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Maria Bartiromo: Trump pitching ‘significant’ middle-class tax cut for second term

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President Trump is trying to “put forth” all of his economic successes at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland as the impeachment trial continues in the Senate, Fox Business host Maria Bartiromo said.

Appearing on “America’s Newsroom” with host Sandra Smith, Bartiromo said that while he is undoubtedly unhappy with the trial, she agrees with his aides that his “best defense” is to “continue to talk about what he is getting done.”

In a sitdown interview with the president earlier Wednesday morning, Bartiromo and the president broke news on a planned middle-class tax cut the president said will be announced over the next 90 days.

“It’s got a long way to go, in fairness,” said the president. “But, we will make a cut.”

National Economic Council Director Larry Kudlow told Fox Business Network’s Stuart Varney last weekend that they want to aim their focus on “even faster economic growth’ in a potential second term.

“Re-elect President Trump and you’ll get lower tax rates and lower tax burdens,” Kudlow promised.

TRUMP SAYS TAX CUTS, HEALTH CARE AND TRADE DEALS ARE AHEAD

The U.S. economy grew at a 2.1 percent pace in the third quarter of 2019, the most recent period for which data was available. Its growth reached a Trump-era peak of 4.2 percent in the second quarter of 2018, following the passage of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which lowered the top corporate rate from 35 percent to 21 percent and reduced personal income taxes.

The White House budget is scheduled to be submitted in February.

Bartiromo told Smith that while the president didn’t provide specific numbers during the interview, she got a sense of the range of the tax cut.

“At this point,” said Bartiromo. “if you are making between $30,000 and $100,000 you are in the tax range of about 24 percent to 28 percent. He’s talking about cutting that to 15 percent, Sandra.”

“He didn’t go into specific numbers. I don’t know if it’s going to be 15 percent. But, he definitely has been talking about that range,” she explained.

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“So, that would be a pretty significant cut for the middle class and he needs the House to do that,” she continued. “He needs the Republicans to reclaim the House in order to get something like that through. So, he said it’s only going to be done if we have the House and we have the Senate. Because, they are not going to allow him to do much if, in fact, he is in a second term.”

“You see the way they are fighting him at every turn now,” Bartiromo remarked.

Fox Business’ Jonathan Garber and Ken Martin contributed to this report.

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Tomi Lahren: Red flag laws would create domino effect of Dems infringing on 2nd Amendment rights

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“Red flag laws” are just the first in a long list of Democrats’ planned Second Amendment infringements, Fox Nation host Tomi Lahren said Wednesday.

Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Lahren said that, to the average person, when talking about taking firearms from those deemed dangerous, it just sounds like common-sense gun safety reforms “until you realize that it’s actually an infringement on due process.”

She said that if the “red flag” legislation is passed, it could be a catalyst and, eventually, a “domino effect” that “could be really horrific for our Second Amendment rights.”

Lahren said that was part of the reason that more than 20,000 gun rights advocates were marching in the Capitol of Richmond, Va., on Monday.

VIRGINIA SHERIFF: AOC’S CLAIMS ABOUT GUN RIGHTS RALLY ‘NOT WORTHY OF RESPONSE’

Last week, four gun control-related bills advanced in Virginia’s General Assembly, setting the stage for a contentious showdown between gun-rights advocates and the Democratic lawmakers, who campaigned on bringing changes to the state following last year’s mass shooting at a Virginia Beach municipal complex.

The bills that sailed through the Senate Judiciary Committee propose to require background checks on all firearms purchases; allow law enforcement to temporarily remove guns from people deemed to be a risk to themselves or others; limit handgun purchases to one a month and let localities decide on whether to ban weapons from certain events. To become law, the bills would have to pass the full state Senate and the House of Delegates before heading to Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam‘s desk for his signature.

“But, this is what we talk about: elections have consequences and when you vote in an all-Democratic legislature, you give over control,” she explained. “Your rights, your freedoms, are going to be under attack as we are seeing in Virginia.”

“And,” Lahren added, “even the thousands of people marching saying we don’t want ou rights to be infringed upon — they’re going to be ignored. Because the Democrats have the votes, so they’re going to go onward.”

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“And again,” she told the “Friends” couch, “they start with red flag laws, but this is not where they are going to stop.”

“They have a whole list of things they want to do: a whole list of infringements,” she warned. “This is the first one. This is the one they find most palatable. But, it’s going to continue on and on and on. And, any infringement should worry about gun rights activists and that’s why they were marching on Monday.”

Fox News’ Barnini Chakraborty contributed to this report.

