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GOP lawmaker slams Schiff during impeachment hearing, demands proof of whistleblower ‘immunity’

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House Intelligence Committee member Mike Conaway, R-Texas, criticized Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., as Conaway completed his questioning of witnesses during Tuesday’s impeachment inquiry hearing.

Conaway made a “personal request” that Schiff clearly state the legal reasoning for keeping the Ukraine phone call whistleblower “immune” from testifying, even in a secure, closed-door environment that would protect his identity.

“[I want] you and/or one of the members of the committee that are lawyers to put into the record the federal statute that provides for the absolute immunity or right to immunity that you’ve exerted over and over and over,” Conaway told Schiff. “I don’t think its there,” he said.

“And before you get mad and accuse me of wanting to out the whistleblower, you get upset every time somebody accuses you personally of knowing who the whistleblower is,” Conaway, who is also the top Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, continued.

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As Conaway spoke, Schiff sat largely emotionless in his chair, with his arms crossed and staring straight ahead.

“I get upset every time you… accuse me of — simply because I want to know the whistleblower or we want to know what’s going on — that [Republicans] want to ‘out’ that individual,” the Republican added.

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Conaway told Schiff that he should either prove the whistleblower has the so-called “immunity” the Texas Republican characterized or “level the playing field.”

“I know that you’ve overruled my request for a closed-door subpoena [of the whistleblower],” he said. “I do think it’s important you put in to record the basis on which you continue to assert this absolute right to anonymity of the whistleblower.”

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The Republican went on to claim House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., had penned a Sept. 23 “Dear Colleague” letter to all 435 elected representatives that asserted whistleblowers are “required by law to testify to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees.”

Therefore, Conaway claimed, Schiff is either “defying” Pelosi, and thereby federal law, or Pelosi has the legal standard incorrect.

“At least set the record straight,” he added. “Is the whistleblower required by law, as the speaker said, to testify to us or not, and what is this absolute right to anonymity?”

After Conaway yielded back to Schiff, the chairman referenced the federal whistleblower statute, and then asked Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., to begin her questioning.

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Republican lawmaker says Democrats can ‘only cry wolf so many times’ on impeachment

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House Intelligence Committee Member Chris Stewart, R-Utah, said Democrats have been “crying wolf” on alleged wrongdoing on the part of President Trump for a long time and “you can only cry wolf so many times, and eventually people will quit listening.”

Stewart told “The Ingraham Angle” on Monday that the cratering television ratings for the impeachment inquiry hearings help prove the point.

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Stewart said there has not been much in the way of gripping testimony by the witnesses thus far.

Last week, State Department official George Kent, diplomat William Taylor Jr. and ex-Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testified before Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and his committee.

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Host Laura Ingraham said 13.8 million people tuned in to the first day of hearings — which featured Taylor and Kent — while more than 19 million tuned in to see former FBI Director James Comey testify before Congress in 2017.

Late Tuesday, it was learned that State Department official David Holmes’ testimony on a newly revealed phone call between Trump and Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland seems to conflict with that of Taylor at last week’s lead-off impeachment hearing.

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Taylor had testified that he had just learned about the July phone call this month.

But Holmes’ timeline of events, according to a written statement from his closed-door interview, seems to depart from Taylor’s — saying he notified Taylor of the call shortly after it happened.

Holmes, who is the political counsel at the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine, told congressional investigators that he was at a restaurant in Kiev on July 26 when Sondland spoke to Trump over the phone—just one day after Trump’s now-infamous July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when he asked for investigations into the Bidens and 2016 election meddling.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Ron Johnson casts doubt on Vindman testimony, says NSC official fits ‘profile’ of Never-Trumper

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Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., sent a letter on Monday to the ranking Republicans on the House Intelligence and Oversight Committees in which he detailed his account of White House meetings with Senate lawmakers about releasing foreign aid to Ukraine — and cast doubt on one of the inquiry’s key witnesses just a day before the official’s planned testimony.

In his letter to Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Devin Nunes of California, Johnson– the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee’s Europe subcommittee – said he viewed the House impeachment inquiry into President Trump as an “effort to sabotage the Trump administration.”

Johnson wrote in his letter that Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a National Security Council official who is scheduled to testify before the House Intelligence Committee on Tuesday, is one of “a significant number of bureaucrats and staff members within the executive branch have never accepted President Trump as legitimate and resent his unorthodox style and his intrusion onto their turf.”

