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Capitol police meet with members of political ‘squad’ about safety concerns

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Congressional security officials have met with all four members of the “squad,” comprising Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., over concerns about their safety as lawmakers.

Fox News has learned that threats have not increased for them this week.

Security officials want to make sure each office is aware of the security options available to them on Capitol Hill. Security officials also work with local law enforcement to help secure events in their districts or elsewhere. Offices are asked to provide security officials itineraries and information about public appearances when there may be concerns about safety.

Capitol security officials are also now looking at ways to enhance security in the field for lawmakers who feel they are at risk.

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Some lawmakers — not necessarily the aforementioned squad – have increasingly hired private security to augment their safety.

The threat assessment regarding members of the squad, who have recently clashed with President Trump, remains low compared to some other lawmakers.

One source told Fox News that even though the four had been in the news a great deal, they were still low-profile, freshman members.

Some lawmakers’ significant others are more worried about safety than the lawmakers themselves.

There is concern in the security ranks that if the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) responds to the “noise” surrounding the squad, it may actually miss more bona fide threats against other lawmakers.

Moreover, there are worries that if congressional officials start bolstering security for one group of lawmakers, others may demand similar arrangements. The USCP and the House/Senate sergeants at arms simply don’t have the budget to assign protective details to large swaths of lawmakers.

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At a House Administration Committee hearing Tuesday, newly minted USCP Chief Steven Sund testified that overall, threats against lawmakers “continue to grow.”

In fiscal year 2018, Sund said the USCP dealt with 4,894 threats against lawmakers. USCP is now at 2,502 for this year. Sund argued that at this rate, the number of threats will “break last year’s” mark.

Sund noted that there is a lower number of “credible” threats which USCP actually investigate.

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Marine Corps tells Rep. Duncan Hunter to stop using Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem for campaign activities

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The Marine Corps is calling on Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., to stop using its Eagle, Globe and Anchor emblem and trademarked phrase in campaign mailer, after both were featured in an ad that targeted two Muslim lawmakers and his Democratic challenger.

The military branch’s Trademark Licensing Office sent Hunter a cease-and-desist letter on Tuesday saying the emblem and the phrase “No Better Friend, No Worse Enemy” were used in at least one mailer sent to his constituents. The letter said both may not be used by third parties without permission.

“The Eagle, Globe and Anchor is a trademark of the Marine Corps protected by federal law,” Marine Capt. Christopher Harrison, a communication strategy officer, told Fox News in an email. “In accordance with 10 U.S. Code § 7881, the seal and emblem should not be used in conjunction with any political activities.”

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The Marine Corps also said the trademarked phrase could imply its endorsement of Hunter’s candidacy or his views on a particular issue.

The emblem and phrase recently appeared on an envelope ad that featured photos of Democratic Reps. Rashida Tlaib of Michigan and Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, and Ammar Campa Najjar, who is vying to unseat the San Diego congressman for a second time.

“These three radical Democrats want you to forget their anti-Semitism or terrorist ties,” a message on the mailer states. [Israel was misspelled.]

Many have called the ad Islamophobic, a charge Hunter denies, KNSD-TV reported. Omar has been the target of xenophobia in recent months for her criticism of Israel and other comments.

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Hunter spokesman Michael Harrison said the congressman is complying with the Marine Corps’ request but was disappointed that “he is now being told that he cannot use this motto or image that thousands of Marines like Congressman Hunter, who went to war under this banner, have used for tattoos, coins, T-shirts, hats, books, posters and multiple other items of personal sentiment.”

“It is as much a part of them as it is the Marine Corps,” he continued.

Hunter, a Marine veteran who served two tours in Iraq, admitted in May to taking a photo with a dead enemy combatant.

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He is facing more urgent political battles. He faces multiple corruption charges related to the alleged misspending of $250,000 in campaign funds on personal expenses, including extramarital affairs.

His trial is expected to begin later this year. His wife, Margaret Hunter, pleaded guilty to a corruption charge in June and is cooperating with federal prosecutors.

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House Democrats, Republicans unite to repeal ObamaCare ‘Cadillac Tax’

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An overwhelming bipartisan majority of the House of Representatives voted Wednesday to repeal the Affordable Care Act’s so-called “Cadillac Tax” more than eight years after the legislation known as “ObamaCare” became law.

The tax would have slapped a 40 percent levy on the value of health insurance plans above $11,200 for single coverage and $30,100 for family policies beginning in 2022. Lawmakers kept delaying the tax’s implementation before the House voted 419-6 to repeal it. The margin increases chances that the Senate will follow the House and send the measure to President Trump for his signature.

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“This tax would drive employers to reduce the health care benefits they provide to their employees, making medical care less affordable and creating serious access barriers for millions of workers,” Rep. John Larson, D-Conn., said in a statement after the repeal passed the House. “It would also disproportionately and unfairly impact older workers, women and working families in expensive geographic areas.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also noted repeal will benefit union members, who often work out generous health benefits with their employers.

“Today, we will honor our promise to the hard-working men and women of labor as we lift the Cadillac Tax, protecting health benefits that workers have negotiated,” she said.

Republicans also claimed victory, framing the repeal as a blow to ObamaCare.

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“For years, Alaskans and citizens across our country have experienced the detrimental effects of ObamaCare, and the fact that Democrats in Congress agreed to repeal one of the law’s harmful taxes today is proof that the law was flawed from the start,” Congressman Don Young, R-Alaska said in a statement.

