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Collins says he won’t let ‘deranged’ Dems, Nadler get what they want on Trump impeachment inquiry

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Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Thursday that Democrats were “deranged” in their continued attempts to impeach President Trump.

“They don’t seem to get it. They’re so deranged,” Collins said on Fox News Radio’s “Todd Starnes Show.” “They’re so focused on getting this president that they have lost all track,’”

“They’re just fishing,” Collins added. “It’s a giant fishing expedition.”.

Collins was reacting to the House Judiciary Committee’s Tuesday hearing with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, which was part of the committee’s impeachment inquiry.

MSNBC, CNN RIP HOUSE DEMS OVER ‘FAILURE’ LEWANDOWSKI HEARING: ‘THEY DON’T KNOW WHAT THEY’RE DOING’

The hearing descended into chaos as Democrats traded insults and accusations with a combative Lewandowski, who refused to answer many of their questions.

After five hours of testimony before lawmakers, the top Democrat on the committee, Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., told Lewandowski his “behavior in this hearing room has been completely unacceptable” and said holding him “in contempt” is “certainly under consideration.”

JORDAN AND MEADOWS BLAST DEMOCRATS FOR AVOIDING THE TRUTH ABOUT THE RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

“Corey handled himself very, very well. He answered the questions. He didn’t take the bait and to go after it and in doing so he answered the questions forthrightly,” Collins said.

Collins said Lewandowski stood up for the president and his own actions, calling it the “spirit of America to stand up for what you believe in.”

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“And also I made it a habit so that my chairman [Nadler] doesn’t get to do whatever he wants to do as long as I’m sitting there as ranking member and he can’t abuse the rules. Can’t do it without a fight from me.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Liz Cheney accuses Rand Paul of putting terrorists ‘first’ after he says she’s ‘warmongering’

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Former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s resignation has resurfaced tensions between perceived isolationists and war hawks in the Republican Party.

That became apparent Thursday as House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., known for her hawkish foreign policy, traded deeply personal barbs with Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a noninterventionist who has fiercely criticized her father’s role in going to war in Iraq.

Paul on Wednesday tweeted an op-ed accusing Cheney of pressuring Trump into “endless war.” On Thursday, he followed up with a tweet accusing Cheney of “pro-Bolton blather” and praising Trump for rebuffing her interest in endless wars.

“Hi @Liz_Cheney, President @realDonaldTrump hears all your NeverTrump warmongering. We all see your pro-Bolton blather. I’m just grateful for a president who, unlike you, supports stopping these endless wars,” Paul tweeted.

RAND PAUL CELEBRATES BOLTON’S DEPARTURE: ‘CHANCES OF A WAR GO GREATLY DOWN’

Cheney fired back by blasting Paul as a “big loser” and retweeting a 2015 post in which Trump likened Paul to a “spoiled brat without a properly functioning brain.”

She added that Paul’s motto seemed to be: “Terrorists First, America Second.”

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Paul was a fierce critic of  Trump, who attempted to humiliate the senator on the debate stage.

“Rand Paul shouldn’t even be on this stage. He’s No. 11, he’s got 1 percent in the polls. I don’t know how he got up here. There are far too many people up here anyways,” Trump said during a primary debate in California.

LIZ CHENEY BLASTS ‘COMMIE’ SANDERS: ‘HE SEEMS TO HAVE DADDY ISSUES … WITH MY DADDY’

Since Trump’s election, Paul and Trump have grown closer, with the Kentucky senator praising his views on foreign policy. When Trump announced Bolton’s departure on Tuesday, Paul celebrated the decision. “The chances of a war worldwide go greatly down,” he said.

Paul later responded to Cheney by tweeting an article about Trump criticizing the Bush administration’s foreign policy as a 2016 candidate.

“Hey ⁦@Liz_Cheney⁩ I feel like you might just be mad still about when Candidate Trump shredded your Dad’s failed foreign policy and endless wars,” he said.

Cheney’s father is Dick Cheney, George W. Bush’s vice president.

