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Eric Trump: Reports that Joe’s brother ‘leveraged’ family name show ‘the Bidens are a business’

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Reports that Joe Biden‘s brother “leveraged” the family name for personal gain, coming months after similar allegations against the former vice president’s son Hunter, are proof the famous Delaware family is “a business,” Eric Trump said Friday.

Trump, an executive vice president at the Trump Organization, told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” that an ABC News report about Frank Biden is another example of untoward activity utilizing the family’s famous patriarch’s name and position.

In other words, the Biden family has done the opposite of the Trumps, he said.

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“They all get into business when their father becomes vice president, or their brother becomes vice president,” Trump said. “We get out of business when our father becomes [president]. It’s kind of interesting.

“For the Bidens, this is a business. There’s no question it became a business. You see his brother (Frank) doing it.”

In 2009, while the eldest Biden, 77, was vice president, Frank Biden held a meeting with a business executive at a coffee shop in Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., where he agreed to lead a new charter school organization, ABC News reported.

Frank Biden, according to the network, earned “hundreds of thousands of dollars over a five-year period,” and “unabashed[ly]” touted his last name as a “tremendous asset,” and claimed that Bidens “tak[e] care of people who need help.” The charter school organization, ABC reported, was later hit by “claims of mismanagement.”

Turning to the former vice president’s own career, Trump remarked that Joe Biden served in the Senate for more years than Eric Trump has been alive. Biden, a New Castle County councilman in 1972, defeated Sen. J. Caleb Boggs, R-Del., and served in the Senate until around the time of President Obama’s 2009 inauguration.

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“This guy has a lot of problems, aside from the fact that he lacks charisma,” Trump said. “Again, he hasn’t exactly been a good mouthpiece for [Democrats] because he keeps on stumbling and going off on these terrible rants.”

He said that former President John F. Kennedy would not recognize today’s “radical” Democratic Party.

“Quite frankly, I think they’re handing my father the win.”

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Alleged serial bank robber sprung by New York bail law turns himself in

An alleged serial bank robber in New York whose repeated heists cast light on a new bail-reform law unexpectedly turned himself into authorities Friday.

Gerod Woodberry walked into the Manhattan Criminal Courthouse and said “I’m Woodberry,” according to the New York Post. “I’m the one that’s been robbing banks.”

He is charged on suspicion for the Jan. 10 robbery of a Chase Bank branch in Brooklyn, the Justice Department said. He is suspected of robbing six other banks altogether in a two-week span that began Dec. 30.

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Cops have identified the person in this image as accused bank robber Gerod Woodberry, 42. Woodberry turned himself into authorities Friday. His release prompted criticism of a bail reform law that led to his earlier release. (New York City Police Department)

Woodberry was sprung from police custody last week and robbed the Brooklyn bank within four hours of his release, authorities said.

“THIS IS A ROBBERY BIG BILLS ONLY NO DYE PACKS,” read a hand-written note to the bank teller.

The 42-year-old became the poster child for criticism of a new law effective Jan. 1 that does away with bail in so-called nonviolent crimes. The Post reported Woodberry as saying, “I can’t believe they let me out. “What were they thinking?” upon his release from jail.

Supporters of the law argue it will prevent indigent people who can’t afford bail from being locked up indefinitely for nonviolent crimes. Those released must promise to appear for their court dates.

Police said Woodberry did not possess a gun during his crimes.

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“While we must ensure that all criminal justice systems are open to scrutiny and reform, we must also guard against the outright dismantling of criminal justice systems masquerading as criminal justice reform,” Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Richard Donoghue said.

He noted that Woodberry has five convictions in his native South Carolina for strong-arm robberies. He faces up to 20 years in prison and is expected to appear in court Sunday.

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Charlie Hurt: ‘Dyed-in-the-wool Communist’ Bernie Sanders getting played by the Democratic Party bosses

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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., is once again getting the short end of the stick from Democratic Party leaders, Fox News contributor Charlie Hurt said Friday on “Hannity.”

Hurt said that no matter how high the popular energy is surrounding the self-described democratic socialist, the party does not want him to be the nominee.

