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Federal agents search Jeffrey Epstein’s home in Virgin Islands

The FBI says agents are on the grounds of the U.S. Virgin Islands home of accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

The bureau confirmed to Fox News that agents were at his Little Saint James Island home in St. Thomas, but did not provide details.

The notorious island took on a string of nicknames over the years, including “Pedophile Island” and “Orgy Island.”

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A view of Little St. James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands, a property owned by Jeffrey Epstein. (The Associated Press )

The 66-year-old Epstein was known to frequent the lush property in the U.S. Virgin Islands. What’s more, an employee who reportedly worked there has claimed the wealthy financier kept a mysterious safe inside the main residence.

The employee, speaking to Bloomberg, suggested that a steel safe in his office there may have stored more than just cash.

On Saturday Epstein was found unconscious in his cell at the Metropolitan Correctional Center, and he was later pronounced dead, having apparently committed suicide, said the Federal Bureau of Prisons.

JEFFREY EPSTEIN DEAD: TIMELINE OF SEXUAL ABUSE ALLEGATIONS AND RELATED LEGAL CASES

The death is said to have occurred after his cellmate was transferred for reasons that were not immediately clear.

He was reportedly found hanging in his jail cell with a bedsheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed, the New York Post reported.

Epstein was being held in connection with charges of sex trafficking and conspiracy.

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(New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

Epstein was being held on the charges after he was denied bail. Prosecutors said he sexually abused dozens of young girls in his New York and Florida residences between 2002 and 2005, to which Epstein pleaded not guilty.

He faced up to 45 years in prison.

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Epstein started transforming Little St. James Island after he bought it more than two decades ago — clearing the native vegetation, ringing the property with towering palm trees and planting two massive U.S. flags on either end.

He also built a stone mansion with cream-colored walls and a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures, including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island. Workers there, the Associated Press reports, told each other it was a music room fitted with a grand piano and acoustic walls, whose gold dome flew off during the deadly 2017 hurricane season.

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An aerial view of Little St. James Island and its buildings. (The Associated Press )

The employee who spoke to Bloomberg said when Epstein visited the property, he would walk around shirtless in shorts and flip-flops, and had a rule that he should never catch sight of the staffers who maintained the place.

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Locals recalled seeing Jeffery Epstein’s black helicopter flying back and forth from the international airport in St. Thomas to his helipad on Little St. James Island, where he built a cream colored mansion with a bright turquoise roof surrounded by several other structures including the maids’ quarters and a massive, square-shaped white building on one end of the island that some say is a music room fitted with acoustic walls. (The Associated Press)

Sometimes, the employee added, women would sunbathe topless or in the nude around a pool near the island’s main residence.

Many people who worked for Epstein on the island told AP last month that they had signed long nondisclosure agreements. One former employee who declined to be identified said Epstein once had five boats, including a large ferry in which he transported up to 200 workers from St. Thomas to his island every day for construction work.

The man said he saw a handful of young women when he was on Epstein’s property but he believed they were older than 18.

“When he was there, it was keep to yourself and do your thing,” the man recalled, adding that Epstein paid well and would give away older machinery and surplus including lumber to his employees.

Epstein later bought neighboring Great St. James Island, which once was popular with locals and tourists for its main attraction, Christmas Cove, a place where you could hang out and order pizza and have it delivered via boat.

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Federal authorities considered the smaller of the two islands Epstein’s primary residence in the United States, a place where at least one alleged victim said in a court affidavit that she participated in an orgy, as well as had sex with Epstein and other people.

She said she saw former U.S. President Bill Clinton on the island, but that she never saw him having sex with anyone. A Clinton spokesman has issued a statement saying he never visited there.

Fox News’ Greg Norman, Nicole Darrah, Tamara Gitt and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jeffrey Epstein used bedsheet to make noose: report

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Deceased financier Jeffrey Epstein used a bedsheet to create a makeshift noose and hang himself in his New York jail cell over the weekend, according to a report.

The New York Post reported Monday that Epstein, 66, was found with the sheet wrapped around his neck and secured to the top of a bunk bed. He kneeled toward the floor and used the noose to strangle himself, the paper said, citing to an unnamed law enforcement official.

Epstein’s death has prompted outrage and questions from lawmakers about how he was able to kill himself in the Special Housing Unit of the Metropolitan Correctional Center in Lower Manhattan. He was found unconscious Saturday morning and pronounced dead at a hospital.

