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Rep. Gaetz: Nadler request for Justice Kavanaugh’s Bush-era records an effort to ‘delegitimize’ him

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Rep. Jerry Nadler’s motion to seek Bush-era records of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh is a delegitimization effort, according to Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

The New York Democrat’s move is similar to how the House Judiciary Committee chairman tried to “relitigate” the Russia investigation, Gaetz claimed Wednesday on “The Story.”

“This is an effort to delegitimize Brett Kavanaugh despite the fact that he was nominated and confirmed,” he said.

“Someone should remind Chairman Nadler that he is not a member of the United States Senate and Brett Kavanaugh is a member of the United States Supreme Court.

NADLER SLAMMED FOR ‘HARASSMENT’ AFTER FRESH KAVANAUGH DOC REQUESTS

“They tried to relitigate the Russia investigation — that didn’t work out — now they’re trying to relitigate the Kavanaugh confirmation.”

In addition, Gaetz claimed the New York City lawmaker could use his position as chairman of a powerful House committee to work on more pressing issues.

“We really do have serious issues to address in the Judiciary Committee, like reforming our asylum laws,” he said, adding Nadler could also work with Republicans like Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., to draft bipartisan “red flag” gun control laws.

“Those are substantive issues that the American people want to see us addressing,” he said.

NADLER: SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE PRESIDENT TRUMP ‘GUILTY OF HIGH CRIMES AND MISDEMEANORS’ CONTAINED IN MUELLER REPORT

Agreeing with Gaetz’ assertions on Kavanaugh, Fox News correspondent-at-large Geraldo Rivera claimed Nadler is trying to find a victory during his tenure as chairman.

“Their ‘Russiagate’ hoax did not play out,” he said.

On Tuesday, Nadler’s committee’s top Republican, Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., slammed the Democratic lawmaker for what he called “harassment” of Kavanaugh.

“Senate Democrats spent months launching false accusations in an attempt to smear Justice Kavanaugh’s reputation and block his confirmation to the U.S. Supreme Court, and now House Democrats want to follow suit with yet another fishing expedition to tarnish his good name,” Collins said.

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That day, Nadler — along with Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga. — wrote to the National Archives to seek “certain presidential records related to Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh’s service in the White House from 2001 to 2006.”

They cited the Presidential Records Act, which allows congressional committees to obtain “contain information that is needed for the conduct of [their] business and that is not otherwise available,” subject to executive privilege and other limitations.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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AOC slams McConnell after photo of young men in ‘Team Mitch’ T-shirts ‘groping’ cutout surfaces

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Monday over a picture of men – wearing “team Mitch” T-shirts – appeared “groping and choking” a cardboard cutout of her.

The New York Democrat took to Twitter to slam the picture after it surfaced on social media. There’s no additional information about when the picture taken or whether or not the men are affiliated with McConnell’s campaign.

MITCH MCCONNELL CAMPAIGN CRITICIZED FOR PHOTOS OF TOMBSTONES WITH DEM NAMES

“Hey @senatemajldr – these young men look like they work for you,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “Just wanted to clarify: are you paying for young men to practice groping & choking members of Congress w/ your payroll,” she asked, “or is this just the standard culture of #TeamMitch?”

The photograph was first surfaced by a Twitter user named @emrazz and the initial caption read, “Break me off a piece of that.”

The freshman congresswoman has pressured McConnell for declining to bring a Senate vote on a gun control bill in the wake of shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.

MCCONNELL WILLING TO CONSIDER ‘BIPARTISAN’ GUN VIOLENCE SOLUTIONS, OPPOSES ‘INFRINGING’ ON RIGHTS

“The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it,” she tweeted. “It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain the people why?”

Her call to bring the vote also was in response to McConnell’s tweet offering condolences to the families.

“The entire nation is horrified by today’s senseless violence,” tweeted the top Senate Republican. “Elaine’s and my prayers go out to the victims of this terrible violence, their families and friends, and the brave first responders who charged into harm’s way.”

Other prominent Democrats such as Sen. Bernie Sanders and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer also reportedly called for the bill passed by House Democrats to be brought to a vote.

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McConnell said Monday that he’s willing to consider “bipartisan” solutions in the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, but made clear his opposition to gun control policies that infringe “on Americans’ constitutional rights.”

“Today, the president called on Congress to work in a bipartisan, bicameral way to address the recent mass murders which have shaken our nation,” McConnell said in a statement. “Senate Republicans are prepared to do our part.”