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Sen. Marsha Blackburn: Impeachment trial is a political farce – no more witnesses or documents are needed

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Tuesday afternoon, moments before the onset of the third presidential impeachment trial in American history, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., had a moment of clarity.

Before the House impeachment managers kicked off their case, Schumer remarked that “the eyes of the Founding Fathers are upon us.”

The senator from New York was correct: history, not the Senate, will pass final judgment on the impeachment of President Trump.

SCHUMER VOWS ‘WE WILL NOT BACK DOWN’ AT SENATE’S TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL, AS GOP SHOOTS DOWN DEMS’ AMENDMENTS

This is exactly why the House impeachment managers spent the remainder of their speaking time trying to rewrite their own three-year narrative on impeachment. Chief revisionist Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, began by asserting that the House Democrats have compiled evidence of high crimes and misdemeanors perpetrated by the president.

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Later, however, Schiff revealed that the over 100 hours of testimony, and thousands of pages of documents, that led to his conclusions simply weren’t enough. He then asked that the Senate fetch additional evidence he neglected to secure.

The fact is that the House impeachment managers’ case – some may call it a vendetta – relies not on missing evidence, but on a vicious partisan hatred of President Trump that survived the initial impeachment proceedings.

House Democrats dressed up their demands for a parade of witnesses and fresh subpoenas by arguing that they are simply seeking fairness and transparency. They knew that argument would play well with the anti-Trump media.

But if you lift the veil, you’ll find the Democrats are really engaged in a lazy, intellectually dishonest attempt to force the Senate to do the House’s dirty work.

Let’s rewind.

Long before the House Intelligence Committee held its first impeachment hearing, House Democrats knew they were in for an uphill battle. They knew whose testimony they wanted, and they knew with absolute certainty that they would need to “pierce” executive privilege to get it.

It was a nonstarter. Any effort to get around executive privilege would have taken their inquiry out of the safe, comfortable realm of politics and sent it into the courts – a dangerous place for constitutionally defective arguments.

This is why, for example, the Intelligence Committee yanked its subpoena of former National Security Adviser John Bolton’s top deputy (and never actually issued a subpoena for Bolton himself), rather than risk litigation over the highly sensitive testimony it requested. Instead, the House committee punted the issue down the hall and simply demanded that the Senate summon Bolton to testify.

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No muss, no challenge to Supreme Court precedent, no judicial review. Democrats came into the Senate chamber Tuesday afternoon knowing that, if the rules were going to be broken, the Senate needed to wield the hammer.

This, then, was the motivating factor behind Tuesday’s frantic attempts to open the floodgates to months of paperwork, procedure, and attention from the media already looking for a big scandal.

House Democrats inexplicably decided to rely on the Senate to entertain their venomous political crusade. As predicted, their gambit – facilitated by an intransigent Schumer and hours of pointless testimony – failed miserably.                                         

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In the days to come, out of respect for the Constitution, 100 senators will sit quietly and listen to arguments that will no more reveal President Trump’s darkest intentions than they will those of Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, or any other person who has relied on candor and objectivity to keep our country afloat.

No additional witnesses or documents are necessary for the impeachment trial. To admit them would be to legitimize Democrats’ caricature of fairness, and the continuation of a process that will never be more than a political farce.

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Doug Collins: House Democratic leader’s remark about letting Trump ‘prove innocence’ should alarm Americans

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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats are exposing their true contempt for the Constitution and the individual rights therein with how they are conducting the impeachment of President Trump.

In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Collins said Trump was overtly denied the same due process afforded to every other American under the Constitution, adding that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made an alarming statement to that effect.

Hoyer, the number-two Democrat in the House, defended the House’s impeachment inquiry last month by remarking that Trump was afforded “every opportunity to prove his innocence.”

“Instead, he ignored Congressional subpoenas for documents and for testimony by White House officials and ordered his subordinates not to cooperate. This itself is unprecedented,” Hoyer claimed.

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Collins told host Mark Levin that no American has to prove their innocence — in fact, the burden of proof falls on the opposite party.

“Mr. Hoyer from Maryland … made a very revealing statement for anybody who’s concerned about Constitutional rights — and especially for me — even those of my Democratic counterparts who worry about their communities, where they discuss police action and rights being violated,” he said.

“It’s amazing to me how they’re willingly setting that aside to come up to this — Steny Hoyer actually said ‘we allowed him every opportunity to come prove his innocence,’.”

Collins said the comment was mindblowing in that it seemed that Congress must have “taken a vacation and le[ft] the United States.”