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He had been placed on suicide watch and evaluated psychologically last month after he was found with bruising on his neck. However, he was taken off the watch in late July

Epstein was supposed to have a cellmate, but that person was transferred before his death. It was not clear why no one else was assigned to the cell.

Epstein was being held on multiple child sex trafficking charges after he was denied bail. Prosecutors said he sexually abused young girls between 2002 and 2005 in his New York and Florida residences.

He pleaded not guilty, and was facing 45 years in prison.

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An autopsy was performed Sunday but the cause of death was not revealed pending the results of other investigations.

The FBI and the Justice Department are investigating the matter. Attorney General William Barr said he was “appalled” upon hearing the news of Epstein’s death and said it “raises serious questions that must be answered.”

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Tarlov: Biden doing best job of all 2020 Democrats at courting Trump voters

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Former Vice President Joe Biden is doing the best job of all the 2020 Democratic contenders in terms of courting Trump voters, according to former Democratic strategist Jessica Tarlov.

President Trump is also in danger of alienating white suburban women as a voting bloc — which he needs on his side to repeat 2016’s victory, Tarlov claimed Monday on “The Daily Briefing.”

“The person who is doing that the best is Joe Biden, who is the front-runner right now,” she said of the candidate’s ability to endear himself to Trump supporters.

“He has made it specific policy to court Trump voters who might have been former Democrats or just moderates who made that decision.”

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Tarlov said the former Delaware senator’s statements on the campaign trail have been to potentially welcome those voters back to the Democratic side.

“They just made a bad decision in 2016, let’s welcome them back into the tent for 2020,” she said, characterizing her view of Biden’s tactic.

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Regarding Trump as a candidate, Tarlov claimed it is acceptable to criticize the president when he engages in allegedly incendiary behavior.

“I think ‘send her back’ is a racist trope that no one should engage in,” she said, referring to a chant started by rallygoers at a Greenville, N.C., campaign event in July and apparently referring to a Democratic congresswoman.

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She also pointed to a voting bloc the president needs in order to ensure victory.

“There are key demographics that President Trump needs to win this — namely white suburban women,” she said.

“In 2018 those women came out for Democrats. Looking at the polling right now, they’re going to do that again.”

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Top Biden adviser slams media coverage of recent gaffes, calls concerns a ‘press narrative’

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Biden campaign senior adviser Symone Sanders had a fiery clash with CNN anchor Brianna Keilar over the former vice president’s recent string of gaffes, calling concerns about them a “press narrative.”

Onetime Vice President Joe Biden, now looking toward the White House in 2020, has made headlines on the campaign trail for various misstatements — declaring “we choose truth over facts“; saying “poor kids” are just as smart and talented as “white kids“; claiming he’d met with students after 2018’s gun massacre at a Parkland, Fla., high school while still vice president.

Keilar began the interview by asking Sanders why voters should “overlook these gaffes.”

“I want to be very clear; this is a press narrative, not a voter narrative,” Sanders responded. “If you were to look at the coverage in Iowa this weekend and juxtapose the local newspapers and local television coverage to national media coverage, you would have thought these reporters were at two different events.”

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Sanders, a former CNN contributor, urged everyone, particularly reporters, to “elevate the conversation,” and said the 2020 election should not be based on “so-called gaffes.”

“Is it also incumbent on the vice president to do his best, to do better at how he speaks?” Keilar asked in relation to the 2020 Democrats’ criticism of President Trump’s rhetoric, causing Sanders to laugh at the question.

“If you put a camera in somebody’s face and a microphone on them, you follow them around 100 days, any one of us, I’m pretty sure we would be caught with a slip of the tongue. We would be caught making a mistake,” Sanders said. “The difference is Vice President Biden every single time has immediately corrected himself, … Our campaign’s point is this isn’t registering with the American people.”

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Mom says McDonald’s worker wouldn’t clean up syringe in bathroom: ‘I ain’t touching or cleaning that’

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When a syringe was allegedly found in the bathroom of a McDonald’s, one of the restaurant’s staff allowed it to remain there, a mother insists.

The incident is said to have occurred at a McDonalds in Birmingham, United Kingdom, in early August. Photos of the syringe were posted to Facebook, along with claims that a worker for the restaurant “just left” the needle where it lay.