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Ocasio-Cortez demands McConnell stop ‘giving bogus excuses’ and pass gun background check bill

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In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., for failing to call a vote on a gun reform bill that the Democratically-controlled House of Representatives passed in February.

McConnell tweeted on Saturday that he and the country were “horrified” by the “senseless violence” in El Paso, where a lone gunman opened fire inside a Walmart and left at least 20 people dead and dozens more wounded. Following McConnell’s tweet, another gunman attacked a popular nightlife district in Dayton in the early hours of Sunday morning.

Ocasio-Cortez called out McConnell in a tweet on Sunday for “giving bogus excuses” as to why the Senate hasn’t taken up the measure passed in the House that would tighten background checks for people seeking to purchase a firearm.

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“The House passed HR8, a Bipartisan Background Checks Act, *5 months ago* and the Senate has yet to vote on it,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted in response to McConnell’s own tweet. “It was one of our 1st major priorities after ending the gov shutdown. You’ve been sitting on it since February giving bogus excuses. Care to explain the people why?”

The measure, HR 8, was passed back in February with overwhelming support from the newly elected Democratic majority and some Republican support.

Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t the only lawmaker to call on McConnell to bring the resolution to a vote in the Senate.

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Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a leading candidate in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary, and Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, also demanded that McConnell call the Senate back into session and take up a vote of the resolution.

“Mitch McConnell should bring the Senate back into session immediately to pass HR 8, the gun safety bill that has already passed the House,” Sanders tweeted. “That’s a first step to addressing our serious gun violence epidemic.”

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Budget deal is ‘death of the Tea Party movement,’ Rand Paul says

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Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that the hard-won, warts-and-all budget pact between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump “marks the death of the Tea Party movement in America,” and will uncontrollably balloon the national debt, which now stands at more than $22 trillion.

The deal, announced earlier this month, would increase spending caps by $320 billion relative to the limits prescribed in the 2011 Budget Control Act. That act’s spending control provisions have been repeatedly waived since 2014.

The deal would also suspend the debt ceiling and permit more government borrowing until July 31, 2021 — after the coming presidential election.

“Both parties have deserted – have absolutely and utterly deserted – America and show no care and no understanding and no sympathy for the burden of debt they are leaving the taxpayers, the young, the next generation and the future of our country,” Paul said on the Senate floor. “The very underpinnings of our country are being eroded and threatened by this debt.”

The modern conservative “tea party” label originated in early 2009 in the wake of President Obama’s pricey bailout plan, after a CNBC reporter called for a movement to advocate for less government and increased fiscal responsibility.

“Can you hear it? Can you hear the somber notes, the feet shuffling, the solemn tones?” Paul asked. “Can you hear it? It’s a dirge, a funeral march, the death of a movement — a once-proud movement with hundreds of thousands of people gathered on the National Mall. It’s the death, it’s the last gasp of a movement in America that is concerned with our national debt.

“Today is the final nail in the coffin. The Tea Party is no more.

“The budget deal today allows unlimited borrowing for nearly two years,” Paul continued. “Unlimited. No limits. The government will borrow what they wish, without limit, for two years. It abolishes all spending caps. … Fiscal conservatives, those who remain, should be in mourning, for Congress, both parties, have deserted you.”

The budget deal faces a key vote pn Thursday in the GOP-led Senate, with many conservatives torn between supporting the president and risking their political brand with an unpopular vote to add $2 trillion or more to the government’s credit card.

WHAT ARE THE TERMS OF THE BUDGET DEAL?

The Trump-supported legislation backed by the Democratic speaker would stave off a government shutdown and protect budget gains for the Pentagon and popular domestic programs. It’s attached to a must-do measure to lift the so-called debt limit to permit the government to borrow freely to pay its bills.

The vote is a politically tough one for many Republicans. The Tea Party-driven House GOP conference broke against it by a 2-1 margin, but most pragmatists see the measure as preferable to an alternative fall landscape of high-wire deadlines and potential chaos. The government will otherwise face a potential debt default, an Oct. 1 shutdown deadline and the return in January of across-the-board spending cuts — sequestration.

After the deal was announced, North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Walker tweeted out a picture of the Joker lighting a pile of money on fire, from the 2008 “Batman” film, “The Dark Knight.” (“All you care about is money,” the Joker laments to a hardened career criminal as the money burns. “This town deserves a better class of criminal. And I’m going to give it to them.”)

But Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is confident the bill will pass despite the misgivings of many Republicans.

Still, for new Senate arrivals, particularly those who ran against a broken Washington culture, the sweeping measure represents a lot of what they ran against: unrestrained borrowing and trillion-dollar deficits, fueled by a bipartisan thirst for new spending.

DEFICITS ARE EXPLODING — AND NEITHER PARTY SEEMS TO CARE

“This budget process, if we can even call it a process, put taxpayers at the mercy of a House speaker who has no interest in prudent budgeting,” said freshman Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo. “Our system is not supposed to work this way. When the entire federal budget depends on four or five people striking a deal among themselves, something is not right.”

The budget and debt bill are priorities for McConnell, who set up the initial talks — taken over by Pelosi and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin earlier this month — and pushed to isolate conservative forces in the White House who were disruptive. Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer of New York and House GOP leader Kevin McCarthy of California also support the deal.

“The alternative’s worse.”

— Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio

For House Republicans, as the minority party, it was easy to take a pass on voting for the legislation. Pelosi also made a point of showing she had enough Democratic votes to push it through without their help. But it’s a different dynamic in the Senate, where Republicans hold the majority and are expected to deliver a strong vote for a Trump-backed agreement.

The agreement is a victory for pragmatists eager to avert the sort of chaos caused by a shutdown, a debt crisis or a freeze to agency budgets — including the massive Pentagon budget. That would mean a continuing resolution, or CR, which could interfere with new weapons procurement and foster waste.

“The alternative’s worse. It’s either have a CR or another government shutdown and I think you have to believe this is the best you can do in divided government,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio. “You can’t pull back. If you go to a CR for defense we’d be losing a lot of what we’ve gained on the defense buildup. So, you know, I don’t love it but on balance it’s better than the alternative.”

Minority Whip Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he expected a strong showing by Senate Dems in favor of the bill. And GOP leadership stalwarts like Sens. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., Roger Wicker, R-Miss., and John Cornyn, R-Texas, swiftly got behind the measure, calling it about the best result possible in a legislative matrix that demands Pelosi’s blessing for bills to become law.

“So what price did we have to pay to get this? We had to give Nancy Pelosi a 4 percent increase this year in domestic spending and zero increase next year for an average annual increase that’s less than the growth” in gross domestic product, Wicker said.

“I want to know what better deal anybody could have crafted that got Nancy Pelosi’s sign-off in the House and Mitch McConnell’s sign-off in the Senate, along with McCarthy and Schumer,” Wicker said.

The compromise reportedly outraged Democrat Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, the ranking member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, who noted the bill would not block Trump from spending money on his proposed border wall.

“I’m worried the House is willing to give him far too much discretion to take money and move it anywhere he wants including a wall,” Leahy, D-Vt., told The Washington Post. “So the way it is now I will not vote for it. . . . The other 99 can vote for it, I won’t.”

However, in a statement, Leahy later said he would “support the bill” because it “will raise the debt limit for the next two years and stave off economic catastrophe” and reverse “unsustainable cuts in nondefense discretionary spending.”

DEFICITS ARE EXPLODING — AND NEITHER PARTY SEEMS TO CARE

Leahy added, “I understand there is a statement of principles between congressional leaders and the White House, and I have many concerns with its content.”

The agreement between the administration and Pelosi lifts the limit on the government’s $22 trillion debt for two years and averts the risk of the Pentagon and domestic agencies from being hit with $125 billion in automatic spending cuts that are the last gasp of the 2011 Budget Control Act.

Fox News’ Bradford Betz and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ben Carson visits Baltimore amid uproar over Trump’s tweets

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U.S. Housing and Urban Development Secretary Dr. Ben Carson was in Baltimore on Wednesday, where he defended President Trump’s controversial comments about the Maryland city amid an uproar of criticism from leaders in the state.

Carson, who before taking his post in the Trump administration practiced at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, said that the city has problems that “you can’t sweep under the rug.”

“It’s sort of like a patient who has cancer: you can dress them up and put a nice suit on and try to ignore it, but that cancer is going to have a devastating effect,” Carson said while speaking outside Hollins House, a federally-funded housing complex for senior citizens in the district of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md. “You have to be willing to address that issue if you are ever going to solve it.”