“I don’t agree with anything Bernie Sanders says, but, he got screwed the last time,” said Hurt, the Washington Times’ opinion editor.

“They stole the nomination from him last time. And the reason they don’t like him is because they — and, again, I don’t like him or anything he stands for but — they can’t control him.”

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Hurt said that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., also appears to have realized the Democratic Party does not want far-left a candidate to be the nominee.

“Elizabeth Warren realizes what the rest of the Democratic Party realizes — the party poobahs, and what Hillary Clinton probably realizes — which is that all the energy is with Bernie Sanders,” he said.

However, Hurt credited Sanders for being more genuine than Warren.

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“He is a dyed-in-the-wool Communist and he has been his entire adult life,” he said. “Elizabeth Warren is a faker. She is a fraud. Everything she says is a lie. I’m not saying that she doesn’t believe some crazy things. I think she probably does.”

Sanders’ authenticity, Hurt said, is why many voters in the Democratic Party appear to flock to him.

“Bernie is a Marxist,” Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, stated during the segment, noting that Sanders and his wife took their 1988 honeymoon in what was then the Soviet Union.

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Charlie Hunnam would ‘star opposite’ Meghan Markle if the roles were ‘good’ for the both of them

If Meghan Markle ever decides to return to acting, she might already have a co-star.

A TMZ cameraman recently asked Charlie Hunnam — as he was standing outside Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) — about his thoughts on the Duchess of Sussex, 38, and her husband Prince Harry‘s historic announcement to step away from their duties as senior royals.

When asked about the possibility of Markle’s return to Hollywood, the 39-year-old English actor said of the former “Suits” actress: “We’ll see. I don’t know either.”

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He added: “Hopefully, I mean, if that’s a real passion for her and it’s something that nourishes her and is important, hopefully, she gets the opportunity to keep pursuing that.”

And when asked if he’d ever star alongside Markle, should he have the opportunity, Hunnam — who doesn’t know Meghan or Harry — appeared open to the idea.

“I would star opposite her if it was a good role that she was right for and I was right for,” he explained.

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Of the Sussexes’ shocking announcement, the “Gentleman” star noted that “doesn’t know much about it” and “doesn’t have that strong of an opinion,” but that overall he “always” feels like “we all deserve a little autonomy in our lives and the opportunity to find some happiness,” Hunnam said.

He continued: “Those poor boys were born into an enormous responsibility, and the English press is brutal and the scrutiny that those guys are under I’m sure is brutal. I just feel like, more power to them if they think that they can find some happiness and peace elsewhere. Just let them do their thing.”

Rumors have run rampant since Meghan and Harry, 35, announced last week that they plan to “step back” from their royal duties. In particular, the buzz has been that the duo would turn to Hollywood in order to reach their goal to “become financially independent.”

The idea is fueled not only by Markle’s previous connection to Hollywood, having starred in the cable drama “Suits,” but also by a similar move made by the Obamas after former president Barack Obama’s time in office.

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The former president and his wife, Michelle Obama, signed a deal with Netflix in 2018 to produce both scripted and non-scripted content, and now, network executives are interested in creating a similar deal with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex.

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“If Meghan called anybody right now, believe me, we’d all run to the phone,” NBC exec Bill McGoldrick, who worked closely with Markle on “Suits,” told The Hollywood Reporter.

McGoldrick, however, also expects that the royal couple will focus on creating content about issues important to them, rather than just produce pure entertainment.

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Celebrity publicist and public relations professional Elizabeth Much echoes such sentiments to THR, saying, “It would be more difficult in the acting arena since Meghan’s fame is so enormous, but having said that, there will always be places that will hire her. She’s a really good actress, too.”

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Of course, Markle and Harry have already begun to dip their toes into the Hollywood waters with Markle reportedly providing a voice-over for a Disney project and Harry producing an Apple TV+ series on mental health alongside Oprah Winfrey.

Fox News’ Nate Day contributed to this report

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House Democrats release new Parnas documents showing contact with Nunes aide

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House Democrats released another batch of documents from indicted Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas on Friday, including messages that showed Parnas was in contact with a staffer for House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes, R-Calif.