“Weird. I don’t see you on stage here, @RandPaul,” Cheney jabbed in response. “Oh, right. My bad – you had already lost. #weirdRand.”

As Liz Cheney and Paul exchanged blows on Twitter, Trump claimed that he was more aggressive on foreign policy than Bolton, a perceived hawk.

TUCKER HAILS FIRING OF JOHN BOLTON: HE WAS ‘FUNDAMENTALLY A MAN OF THE LEFT’

“My views on Venezuela, and especially Cuba, were far stronger than those of John Bolton. He was holding me back!” he said.

His tweet followed suspicions that Bolton’s foreign policy was too aggressive for Trump, who, during his campaign, promised to return troops from the Middle East.

In explaining Bolton’s departure, Trump claimed multiple people in the administration disagreed with the former national security adviser’s suggestions. It’s unclear which foreign policy issues Trump was referencing, but his Thursday tweet made clear that he saw himself as stronger than Bolton on issues involving both Cuba and Venezuela.

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He included a tweet from Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., who said that Trump told him that many people got his relationship with Bolton wrong.

“As he reminded me it’s actually the DIRECT OPPOSITE of what many claim or assume If in fact the direction of policy changes it won’t be to make it weaker,” Rubio said.

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AOC claims Republicans would create lifelong ‘stain on their careers’ by opposing Trump impeachment

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., indicated that even if the Senate would refuse to remove President Trump from office, the House of Representatives should vote on impeachment proceedings in an attempt to “stain” Republicans.

“Once the House impeaches, the House has impeached the president. And then that hearing goes to the Senate,” she said on Tuesday, according to MSNBC.

“If they want to fail it, then I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president — knowing his corruption, having it on the record so that they can have that stain on their careers for the rest of their lives.”

PELOSI INSISTS DEMS ARE UNITED, EVEN AFTER NADLER MAKES NEW PUSH TOWARDS IMPEACHMENT

Although Ocasio-Cortez has already called for impeachment, much of her caucus seemed reluctant. That included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who has warned about a failed impeachment bid potentially dooming efforts to prosecute Trump after he leaves office.

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Pelosi reportedly told House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., that she wanted to see Trump in prison but refused his interest in impeaching Trump.

Nadler’s committee has led the charge on congressional investigations after the release of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Despite Nadler’s push for impeachment, Pelosi has insisted that Democrats “all work together.”

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After the majority of her caucus threw their support behind impeachment, Pelosi sent out a letter in an apparent attempt to assure her members. Without supporting impeachment, she outlined various legal battles that Democrat-led committees were undertaking against Trump.

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Media spread ‘misinformation’ about now-dismissed corruption charges, ex-Illinois lawmaker says

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A Republican former congressman from Illinois claimed Thursday night that the media helped spread “misinformation” about corruption charges against him that were ultimately dropped.

Former U.S. Rep. Aaron Schockwho resigned from office in 2015, told Martha MacCallum on “The Story” that he legally used money from his congressional office budget to decorate the space.

“There was never any money spent on my apartment,” he said of claims that some funds were misused.

“There’s been so much misinformation by the press because they’ve been so eager to write about a corrupt politician,” Shock said. “The reality is there’s only one reason the Justice Department would drop a 24-count felony indictment: It’s because I didn’t commit 24 felony counts. I didn’t commit ‘a’ felony.”

PROSECUTORS AGREE TO DROP CHARGES AGAINST DISGRACED FORMER GOP REP. AARON SCHOCK IF HE PAYS BACK IRS

In regard to the allegations, Schock said much of the controversy stemmed from mileage records lawmakers and their staffs fill out for travel reimbursement.

“I’m a member of Congress, I’m running all over the 205 towns I represent. I never filled out a mileage statement in my life,” he said, adding he could have done a better job overseeing his staff’s official work in that regard.

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He called the case against him a “complete waste of taxpayer money” and a “witch hunt,” adding he agreed to pay back the tens of thousands of dollars he had billed the government for mileage.

Looking ahead, the 38-year-old said he is not expecting to pursue elected office again at this time.