TRUMP SAYS BERNIE SANDERS SHOULD ALSO BE LABELED ‘RACIST’ FOR CALLING BALTIMORE A ‘THIRD WORLD COUNTRY’

Carson, the highest ranking African-American in the Trump administration, did not offer any new policy announcements, but boasted of tax incentive pushes by the White House to help economically disadvantaged areas. The HUD secretary also defended the strides the city has made since he first visited in the 1970s, but added that there is still work to be done.

“The president’s emphasis is on the people and that certainly is my emphasis,” Carson said. “We have to learn to work together and realize we’re not each other’s enemy.”

On Saturday, Trump issued the controversial tweets in which he slammed Cummings’ district as a “rodent infested mess” and a place where “no human being would want to live.” He added that Baltimore was a “very dangerous & filthy place.”

Cummings replied directly to Trump on Twitter, saying, “Mr. President, I go home to my district daily. Each morning, I wake up, and I go and fight for my neighbors. It is my constitutional duty to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch. But, it is my moral duty to fight for my constituents.”

Baltimore Mayor Bernard C. “Jack” Young also fired back at Trump after his attacks, saying he is a “disappointment to the people of Baltimore, our country, and to the world.”

“It’s completely unacceptable for the political leader of our country to denigrate a vibrant American City like Baltimore, and to viciously attack U.S. Representative Elijah Cummings, a patriot and a hero,” Young said in a statement.

A spokesman for Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, a Republican, defended the area and its residents. In an email, Michael Ricci wrote, “Baltimore City is truly the very heart of our state, and more attacks between politicians aren’t going to get us anywhere.”

Cummings’ district is about 55 percent black and includes a large portion of Baltimore. It is home to the national headquarters of the NAACP and Johns Hopkins University and Johns Hopkins Hospital.

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The city has struggled with violent crime, with more than 300 homicides for four years in a row. It has crumbling infrastructure and a police department under federal oversight.

Earlier this month, the president drew bipartisan condemnation following his call for four Democratic congresswomen of color to get out of the U.S. “right now,” saying if the lawmakers “hate our country,” they can go back to their “broken and crime-infested” countries, fix things and return.

His comments were directed at Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan. All are American citizens and three of the four were born in the U.S. The Democratic-led U.S. House voted largely along party lines to condemn his “racist comments.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Eric Trump: ‘My father is right’ on Baltimore, Dems ‘walking my father’ to 2020 victory

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Eric Trump appeared on “Hannity” Monday to defend his father against accusations of racism and defend his criticism of Baltimore.

“I mean Baltimore is broke and my father is right and the Democrats know it,” Trump said.

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Trump was reacting to President Trump’s tweets this past weekend critical of Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and the city of Baltimore.

The president slammed Baltimore as a “a disgusting, rat and rodent infested mess,” blasting Cummings for not helping his district.

Democrats blasted the criticism as racist including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

Trump criticized Democrats from “running away from” crime issues in Democratic controlled cities.

“You take the top ten most dangerous cities in this country and they’re all controlled by Democrats and they’re trying to run away from it,” Trump said.

The president’s son also pointed out that his father is unfairly labeled a racist.

“I mean if he calls out anybody other than a white male he’s immediately racist. He’s immediately sexist. He’s immediately xenophobic or homophobic or whatever they want to you know,” Trump said. “That’s what the Democrats do and people are tired and do it every year.”

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Trump also warned Democrats they are marching his father closer to reelection.

“Democrats keep doing it because you’re walking my father right into 2020. He’s going to have an overwhelming victory because the Democratic Party they don’t even know, Sean, what they stand for,” Trump said.

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Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro grows beard so he’s not confused with twin brother, 2020 Dem Julián Castro

Texas Rep. Joaquin Castro — the twin brother of 2020 candidate Julián Castro — says he’s grown a beard to help anyone avoid confusing the two, which seemingly happens often enough.

The Democratic congressman, who’s served since 2013, joked last week that he was experimenting with facial hair to differentiate himself from his brother, who’s currently on the campaign trail seeking the Democratic presidential nomination.

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“I hadn’t shaved in like three days and I decided I’d just grow the beard back – and it does help so that people don’t always think that I’m running for president,” Joaquin told reporters on Thursday, according to USA Today.

The rep said people confuse him for his brother in public places like the airport or on the street “just about every day.”

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Julián Castro, left, and Joaquin Castro, right, are often confused for one another. So Joaquin decided to grow his beard back “so that people don’t always think” he’s running for president.