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“Did we all of a sudden suspend the Bill of Rights?” Collins asked. “Did we suspend any modicum of due process?”

Collins said Democrats like Hoyer are creating a dangerous precedent in that people can effectively accuse other people of offenses and force them to “prove your innocence.”

“I don’t care if you think this president ought to be impeached or not. This is irrelevant. This should bother everybody,” he said.

Collins added that in addition to apparently reversing the burden of proof standard, Democrats have denied Trump the ability to call witnesses or present evidence in his own defense. Instead, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. strictly controlled the two House hearings.

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However, Collins appeared hopeful that the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will uphold the rule of law and offer Trump the same rights as any defendant.

“I think the American people are going to go back and see that the senators are going to look at it and the Senate is going to say, ‘Wait, this is what we’re getting? … This is what you have wasted so much time and now put us in a period of time in which we’ve got to do something?'” Collins said.

“I think the American people are going to see through this.”

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Doug Collins: House Democratic leader’s remark about letting Trump ‘prove innocence’ should alarm Americans

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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats are exposing their true contempt for the Constitution and the individual rights therein with how they are conducting the impeachment of President Trump.

In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Collins said Trump was overtly denied the same due process afforded to every other American under the Constitution, adding that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made an alarming statement to that effect.

Hoyer, the number-two Democrat in the House, defended the House’s impeachment inquiry last month by remarking that Trump was afforded “every opportunity to prove his innocence.”

“Instead, he ignored Congressional subpoenas for documents and for testimony by White House officials and ordered his subordinates not to cooperate. This itself is unprecedented,” Hoyer claimed.

DELAWARE SEN. CARPER ECHOES JOE BIDEN: ‘MALARKEY’ TO THINK HUNTER SHOULD TESTIFY IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Collins told host Mark Levin that no American has to prove their innocence — in fact, the burden of proof falls on the opposite party.

“Mr. Hoyer from Maryland … made a very revealing statement for anybody who’s concerned about Constitutional rights — and especially for me — even those of my Democratic counterparts who worry about their communities, where they discuss police action and rights being violated,” he said.

“It’s amazing to me how they’re willingly setting that aside to come up to this — Steny Hoyer actually said ‘we allowed him every opportunity to come prove his innocence,’.”

Collins said the comment was mindblowing in that it seemed that Congress must have “taken a vacation and le[ft] the United States.”

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“Did we all of a sudden suspend the Bill of Rights?” Collins asked. “Did we suspend any modicum of due process?”

Collins said Democrats like Hoyer are creating a dangerous precedent in that people can effectively accuse other people of offenses and force them to “prove your innocence.”

“I don’t care if you think this president ought to be impeached or not. This is irrelevant. This should bother everybody,” he said.

Collins added that in addition to apparently reversing the burden of proof standard, Democrats have denied Trump the ability to call witnesses or present evidence in his own defense. Instead, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. strictly controlled the two House hearings.

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However, Collins appeared hopeful that the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will uphold the rule of law and offer Trump the same rights as any defendant.

“I think the American people are going to go back and see that the senators are going to look at it and the Senate is going to say, ‘Wait, this is what we’re getting? … This is what you have wasted so much time and now put us in a period of time in which we’ve got to do something?'” Collins said.

“I think the American people are going to see through this.”

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Doug Collins: House Democratic leader’s remark about letting Trump ‘prove innocence’ should alarm Americans

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House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said Democrats are exposing their true contempt for the Constitution and the individual rights therein with how they are conducting the impeachment of President Trump.

In an interview airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET on “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Collins said Trump was overtly denied the same due process afforded to every other American under the Constitution, adding that House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., made an alarming statement to that effect.

Hoyer, the number-two Democrat in the House, defended the House’s impeachment inquiry last month by remarking that Trump was afforded “every opportunity to prove his innocence.”

“Instead, he ignored Congressional subpoenas for documents and for testimony by White House officials and ordered his subordinates not to cooperate. This itself is unprecedented,” Hoyer claimed.

DELAWARE SEN. CARPER ECHOES JOE BIDEN: ‘MALARKEY’ TO THINK HUNTER SHOULD TESTIFY IN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

Collins told host Mark Levin that no American has to prove their innocence — in fact, the burden of proof falls on the opposite party.

“Mr. Hoyer from Maryland … made a very revealing statement for anybody who’s concerned about Constitutional rights — and especially for me — even those of my Democratic counterparts who worry about their communities, where they discuss police action and rights being violated,” he said.