The documents also included photos of Parnas with Trump and Giuliani in various settings, as well as additional messages between Parnas and Connecticut Republican congressional candidate Robert Hyde, in which the two discussed the whereabouts of then-U.S. ambassador to the Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch. Additionally, an unidentified individual with a Belgian country code appears to describe Yovanovitch’s movements.

“My contacts are checking,” the person writes to Hyde in one message. “I will give you the address next week”.

“Awesome,” Hyde replied.

“She has been there since Thursday never left the embassy,” reads another text.

Still another series of text messages also discussed the former ambassador.

“Nothing has changed she is still not moving they check today again,” the person tells Hyde. “It’s confirmed we have a person inside.” The next message reads: “Hey broski tell me what we are doing what’s the next step”.

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Hyde has denied surveilling Yovanovitch, whose ouster is central to the impeachment inquiry into Trump, who faces a charge that he abused his presidential power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate Democratic rival Joe Biden, using military aid to the country as leverage. Trump says the inquiry is a “hoax.”

At the time, Trump’s allies were trying to have Yovanovitch, who was seen as a roadblock to a Biden investigation, removed from her post. She was recalled in late May.

Messages between Parnas and Harvey were also included in the files, including one from March of this year in which Harvey asked Parnas for assistance in getting information on U.S. aid to Ukraine.

The pair arranged meetings at the Trump International Hotel, which included at least one meeting in May 2019 with Giuliani and John Solomon, a former columnist for The Hill.

Nunes has denied involvement in the Ukraine scandal, though he has acknowledged speaking with Parnas.

The document dump also included recent interviews Parnas gave to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow and CNN’s Anderson Cooper. In his interview with Maddow Wednesday, a day after he provided a trove of documents and text messages to House investigators, Parnas said Trump contemplated cutting all forms of financial assistance to Ukraine — including much needed military aid — in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden.

Parnas said Giuliani instructed him to deliver a “harsh” message to Ukraine that “all aid” to the country would be halted unless “there was an announcement of the Biden investigation,” among other demands. He claimed Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, and Attorney General William Barr were aware of efforts by him and Giuliani to have Ukraine open the investigation for Trump’s political benefit. All have denied the claims.

Parnas also claimed Hyde wasn’t being serious when he claimed in some of those communications to know Yovanovitch’s whereabouts in Kiev.

“I don’t believe it was true, I think he was either drunk or was trying to make himself bigger than he was,” Parnas told Rachel Maddow.  “I didn’t take him seriously. I didn’t even respond to him most of the time. If I did, it was something like ‘LOL’ or ‘Okay’ or ‘Great’ or something like that.”

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Parnas and his business partner, Igor Fruman, were indicted last year on campaign finance violence violations. Nonetheless, Democrats say his revelation enhance their case for impeachment against Trump.

House Democrats have until 5 p.m. ET Saturday to submit their brief laying out the evidence in Trump’s impeachment trial. The White House brief is due by noon on Monday. House Democrats will then have 24 hours to respond to the White House brief, should they choose to do so.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Meghan Markle, Prince Harry won’t have ‘protections’ in US as they do ‘at home’ with paparazzi, attorney says

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Following their historic announcement to step away from their duties as senior royals and become financially independent, Queen Elizabeth confirmed on Monday that Meghan Markle and Prince Harry will now split their time between Canada and the U.K.

And although Los Angeles was not a part of the Queen’s statement earlier this week, the Sussexes just might end up in the Golden State as Markle, 38, has several ties to the city.

Not only does the former “Suits” actress hail from LA, but her mom, Doria Ragland, still lives in the city. In addition, it was recently reported that Markle signed a voiceover deal with Disney in exchange for a donation to a nonprofit. The entertainment company’s headquarters is based in Burbank, Calif.

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Fox News spoke with Los Angeles-based attorney Christopher Melcher about the extent of privacy that Markle, Prince Harry and the couple’s 8-month-old son Archie might receive should they occasionally visit the city or any location in the United States.