Since Julián — who previously served as the mayor of San Antonio, Texas, and as former President Barack Obama’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary from 2014 to 2017 — launched his 2020 bid, many have confused the 44-year-old twins.

In June, MSNBC contributor Noah Rothman apologized for mistaking Joaquin for Julián during an episode of “Morning Joe.” Rothman cited a June Fox News town hall, which featured Julián, and said Joaquin claimed the Trump administration “is ‘hell-bent on moving towards war with Iran.”

Joaquin quickly corrected Rothman and said he hasn’t spoken to Fox News about Iran. Rothman immediately apologized and was embarrassed, but said the mixup must happen all the time.

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Host Chris Hayes, also of MSNBC, in February, asked Joaquin if he was growing a beard “so that people don’t confuse you and your twin brother.”

“I said that I would try not to look like a certain presidential candidate, so I hope you like the beard here,” Castro said.

Hayes said on the show that he spoke to one of the Castro brothers on midterm election night in 2018, but he actually didn’t know who he had spoken to. Joaquin said Hayes had spoken to Julián.

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Mike Huckabee: Pelosi a ‘capable’ leader but not used to ‘mutiny’ in her ranks

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is an experienced Democratic lawmaker but is not accustomed to stark disagreements within her caucus, according to former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

The 17-term legislator’s caucus has many moderate and center-left Democrats, but the progressive wing has become more vocal in recent months, Huckabee said Friday on “Hannity.”

“I’ve got a lot of respect for Nancy Pelosi — may not agree with her, hope she is not the speaker next time — but she is a very capable, experienced, and very able legislator. … But this is something she’s not used to, which is mutiny within her own ranks,” he said

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In regard to calls for impeaching President Trump, Huckabee said Pelosi is effectively, “trying to ride both sides of the see-saw, which is impossible.”

While the more moderate wing of the party is reticent to begin impeachment proceedings, House Democrats such as Al Green of Texas, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan have made statements in support of the move.

Green, of Houston, has taken the additional step of introducing articles of impeachment multiple times.

A total of 137 Democrats voted in favor of tabling Green’s latest impeachment resolution — compared to just 95 who voted against shelving it. Only one lawmaker, Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., voted present.

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“She’s got all of these very radical leftist loons in her party that are taking the party away from her,” Huckabee told guest host Jason Chaffetz on Friday. “But, she’s also got reasonable Democrats across the country who will never go that far.

“If the party nominates somebody as far left as most of the people on that stage — if they continue to let people like Ocasio-Cortez be the voice of the party … I think then the Democrats have got a real problem on her hands.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Mary Anne Marsh: Mueller holds fate of our democracy in his hands – This is ex-Marine’s most important fight

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify Wednesday about his investigation into Russian interference in our 2016 election. Thus far, the investigation he lead has resulted in 34 indictments of individuals, three corporations, five jail sentences, 500 search warrants, 500 witnesses, 2,800 subpoenas, as well as numerous ongoing cases and investigations including one Mueller referred to the FBI and DHS about Russians hacking our election systems.

Captain Robert Mueller, United States Marine Corps, enlisted, served, and fought in the Vietnam War rising through the ranks to lead a platoon into combat. He earned the Bronze Star with “V” for combat valor when he rescued a wounded Marine under enemy fire when half his platoon became casualties.

In a separate battle, Mueller was shot and wounded but returned to lead his platoon. For his service in Vietnam, Mueller also earned a Purple Heart, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with four service stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge.

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Robert Mueller always finishes the job and it is always a job well done.

But, Mueller’s job as Special Counsel isn’t finished…yet.

Mueller may be a reluctant warrior when he testifies on Wednesday, but, it is the most important fight of his life and our country. The fate of our democracy rests in his ability to persuade Congress and the country to act on the Mueller Report because the subjects of his investigation are a greater threat to us than the enemy he faced as a Marine.

Mueller must make clear to Congress, and the country, the threat to our democracy posed by those he investigated, including Donald Trump, is one of the most serious in our history.

To succeed Mueller must understand that the terms of engagement have changed. It is incumbent upon Mueller to explain clearly and pointedly exactly what Trump, his associates, and Russia did to illegally interfere in the 2016 election.