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On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Matthew Kennelly ordered the formal dismissal of charges against Schock.

One of the ex-lawmaker’s actions that drew scrutiny was when he decorated his office in the style of the “Downton Abbey” TV series.

Under the deal, Schock agreed to repay his campaign committees $68,000 and work with the IRS to determine how much he owes in taxes for income he didn’t report between 2010 and 2015.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Nunes files $9.9M suit against firm behind Steele dossier, saying it tried to obstruct Russia probe

Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., filed a $9.9 million federal conspiracy lawsuit on Wednesday alleging that the opposition research firm behind the anti-Trump Steele dossier coordinated with another group to file several fraudulent and harassing ethics complaints intended to derail his investigation.

The complaint in the Eastern District of Virginia, which named Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson and the nonprofit Campaign for Accountability (CfA), said the “smear” tactics kicked into action shortly after Simpson “lied” in his closed-door testimony before the House Intelligence Committee in November 2017, as well as before the Senate Judiciary Committee in August 2017.

Fusion GPS and CfA’s “racketeering activities,” Nunes alleged, were “part of a joint and systematic effort to intimidate, harass, threaten, influence, interfere with, impede, and ultimately to derail” Republican investigators.

The lawsuit was the latest in a string of filings by Nunes this year, including a $250 million defamation complaint that named Twitter as a defendant and a $150 million complaint against the news organization McClatchy. Courts have not yet ruled on the merits of those complaints.

“I was often smeared,” Nunes told Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday night. “And now, what we know is, there’s a link between those who were doing the smearing and Fusion GPS.”

Nunes added: “When we were investigating Fusion GPS, they were actively involved in working to smear me to obstruct justice, to derail our investigation — and so, I’m gonna hold these guys accountable, and this is just one of many steps we’re gonna continue to take.”

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(Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., sued Fusion GPS and its founder, alleging a RICO conspiracy. (AP, File))

In his latest lawsuit, Nunes noted that in October 2017, he authorized subpoenas to compel Simpson and his associates to testify before congressional investigators and provide related documents concerning Fusion GPS’ “nefarious activities,” including its role in creating the Steele dossier.

“The bank records produced by Fusion GPS revealed that the Clinton campaign, the DNC and Perkins Coie paid for Fusion GPS’ anti-Trump research,” Nunes’ complaint stated.

Nunes, then the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, was looking into the intelligence community’s reliance on the unverified dossier, which the FBI had cited in a surveillance warrant to monitor former Trump aide Carter Page.

NUNES SENDS CRIMINAL REFERRAL NOTIFICATIONS TO BARR, ALLEGING SEVERAL ‘POTENTIAL VIOLATIONS’ IN RUSSIA PROBE

Simpson lied in his congressional testimony the next month, Nunes alleged, by claiming he did not meet with DOJ official Bruce Ohr until after the 2016 election. Ohr, however, testified that he met with Simpson in August 2016.

Additionally, Nunes said Simpson lied in August 2017 testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Fox News reported last year that when asked by the panel whether that work continued after the 2016 election, Simpson responded: “I had no client after the election.”

Then-Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, however, challenged that answer in a letter to committee colleague Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del. “As we now know, that was extremely misleading, if not an outright lie,” he wrote.

Worried there would be criminal referrals arising from the apparent falsehoods, Nunes claimed, Fusion GPS sprang into action.

“Fearing a criminal referral for his false statements to the FBI and DOJ, for lying to Congress and the Senate, and for obstructing the House Intelligence Committee in its Russia investigation, the Defendants directly and aggressively retaliated against Plaintiff, employing the same or similar means and methods as Fusion GPS and Simpson have employed multiple times in the past to smear the opposition,” Nunes’ filing stated.

“In furtherance of their conspiracy, the Defendants, acting in concert and with others, filed fraudulent and retaliatory ‘ethics’ complaints against Plaintiff that were solely designed to harass and intimidate Plaintiff, to undermine his Russia investigation, and to protect Simpson, Fusion GPS and others from criminal referrals,” Nunes alleged.