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“They react by leaking to the press and participating in the ongoing effort to sabotage his policies and, if possible, remove him from office,” Johnson said. “It is entirely possible that Vindman fits this profile.”

Johnson, who attended Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s inauguration on May 20, was responding to a request from Jordan and Nunes to hear the Wisconsin senator’s account of the meetings about aid to Ukraine.

Vindman and Jennifer Williams, his counterpart at Vice President Mike Pence’s office who is also slated to testify Tuesday, listened with concern as Trump spoke on July 25 with the newly elected Ukraine president. A government whistleblower’s complaint about that call led House Democrats to launch the impeachment inquiry.

Vindman and Williams said they were uneasy as Trump talked to Zelensky about investigations of potential 2020 political rival Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.

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Vindman said he reported the call to NSC lawyers. Williams said she found it “unusual” and inserted the White House’s readout of it in Pence’s briefing book.

“I did not think it was proper to demand that a foreign government investigate a U.S. citizen,” Vindman said in an earlier deposition. He claimed there was “no doubt” what Trump wanted.

The NSC official also lodged concerns about Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland. He relayed details from an explosive July 10 meeting at the White House, saying the ambassador pushed visiting Ukraine officials for the investigations Trump wanted.

“He was talking about the 2016 elections and an investigation into the Bidens and Burisma,” Vindman testified, referring to the gas company in Ukraine; Hunter Biden served on its board.

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Johnson, who in his letter reiterated that he had “winced” when Sondland told him Trump likely would unfreeze nearly $400 million in military aid to Ukraine if the eastern European nation announced an investigation into the 2016 election, said Trump personally told him the reason for withholding aid was to deal with corruption in Ukraine.

“He reminded me how thoroughly corrupt Ukraine was and again conveyed his frustration that Europe doesn’t do its fair share of providing military aid,” Johnson wrote of his conversation with Trump. “He specifically cited the sort of conversation he would have with Angela Merkel, chancellor of Germany.  To paraphrase President Trump: ‘Ron, I talk to Angela and ask her, ‘Why don’t you fund these things,’ and she tells me, ‘Because we know you will.’  We’re schmucks. Ron. We’re schmucks.’”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Jeffrey Epstein controversy: ABC News must explain why it spiked story, House Republicans say in letter

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and two other top Republicans sent a letter to ABC News on Sunday demanding the network explain why it “quashed” ABC News anchor Amy Robach’s story that would have exposed allegations against the now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein three years ago.

The letter, to ABC News President James Goldston, was first reported by Megyn Kelly, formerly of Fox News. House Foreign Affairs Committee Ranking Member Mike McCaul of Texas and House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Doug Collins of Georgia also signed it.

Video captured Robach on a hot mic claiming higher-ups at her network killed the story. The footage was published earlier this month by Project Veritas, whose controversial founder, James O’Keefe, has described himself as a “guerrilla journalist.” The video included Robach saying ABC refused to air an interview she conducted with one of Epstein’s victims.

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Project Veritas said an ABC News insider leaked the hot-mic outburst.

“I’ve had the story for three years… we would not put it on the air,” Robach said on the hot mic. “Um, first of all, I was told, who’s Jeffrey Epstein? No one knows who that is. This is a stupid story.”

She also said she tried to get the interview on the air for three years “to no avail.”

Less than two weeks after the footage was published, the House Republicans wrote the letter, asserting, “What appears to have been presented to Ms. Robach is first-hand evidence of human trafficking.”

They noted they were “deeply concerned that this victim, in search of justice, went to ABC News, provided information and an interview and then ABC News chose to bury the truth. This was a decision that Ms. Robach alluded was due to protecting powerful people or financial interests.”

Robach admitted the authenticity of the video, which has not been independently verified by Fox News, but dismissed the notion of unethical journalism.

“As a journalist, as the Epstein story continued to unfold last summer, I was caught in a private moment of frustration. I was upset that an important interview I had conducted with [Epstein accuser] Virginia Roberts didn’t air because we could not obtain sufficient corroborating evidence to meet ABC’s editorial standards about her allegations,” Robach said in a statement provided to Fox News earlier this month.

