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California man who stole endangered lemur from zoo sentenced to prison

California man who last year busted an endangered ring-tailed lemur out of his cage at the Santa Ana Zoo was sentenced on Monday to three months in federal prison, prosecutors announced.

Aquinas Kasbar, 19, of Orange County, also was ordered to pay $8,486 in restitution to the zoo, according to a news release from The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Central District of California.

Kasbar broke into the zoo after hours on July 27, 2018, and stole North America’s oldest ring-tailed lemur in captivity to keep the endangered animal as his pet, prosecutors said, adding that he used bolt cutters to cut a hole in the zoo’s enclosures for lemurs and capuchin monkeys, which caused several of the animals to escape. Crews later recovered those animals.

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Aquinas Kasbar was sentenced to prison and ordered to pay restitution for stealing the endangered lemur. (Orange County District Attorney)

CALIFORNIA TEEN FACES YEAR IN JAIL AFTER STEALING LEMUR FROM ZOO IN LATE-NIGHT HEIST

After he stole the 33-year-old ring-tailed lemur named Isaac, Kasbar placed the animal in a plastic drawer that did not have ventilation holes, according to court papers.

The next day, Kasbar abandoned Isaac, leaving the animal in front of a Newport Beach hotel, according to court documents, which added that the ring-tailed lemur was in the same plastic drawer with two notes placed on it. The notes read, “Lemur (with tracker)” and “This belongs to the Santa Ana Zoo it was taken last night please bring it to police,” prosecutors said.

Isaac was returned unharmed to the Santa Ana Zoo and the break-in caused $8,486 worth of damage, according to investigators.

This past July, he pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of unlawfully taking an endangered species.

The misdemeanor count carried a maximum penalty of one year in federal prison and a $100,000 fine, the Orange County Register reported.

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The ring-tailed lemur is native to Madagascar and is on a list of the 25 most endangered primates, according to court documents, which blamed the illegal pet trade in part for its endangered status.

Fox News’ Ryan Gaydos and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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MSNBC guest claims Trump is ‘recruiting sergeant for ISIS’ after al-Baghdadi death

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A guest on MSNBC made a wild claim Monday night that President Trump is a “recruiting sergeant for ISIS” and compared him to a “Bond villain” following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan said “good riddance” to al-Baghdadi and added that his death was a “blow to ISIS.”

However, the Al Jazeera host then quickly suggested that Trump was helping ISIS maintain its existence by trying to ensure the U.S. military helped secure Syrian oil fields, while other troops left northern Syria.

“It’s beyond parody. He’s almost like a Bond villain who also tells you his whole master plan before he tries to kill you… He’s a recruiting sergeant for ISIS, Chris, in so many ways,” Hasan told “All In” host Chris Hayes, pointing to Trump’s rhetoric on oil fields. “He is also someone who is an Islamophobe, which obviously helps groups like ISIS recruit disillusioned, angry young men from across the world, not just across the Middle East. He’s been featured in ISIS recruiting videos and his Muslim ban has definitely been a recruiting ad for ISIS.”

Hayes did not push back on any of those claims.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS RIPS TRUMP FOR COMPARING AL-BAGHDADI TO DOG: ALL LIVING THINGS SUFFER

Hasan wasn’t the only critic of Trump following al-Baghdadi’s death. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis blasted him after he called al-Baghdadi a dog, telling the president that dogs are “brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Curtis knocked the president’s remarks following al-Baghdadi’s death, arguing the ISIS leader “suffered” when he blew himself up and went on to refute Trump’s assertion that al-Baghdadi, whom he called a dog, was also a coward.

“He may have died a coward @realDonaldTrump but ALL living things suffer when they are blown up,” the “Halloween“ star tweeted. “Anyone who has experienced warfare, unlike yourself, would know that. War is brutal. Dogs are brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”

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Washington Post columnist Max Boot had a similar complaint, criticizing Trump for calling al-Baghdadi a “coward.”

“A president who has never heard a shot fired in anger reveled in Baghdadi’s last moments, even claiming ‘he died like a coward… whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.’ Trump could not possibly have heard “whimpering and crying” on the overhead imagery because there was no audio,” Boot wrote in an opinion piece. “The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was, in any case, contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up.”

Boot later noted in a tweet that his “coward” insight was later removed from the piece because “it wrongly conveyed the impression that I considered Baghdadi courageous. As I wrote Sun: Baghdadi was ‘a sick and depraved man.'”