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The complaint alleged that CfA, at Fusion GPS’ direction, faxed a fraudulent complaint against Nunes to the Office of Congressional Ethics (OCE) in January 2018. According to the filing, which cited reporting by The Daily Caller, the CfA paid Fusion GPS over $140,000 in 2018 for unspecified “research.”

Then, in March 2018, CfA was said to have faxed another ethics complaint, this time one that “falsely accused” Nunes of leaking to the media “private text messages between Senator Mark Warner and Adam Waldman, a lawyer connected to [British ex-spy Christopher] Steele, in which Senator Warner tried to arrange a meeting with Steele.”

A third ethics complaint faxed that July alleged that Nunes had “violated federal law and House ethics rules by failing to include information on his personal financial disclosure forms and accepting an impermissible gift.”

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Glenn R. Simpson, co-founder of the research firm Fusion GPS, in November 2017. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

That same day, the Swamp Accountability Project, run by political operative Liz Mair, also sought an investigation of Nunes. Nunes’ complaint alleged that Fusion GPS “recruited additional bad actors” including Mair, but provided no evidence.

NUNES SUES TWITTER, LIZ MAIR, OTHERS, SEEKING $250M IN DAMAGES FOR ALLEGED DEFAMATION

Mair was not named as a defendant in Wednesday’s lawsuit. Nunes has named Mair in two other lawsuits this year.

Neither CfA nor Fusion GPS immediately responded to Fox News’ requests for comment. Mair, reached by Fox News, declined comment.

At either CfA or Fusion GPS’ direction, Nunes asserted, Democratic operative Michael Seeley requested emails under the California Public Records Act that Nunes’ wife, an elementary school teacher, had received.

“Seeley published Elizabeth Nunes’ emails online and included the names and email addresses of numerous school administrators and teachers, resulting in extensive harassment of these innocent, hard-working citizens of Tulare County, including hateful accusations that they teach bigotry and racism,” the complaint stated. “In fact, the school was so concerned about security problems resulting from this situation that it adopted enhanced security measures.”

In 2017, Nunes was forced to step aside from the Russia probe after an ethics complaint alleged he had wrongfully disclosed classified materials. Nunes was cleared in December 2017.

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Nunes’ suit sought treble damages and attorney’s fees.

“Fusion GPS, Simpson and Steele fraudulently developed the ‘Steele Dossier’ and disseminated it to U.S. Government officials and the press as if the salacious accusations were true,” Nunes’ complaint concluded. “Defendants’ corrupt acts of racketeering are part of their regular way of doing business. That way of doing business must end here and now.”

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Longtime GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner to retire from Congress after 40 years

Wisconsin GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner announced Wednesday he will retire from Congress when his term expires in 2020, after 40 years in the House of Representatives.

Sensenbrenner, 76, is the second-most senior lawmaker in the legislative body.

“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time,” said Sensenbrenner in a statement. Sensenbrenner had joined the Wisconsin state legislature in 1968, and was elected to Congress 10 years later.

Sensenbrenner said he would rather leave Wisconsin’s solidly red 5th district on his own accord than wait for the 2020 redistricting. “Being able to do this on my timetable rather than after a redistricting in 2022 will allow me to go out on a high note … This is just me feeling the time would be coming in the next few years, and I think this is the best time for me personally, and for both the Republican Party and for me politically,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., ranking member of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, speaks during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing with representatives from major tech companies in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

His announcement brought the total number of House Republicans set to retire up to 13. Four GOP senators also have said they won’t run for reelection in 2020, while only two Democrats in the House and one in the Senate are set to retire.

REPUBLICANS FACE WAVE OF HOUSE RETIREMENTS

More than two dozen Republicans retired ahead of the 2018 midterms, leading up to the “blue wave” that helped the Democrats retake the House.

As for a successor, Sensenbrenner said he planned to back the “the Republican ticket from top to bottom,” the Journal Sentinel reported.

Sensenbrenner currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He holds a very conservative voting record, but he has managed to work with liberal Democrats on issues such as civil liberties.

