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Roy Moore sues conservative outlet for $40 million alleging ‘fake news’

Scandal-ridden Senate candidate Roy Moore is suing a conservative media outlet for $40 million alleging “fake news,” as he runs his second campaign in three years for the same Alabama seat.

The Alabama Republican lost to Sen. Doug Jones, D-Ala., in a 2017 special election, after facing multiple accusations during the campaign that he had pursued romantic relationships with teenage girls while he was in his 30s. Moore filed the suit against Washington Examiner on Monday.

“Like the people of Alabama, I am sick and tired of ‘fake news’ by media organizations which pretend to print the truth but in reality, are politically and philosophically motivated to distort the true facts for their own ends,” he said in a statement. “Unlike some who choose to suffer in silence, I have decided to fight back!”

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Then-candidate Roy Moore walks off the stage with wife Kayla Moore after an election-night watch party at the RSA activity center, in Montgomery, Ala., on Dec. 12, 2017. (AP Photo/Brynn Anderson, File)

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The suit against Washington Examiner publishers, editors and writers is for $40 million total, including $10 million for “defamation and intentional infliction of emotional distress” and another $30 million in punitive damages.

Examiner writers and editors Tiana Lowe, Jerry Dunleavy, Brad Polumbo, Phillip Klein and Timothy Carney are the named defendants in the suit, along with multiple media companies that back the Examiner and Clarity Media Group owner Philip Anschutz.

The specific headlines Moore’s lawsuit cites include “GOP nightmare as Alabama’s Roy Moore signals he might run again” and “If Alabamans vote for Roy Moore, they deserve Doug Jones.”

Under the second headline, Lowe wrote, “Roy Moore, famous for being banned from a mall because he sexually preyed on underage girls and losing a Senate race in an R+14 state, apparently wants another round at the rodeo.”

Representatives with The Washington Examiner did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The suit is unlikely to succeed. There is a very high standard of proof in defamation suits in the U.S., especially suits involving public figures. Additionally, the allegations against Moore have been widely reported.

Moore has been largely cast out of the Republican Party due to the allegations of inappropriate relationships. While President Trump backed his 2017 campaign after he won the primary, the president turned on Moore, tweeting last year that, “Republicans cannot allow themselves to again lose the Senate seat in the Great State of Alabama.”

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“This time it will be for Six Years, not just Two. I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and unlike many other Republican leaders, wanted him to win. But he didn’t, and probably won’t,” Trump said.

In a statement announcing the lawsuit, Moore’s campaign said the suit alleges “false and malicious statements made to disparage, intimidate, and libel the character, reputation, and integrity of Judge Roy Moore.”

The statement also notes that Moore sued several other organizations last year for “damages and defamation and for false political advertisements.”

Moore will face a crowded GOP field in a March 3 primary, which includes former Attorney General and Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, who announced his run late last year.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Adam Goodman: Six GOP Senators who hold the cards in Trump’s Senate impeachment trial

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In this made-for-TV world, we are witnessing made-for-TV moments scripted for maximum viewing with minimal honor.

With all the hype and hypocrisy, amid all the claims to honor, history, and the American way, six Republican U.S. Senators sitting in the middle of this fury hold all the cards in an impeachment trial that should never have happened.

Conventional wisdom from the elites suggests these Senators may hold out or, worse hold their GOP colleagues back from dismissing this patently absurd display of justice.  They couldn’t be more wrong.