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MSNBC guest claims Trump is ‘recruiting sergeant for ISIS’ after al-Baghdadi death

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A guest on MSNBC made a wild claim Monday night that President Trump is a “recruiting sergeant for ISIS” and compared him to a “Bond villain” following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

The Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan said “good riddance” to al-Baghdadi and added that his death was a “blow to ISIS.”

However, the Al Jazeera host then quickly suggested that Trump was helping ISIS maintain its existence by trying to ensure the U.S. military helped secure Syrian oil fields, while other troops left northern Syria.

“It’s beyond parody. He’s almost like a Bond villain who also tells you his whole master plan before he tries to kill you… He’s a recruiting sergeant for ISIS, Chris, in so many ways,” Hasan told “All In” host Chris Hayes, pointing to Trump’s rhetoric on oil fields. “He is also someone who is an Islamophobe, which obviously helps groups like ISIS recruit disillusioned, angry young men from across the world, not just across the Middle East. He’s been featured in ISIS recruiting videos and his Muslim ban has definitely been a recruiting ad for ISIS.”

Hayes did not push back on any of those claims.

JAMIE LEE CURTIS RIPS TRUMP FOR COMPARING AL-BAGHDADI TO DOG: ALL LIVING THINGS SUFFER

Hasan wasn’t the only critic of Trump following al-Baghdadi’s death. Actress Jamie Lee Curtis blasted him after he called al-Baghdadi a dog, telling the president that dogs are “brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”

In a tweet that has since been deleted, Curtis knocked the president’s remarks following al-Baghdadi’s death, arguing the ISIS leader “suffered” when he blew himself up and went on to refute Trump’s assertion that al-Baghdadi, whom he called a dog, was also a coward.

“He may have died a coward @realDonaldTrump but ALL living things suffer when they are blown up,” the “Halloween“ star tweeted. “Anyone who has experienced warfare, unlike yourself, would know that. War is brutal. Dogs are brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”

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Washington Post columnist Max Boot had a similar complaint, criticizing Trump for calling al-Baghdadi a “coward.”

“A president who has never heard a shot fired in anger reveled in Baghdadi’s last moments, even claiming ‘he died like a coward… whimpering and crying and screaming all the way.’ Trump could not possibly have heard “whimpering and crying” on the overhead imagery because there was no audio,” Boot wrote in an opinion piece. “The assertion that Baghdadi died as a coward was, in any case, contradicted by the fact that rather than be captured, he blew himself up.”

Boot later noted in a tweet that his “coward” insight was later removed from the piece because “it wrongly conveyed the impression that I considered Baghdadi courageous. As I wrote Sun: Baghdadi was ‘a sick and depraved man.'”

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Bradley Cooper makes rare appearance with 2-year-old daughter, Lea

Bradley Cooper brought a special someone with him to a weekend event.

The 44-year-old actor and director made a very rare public appearance with his 2-year-old daughter, Lea De Seine, on Sunday at the 22nd annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor event in Washington, D.C.

For the outing, Cooper wore a black suit with a white button-down shirt, while Lea wore a patterned shirt paired with a black skirt, white tights and a blue vest.

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Bradley Cooper with Lea at the weekend event in D.C. (Paul Morigi/Getty Images)

In one photo, the father-daughter duo was photographed watching the event and in another picture, Cooper is spotted sweetly holding his daughter.

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According to Entertainment Tonight, Cooper was on and to help honor his friend and “Star Is Born” co-star Dave Chappelle, who was honored for lifetime achievement in comedy.

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Bradley Cooper and his daughter at the Kennedy Center event. (Photo by Owen Sweeney/Invision/AP)

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Cooper shares Lea with ex Irina Shayk. The former couple started dating in 2015 and welcomed their daughter in March 2017. Cooper and Shayk called it quits after four years together this past June.

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Rachel Weisz to play Elizabeth Taylor in biopic

Oscar winner Rachel Weisz will tackle the role of legendary actress Elizabeth Taylor in a new biopic,” A Special Relationship.”

As Variety reported, the film will explore Taylor’s journey from actress to activist.

“Slumdog Millionaire” screenwriter Simon Beaufoy has written the script, which will tell the story through the lens of Taylor’s assistant, Roger Wall. Directing duo Bert & Bertie (Katie Ellwood and Amber Finlayson) will helm the flick, according to the outlet.

ELIZABETH TAYLOR’S AIDS ACTIVISM ‘FINALLY GAVE HER A SENSE OF PURPOSE,’ SAYS GRANDDAUGHTER 

“Audiences are clearly fascinated by the private lives of iconic Hollywood stars,” said the film’s producers, Iain Canning and Emile Sherman. “There is no one more iconic than Elizabeth Taylor, and Simon Beaufoy has written a role that shines a light on Elizabeth’s humor and humanity, which will be beautifully brought to life through the extraordinary talents of Rachel Weisz.”