“It’s amazing to me how they’re willingly setting that aside to come up to this — Steny Hoyer actually said ‘we allowed him every opportunity to come prove his innocence,’.”

Collins said the comment was mindblowing in that it seemed that Congress must have “taken a vacation and le[ft] the United States.”

TRUMP HONORS LSU TIGERS AT WHITE HOUSE

“Did we all of a sudden suspend the Bill of Rights?” Collins asked. “Did we suspend any modicum of due process?”

Collins said Democrats like Hoyer are creating a dangerous precedent in that people can effectively accuse other people of offenses and force them to “prove your innocence.”

“I don’t care if you think this president ought to be impeached or not. This is irrelevant. This should bother everybody,” he said.

Collins added that in addition to apparently reversing the burden of proof standard, Democrats have denied Trump the ability to call witnesses or present evidence in his own defense. Instead, Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. strictly controlled the two House hearings.

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However, Collins appeared hopeful that the Republican-controlled U.S. Senate will uphold the rule of law and offer Trump the same rights as any defendant.

“I think the American people are going to go back and see that the senators are going to look at it and the Senate is going to say, ‘Wait, this is what we’re getting? … This is what you have wasted so much time and now put us in a period of time in which we’ve got to do something?'” Collins said.

“I think the American people are going to see through this.”

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House Democrats urge Senate to ‘eliminate the threat’ of Trump, in opening impeachment trial salvo

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House impeachment managers released their opening trial briefing on Saturday, claiming the evidence against President Trump “overwhelmingly” establishes that “he is guilty” of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, and the only question that remains is whether the Senate will carry out its duty to remove him from office.

“President Trump’s conduct is the Framers’ worst nightmare,” the impeachment managers wrote in their 111-page filing.

The briefing is House Democrats’ opening salvo in the historic impeachment trial that will kick off in earnest on Tuesday. The House managers outline their case against the president in their first briefing, arguing that Trump used his official powers to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the U.S. presidential election for his personal political gain, and then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his misconduct.

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The House’s prosecution team said in its filing: “[The] Constitution provides a remedy when the President commits such serious abuses of his office: impeachment and removal.”

And in a message directly aimed at the 100 senators who serve at jurors in the trial, the House Democrats wrote: “The Senate must use that remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, protect our constitutional form of government, and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security.”

Sources close to Trump’s legal team already previewed its full-throttle defense to the articles of impeachment Saturday night, calling them “constitutionally invalid.”

At the heart of the case is Trump’s effort to convince Ukraine to launch investigations into Democrats, while his administration is said to have withheld military aid. Trump denies wrongdoing, while Democrats allege he abused the power of his office.

Adding to the Democrats’ case is a legal opinion Thursday from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) that found the Trump administration broke the law by withholding defense aid to Ukraine. The White House disputed the finding.

The seven House Democratic impeachment managers were spending the long weekend studying the evidence and practicing their opening arguments to the Senate, which has a 53-seat GOP majority. Dozens of House staffers from multiple committees were slated to spend the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday break preparing for the historic trial.

The managers — led by Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff of California — will square off with Trump’s growing legal team starting Tuesday in the Senate.

The third presidential impeachment trial formally began Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts swore in the senators and each signed an “oath book” to cement their role as impartial jurors.

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During the trial, senators — who normally can roam freely in the chamber — must stay seated in their desks and are prohibited from bringing electronic devices with them. They also must stay quiet and listen to the House impeachment managers and White House lawyers present their cases, and only submit their questions in writing.

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When the senators reconvene Tuesday, Democrats are expected to force votes on calling witnesses in the trial. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell wants to tackle the divisive issue of new evidence after lawyers for both sides present their opening arguments.

“The case against the President of the United States is simple, the facts are indisputable, and the evidence is overwhelming: President Trump abused the power of his office to solicit foreign interference in our elections for his own personal political gain, thereby jeopardizing our national security, the integrity of our elections and our democracy,” the seven House managers said in a statement after the filing was made public. “And when the President got caught, he tried to cover it up by obstructing the House’s investigation into his misconduct.”

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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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GOP Rep. Gaetz denies creating sex ‘game’ while in state legislature, amid nasty feud with local pol

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., said he did not create a game that rewarded legislators for sleeping with lobbyists, staffers and married lawmakers after he was accused of doing so by a Florida state representative as part of an ever-escalating and increasingly nasty Twitter fight.

Gaetz triggered the online feud by criticizing state Rep. Chris Latvala, also a Republican, for meeting with Al Sharpton earlier this week. Gaetz pointed out that Sharpton, who has a history of anti-Semitism accusations, has made disparaging comments about a variety of groups — he’s called Jews “diamond merchants,” Greeks “homos” and police officers “pigs,” Gaetz claimed on a Twitter post.