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Meet the stentorian six:

  1. Lamar Alexander, a folksy leader from Tennessee whose plain talk has become a Senate staple, and plaid shirts a presidential campaign trademark  
  2. Cory Gardner, a first-term Coloradan representing a rapidly-changing state in a rapidly-changing environment whose poll numbers still keep Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. up at night  
  3. Susan Collins, a Mainer whose fierce independence in a state known for it has been deemed unforgiven by partisans objecting to her vote to confirm a Supreme Court nominee under fire  
  4. Martha McSally, a right-of-center, McCain-like, pro-defense leader appointed to fill a Senate vacancy in a relatively conservative state  
  5. Lisa Murkowski, the Alaskan who voted against the confirmation of Judge Kavanaugh, and who regularly rebels against those who infuse democracy with petty politics and even pettier politicians  
  6. Mitt Romney, a near-President, whose personal history may not align with President Trump, but his conservative and business credentials do

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The six, as different in temperament as they are in geography, will cast a much-watched vote in the impeachment trial of President Donald J. Trump.   The Washington guessing game has already begun.

Will one, some, or all six favor the Democrats’ push for a longer trial complete with fresh witnesses bearing fresh testimony?

Will one, some, or all six stand with Republicans who believe this exercise is fraught with contrivance, intemperance, and illegitimacy?

Will they be moved by the precedent the bar has been so lowered that the boom will swing at every sitting President to come?

Yes, Romney is not a big fan of President Trump and fancies himself a more noble soldier.

Yes, Murkowski is bothered by the allegations and has a conscience as big as the state she represents.

Yes, Gardner, Collins, and McSally face uncertain elections and would like to discuss anything but this trial, like an American economy that’s setting records for job creation, wealth creation, and confidence.

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Granted, elements of the phone call to the Ukranian President, to varying degrees, may have bothered all six, but not enough to forfeit either their electoral footing or their perspective on doing what’s right.

Then there is one very stark political reality.

Those up for re-election this year – Collins, Gardner, and McSally – have no electoral breathing room at all.  Stand with the President, and their GOP base stands with them. Come against the president, and all three will fall this November, despite the encouragement of media who desperately want to show their smarts while continually falling victim to dumb.

The Democrats know the verdict on the president is in – he will be acquitted, and the race for the White House will resume in all its glory.

Knowing they can’t rip our president out of the White House, they will double down on flipping control of the U.S. Senate where three or four seats will make all the difference.

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The six Republican Senators who are at the epicenter of the impeachment dogfight will ultimately fight to end it.  All six should and will vote “not guilty”.

For the good of the nation.

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Democracy 2020 Digest: Longtime RNC committee member in New Hampshire ousted by grassroots

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File this as another sign of the changing nature of the Republican Party.

Steve Duprey — the longtime Republican National Committee (RNC) member from New Hampshire — was defeated Saturday as he attempted to win a fifth four-year term representing his home state on the national committee.

Duprey — the former longtime state Republican Party chair who was a close friend to John McCain and a trusted N.H. and national adviser on the senator from Arizona’s 2000 and 2008 presidential campaigns (McCain won the N.H. primary in both of his White House bids) — was defeated by grassroots activist and Hillsborough County Republican chair Chris Ager of Amherst, N.H.

The vote took place today at a meeting of the New Hampshire Republican State Committee. The secret ballot vote totals were kept private by state party officials, but sources told Fox News it wasn’t a close vote.

Duprey had the backing of much of the state’s GOP establishment, including popular Republican Gov. Chris Sununu. And Duprey — who had served on the RNC’s all-important Rules Committee for much of his 16-year tenure on the national committee — was known for his tireless efforts to make sure the state’s first-in-the-nation presidential primary stayed first in the GOP presidential nominating calendar. That’s a crucial part of his job as an RNC committee member. And the fight to keep the state’s primary status as the first-in-the-nation may be tougher than ever moving forward.

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But none of that was obviously enough, as grassroots conservatives in the state didn’t trust Duprey. They questioned whether he was sufficiently faithful to President Trump and questioned his conservative values. (Duprey supports abortion rights.)

After the vote, Duprey stepped down immediately from his post rather than waiting until his four-year term ends following the Republican National Convention in August.