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Trustees of Taylor’s home and estate will also reportedly serve as producers on the film.

No production dates, release date or additional casting details were announced.

Most recently, Helena Bonham Carter played Taylor in 2014’s “Burton and Taylor,” while Lindsay Lohan took on the role in Lifetime’s “Liz & Dick” in 2012.

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Weisz was nominated for best supporting actress last year for her role in “The Favourite,” and won the award in 2005 for “A Constant Gardener.” She will next be seen in Marvel’s “Black Widow.”

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Parents of ISIS victim Kayla Mueller explain what Trump mentioning their daughter after al-Baghdadi raid meant to them

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The parents of murdered ISIS captive Kayla Mueller spoke to Fox News after President Trump mentioning their daughter during his official announcement that the terrorist group’s leader was dead.

Carl and Marsha Mueller told “The Story” they cried when the president announced Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi blew himself up in Idlib, Syria, as U.S. forces closed in.

“The reaction to the president speaking Kayla’s name was tears from both of us,” Carl Mueller said.

“It was very touching to know that he had been briefed and he knows Kayla’s story, and just by him mentioning her name and saying ‘for what [al-Baghdadi] did to Kayla,’ we knew he knows the story.”

HOW ISIS LEADER AL-BAGHDADI’S HEADLESS BODY WAS ID’D MINUTES AFTER DEATH

Mueller, 26, was a humanitarian worker from Prescott, Ariz., who was captured while leaving a hospital in Aleppo, Syria, during that nation’s bloody civil war in 2013. She is believed to have been tortured and raped by al-Baghdadi himself until her death 18 months later.

On “The Story,” MacCallum asked Marsha Mueller how it has been for her family since the news of al-Baghdadi’s death broke.

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“This has been going on so long I’m not sure about the last 48 hours for me — I’m just searching for Kayla — I was glad he blew himself up, that no one killed him on our side,” she said.

She explained while Kayla was held by ISIS, her captors would treat her worse than other prisoners because she was an American. Kayla was screamed at by British-born ISIS members known as “The Beatles” for all of what they believed the U.S. had done wrong, Marsha Mueller said.

TRUMP RELEASES PHOTO OF HERO DOG INJURED IN AL-BAGHDADI RAID

“I think of other hostages and it seemed like she was treated much worse than the people she was with… because she was an American. So I’m just glad he did it to himself.”

The mission that killed al-Baghdadi in his hideout this weekend was named after Mueller, National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien said Sunday morning on “Meet The Press.”

“One of the things that Gen. [Mark] Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, did was named the operation that took down al-Baghdadi after Kayla Mueller, after what she had suffered,” he said.

Marsha Mueller praised Trump and the Special Operations forces who raided the compound, telling The Arizona Republic she believes if “Obama had been as decisive as Trump,” her daughter might still be alive.

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Kayla Mueller’s parents said on Sunday that they hope the ISIS leader’s death will reveal more answers about what happened to their daughter. Even though they confirmed her death through pictures sent by militants, their daughter’s body was never recovered.

Carl Mueller reiterated that hope in his Monday interview.

“Our hope is to seize this moment,” he said.

“This moment is the fact that Al-Baghdadi has been killed, some of his lieutenants have been captured and we are hoping they have the information we’ve been seeking — that is who killed Kayla, where was she killed and where was she buried.”

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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North Carolina inmate sentenced to death in failed escape that killed four

A North Carolina prison inmate was sentenced to death Monday after being convicted of murdering four people during a failed escape attempt.

Mikel Brady, 30, remained quiet when the sentence was handed down. Jurors agreed on the sentencing after 35 minutes of deliberation, The Virginian-Pilot reported.

Brady had been charged with first-degree murder and other charges related to his failed Oct. 12, 2017, escape from Pasquotank Correctional Institution north of Elizabeth City.

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Mikel Brady was found guilty of killing four prison workers during a failed escape attempt two years ago. (Pasquotank County Sheriff’s Office via AP, File)

He was the first of four inmates tried on charges of killing two prison guards and two prison workers. He was already serving time for wounding a North Carolina state trooper in 2013.

“I understand he’s got one life, but he took four,”  District Attorney Andrew Womble said.

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Three other inmates — Jonathan Monk, Seth J. Frazier and Wisezah Buckman — are awaiting trial.

Brady joins 143 other inmates on North Carolina’s death row.