McCarthy, R-Calif., and the other Republicans wrote in the Sunday letter, “Although it is unclear whether anyone thought to alert authorities to further examine these deeply disturbing allegations, it is clear that ABC News’ enabling of Mr. Epstein has consequences: fewer victims willing to come forward to bring perpetrators of this modern-day slavery to justice and, more grievously, the possibility that any number of minors could have been spared from human trafficking over the past three years.”

The three Republicans wrote that they were requesting more information from ABC News. They asked if the network will provide Congress with the interview Robach conducted with the victim, what ABC News learned about Epstein after Robach first presented her story to executives and who was involved in deciding the story was not of public interest as well as any rationale for that decision.

They also asked if ABC was ever presented with additional evidence on Epstein from the time Robach first brought her investigation to the network and when he ultimately was arrested. The letter asked if law enforcement was alerted at any time after Robach presented ABC News executives with her reporting, and if so, when and what was provided.

ABC did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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Earlier this month, responding to the published video, an ABC News spokesperson told Fox News the Epstein story wasn’t fit to air.

“At the time, not all of our reporting met our standards to air, but we have never stopped investigating the story. Ever since, we’ve had a team on this investigation and substantial resources dedicated to it,” the spokesperson said. “That work has led to a two-hour documentary and 6-part podcast that will air in the new year.”

ABC later identified who the network had accused leaked the footage and reportedly worked with CBS, her current employer, to get her fired.

“ABC News’ initial response and subsequent actions reveal their priority is to identify and hold accountable the individual who released the video to the public,” McCarthy wrote in Sunday’s letter. “We believe that uncovering the source of the information is incomparably less important than the possibility of exposing the source of a human trafficking operation.”

The letter concluded, “It is imperative that the public be assured newsroom decisions regarding exposing human trafficking are not tampered by financial interests or outside forces.”

Epstein was found dead this past August in his Manhattan prison cell while awaiting trial on federal sex-trafficking charges.

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Prosecutors alleged that the convicted sex offender paid girls as young as 14 hundreds of dollars for massages before he molested them in his homes in New York and Palm Beach, Fla., between 2002 and 2005.

Fox News’ Brian Flood, Nick Givas and Melissa Leon contributed to this report.

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House Ethics Committee warns lawmakers about access to secure areas after GOP members’ intrusion

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The House Ethics Committee has sent a memo to members of Congress and their staffers about how to conduct themselves in secure areas, weeks after around two dozen Republican lawmakers barged into a closed-door deposition in the impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

The memo, signed by Ethics Committee Chairman Ted Deutch, D-Fla., and Ranking Member Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, reminds members that they are given access to classified rooms “on a ‘need to know’ basis” and warns that “breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures could result in the decertification of these facilities[, which would] significantly impair the House’s ability to conduct its business.”

“Inadvertent breaches of security protocols or unauthorized disclosures may be handled as a matter of security by the committees of jurisdiction over the relevant classified information or controlled areas,” the memo continued. “However, attempts to gain unauthorized access to classified areas or purposeful breaches of basic security protocols may cause classified information to be improperly disclosed, and may reflect discreditably on the House as a legislative body.”

On Oct. 23, about 30 House Republicans, led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., flooded the secure room where Laura Cooper, who oversees Ukraine policy at the Department of Defense, was set to testify. Because there was no agreement that non-members of the Intelligence, Oversight or Foreign Affairs Committees could be present, Cooper’s deposition was delayed for approximately hours after Intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., suspended the proceedings.

Some of the Republican members brought in phones and other electronic devices into the secure area, despite agreeing to an oath that they would not do so. Members of the House GOP had repeatedly accused Democrats of a lack of transparency in the early stages of the inquiry.

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In Friday’s memo, Deutch and Marchat reminded members that “portable electronic devices [PEDs] should generally not be taken into any controlled area.  PEDs include, but are not limited to, cell phones, laptops, smartwatches, tablets, or any other devices capable of transmitting or receiving an electronic signal.”

The Republicans eventually left the secure room and Cooper completed her deposition.

Following the incident, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to House Sergeant at Arms Irving, raising “serious concerns” about the security of SCIF’s. He asked Irving to “take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach.”

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Ratcliffe: Intel Committee hasn’t had terror-related briefing in ‘over a month’ due to impeachment inquiry

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Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, praised the Trump administration for conducting an operation in Syria that resulted in the death of ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, but said the House Intelligence Committee, on which he serves, has failed to address ISIS or other terrorism-related issues lately because of the ongoing impeachment inquiry.