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New England Patriots’ Benjamin Watson says pro-life issues shouldn’t be partisan after March for Life

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The mission of those who marched at the March for Life on Friday shouldn’t be partisan, New England Patriots tight end Benjamin Watson said Saturday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends: Weekend” with hosts Pete Hegseth, Griff Jenkins, and Lisa Boothe, Watson said pro-life issues are shaped in a “partisan way” right now, but “it shouldn’t be that way.”

“Standing for the vulnerable should be something that everybody can get behind,” he stated.

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Watson said it was encouraging to see the up to 100,000 attendees who came out for the cause.

“People of all ages, all ethnicities, you have Democrats, Republicans all joining us for life,” he told the “Friends: Weekend” hosts.

“And so, every time I have an opportunity to go, it is kind of like being in a huddle and everybody getting together encouraging each other before we go out and continue to fight for life,” Watson said.

Watson is currently producing a documentary on the issue called “Divided Hearts of America,” which is set to release later this year.

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He said that his journey through the film is “getting to the issues — getting to the truth.”

“What is abortion? What are the implications if we don’t deal with this in the correct way?” he asked. “It’s important we are able to talk about these issues. I believe this issue is the issue of our day that is tearing our country apart.”

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Tucker Carlson: Republicans think a Trump victory in November is assured. Here’s why that’s a mistake

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A year from now, we will be hosting this show from the National Mall as the next president of the United States takes the oath of office. Will that president be Donald Trump?

Well, as of now, Republicans in Washington feel confident that it will be. The official economic numbers are strong. The Democratic primaries are a freak show. Elderly socialists accusing each other of thought crimes.

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Republicans are starting to think that victory is assured —  and that’s a mistake.

America remains as divided as it was three years ago. So no matter what happens, nobody is going to win this election in a national landslide. Those don’t happen anymore.

Trump could lose. Will he lose? Well, that depends entirely on what he runs on.

In 2016, Donald Trump defeated more than a dozen Republicans and then Hillary Clinton by running as an insurgent, a man from outside the system flipping the bird to the elites within. Virtually everything Trump said reinforced that message.

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The people who run this country are clueless. They have no idea what they’re doing. They don’t care about you. They’ve hollowed out our economy, crushed the middle class. They’ve screwed up our foreign policy. They left the door open on our southern border. They are children playing leadership and they’ve gotten rich doing it. The result is a national catastrophe.

Now, Trump’s campaign summed up that message in a single phrase, “Make America great again.” In other words, let’s not lie to ourselves — this is a disaster. The good news is, we can fix it.

Now, the people in charge hated to hear that, of course, because it implicated them. But voters responded; they knew it was true. By the way, it’s still true today. Things are a lot better, in a lot of ways, but they’re not fixed.

Consider the state of the economy. The big numbers — unemployment and inflation, to name two — tell one story, and it’s a good story.

The candidate who makes it easier for 30-year-olds to get married and have kids will win the election and will deserve to win. Remember that. It’s truer than any economic theory conceived on any college campus in the last hundred years.

But dig a little deeper. A Pew poll from this fall provides a glimpse of what is actually happening in a lot of parts of the country. In that survey, 56 percent of Americans said the economy was excellent or good, and that’s good news. But then there was this: Only 31 percent of the economy was helping them and their families. Just 32 percent thought the current economy was helping the middle class, 58 percent thought the opposite.

Among lower-income Republicans, 47 percent said economic conditions were hurting them; just 30 percent said they were helping. Now keep in mind, these aren’t sociology professors from the Oberlin faculty lounge. This is the president’s core, it’s his base.

Why do they feel that way? It’s not personal. It’s just really simple.

For a lot of middle class people, wages are not keeping pace with expenses. Child care, housing, education, health care — they’re all getting more expensive by the year. The student loan bubble is still inflating. It’s burdening young people with debts so large, they can’t start families.

Now, these are economic problems, but they require a political solution. The candidate who makes it easier for 30-year-olds to get married and have kids will win the election and will deserve to win. Remember that. It’s truer than any economic theory conceived on any college campus in the last hundred years.