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North Carolina judges toss GOP’s ‘gerrymandered’ districts, in major win for Eric Holder initiative

A panel of state judges in North Carolina blocked the state’s GOP-friendly congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections, ruling that voters had a strong likelihood of winning a lawsuit that argued Republicans unlawfully manipulated district lines for partisan gain beyond any reasonable doubt.

The lawsuit was brought by North Carolina voters backed by the National Redistricting Foundation, part of a comprehensive national operation led by former Attorney General Eric Holder intended to make district lines more friendly to Democrats before the 2020 elections and the pivotal 2021 redistricting.

The panel of three Superior Court judges issued a preliminary injunction preventing elections under the district lines, starting with the March 3 primary. The judges further indicated they would soon effectively make that preliminary injunction permanent by encouraging the plaintiffs to file for a motion for summary judgment.

SCOTT WALKER: REPUBLICANS MUST PUSH BACK AGAINST ERIC HOLDER’S REDISTRICTING EFFORTS

The ruling came just months after the Supreme Court punted the partisan fight over gerrymandering to state courts this summer, saying it was not an issue for federal courts to decide regardless of the circumstances.

In September, after that go-ahead from the Supreme Court, North Carolina state judges quickly struck down state House and Senate districts. They found extreme political manipulation of the district lines, similar to what voters suing over the congressional map also said had occurred.

In the ruling Monday, the judges — Paul Ridgeway, Alma Hinton and Joseph Crosswhite — agreed that “there is a substantial likelihood that plaintiffs will prevail on the merits of this action by showing beyond a reasonable doubt that the 2016 congressional districts are extreme partisan gerrymanders” in violation of the North Carolina Constitution.

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In this July 26, 2017 photo, a member of the gallery tried to display her sign while lawmakers conveneD during a joint select committee meeting on redistricting in Raleigh, N.C. North Carolina judges on Monday blocked the state’s congressional map from being used in the 2020 elections. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome, File)

The judges gave no date by which a new map must be drawn, but they suggested lawmakers could redraw them on their own quickly to ensure that congressional primaries be held as scheduled.

The State Board of Elections has said lines needed to be finalized by Dec. 15.

“The court respectfully urges the General Assembly to adopt an expeditious process,” the judges wrote.

Republican state legislators made plain when they drew that map that the lines were designed to help the GOP retain 10 of the state’s 13 congressional seats, even though vote totals in the state were split roughly evenly along party lines.

But, the Republicans argued such strategies weren’t unlawful — an argument that, in the federal system, had succeeded in the Supreme Court. Republican defendants in the lawsuit and three sitting GOP U.S. House members opposed the injunction request.

Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker told Fox News earlier this month that Holder was interested only in helping Democrats, and seemed conspicuously uninterested in gerrymandering that helped Democrats. Republicans, Walker said, needed to match Holder’s efforts in the courts.

“Eric Holder has been at this for years. They have this whole ‘sue until blue’ mentality,” Walker said. “So, even a state like North Carolina where Republicans are in charge of the Assembly and the Senate — the two Houses there — they’ve gone to court and over the years they’ve gotten involved in Supreme Court races. So now, the liberals — Eric Holder’s team — now [control] who is on the Supreme Court in North Carolina.”

“And, after the federal government, the U.S. Supreme Court said they weren’t going to get involved in this,” he told “Fox & Friends.” “It’s now in every one of the states.”

Walker asserted that “Holder’s not talking about redistricting in places like Maryland, where you have the third congressional district. It’s arguably the most gerrymandered district in the entire country. He’s not talking about Illinois or Massachusetts. Why? Because those places benefit Democrats.”

“Anywhere that Eric Holder’s at, we’re going to be at in the courts. We’re going to be involved in data. We’re in all 50 states,” Walker said. “We’ve got to push back against Eric Holder.”

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The state judges’ ruling, which could be appealed, likely would lead to a map with more competitive districts for the November race — making it more difficult for national Republicans to retake control of the U.S. House.

Democrats and unaffiliated voters who sued Sept. 27 sought the injunction before any trial was held on their partisan gerrymandering claims. They said the case was extremely similar to a successful lawsuit over state legislative districts.

The same three judges hearing the congressional case ruled in that case just two months ago, finding Republicans performed extreme political manipulation in those maps to ensure they could hold majorities in almost any political environment. Republicans were ordered to redraw those lines.

Lawyers for North Carolina Republican legislators had argued there was no clear way for judges to know what kinds of map-making were unacceptable, since “redistricting is political because of what it is, not because of who does it.” Any complaints about how districts were drawn would vanish if Democrats could lead some Republican voters to change their minds and voted with them, GOP lawyers said.

