken him into custody.”

“Regrettably, politics continues to prevail over public safety,” Asher said. “The detainers were ignored and Cruz-Velazquez was released to the street.”

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Julio Cruz-Velazquez (King County Department of Corrections)

“Because sanctuary policies restrict ICE’s access to local databases, pushing ICE agents out of jails and the associated political pressure discouraging local law enforcement from effectively communicating with federal immigration officials, ICE is often unaware of a criminal alien being in custody prior to them being released,” the agency said. “These misguided policies hinder ICE’s ability to lodge immigration detainers in a timely manner.”

On April 4, Cruz-Velazquez was convicted of second-degree assault, a class B felony that carries a sentence up to 10 years in prison. He was booked into Nisqually Jail on July 10 and charged with a community custody violation but was released the next day, before ICE could lodge a detainer, the agency said.

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On July 27, 2017, he was arrested by the Seattle Police Department and charged with burglary and malicious mischief, but he was released without ICE having time to lodge the detainer against him, according to the agency.

A similar sequence of events played out five additional times: in August 2015, when Cruz-Velazquez was arrested by Seattle police for failure to comply; in June 2012 when Seattle authorities charged him with possession of a stolen vehicle, and three times between 2010 and 2012 when he was arrested on local charges that included robbery and manufacturing and possessing a controlled substance, the agency said.

Cruz-Velazquez had been convicted in November 2015 of vehicle prowling. He was sentenced to 364 days in jail and 12 months of community service and was released at an unknown date.

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Cruz-Velazquez entered the United States in February 2000. He voluntarily returned to Mexico the day after being encountered by Border Patrol, ICE said. He later illegally re-entered at an unknown date and location, the agency said.

He is most recently charged with first-degree murder in the death of 56-year-old Sam Nang Lam, a Vietnamese man who died from two gunshot wounds to the back, according to police, The Seattle Times reported.

Jail records show that Cruz-Velazquez remains in custody on $2 million bail.

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“Because of this recklessness, a man who immigrated legally to the U.S. has lost his life, allegedly at the hands of a repeat criminal and immigration offender,” Asher said. “This is yet another death that could have been prevented, had local law enforcement cooperated with ICE toward the common goal of public safety, as we have so effectively done in years past.”

Westlake Legal Group Velazquez-Department-of-Corrections ICE says Washington murder suspect was released twice before, despite detainers Melissa Leon fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/us-regions/west fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox news fnc/us fnc article 58a9e074-1196-5e4f-aece-2af51008e078   Westlake Legal Group Velazquez-Department-of-Corrections ICE says Washington murder suspect was released twice before, despite detainers Melissa Leon fox-news/us/us-regions/west/washington fox-news/us/us-regions/west fox-news/us/immigration/illegal-immigrants fox-news/us/immigration fox-news/us/crime/homicide fox news fnc/us fnc article 58a9e074-1196-5e4f-aece-2af51008e078

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