Improve people’s lives, and they will vote for you. Period. Republicans ought to write that on our hands. Otherwise, the temptation will be to focus entirely on the lunacy on display on the left right now.

Democrats have gone crazy, and it’s definitely worth pointing that out repeatedly. We do it five nights a week. But it’s not enough to win. Winning candidates come with their own program. They convince voters they will make things better.

Bernie Sanders may get the Democratic nomination, and if he does, every Republican in Washington will spend the next 10 months reminding you that socialism does not work and never has worked. And they’ll be right, obviously.

But if Sanders pledges to forgive student loans, he will still win many thousands of voters who went for Donald Trump last time. Why? Because debt is crushing an entire generation of Americans. Republicans need to make a plan to make it better, or they will be left behind.

And one more piece of advice: Don’t ignore the social issues. The Republican establishment despises this conversation. If it’s not about tax rates, they don’t want to talk about it.

But normal people know the social fabric is coming apart. A winning candidate will say that out loud, defend traditional values. Don’t be embarrassed about it. There’s nothing embarrassing about it. Democrats are waging the most aggressive possible campaign against everything normal people think is virtuous.

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They are promising to undo our justice system, emptying our prisons, even as they undermine the police and strip you of your right to defend yourself. They’re openly inviting chaos.

They want to give the vote to convicted felons, even murderers. They’ve said that. They think so little of this country that they’re pledging to open our borders to the world. Every impoverished nation on Earth welcomed here for free health care paid for by you.

They’re opposed to free speech. They’re stridently for subsidized abortion up to the moment of birth. They want Americans sorted into creepy little categories by their DNA, judged, rewarded, punished on the basis of their sex and skin color.

They don’t simply deny the existence of biological sex. They’re trying to force you to deny it, too. You’ll be fired if you disagree or have your kids taken from you. Democrats aren’t promising change. They are promising revolution. Centuries of American history and custom, abolished. A nation starting over from scratch, year zero. That’s effectively what they’re calling for, and most people are not for that.

They may be frustrated with the state of the country — many are. They may be anxious about the future. But they don’t hate America. They don’t want to topple George Washington and implement Maoism.

They are conservative in the most basic sense. They love their families, above all. They distrust radical theories of anything because they know — and they’re right — that when the world turns upside down, ordinary people get hurt.

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They don’t want to burn it down, they just want things to get better. The candidate who promises to make them better, incrementally, but tangibly, will be inaugurated president a year from now.

Adapted from Tucker Carlson’s monologue from “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Jan. 20, 2020.

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Larry Elder: Ilhan Omar and Steve King – parties have different ways of handling their flamethrowers

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Eighty-six percent of Democrats consider President Trump “racist,” according to a July 2019 Quinnipiac poll. By contrast, 91 percent of Republicans do not consider him “racist.” Perhaps more disturbing, a November 2018 online Axios poll by SurveyMonkey found that a whopping 61 percent of Democrats believe Republicans are “racist/bigoted/sexist.” A comparatively small 31 percent of Republicans feel the same way about Democrats.

For a party that considers Republicans racist/bigoted/sexist, how do Democrats somehow, someway manage to tolerate, if not embrace, Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.? For a congressional first-termer, her list of cringeworthy, insulting and anti-Semitic remarks is impressive.

Omar’s latest occurred shortly after Trump authorized the drone strike that killed the Iranian terrorist leader Qassem Soleimani. Flanked by other Democratic House members, Omar said she felt “ill” because “of everything that is taking place,” adding: “And I think every time I hear … of conversations around war, I find myself being stricken with PTSD. And I find peace knowing that I serve with great advocates for peace and people who have shown courage against war.”