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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke highly of Sensenbrenner in light of the news. “Jim has spent the last 50 years protecting our constitutional rights, ensuring the U.S. led the way in science and space, and fighting tirelessly for conservative principles. He is a statesman, a person of remarkable character, and his presence and wisdom will be sorely missed in Congress,” Ryan, also of Wisconsin, said in a statment.

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“From leading efforts to keep America safe after 9/11 to serving as a fiscal watchdog constantly looking out for taxpayers, Jim has been a stalwart public servant,” said fellow Wisconsinite GOP Rep. Bryan Steil, as WISN reported.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Longtime GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner to retire from Congress after 40 years

Wisconsin GOP Rep. James Sensenbrenner announced Wednesday he will retire from Congress when his term expires in 2020, after 40 years in the House of Representatives.

Sensenbrenner, 76, is the second-most senior lawmaker in the legislative body.

“When I began my public service in 1968, I said I would know when it was time to step back. After careful consideration, I have determined at the completion of this term, my 21st term in Congress, it will be that time,” said Sensenbrenner in a statement. Sensenbrenner had joined the Wisconsin state legislature in 1968, and was elected to Congress 10 years later.

Sensenbrenner said he would rather leave Wisconsin’s solidly red 5th district on his own accord than wait for the 2020 redistricting. “Being able to do this on my timetable rather than after a redistricting in 2022 will allow me to go out on a high note … This is just me feeling the time would be coming in the next few years, and I think this is the best time for me personally, and for both the Republican Party and for me politically,” he told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner, R-Wisc., ranking member of the House Judiciary antitrust subcommittee, speaks during a House Judiciary subcommittee hearing with representatives from major tech companies in Washington. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

His announcement brought the total number of House Republicans set to retire up to 13. Four GOP senators also have said they won’t run for reelection in 2020, while only two Democrats in the House and one in the Senate are set to retire.

REPUBLICANS FACE WAVE OF HOUSE RETIREMENTS

More than two dozen Republicans retired ahead of the 2018 midterms, leading up to the “blue wave” that helped the Democrats retake the House.

As for a successor, Sensenbrenner said he planned to back the “the Republican ticket from top to bottom,” the Journal Sentinel reported.

Sensenbrenner currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Foreign Affairs Committee. He holds a very conservative voting record, but he has managed to work with liberal Democrats on issues such as civil liberties.

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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan spoke highly of Sensenbrenner in light of the news. “Jim has spent the last 50 years protecting our constitutional rights, ensuring the U.S. led the way in science and space, and fighting tirelessly for conservative principles. He is a statesman, a person of remarkable character, and his presence and wisdom will be sorely missed in Congress,” Ryan, also of Wisconsin, said in a statment.

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“From leading efforts to keep America safe after 9/11 to serving as a fiscal watchdog constantly looking out for taxpayers, Jim has been a stalwart public servant,” said fellow Wisconsinite GOP Rep. Bryan Steil, as WISN reported.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Steve King posts video of himself drinking from migrant center toilet in attempt to refute AOC

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, seemingly tried to dispute accusations about border detention facilities by reportedly telling constituents on Wednesday that he videotaped himself drinking out of a toilet.

“I actually went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet. I took a drink out of there. And actually pretty good! So I have a videotape and I smacked my lips,” he said during a town hall, according to NBC News.

King’s comment appeared to be a direct response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she claimed migrants faced deplorable conditions at detention facilities — specifically that migrants had to drink from toilets.

King reportedly continued his Wednesday remarks by discussing the toilet’s structure and how it had a water fountain in the back.

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“That was a little personal experience. But what it is, is if – you are, most of you heard about that – there’s these toilets in these prisons, are stainless steel. They’re built so that they are semi-indestructible… in the back where the lid would be on our toilet, that’s also sealed.

“And there’s a water fountain there, you push the button, the water comes out and you take a drink.”

He suggested the initial claim came from a “language barrier” that resulted in “misinformation” about facilities.