“Privacy laws in England are highly protective and elevate the rights of the individual over the press,” said Melcher, a partner at Walzer Melcher family law. “English law can prohibit the publication of information about an individual, especially a child.”

In contrast, according to Melcher, “in our Constitution, the U.S. rejected governmental interference with the press, giving it the right to publish information subject to few restrictions.”

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Melcher says that when Markle and Harry, 35, are in the United States, “they will not have the protections they do at home. “

“Paparazzi will find a way to take photos of them while in public, which may be unflattering,” Melcher said. “This could be a more harmful environment than they are trying to leave and expose them to more scrutiny than could exist at home.”

However, Melcher pointed out that California specifically has “adopted more stringent laws against paparazzi,” which prohibit them from “following individuals, entering private property, or using drones to photograph private or family activities.”

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According to Melcher, some parts of these laws have been tested and deemed constitutional, while others have not.

“Profits motivate behavior, so paparazzi will continue to push the envelope and challenge legal attempts to stop them. Celebrities spend enormous sums on security to maintain their privacy and safety. The royal couple will be no different while they are in the U.S., having to foot the bill for that security,” he said.

Meanwhile, Canada offers plenty of perks for the world’s famous couple trying to raise their firstborn son.

Vancouver-based Roger McConchie, the founding partner of McConchie Law, told Fox News that British Columbia, where Vancouver Island is located, can provide Harry and Markle a refuge from the ruthless paparazzi.

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Last week, the Sussexes shocked the world when they announced that they were stepping back as senior members of the royal family.

Since then, the queen’s aides have been tirelessly working over the last few days to finalize how the couple will exit the royal family.

According to sources who spoke with the Evening Standard, a statement from Buckingham Palace is reportedly imminent.

The issues within the family that still need to be ironed out include the level of security the Sussexes’ will have, use of their royal titles, how many months they will live in the United Kingdom and Canada per year, and how they plan to be financially independent.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report

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Hogan Gidley: Trump’s legal team is ‘ready’ to defend president in impeachment trial

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White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Friday that President Trump has assembled a “world-renowned” defense team to represent him in the forthcoming Senate impeachment trial.

Gidley also defended the legal team from Democratic criticism on “The Story with Martha MacCallum, saying: “They come out and attack the team, try and impugn their character, as opposed to focusing on the issue at hand, which is: Did the president do anything wrong?

“And the answer is, no,” Gidley added. “And regardless of the team we put in place and this one is world-renowned, don’t get me wrong, the case is pretty cut and dry.”

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The team includes Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s; former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi; former federal prosecutor Robert Ray; Jane Raskin, who was part of the president’s legal team during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe; and attorney Alan Dershowitz. Both Starr and Dershowitz are former Fox News contributors.

“If this turns out to be a long, drawn-out process with witnesses, we’re ready. If it’s some version in between where it’s shorter and a couple of witnesses, we’re ready, ” Gidley said. “If it’s absolutely dismissed, which it should be, we’re ready for that as well.”

Gidley described a potential scenario where Trump’s personal attorney, Rudolph Giuliani testified at the Senate trial as “hypothetical” and dismissed recent claims by former Giuliani associate Lev Parnas, saying it was “pretty clear” what the media was trying to do by covering Parnas.

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“We are confident the facts are on our side in this case. And you see this person going out, this individual, Mr. Parnas, as you know, out on bail for… allegedly committing federal crimes, all kinds of issues there,” Gidley said.  “When you go to MSNBC, CNN and The New York Times, all of whom have an audio leak, letters leak showing their whole mantra is to take down this president, it is pretty clear what you’re trying to do.”

“Not to mention the fact [Parnas is] looking for a reduced sentence, it seems, at this point,” Gidley said.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and John Roberts contributed to this report.

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Biden, Buttigieg look to exploit Iowa opening as impeachment drags rivals back to DC

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MANCHESTER, N.H. — With the clock ticking toward Tuesday’s start of the Senate impeachment trial of President Trump, the four Democratic senators who are running for the White House are making the most of their remaining free time to campaign in the states that kick off the presidential primary and caucus nominating calendar.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont is campaigning in New Hampshire and Iowa this long holiday weekend, while Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts hits the trail in Iowa and South Carolina. Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota is headed to Iowa while Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado — a long-shot for the nomination — is stumping in New Hampshire.