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Not a word of sympathy for the estimated 1,100 U.S. soldiers maimed or killed between 2005 and 2011 by explosively formed penetrators, the use of which Soleimani oversaw. In response to criticism over her “PTSD” comment, Omar, a Muslim refugee from Somalia, tweeted in response to Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., comments on her PTSD: “I survived war as a child and deal with post-traumatic stress disorder — much like many who have served or lived through war. It’s shameful that you as a member of Congress would erase the PTSD of survivors.”

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Omar, in 2012, before she became a member of Congress, tweeted: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.” After her election to Congress, she apologized: “I heard from Jewish orgs. that my use of the word ‘hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds was offensive. I spent … little energy (in) disavowing the anti-Semitic trope I unknowingly used, which is unfortunate and offensive.”

Then there were her accusations in February 2019 that supporters of Israel were deluded or bought off. It’s “all about the Benjamins baby,” she tweeted. At a town hall shortly after that comment, Omar said, “I want to talk about the political influence in this country that says it is OK for people to push for allegiance to a foreign country.” Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., tweeted, “I am saddened that Rep. Omar continues to mischaracterize support for Israel.” Omar did not back down, tweeting: “Our Democracy is built on debate, Congresswoman! I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order to serve my country in Congress or serve on committee. The people of the 5th elected me to serve their interests. I am sure we agree on that!”

Omar was dismissive of the seriousness of the terror attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. At a March 2019 fundraiser for the Council on American-Islamic relations, she said: “Here’s the truth: For far too long we have lived with the discomfort of being a second-class citizen and, frankly, I’m tired of it, and every single Muslim in this country should be tired of it. CAIR was founded after 9/11 because they recognized that some people did something and that all of us were starting to lose access to our civil liberties.”

“Some people did something”?

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If Republicans have an equivalent to Omar, it is Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa. He, too, has compiled an impressive list of cringeworthy, bigoted comments. Last year, the pro-life congressman said: “What if we went back through all the family trees and just pulled those people out that were products of rape or incest? Would there be any population of the world left if we did that?” In 2016, he said: “They chose to have a Congressional Black Caucus. They chose to have an abortion. I would give you even money that a vast majority of mothers who say they can’t afford an abortion have an iPhone, which costs more.”

Then came King’s interview with The New York Times, in which he said, “White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive? Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?”

Within days of that comment, House Republicans introduced a resolution of disapproval condemning King by name, as well as his remarks. Every Republican voted for it, as did all but one Democrat. Republican House leadership then stripped King of all his committee assignments.

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By contrast, the Democrats, in response to Omar’s anti-Semitic comments, passed a watered-down resolution that condemned all types of bigotry, including anti-Semitism. But the resolution made no specific reference to Omar. And it appears that Democratic leadership did not even consider stripping her of committee assignments.

A tale of two flamethrowers. Now which party is “racist/bigoted/sexist”?

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Trey Gowdy: Lev Parnas’ claims are great for headlines, but not for a courtroom

The damning allegations from Lev Parnas, the indicted former associate of Rudy Giuliani, against President Trump in his handling of Ukraine may be good for headlines but would not hold up in a court of law, former Rep. Trey Gowdy said Friday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with hosts Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith, the Fox News contributor said that he would encourage viewers to listen to Parnas and Igor Fruman’s full interview with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and “not just the snippets.”

“Remember, Parnas was upset because he expected Giuliani and Trump to come to his defense,” said Gowdy. “This is a guy charged with falsifying records, making a false statement, conspiracy to defraud the FEC.”

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Parnas and his business partner Igor Fruman – both U.S. citizens who emigrated from the former Soviet bloc – have been indicted by federal prosecutors on charges of conspiracy, making false statements and falsification of records related to allegations that they made outsized campaign donations to Republican causes after receiving millions of dollars originating from Russia.

In addition, Parnas has previously sought to testify in the impeachment probe.