Also Monday, the judges issued a separate ruling in that legislative case, upholding all of the changes that the General Assembly made to several dozen state House and Senate districts. The plaintiffs who sued there had requested a third-party expert step in and rework 19 House districts.

In the current congressional lawsuit, the plaintiffs’ attorneys convinced the judges that evidence already accumulated from separate federal litigation challenging the congressional lines showed they were likely to succeed in the state case.

The federal case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which decided 5-4 in June that federal courts would not get involved in partisan redistricting claims. But, the justices left the door open for state courts to intervene.

Opponents of the current congressional map have latched on to the comment made by state Rep. David Lewis during the 2016 remapping. Lewis said at the time he was proposing a 10-3 map “because I do not believe it’s possible to draw a map with 11 Republicans and two Democrats.” Lewis said later he was joking.

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Attorneys for Lewis and other Republican lawmakers who were defendants in the state congressional lawsuit case rejected the plaintiffs’ partisan gerrymandering claims. They told the judges it was too late to make congressional map changes, since candidate filing would begin in early December and the facts in the case were not settled. Any further changes, the GOP’s lawyers said, would result in voter confusion and extremely low turnout should the primary have to be delayed.

Fox News’ Julia Musto and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nate Silver knocks liberals, saying many won’t let Trump have ‘one good day’ after al-Baghdadi death

FiveThirtyEight editor-in-chief Nate Silver slammed many liberals Sunday, saying they weren’t letting President Trump have “one good day” following the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

On Sunday, Silver took a moment to react to a tweet made by actress Jamie Lee Curtis, who blasted Trump for comparing al-Baghdadi to a dog since dogs are “brave.”

“He may have died a coward @realDonaldTrump but ALL living things suffer when they are blown up,” Curtis wrote in the now-deleted tweet. “Anyone who has experienced warfare, unlike yourself, would know that. War is brutal. Dogs are brave, bold, loyal, loving and healing.”

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Nate Silver swiped at many liberals on Twitter over their treatment of President Trump. (AP/Getty, File)

Silver saw the actress’s tweet and expressed his amazement. “It[‘s] really amazing how many Libs can’t even permit Trump to have *one good day* (nobody will remember this stuff by Tuesday) after US forces kill perhaps the world’s most wanted terrorist,” Silver tweeted.

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After some progressives hit back at his tweet, the political analyst responded to the criticism Monday.

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“Not everything I tweet is meant to be taken literally; a lot is sarcastic, contextual, trollish, etc., or is spitballing ideas in real-time,” Silver said. “But I can’t really expect you all to know which things are in which categories. So think I need to stick to more literal-minded tweets.”

He added, “I do think the groupthink on here kinda sucks, I’m just gonna keep more of that stuff to myself or talk about it on our podcast, in articles at 538, etc.”

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Nancy Pelosi hopes impeachment-related vote will bust Republicans’ ‘illegitimate’ process narrative, Brit Hume says

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A vote to set the ground rules for the impeachment inquiry process is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s way of busting a key Republican argument, according to Brit Hume.

Pelosi, D-Calif., scheduled a vote to establish parameters of the Trump impeachment inquiry as a way to stop the GOP from claiming it’s an “illegitimate process,” Hume said Monday on “Special Report.”

“I think that what she’s doing is, she’s trying to take away the Republican argument that this whole thing is tainted because it’s the product of an illegitimate process — in part because there was never a full House vote to commence the impeachment inquiry,” he added.

Hume noted Pelosi’s planned roll call wouldn’t be that type of vote either.

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“This vote is, I gather, to approve the next steps in an investigation the House never authorized in the first place — at least that’s what I think Republicans will argue,” the Fox News senior political analyst said.

He added that Senate Republicans would hold the final vote in any impeachment process — whether or not to convict a president of offenses listed in House articles.

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Hume said any examples Republican senators could then cite to make claims about illegitimate inquiries and “tainted” investigations would help them make a case to acquit President Trump if the impeachment process were to reach the Senate.

Earlier Monday, in a letter sent to fellow House Democrats, Pelosi said the resolution “affirms the ongoing, existing investigation” and “establishes the procedure” for future investigative steps.

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She continued, “We are taking this step to eliminate any doubt as to whether the Trump administration may withhold documents, prevent witness testimony, disregard duly authorized subpoenas, or continue obstructing the House of Representatives.”

Fox News has learned the vote is set to take place Thursday on the House floor.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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