Aimee Price Lawlor shared the photos with the caption, “Anyone with kids that goes to McDonald’s at the Yenton be very careful I found this on the sink in the toilet there earlier and if that wasn’t bad enough I told the cleaner and she just said I ain’t touching or cleaning that someone else can! Then she just left it there!”

According to Lawlor, the incident occurred around 6 p.m., with the restaurant full of customers.

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“I saw the needle and I did go to pick it up myself for a second then I realized how dangerous that could be,” Lawlor told Fox News. “That’s when I found the cleaner and she said that she would get someone else to clean it up, but I didn’t see her go to talk to anyone else. Even if she did, she didn’t lock the toilet up, so it was open and anybody else could have gone in there.”

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“I completely understand the cleaner not wanting to touch it, but I think she should have locked the toilets up until it had been sorted,” Lawlor continued.

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A spokesperson for McDonald’s told The Birmingham Mail that the worker did the right thing by not touching the needle. According to the company, the issue was appropriately escalated by the worker, and the needle ultimately removed properly.

That doesn’t sit quite right with Lawlor, though. She said she thinks the situation could have been handled better.

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“I just want people with children to be careful,” she said, “because I know how children would just pick it up to look. I dread to think of what would happen. I’m very lucky I only had my youngest child with me that day because my older two children would be inquisitive about it.”

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Commutation of Blagojevich prison sentence on hold

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The potential commutation of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich‘s federal prison sentence has been put on hold amid White House officials’ fears of public pushback, sources say.

Two sources told Fox News that on Thursday, Blagojevich, 62, made it to processing for his discharge from a federal prison in Littleton, Colo. However, a commutation was put on hold after a Trump administration official became concerned about opposition to the idea, which the president said he was “seriously” considering.

In a tweet, Trump said the issue was under review.

“Rod Blagojevich, the former Governor of Illinois, was sentenced to 14 years in prison. He has served 7 years. Many people have asked that I study the possibility of commuting his sentence in that it was a very severe one. White House staff is continuing the review of this matter,” he posted.

The final step is known as “R&D,” for “reception and discharge.”

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The former Democratic governor is serving a 14-year sentence in connection with corruption charges. Federal prosecutors alleged he tried to sell the Senate seat vacated by President Barack Obama and extort a hospital and a race track.

Trump called the sentence “unbelievably unfair” and pointed to former FBI Director James Comey’s alleged role in Blagojevich’s conviction.

“I thought he was treated unbelievably unfairly; he was given close to 18 years in prison,” Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One last week. “And a lot of people thought it was unfair, like a lot of other things — and it was the same gang, the Comey gang and all these sleazebags that did it. “

Illinois Republicans are urging Trump to rethink the commutation.

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Tim Schneider, the GOP chairman for Illinois, said in a statement that officials found guilty should serve their full sentences, especially in a state where “corrupt, machine-style politics is still all too common.”

Attorneys for the disgraced governor have called his sentence unfair but appeal efforts have fallen short.

Fox News editor Gerren Keith Gaynor and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Gregg Jarrett: Comey’s FBI was running a secret counterintelligence operation against Trump, new docs show

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Newly obtained documents confirm that James Comey’s FBI was running a secret and corrupt counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign in the summer of 2016 and repeatedly deceiving the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) thereafter in order to wiretap a Trump campaign associate.

The disclosure was the result of a federal lawsuit and a year of litigation. Despite efforts by FBI Director Christopher Wray to obstruct, a federal court issued an order that forced the FBI and Department of Justice to produce the records known as “302 reports.”  They are a summary of interviews FBI agents conducted with Bruce Ohr, a top DOJ official.

These 302s show that the FBI and DOJ were warned repeatedly by Ohr that ex-British spy Christopher Steele was virulently biased against the target of their investigation, Trump.

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That bias tainted the credibility of the “dossier” Steele composed and upon which officials in the Obama administration relied when they officially launched their counterintelligence investigation on July 31, 2016.  The “dossier” was also the basis for the surveillance warrant against former Trump campaign adviser, Carter Page.

The FBI and DOJ ignored the warnings of bias and actively concealed it from the FISC. They never advised the judges that the information contained in the “dossier” was “unverified.”

They hid from the judges that it was all funded by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

The court was never told that Ohr’s wife helped cultivate some of the researched used against Trump. Having fired Steele for leaking to the media and lying about it, the FBI and DOJ represented to the judge that Steele was “reliable” when they knew he was not. They continued to rely on him months after his termination.