The committee’s chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., has been going full-throttle with the impeachment inquiry, holding closed-door interviews with witnesses connected to the Trump administration’s policies on Ukraine.

As a result, Ratcliffe said, other issues have fallen by the wayside.

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“Unfortunately, the Intelligence Committee that I serve on hasn’t been spending a whole lot of time on these issues. We’ve been caught up in Adam Schiff’s secret impeachment inquiry, so we haven’t had a briefing on these issues,” Ratcliffe told Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” when asked about what kind of information U.S. forces may have recovered from al-Baghdadi’s compound. “But, I am certain that much like what happened with Al Qaeda, that the documents that we recovered, the treasure trove of information that has already been related by the president, is going to have a profound impact on operations in the Middle East of all terrorists.”

When asked by host Maria Bartiromo how long it has been since the committee had a briefing on terrorism, Ratcliffe said, “It’s been well over a month,” and he could not recall exactly when the last briefing was.

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“All I can remember is one ambassador after another that I’ve never heard of before,” he said. “That’s where we’ve been spending our time, unfortunately.”

Meanwhile, Schiff celebrated the operation that led to al-Baghdadi’s death in an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” calling it “an important victory against this brutal killer.”

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Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., the ranking Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, continued Ratcliffe’s criticism of the impeachment inquiry later in the program. He blasted House Democrats saying they were putting all of their efforts into impeachment at the expense of other business, while President Trump “kept his eye on the ball.”

“He shows that you can do two things at one time,” he said. “Obviously, our House can’t do that, Speaker Pelosi and the Democrats are incapable of doing that.”

Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo contributed to this report.

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House Republicans storm impeachment inquiry deposition: What went down

Fox News learned in more detail how things went down Wednesday in the House Intelligence Committee when 25-30 House Republicans barged into a closed-door deposition of Pentagon official Laura Cooper.

Sources said House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., summoned House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving to deal with the deluge of members who were not members of the Intelligence, Oversight or Foreign Affairs Committees.

“It was a violation of House rules and decorum,” said one source.

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Fox News is told that the members led by Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., actually entered not just the non-secure anteroom and hallways of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF), but the secure room where Cooper was to be deposed.

That’s where members are not supposed to have electronic devices. Members are asked to agree to an oath that they will not do so. The facility was swept for electronic devices after member gave up their devices.

It appeared one member didn’t surrender their device, prompting a deeper scrub that took around two hours.

The standoff occurred after lawmakers held a news conference accusing Democrats of lacking transparency and specifically calling out Schiff, who is leading the impeachment investigation into President Trump.

From there, the House Republicans stormed in the room where Cooper, who has overseen Ukraine policy at the Pentagon, was set to testify.

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There was never any threat of arrest, but a source said some members asked to be arrested, citing the optics of being marched out of the SCIF in handcuffs in front of throngs of reporters and news cameras. That would have surely supported a running GOP narrative that Democrats have run amok with the impeachment process.

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The Republicans in the room were not rowdy, though their presence in a secure facility, in the middle of House panel business of which they are not members, still ruffled some feathers.

However, there wasn’t much security officials could do, one congressional source told Fox News.

“They’re members. They’re expected to adhere to the rules. There’s no real punishment for breaking the rules,” said the source.

Schiff decided to wait the Republicans out, knowing there was a mid-afternoon vote on the House floor. The Republicans left and the deposition finished around 3:15 p.m.

House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., sent a letter to Irving, raising “serious concerns” about the security of SCIF’s. He asked Irving to “take action with respect to the Members involved in the breach.”

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The members who violated the rules of the SCIF could be referred to the House Ethics Committee, one source told Fox News.

“We made our point,” said one Republican who asked not to be identified.

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Republican lawmaker ‘destroyed’ latest impeachment inquiry witness argument: McCarthy

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., on Tuesday said a fellow Republican lawmaker deconstructed a key part of the latest Trump impeachment inquiry witness testimony in Tuesday’s closed-door session.

“In 90 seconds, we had John Ratcliffe destroy Taylor’s whole argument.”

The questioning by Ratcliffe, a Texas Republican and member of both the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, was an important moment in the hearing, McCarthy claimed.

“We can’t really talk about it,” he said.

Ratcliffe appeared on Fox News after the testimony and said there were new details brought to light, but said nothing “worthy of impeachment.”