Mueller doesn’t have the luxury of his previous congressional appearances from a bygone era where he could speak in neutral terms and let others draw their conclusions. Just as adjustments are made on the battlefield when facing enemy combatants so, too, must Mueller change the way he makes his case before Congress.

The fate of our democracy rests in his ability to persuade Congress and the country to act on the Mueller Report because the subjects of his investigation are a greater threat to us than the enemy he faced as a Marine.

Undoubtedly, Mueller believes he has already done it. Mueller’s public statement on May 29, 2019, was the equivalent of a hair on fire moment for him.

His quaking voice at the outset made clear Mueller’s disbelief about what he was about to share with the country and the threat we face from Russia as well as those who cooperated with them including numerous Americans.

The urgency of each word Mueller spoke that day was a five-alarm fire pleading with Congress to act.

Yet, nothing has happened.

Why?

We are witnessing a classic chicken and egg situation. Mueller’s plea to Congress to open their own investigation is based on his belief that if the material from the Mueller Report, including unsealed indictments and underlying evidence, is publicly revealed then the support for impeachment will soar. That is what Mueller is advocating.

On the other hand, Speaker Nancy Pelosi wants substantial public support before she begins impeachment hearings.

The fact is one begets the other but someone has to go first.

That is why on Wednesday Mueller must explain in stark terms what he found in his investigation that makes this threat true and why during his nine-minute statement Mueller implored Congress to take his report and use it to investigate then impeach Trump…because that’s exactly what he said.

Of course, you wouldn’t know it from the media coverage or perhaps watching him that day. But, if you read the Mueller Report and listened to what he said there’s no question he was pulling the alarm.

For example, Mueller said, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Let me translate what Mueller said: “Trump committed a crime. The reason I didn’t publicly indict him at this time is a Department of Justice policy that won’t allow it while he is president.”

Mueller needs to speak in plain, stark terms when he testifies. That doesn’t change the meaning of what he stated nor is it prejudiced. It is a fact. But, using that approach will make clear what he means.

Mueller can change the dynamic by changing his approach to detailing what Trump, his associates, and Russia did to interfere in our election. If Mueller does that then the American public will understand the gravity of the situation and demand Congress act. Support for impeachment will increase in the polls and when that happens Congress will act.

That is why the more that is revealed by Mueller, and the more clearly he makes his case before Congress, the more likely impeachment hearings will begin.

It is also an opportunity to address a score of lingering questions about the investigation. Why did Mueller wait 68 days to speak publicly about the report after he gave it to Barr? Did Barr interfere with the report/investigations Mueller referred? Why did Mueller resign in the midst of the press appearance? Is it because resigning was the only way he could hold make a public statement as Special Counsel without being fired? Why won’t Barr unseal the existing indictments Mueller issued or provide the underlying evidence in the report to Congress? Is Barr obstructing justice now?

Furthermore, it isn’t enough for the House alone to start impeachment hearings. A symbolic gesture will only increase Trump’s political standing and do nothing to stop the same concerns we faced in the 2016 election in the 2020 election. In fact, it is the one way to ensure Trump returns to the White House.

That’s why the Senate must do the same. The more information that comes out of the hearing Wednesday from Mueller and his report the more pressure there will be on the Republican Senators, especially the 22 who are up for re-election like Susan Collins (Maine), Cory Gardner (Colo.), and others who are in tough re-election fights.

In the face of the facts, any Republican who doesn’t support impeachment proceedings once the evidence is revealed must have their motives questioned.

Finally, there is no doubt that House Republicans on the Judiciary Committee, especially Congressmen Jim Jordan, Louis Gohmert, and Matt Gaetz, will try to sully Mueller’s reputation during his testimony. But, in doing so they only sully themselves by revealing their true character.

Not one investigation they have participated in as Republicans in the majority, including the Benghazi investigation, ever resulted in one indictment, one conviction, or one jail sentence. Nothing.

That’s because all of those investigations were undertaken for political purposes. The Mueller investigation is the antithesis of their investigations. Their willingness to serve as accomplices to defend Trump rather than our democracy shows that power is more important to them than the people they represent and the oath of office they took when they swore to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic…”

Mueller should face them down just like the enemy combatants he vanquished as a commander in Vietnam.

The truth is a powerful weapon. All Robert Mueller has to do Wednesday is tell the truth, present the facts, and do so in a way every American can understand.

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We are about to find out who the true patriots are in this country. Not those who simply proclaim that mantle but the Americans who actually carry it.