An apparent fraud was perpetrated on the court not once, but four times in successive warrants through June of 2017. These are dishonest, if not felonious acts.

Secret Meetings

On July 5, 2016, Comey stood before television cameras and microphones at a nationally watched news conference.

By mangling the law and contorting the facts, he announced that he was exonerating Hillary Clinton of any crimes for her mishandling of thousands of classified documents.

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At roughly the same time, some 3,660 miles away from Washington, Comey’s FBI was meeting in a London building with Steele who conveyed the contents of his initial “dossier” memo dated June 20, 2106, with agent Michael Gaeta. When the FBI agent read the document, he was stunned and remarked, “I have to report this to headquarters.” Thus, on the same day, Comey cleared Clinton, the witch hunt against Trump began in earnest.

On July 30 Steele met with Ohr at 9 a.m. at the Mayflower Hotel in Washington.

Steele shared his “dossier” but added that the FBI already had it in its possession.

Immediately thereafter, Ohr convened a meeting with FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and the FBI lawyer who worked for him directly, Lisa Page.

The 302 reports corroborate Ohr’s congressional testimony behind closed doors that was made public in February of this year.

He told lawmakers that he specifically warned McCabe and Page that the information in the “dossier” was highly dubious and driven by a biased author who despised Trump.

He also advised that it was commissioned by Fusion GPS where his wife worked because, “I wanted the FBI to be aware of any possible bias.”

Page 125 of Ohr’s congressional transcript is especially revealing. “I told them that Steele was desperate that Donald Trump not get elected,” he stated.

He pointedly informed McCabe and Page that Trump’s political rival, the Clinton campaign, was financially underwriting the “dossier,” which would call into question its veracity because the campaign had a motive to distort or fabricate in order to damage its opponent.

Ohr testified that he cautioned the FBI, “These guys were hired by somebody relating to –who’s related to the Clinton campaign.”

In truth, the funding wasn’t merely “related” to the campaign, it was the campaign, along with the DNC. Ohr also disseminated the “dossier” to Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka at the FBI. But Ohr wasn’t done.

Shortly after the July 30 breakfast with Steele, Ohr gave the same improbable intelligence to three prosecutors at the Justice Department during another meeting.

Two of those individuals, Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad, were later hired by Robert Mueller to be a part of his assembled team of special counsel prosecutors that escalated the investigation of Trump beyond the FBI and DOJ.  They, too, were informed by Ohr that the Clinton campaign and Democrats had paid for the “dossier” and that Steele was severely biased against Trump.

Instead of investigating Clinton and her confederates for conspiring with foreigners to defraud the U.S. government or violate campaign finance laws, the FBI used the Clinton-Russian “dossier” to target Trump despite a dearth of evidence that any of it was true.

Information Laundering Scheme

Even though Steele was fired by the FBI as a confidential informant, the new 302 reports confirm that Comey’s FBI kept returning him as a source.  By using Ohr as a conduit, they continued to receive information from Steele.

This continued even after Trump was elected and inaugurated as president. Indeed, Steele kept feeding the bureau his phony information through May of 2017.

To circumvent the rules they were breaking, the FBI set up an “information laundering scheme.” Steele would feed information to Ohr, who would pass it to his “handler” Joe Pienka, who would feed it to his partner Peter Strzok, who would give it to Andrew McCabe, who would deliver it to Comey.

Similar to a “money-laundering scheme,” the complex transfer cleansed the dirty information to obscure the original source –Steele.  But the information, of course, was largely fabricated and/or the product of Russian disinformation.

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It should be remembered that a counterintelligence investigation is designed to collect evidence of foreign threats to U.S. national security. Normally, the president is the beneficiary of such information.

Here, Comey’s FBI was abusing its counterintelligence authority by using it against Trump. Moreover, Comey appears to have been lying to the president about it.

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In early 2017, he kept assuring Trump he was not being investigated. These documents show that he obviously was, well into his presidency.  And yet, the FBI had no evidence that corroborated any of Steele’s “collusion” allegations.

As John Solomon of the Hill has reported, the FBI developed a “spread-sheet like document” that was 90 percent empty of any proof. This did not deter them. They continued to investigate Trump. And when Comey was fired, he helped engineer part two of the witch hunt –the special counsel investigation.

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John Sununu: Republicans should sit back and let Democrats pick apart Biden over his gaffes

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s gaffes on the campaign trail will cost the Democrats and help Republicans, the former White House chief of staff under President George H.W. Bush said Monday.