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But come Tuesday, those four candidates will start serving jury duty six days a week, as the chamber’s 100 senators are the jury in Trump’s impeachment trial. The timing couldn’t be worse, with the Iowa caucuses two weeks away and the New Hampshire primary a week later.

The sidelining of the senators could benefit the two top-tier candidates who aren’t in the Senate: former Vice President Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

“For Biden and Buttigieg, they can basically camp out in Iowa, drive their buses around the state for the entire remainder of the Iowa campaign,” said Iowa Radio News Director O’Kay Henderson, who’s been covering the caucuses for more than 30 years.

Longtime Iowa-based Democratic consultant Jeff Link, a veteran of numerous presidential and Senate campaigns, stressed that “it’s going to cause some real challenges.”

“They’re going to have to figure out how to connect with people at night,” he said. “I assume they’re going to do a lot of these telephone town halls. They’re just going to have to be really creative about finding ways to keep in touch with not only undecided voters but their supporters at night.”

“I’m here in D.C. and between you and me, I prefer to be in Iowa and New Hampshire,” Sanders told reporters on Capitol Hill on Thursday.

Asked in New Hampshire a week ago about the disadvantages of being stuck in the nation’s capital, Warren lamented the loss of face-to-face time she’ll have with voters.

“The real advantage to being able to have a primary here in New Hampshire is to be able to talk to people,” she told Fox News. “That’s what democracy should be about, having that back and forth, that give and take, and I want to be able to do that in person. Because that’s truly the heart of it.”

Klobuchar, in an interview with Fox News following Tuesday’s debate in Iowa, said: “I’m coming up with innovative ideas which include Skyping in, sending my husband, he’s a good campaigner. My daughter.”

And she emphasized that “I’ve just got to get back here and New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. I’m a mom. I can do two things at once.”

Buttigieg has been asked numerous times the past couple of weeks whether he’ll benefit from some of his top rivals being sidelined from the campaign trail during the Senate trial.

“I’ll leave it to the analysts to figure out the political impact,” he told reporters Wednesday in Iowa. “What I know [is] that we’re going to use every moment available to us to continue making the case and to continue listening to voters as we are here, sharing learning stories, sharing our priorities and building momentum.”

While Biden has directly commented on whether the trial will give him an edge up, he’s also stressed how the next couple of weeks may determine the nomination.

“People are beginning to make up their minds now, and this is a critical moment. All the polling data that I’ve read and seen is… it’s a toss-up,” the former vice president said Monday in Iowa. “The last the last couple of weeks here makes a gigantic difference.”

Still, there could be a downside for Biden, with the Senate trial possibly going into more detail about his son Hunter Biden’s business dealings that are at the center of the allegations against Trump. Some Republicans have even raised the idea of calling the Bidens to testify, though it’s unclear how serious a possibility that is.

Trump was impeached last month along party lines in the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives over allegations the president abused the power of his office and obstructed the congressional investigation into his alleged wrongdoing.

The president was impeached over his July 25 call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he urged Zelensky to investigate Biden and his son over their dealings in the Eastern European country. With Biden a top contender to face off in November against Trump, congressional Democrats alleged that the president was asking a foreign country to potentially interfere in a U.S. election.

The House impeached the president on Dec. 18, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delayed sending the articles of impeachment for nearly a month, in a failed attempt to win concessions from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., the top Republican in the Senate.

On Friday, without providing any evidence, the president accused Pelosi of delaying the trial the help Biden.

“They are rigging the election again against Bernie Sanders, just like last time, only even more obviously,” Trump said on Twitter. “They are bringing him out of so important Iowa in order that, as a Senator, he sit through the Impeachment Hoax Trial. Crazy Nancy thereby gives the strong edge to Sleepy Joe Biden, and Bernie is shut out again. Very unfair, but that’s the way the Democrats play the game. Anyway, it’s a lot of fun to watch!”