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FILE – In this Dec. 2, 2019, file photo, Lev Parnas arrives at court in New York. Parnas, a close associate of President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, has provided a trove of text messages and photos to the House committee leading the impeachment inquiry. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)

During Wednesday’s interview — just a day after he provided a slew of new documents and text messages to House investigators — Parnas told Maddow that the president was contemplating cutting all forms of financial assistance to Ukraine in exchange for an investigation into Joe Biden, not just military aid — and, he said, the plot had a clear political motivation.

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 was aware of all of my movements,” Parnas said, referring to Trump. “I wouldn’t do anything without the consent of Rudy Giuliani, or the president. I have no intent, I have no reason to speak to any of these officials. I mean, they have no reason to speak with me.”

Parnas also claimed Vice President Mike Pence wouldn’t show up to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration unless an investigation was announced.

Gowdy pointed out that, when asked the same question about Pence, Parnas “gave three different answers to the same question.”

“His first answer is, ‘I’m absolutely certain Pence knew about.’ And then, about three seconds later, he said, ‘Well, he had to have, right?’ And then, the last answer was: ‘Well, it’s possible,'” he continued.

“Those three answers don’t do you well in the courtroom. They do great if you’re writing headlines; they do not do well in the courtroom,” Gowdy said.

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“You know,” Gowdy directed at Hemmer, “what I didn’t hear was the follow-up.”

“Okay, with total certitude you say President Trump knew what we were doing. Convince us of that. Give us the evidence,” Gowdy prompted. “Remember, he also said Bill Barr was in the loop and then — when cited for evidence — he said, ‘Well, he’s friends with Joseph DiGenova and Victoria Toensing and his name was mentioned in the transcript.'”

“If that’s the only evidence you have that Bill Barr is part of a conspiracy to defraud the United States and get a foreign government to investigate a political opponent…that ain’t much evidence, Bill,” Gowdy said.

Fox News’ Jake Gibson, Gregg Re, and Edmund DeMarche contributed to this report.

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Napolitano: Some Democrats’ patience is ‘wearing thin’ with Pelosi’s impeachment delay

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Some Democrats are getting fed up with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi withholding articles of impeachment from the Senate, and want to “move on” to a trial, Judge Andrew Napolitano said Thursday.

Pelosi signaled to congressional Democrats late Tuesday that she plans to continue to hold on to articles of impeachment against President Trump — for now — demanding that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., first release the resolution outlining the terms for a Senate trial.

In a letter to colleagues, Pelosi, D-Calif., indicated she would not transmit impeachment articles to the Senate until McConnell moves to “immediately publish” the resolution while accusing him of making “misleading claims” about past impeachment processes to “justify” Republican plans.

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Napolitano, a Fox News senior judicial analyst, said House rules allow Pelosi to potentially “sit on” the impeachment articles until January of 2021, though he believes party leaders will increasingly urge her to end the stalemate.

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“I think patience is wearing thin even from some Democrats. Sen. Dianne Feinstein comes to mind. I think somebody is going to start saying to Mrs. Pelosi: ‘Let’s move on with this,'” he said.

“The longer it goes on, the less urgent it becomes. So if it’s serious and urgent, send them over. If it isn’t, don’t send it over,” Feinstein told Politico.

McConnell said Tuesday he has the votes to start an impeachment trial even without an agreement on potential witnesses – once the chamber receives the articles from the House. The vote would kick off “Phase One” of Trump’s impeachment trial, while the contentious issue of witnesses would come up after the trial is underway, McConnell said.

Speaking on the Senate floor Wednesday, McConnell said the House cannot “invent a sort of pretrial hostage negotiation” which would allow the House “to run the show over here in the Senate.”

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Napolitano said he believes Pelosi and Senate Democrats want a commitment from McConnell that former National Security Adviser John Bolton will testify at the trial. He said Pelosi wants “live, unrehearsed testimony” from Bolton and that Democrats believe it will prompt others to corroborate his story and bolster the impeachment case.

Napolitano agreed that if Democrats wanted to hear from Bolton, he should have been subpoenaed during the House proceedings.