Robert Mueller is a patriot. He has always been a patriot. And he has one last mission in behalf of our country. God speed, Captain Mueller. God speed.

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Dems circle wagons around the ‘squad,’ as Omar responds to ‘send her back’ chant

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Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., other Democrats, and a slew of commentators united in condemning President Trump on Wednesday night, after the crowd at a North Carolina “Make America Great Again” rally broke out in a striking chant of “send her back” while the president criticized Omar and other members of the so-called progressive Democrat “squad.”

The three words referred to Trump’s tweet on Sunday in which the president said unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” should go back and fix the “corrupt” and “crime infested places” from which they came and then “come back and show us how it’s done.”

The president later all but affirmed he was referring to Omar, as well as Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley — all of whom, except Omar, were born in the United States. After a historic floor fight, the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives formally condemned Trump’s comments as “racist” on Tuesday.

“Let ’em leave …  they’re always telling us how to run it, how to do this, how to do that. You know what? If they don’t love it, tell ’em to leave it,” Trump said at the rally, doubling down on his earlier comments.

In response on Wednesday evening, Omar quoted civil rights activist and poet Maya Angelou on Twitter: “You may shoot me with your words, You may cut me with your eyes, You may kill me with your hatefulness, But still, like air, I’ll rise.”

She also retweeted a post from California Rep. Ted Lieu, a Democrat, calling out the “racist chant” and urging people to “vote, donate & organize like never before” to save “the soul of our country.”

Omar also retweeted Minnesota State Sen. Matt Klein’s message of support.

“Congresswoman Omar is staying here,” Klein wrote. “I welcome your opinions on her policies. But if you think you are more American than her, you don’t know what America is, and it is you that should leave.”

2020 Democrat presidential candidate Kamala Harris echoed those sentiments.

“It’s vile. It’s cowardly. It’s xenophobic,” Harris wrote on Twitter. “It’s racist. It defiles the office of the President. And I won’t share it here. It’s time to get Trump out of office and unite the country.”

Added D.C. Examiner reporter Jerry Dunleavy: “It should go without saying that chanting ‘Send her back!’ about a refugee-turned-fellow-citizen (no matter how stridently you disagree with her & how wrong she may be about basically everything) is indefensible, but I certainly look forward to the hot takes trying to defend it.”

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Town Hall editor Guy Benson agreed, writing, “‘Send her back’ is an appalling chant. Omar is a US citizen. My less-catchy chant would be: ‘Condemn her bigotry, combat her radicalism, and investigate her seriously alleged fraud!'”

In his wide-ranging rally Wednesday, Trump went point-by-point, member-by-member, as he unloaded on the squad. Trump specifically slammed Omar saying she “smeared U.S. service members in ‘Black Hawk Down.’ She slandered the brave Americans trying to keep peace in Somalia” — a dig at her Somali-American heritage.

Trump also said Omar blamed America for the economic crisis in Venezuela and refused to condemn Al Qaeda.

Trump then moved on to his critique of Tlaib, saying she “used the F-word to describe the presidency and your president.”

“That’s not nice, even for me,” Trump said. “That’s not somebody who loves our country.”

The president then took aim at Ocasio-Cortez, whom he mocked for her “three different names” as well as saying she inaccurately described the migrant holding facilities at the southern border as concentration camps.

Of Pressley, Trump said the Massachusetts congresswoman “thinks that people with the same skin color all need to think the same. She said, ‘we don’t need any more brown faces that don’t want to be brown voices, we don’t need black faces that don’t want to be a black voice,'” a reference to remarks Pressley gave at a conference this past weekend. “Can you imagine if I said that?”

At the top of his remarks Wednesday night, Trump celebrated the House’s decision to shelve impeachment proceedings against him.

HOUSE VOTES TO KILL REP. AL GREEN’S RESOLUTION TO IMPEACH TRUMP

“I just heard that the United States House of Representatives has overwhelmingly voted to kill the most ridiculous project I ever worked on,” Trump said, referring to an impeachment resolution proposed by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, that was widely opposed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other top Democrats.

“The resolution — How stupid is that? — on impeachment.”

Trump called the 332-95 vote to sideline the impeachment resolution Wednesday “totally lopsided” and a “slaughter,” and instead touted the strong economy and low unemployment numbers under his administration.

“And they want to try and impeach,” he said. “It’s a disgrace.”

Fox New’s Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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