There might be a silver lining for the senators stuck in DC.

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“The trial is a double-edged sword for some of the candidates because while it’s going to take them off the campaign, it’s also going to mean that they will be a part of the biggest story that America’s focused on,” argued longtime New Hampshire-based Democratic consultant Jim Demers.

Demers, a veteran of multiple presidential campaigns, pointed out that “every night when that trial ends, the media will be clamoring to those Democratic presidential candidates for comments, so they’re going to get a very heavy amount of media coverage even though they’re not out on the campaign trail.”

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Trump says Second Amendment is ‘under very serious attack’ in Virginia ahead of gun-rights rally

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President Trump on Friday declared the Second Amendment is “under very serious attack” in Virginia amid a contentious gun debate in the commonwealth and ahead of a controversial gun-rights rally in Richmond on Monday.

“Your 2nd Amendment is under very serious attack in the Great Commonwealth of Virginia,” the president tweeted.

Thousands of gun-rights advocates are expected to attend a rally organized by the Virginia Citizens Defense League Monday.

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Earlier this week, Gov. Ralph Northam, D-Va., declared a state of emergency and said he is temporarily banning individuals from carrying firearms and other weapons on Capitol grounds ahead of the rally for fear of a repeat of the violence law enforcement was ill-prepared to deal with at another rally in Charlottesville more than two years ago.

Pro-gun activists have challenged that order. But a Richmond Circuit Court judge upheld Northam’s order, denying a lawsuit brought forth by the Virginia Citizens Defense League as well as Gunowners of America seeking an injunction against the Democratic governor’s ban.

Meanwhile, FBI agents on Thursday arrested a former Canadian armed forces reservist and two other men linked to a violent white-supremacist group, who were believed to be heading to the rally.

Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. It is also known as “Lobby day” in Virginia politics as advocates for a number of causes use the holiday to try and buttonhole lawmakers. It’s also traditionally when pro-gun and gun-control advocates hold rallies.

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The rally comes as Virginia senators have been debating a package of gun-control bills.

The Democrat-led Senate advanced legislation limiting handgun purchases to once a month, requiring universal background checks on gun purchases, and allowing localities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas. The measures largely passed along partisan lines and will now go to the House for consideration.

Democrats said they were reasonable measures that would improve public safety while respecting the rights of law-abiding gun owners. They said the public had made clear by voting for Democrats in recent elections that new gun laws were needed.

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Republicans decried the legislation as an assault on the Second Amendment. They said the bill was aimed at appeasing special interest groups and donors such as Democratic presidential hopeful Michael Bloomberg. GOP senators said the new laws would entrap innocent people and do nothing to stop bad actors.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran and Frank Miles and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Greg Gutfeld: How impeachment is making Trump a better president

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Greg Gutfeld said Friday on “The Five” that the impeachment of President Trump may actually be making him a better president.

Gutfeld, giving a verbal nod to “Dilbert” artist Scott Adams, said Trump has thrived on competition throughout his business and political life.

While Democrats have spent three years trying to remove Trump from office, bringing up incidents they claim to be a damning indictment of his presidency, Gutfeld claimed the Republican incumbent has responded with major accomplishments.

“The fact is, impeachment is actually making him a better president because he’s counter-programming with achievements against their constant attacks on him,” Gutfeld said.

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The “Greg Gutfeld Show” host pointed to the towering stock market numbers, the killing of Iranian terrorist Qassem Soleimani, the signing of the landmark China trade deal, all of which took place while his opponents in Congress take gradual steps toward what they hope to be a premature end to his presidency.

“The more they impeach him, the better he does. It’s great news,” Gutfeld said. “They should keep impeaching him. If they keep impeaching him, he will be the greatest president in the history of the universe.”

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Later on “The Five,” Juan Williams partially agreed that Trump has some “some legitimate accomplishments” in his administration.

However, he characterized many of Trump’s actions in office as “chaotic.”

“I think it’s, at times bullying, and bad examples for us all,” Williams added, “and I think it’s racist at times.”

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