In an interview with “America’s Newsroom” co-host Sandra Smith, John Sununu predicted Biden’s mistakes will continue to be a problem and that “there will be a huge list by the time we get into the Iowa caucus and the New Hampshire primary.”

Biden’s reputation as an inconsistent campaigner was reinforced at recent events in Iowa, the state that hosts the first Democratic presidential primary balloting in less than six months.

On Thursday — during a campaign speech to Hispanic and Asian voters — Biden told a crowd: “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.” Realizing his mistake, he added: “wealthy kids, black kids, Asian kids.” On Saturday, he said that he “misspoke” and meant to say “wealthy.”

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Biden also recently confused the locations of two mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, mentioning the “tragic events in Houston” and “also in Michigan.” He quickly corrected his errors.

Most recently, he stumbled on Saturday afternoon at a forum organized by gun-control advocates. He said he had met, as vice president, with students after a mass shooting took the lives of 17 people at a high school in Parkland, Fla. However, the shooting happened in 2018 and Biden left office in January of 2017.

Sununu said Monday that remarks like these will raise doubts within the Democratic Party about whether Biden can defeat Trump.

“He will be attacked, primarily, by his primary opponents; the Republicans can sit on the sidelines and watch,” Sununu told Smith. “The Democrat Party is in a slight mode of panic. They don’t know. … In the morning they want Biden; in the evening they don’t want Biden.”

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Biden’s lapses have provided ammunition for the president, though Trump has made his own speaking gaffes. On Friday he told a gaggle of reporters at the White House, “This is not somebody you can have as your president. But, if he got the nomination, I’d be thrilled.”

On Saturday, the president tweeted: “Does anybody really believe he is mentally fit to be president? We are ‘playing’ in a very big and complicated world. Joe doesn’t have a clue!”

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‘Arrogant’ son pushes BMW given to him into river because he wanted a Jaguar

A young driver allegedly pushed this BMW he got from him parents into a river– because he wanted a Jaguar.

The man, named locally only as Akash, is alleged to have pushed the brand new car into the water after he got upset it was “too small” for him and his pals.

A video shows the car sinking beneath the water in Yamunanagar, Haryana state in northern India. It had to be pulled out using a crane and police have opened an investigation.

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Locals said that he jumped out of the vehicle just before it reached deeper water and onlookers helped him to safety.

A police official said: “The youth was arrogant and kept insisting that he be given a Jaguar as a BMW is a little small for him and his friends inside.

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“We would do a preliminary investigation but this seems to be a personal matter. We will proceed according to the law.”

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The lad’s father said, “I wanted to give my son a birthday present. We could only afford to give him a BMW, while he kept on insisting that he be given a Jaguar. He said the vehicle was too small but we thought he will be okay.

“We never imagined he would do anything like this.”

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Ken Cuccinelli is asked if Lady Liberty’s plaque should come down amid immigration changes

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The acting director of the Citizenship and Immigration Service office, Ken Cuccinelli, fielded question during Monday’s White House press briefing regarding new immigration regulations. One of the more pointed questions: Should the plaque on the Statue of Liberty be removed?

Cuccinelli outlined the new “public charge” rule that allows the federal government to take into account income and education while reviewing a potential immigrant’s request for a visa or green card. Officials say this will ensure that those who are granted access to the U.S. can be financially self-sufficient taxpayers who aren’t in need of federal entitlements.

CBS Radio’s Steven Portnoy asked if the new rule comes into conflict with the Statue of Liberty’s embrace of the downtrodden. He asked if the plaque should be removed.

“As long as the public charge has been in effect since the late 1800s, there’s also been, almost as long, the words at the base of the Statue of Liberty that read, ‘Give us your tired, your poor…’ You’re implementing a public charge rule for the first time,” Portnoy said. “Is that sentiment … still operative in the United States … or should the plaque come down off the statue?”

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Cucinelli said there are no plans to remove the famous plaque and cheered America’s track record as having a wide embrace.

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“Well I’m certainly not prepared to take anything down off the Statue of Liberty,” he replied. “We have a long history of being one of the most welcoming nations in the world, on a lot of bases. Whether you be an asylee, whether you be coming here to join your family, or emigrating yourself … I do not think, by any means, we’re ready to take anything off the Statue of Liberty.”

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Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Dan Gainor contributed to this report

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