Latvala responded: “And you created a game where members of the FL House got ‘points’ for sleeping with aides, interns, lobbyists, and married legislators. Hope DC is treating you well, Comgressman [sic].”

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Latvala appeared to be referencing a report from Politico’s Marc Caputo, who formerly covered Florida politics for The Miami Herald.

“Hey ladies! Source: young male FL Reps have point-system contest for having sex: 1=lobbyist 2=staff 3=other legislator 6=married legislator,” he tweeted in 2013.

Gaetz’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The congressman denied that he created the game in a statement to the Tampa Bay Times earlier this week, saying, he had “no idea what Chris was talking about.”

On Twitter, Gaetz went on to attack Latvala’s father, a former Florida senator who was accused of sexual harassment. The allegations led to a $900,000 settlement between the chamber and Latvala’s accuser early last year, the Tampa Bay Times reported.

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“Just because I own you on twitter, don’t confuse me for your daddy when it comes to abusing power for sex,” Gaetz shot back. “Also, I missed the defense of Sharpton in your reply.”

The Gaetz and Latvala families have a history of bad blood, including a messy 2015 fight over redrawing Florida’s Senate districts. The Tampa Bay Times reported at the time that former state Sen. Don Gaetz and former state Sen. Jack Latvala, both Republicans and respectively the fathers of the congressman and state representative, aimed harsh words at each other as the body considered the issue. Specifically, Latvala was blaming Gaetz, a former president of the Florida Senate, for the fact the districts needed to be redrawn because he was at the helm the last time the state did so.

The senior Gaetz was also backing the elder Latvala’s chief opponent for the 2016 Senate presidency, the Times reported.

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In response to the congressman’s attack on his father, the younger Latvala then brought up Gaetz’s 2008 DUI arrest, for which the charges were later dropped: “Have you been drinking tonight? I hope you dont [sic] get behind the wheel. I know you have had a rough few days up there.”

Gaetz responded that he spent his, “day talking to my friend & supporter, the President. You spent yours with Al Sharpton.”

Latvala closed the conversation by defending his meeting with Sharpton, saying, “I’m not afraid to meet with folks with differing opinions than mine. Hence why I posted the picture on Twitter….”

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The accusation-filled Twitter spat comes just months after former Rep. Katie Hill, D-Calif., resigned following reports of a relationship with members of both her congressional staff and campaign staff, including an allegation she maintained a “throuple” relationship between herself, her husband and one staffer.

Gaetz defended Hill and panned members of Hill’s Democratic Party for not doing the same.

“I don’t know why in the world the left wouldn’t stand up for our colleague, our co-worker, when the only person complaining, the only aggrieved party was Katie Hill’s ex, who was releasing information to try to ruin her life,” he said in an interview on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

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Sen. Kennedy: Pelosi ‘swollen with partisan rage’ as she sends Trump impeachment articles to Senate

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Senate Judiciary Committee member John Kennedy, R-La., said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is “swollen with partisan rage,” after watching the California Democrat shepherd the articles of impeachment against President Trump to the Senate through her formal “engrossment ceremony.”

Kennedy told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Pelosi’s impeachment proceedings in her chamber were “rigged” against President Trump and that as a sitting senator, he intends to treat both prosecuting Democrats and the president’s team fairly.

“You don’t have to be Mensa material to see that Speaker Pelosi is swollen with partisan rage. The whole process in the House was rigged,” said Kennedy, who added that he wants the American people to view the Senate trial differently than the House proceeding.

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“I don’t want the American people to look at the Senate’s work and say, ‘Well, we just got run over by the same truck twice,'” he remarked.

Regarding whether the Senate should allow both sides to call witnesses, Kennedy said such conversation was “premature.”

He said that the details of the Democrats’ prosecution, as well as the White House’s defense, is unclear.

If witnesses are allowed, he said, Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., should be allowed to call who he wants, as should Trump’s team.

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However, he warned that Schumer could put the prosecution in an awkward predicament.

“We could end up in a very odd circumstance where Senator Schumer, he caught the car,”‘ Kennedy said. “He asked for his witnesses, they’re all White House aides, the president claims ‘executive privilege’ — and in fairness, the president gets his witnesses.”

In a case such as that, Kennedy claimed, Schumer’s witnesses would be restricted from testifying and Trump’s defense team could call Joe and Hunter Biden as well as House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to the witness stand unimpeded.

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