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Democrat Manchin calls for ‘super diplomacy’ with Iran, says DC partisanship must end

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Now is the time for President Trump to show “super diplomacy” in handling U.S. relations with the rogue Iranian regime, Democratic West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin said Wednesday.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with co-host Bill Hemmer, Manchin said that as the “only superpower left in the world,” America and President Trump need to show “more than just military might or super financial might:”

He said that diplomacy implemented by the administration should “take shape to where we can get back to some type of discourse or some type of basic re-stability” and “bring everybody back together and calm this thing down.”

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Iran fired as many as 15 ballistic missiles into Iraq Wednesday, officials said, in a major retaliation by the rogue regime after a U.S. drone strike that killed Iranian Quds Force Gen. Qassem Soleimani last week.

“We owe that to everybody to do everything that we can to bring and ratchet this down if we can,” the senator said. “We are basically the peacekeepers of the world — or we always have been that. We should continue to strive for that.”

However, Manchin also pointed out to the “Newsroom” co-anchor that the “bottom line” is that “America has the might to do what it needs to do in order to bring peace about.”

In an address to the nation on Wednesday, the president said that the United States “is ready to embrace peace with all who seek it,” but that “powerful [economic] sanctions will remain until Iran changes its behavior.”

“The civilized world must send a clear and unified message to the Iranian regime: your campaign of terror, murder, and mayhem will not be tolerated any longer,” he said. “As long as I am president of the United States, Iran will never be allowed to have a nuclear weapon.”

Manchin told Hemmer that while Soleimani was a “bad actor” who probably should have been “taken out in some fashion many, many, years ago,” the president “also does not have the right to take us to war without Congress being included in that.”

“The president basically has the responsibility to protect this country and to protect every citizen of this great country of America of ours,” he said.

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“I’m an American first. This is what this is about. President Trump is my president; I want him to succeed,” he stated. “But, on the other hand, I want them to understand there [are] three branches of government and we all have to work together.

“I mean, there has to be some civility here,” Manchin said of the rapidly widening gap between the Democrat and Republican parties. “Basically, this partisan divide has to stop, Bill. We can’t continue.”

Fox News’ Frank Miles contributed to this report.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik: Media reaction to Soleimani death ‘absolute embarrassment’

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New York Republican Rep. Elise Stefanik on Saturday called the news media’s reaction to the airstrike that killed Qassem Soleimani an “absolute embarrassment.”

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Stefanik said it’s clear that Soleimani, Iran’s top general, was “one of the bloodiest terrorists.”

“He has exported global terrorism, and he has [the] blood of American troops on his hands. He has killed hundreds of American troops,” she said.

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Stefanik said she represents Fort Drum’s 10th Mountain Division — the most deployed unit in the Army since 9/11 — and noted that “those troops have risked their lives and were targeted by Soleimani and his Quds forces.”

In an appearance on MSNBC Thursday, Daily Beast columnist Jonathan Alter said that while it may have been the “right decision to take [Soleimani] out,” “you have, in that case, right decision-wrong commander-in-chief.”

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When the news broke of the drone strike in the United States Thursday evening, The Washington Post tweeted that the attack near Baghdad’s international airport killed “Iran’s most revered military leader.”

“He should not be revered and The Washington Post should apologize and should retract that statement,” Stefanik said.

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Even though Iran has vowed to retaliate and the ramifications from the slaying remain unclear, Stefanik scolded the news media for not praising the work of the intelligence community that led to the strike and being more supportive of U.S. troops.

“This was a success. This was the right decision made by the right commande-in-chief,” she said.

“We have seen Iran’s belligerence in the region not only targeting Americans but shedding American blood in the past month. We have seen the terrorist attacks on the U.S. embassy in Baghdad, and this was a proportional, effective response,” she said. “This is about deterring Iranian aggression in the Middle East, but most importantly it’s about protecting U.S. troops, which our commander-in-chief always should do.”

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