Former immigration officials later accused Ocasio-Cortez of misrepresenting conditions at the border. Like King, ex-Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan explained that the toilet and water fountain were part of the same apparatus.

“You’re drinking out of the same apparatus, the same piece of equipment, but there are two separate water lines—one going to the commode, one going to the sink,” Homan previously told Fox News. “They are designed that way to try to save space and make it more comfortable for the people who are in those facilities.”

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It was unclear whether King will release the video of him drinking out of the toilet. King’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

His remarks Wednesday were just the latest to raise eyebrows in the media. In August, King appeared to defend rape and incest while commenting on his opposition to exceptions in abortion bans.

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“Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that,” he said.

Those comments earned him a rebuke from House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who called for his removal from office. “It’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better,” she said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Steve King posts video of himself drinking from migrant center toilet in attempt to refute AOC

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Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, seemingly tried to dispute accusations about border detention facilities by reportedly telling constituents on Wednesday that he videotaped himself drinking out of a toilet.

“I actually went into that cell where it was reported that they were advised they had to drink out of the toilet. I took a drink out of there. And actually pretty good! So I have a videotape and I smacked my lips,” he said during a town hall, according to NBC News.

King’s comment appeared to be a direct response to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., after she claimed migrants faced deplorable conditions at detention facilities — specifically that migrants had to drink from toilets.

King reportedly continued his Wednesday remarks by discussing the toilet’s structure and how it had a water fountain in the back.

REP. STEVE KING JOKES ABOUT IMPRISONED MUSLIMS BEING FORCED TO EAT PORK IN CHINA

“That was a little personal experience. But what it is, is if – you are, most of you heard about that – there’s these toilets in these prisons, are stainless steel. They’re built so that they are semi-indestructible… in the back where the lid would be on our toilet, that’s also sealed.

“And there’s a water fountain there, you push the button, the water comes out and you take a drink.”

He suggested the initial claim came from a “language barrier” that resulted in “misinformation” about facilities.

Former immigration officials later accused Ocasio-Cortez of misrepresenting conditions at the border. Like King, ex-Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Tom Homan explained that the toilet and water fountain were part of the same apparatus.

“You’re drinking out of the same apparatus, the same piece of equipment, but there are two separate water lines—one going to the commode, one going to the sink,” Homan previously told Fox News. “They are designed that way to try to save space and make it more comfortable for the people who are in those facilities.”

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It was unclear whether King will release the video of him drinking out of the toilet. King’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

His remarks Wednesday were just the latest to raise eyebrows in the media. In August, King appeared to defend rape and incest while commenting on his opposition to exceptions in abortion bans.

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“Considering all the wars and all the rapes and pillages that happened throughout all these different nations, I know that I can’t say that I was not a part of a product of that,” he said.

Those comments earned him a rebuke from House GOP Conference Chairwoman Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who called for his removal from office. “It’s time for him to go. The people of Iowa’s 4th congressional district deserve better,” she said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Rep. Biggs on Comey: ‘We’ve rarely seen somebody so delusional and self-serving’

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House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., called former FBI director James Comey “delusional” Thursday after Comey reacted to a new report by the Department of Justice Inspector General.

“I think that we’ve rarely seen somebody so delusional and self-serving as James Comey in public life in America,” Biggs said on “Your World with Neil Cavuto.” “I mean he’s just been scolded and caught twice by the inspector general and called out for misconduct. And he’s demanding an apology.”

Comey insisted on Twitter that he is not a “liar and a leaker” after IG Michael Horowitz chided him for his handling of memos detailing conversations with President Trump. Comey said an apology from his critics “would be nice.”

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The report said Comey violated bureau policies by drafting, disseminating and retaining memos documenting discussions between him and Trump. But it also noted investigators “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the Memos to members of the media.”

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Biggs told Cavuto that while Comey will not be punished “his reputation is shot to pieces.”

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The congressman also warned that Comey may still be in trouble as a result of other internal investigations related to the Russia probe.

“I wouldn’t say James Comey is out of the woods. I don’t think this is the last we’ve heard of James Comey regrettably,” Biggs said.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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