McCarthy added House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is not allowing lawmakers to speak too specifically about the proceedings, in an interview Tuesday on “The Ingraham Angle.”

“Adam Schiff won’t let us talk about what happened,” he said regarding U.S. diplomat to Ukraine Bill Taylor’s closed-door hearing on Capitol Hill. “There is no quid pro quo.”

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The California lawmaker also claimed the impeachment inquiry process continues to be based largely on testimony from without first-hand knowledge of the Trump-Ukraine situation.

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“The one thing that you find out in this process is all this information is just like that whistleblower… everything is second-, third-, and fourth-hand information,” he said.

He criticized Schiff for how he is conducting the proceedings, claiming the relevant Republican lawmakers are unable to view information from the hearings unless they are accompanied by the chairman’s staff members.

“What they are doing [is] they are changing every rule we ever had,” he said.

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Rep. Andy Biggs defends now-curbed motion to censure Adam Schiff

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The American people need to know congressional Republicans will continue to defend President Trump against Democrats’ actions, according to Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz.

Biggs said Monday on “The Ingraham Angle” the now-tabled motion to censure House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was a key way to show that.

“I happen to know that there’s already an ethics referral out there for Mr. Schiff,” Biggs said.

“That’s kind of a closed-door thing. The American people need to know that we’re fighting for the president.

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“The president needs to see that, the American people need to see that, and the Republicans need to see that.”

The Democratic-led House voted to table, or set aside, the resolution to censure Schiff for his handling of the impeachment inquiry into President Trump on Monday evening. The vote was 218 to 185 to table the resolution. All Democrats voted to table the censure resolution, with all Republicans voting against tabling.

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In addition, Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., who left the Republican Party earlier this year, voted to table the resolution.

On “The Ingraham Angle,” Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y. echoed Biggs’ defense of the motion.

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“When Adam Schiff is cherry-picking leaks, when he’s withholding facts, when he’s outright lying — let the American ppl know that,” he said.

Another Republican who co-sponsored the motion, Rep. Debbie Lesko of Arizona, said Schiff needs to be held accountable for what she considered to be the Democratic lawmaker working to engineer a “political hit job” Trump.

“I imagine that the Democrats are going to kill the bill to censure Adam Schiff because this whole thing is a political hit job against the president,” she said.

“Adam Schiff… has for two years said he had proof that the president colluded with Russians — that turned out to be false in the Mueller report. Then, made up… what President Trump said to the Ukrainian president, trying to deceive the American public.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Rep Francis Rooney announces retirement, wants to be a ‘model for term limits’

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Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., became the latest in a long line of Republican lawmakers to announce their retirement in 2020, saying that he already accomplished what he sought to do as Florida’s representative.

Fox News host Leland Vittert had asked Rooney on Saturday if viewers should consider him one of the Republicans who wouldn’t run for re-election in 2020.

“Yes, you do. I’ve done what I came to do,” he told Vittert on “America’s News HQ.”

He pointed to his efforts in getting money for Everglades projects and getting an offshore drilling ban passed to protect Florida.

“We’ve gotten all the major projects underway,” he said.

He added that he wanted to be a model for term limits.

“People need to realize … this is public service, not public life,” the second-term congressman told Vittert.

The Florida congressman previously served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See under former President George W. Bush.

Rooney told Vittert that he was “really tired” of the intense partisanship in Washington but wasn’t tired of having to answer for President Trump’s conduct.

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Rooney’s announcement came as he expressed skepticism of President Trump’s July call with Ukraine and sought more information in House Democrats’ official impeachment inquiry surrounding the issue.

Rooney clarified, however, that his retirement won’t change the way he proceeds with impeachment, arguing that politicians should do the right thing at all times.

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He also pointed to White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney’s comments, which he said was an explicit admission of a quid pro quo with Ukraine. “I think Mulvaney clarified, there is a point there,” he said.

President Trump has maintained the impeachment inquiry was a form of “harassment” and that his call with Ukraine was well within the scope of his legitimate powers as president. Democrats have alleged that the phone call showed troubling evidence of Trump leveraging foreign aid in order to force Ukraine into interfering in the 2020 election.

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When Vittert asked Rooney whether other Republicans felt the same as him, Rooney indicated some did but he mostly felt like an “island.”

“I really felt like I’ve been on an island for some time,” he said, pointing to former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., not passing offshore drilling legislation for Florida. At that point, he turned to former House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., for help.

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