Rep. Fred Keller, R-Pa., hailed the bipartisan vote, which happened on the same day 95 Democrats voted against tabling an impeachment resolution against President Donald Trump.

The Congressional Budget Office estimates that repealing the tax will increase the U.S. deficit by $193 billion between 2022 and 2029. The nonpartisan Kaiser Family Foundation expects that about 1 in 5 employers offering health insurance would have at least one insurance plan subject to the tax in 2022, and that share would grow quickly over time.

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The six “nay” votes came from Reps. Justin Amash, I-Mich.; Jim Cooper, D-Tenn.; Ron Kind, D-Wis.; Scott Peters, D-Calif.; Andy Harris, R-Md., and Chip Roy, R-Texas.

Fox News’ Tyler Olson and The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Reporter’s Notebook: Unprecedented anger on House floor, but things are looking up

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Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., was fed up.

“I abandon the chair!” fumed Cleaver from the dais in the House chamber Tuesday afternoon.

Members view the gavel which they wield when presiding over Congressional debates like a sacred antique. The gavel is one of the symbols of the House. But disgusted with fellow House members from both sides of the aisle, a boiling Cleaver chucked the gavel onto the rostrum like a baseball player discarding a bat after a questionable third strike.

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The Missourian then stomped off the dais, leaving the House of Representatives without a presiding officer right in the middle of a supercharged debate on a resolution “Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress.”

No one could recall an episode where any member, presiding over the House or Senate, had grown so exasperated that they relinquished their post during such a critical moment.

Floor debate on such a divisive resolution required a particular hand on the gavel. Someone who was a Congressional veteran, skilled at moderating testy exchanges. Someone who was fair. Even-keeled. A Zen-like presence who was gentle yet simultaneously firm. So House Democrats tapped Cleaver, a United Methodist minister and former Chairman of the Congressional Black Caucus, for the job.

But Cleaver had had enough.

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“We don’t ever, ever want to pass up it seems, an opportunity to escalate,” seethed Cleaver from the chair. “We just want to fight!”

House Rule XXII, Clause 1(b) bars attacks on “the President’s character.” The manual the House uses to this day governing parliamentary discourse – written by Thomas Jefferson himself – bars lawmakers from using language which is “personally offensive to the President.” Another volume on House procedure, Cannon’s Precedents – written by the late Rep. Clarence Cannon, D-Mo., not the late House Speaker Joe Cannon, R-Ill. – prohibits “personal criticism, innuendo, ridicule or terms of opprobrium.”

So one wondered how lawmakers could possibly debate a measure about President Trump’s “racist comments” and keep the discourse between the guardrails.

It was Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., who took issue with the floor speech of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.

“Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the President’s racist tweets,” said Pelosi on the floor. “To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values and a shameful abdication of our oath of office.”

Collins asked Pelosi if she cared to re-state her remarks. A defiant Speaker glared at Collins.

“I cleared that with the parliamentarian before I spoke,” was Pelosi’s icy reply.

And with that, for the first time in 35 years, a rank-and-file lawmaker challenged whether the Speaker of the House had breached decorum. Collins argued that Pelosi’s words – designating the President’s tweets as “racist” – crossed the line. The Georgia Republican demanded that Pelosi’s words “be taken down.”

The “taking down” of words is the Congressional equivalent of being pulled over for speeding. You may have done something wrong. But we have to first go to court to determine guilt or innocence. The House periodically tags rank-and-file members when their language violates House standards. But the late House Speaker Tip O’Neill, D-Mass., was the last Speaker to have words “taken down” on May 15, 1984.

O’Neill didn’t appreciate future House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga., implying that Democrats were silent as he “challenged their Americanism” while speaking to an empty chamber. O’Neill thundered from the House floor at Gingrich, then a mere backbencher, that he had done “the lowest thing I have ever seen in my 32 years in Congress.”

Then House Minority Whip and future Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss., thought O’Neill’s use of the word “lowest” went too far. The House ruled that O’Neill violated House rules and that his words weren’t in order.

It’s customary for the House to bar lawmakers whose verbiage runs afoul of the rules from speaking for the rest of the day on the floor. But despite the breach, Lott deferred to O’Neill and asked the House to permit the Speaker the privilege of addressing the House later. The House obliged.

In December 1973, the late Rep. Bella Abzug, D-N.Y., suggested that an amendment offered by the late Rep. John Dingell, D-Mich., was “racist.” Never mind that Dingell sponsored the Civil Rights Act of 1957. At the time, the nation was embroiled in the “energy crisis.” In an effort to conserve gas, Dingell’s plan barred the use of fuel to bus children to school across town. The House ruled that Abzug impugned Dingell and struck her remarks from the record. But the House did not mute Abzug for the rest of that day’s session.

Back to Tuesday …

House custom dictates that a lawmaker whose words are taken down should take a seat in the chamber and wait for a ruling from the chair. But Pelosi left the House chamber after Collins demanded the House adjudicate the Speaker’s language.

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After Cleaver ditched the dais, Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., subbed in the chair, followed by House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md. After nearly two hours of behind-the-scenes quarreling, Hoyer cited the 1984 precedent, which asserted that Pelosi broke the rules. Collins then asked that the House vote to erase the Speaker’s statement. But on consecutive party-line votes, the House voted that Pelosi didn’t violate the code of conduct and could continue to speak on the floor for the remainder of the day.

“We’re going to defend our Speaker,” said one senior Democrat while rushing to the vote.

In other words, the House voted against the precedent set in 1984 – which of course, establishes a new precedent.

Appearing Wednesday on Fox, Cleaver said he had the opportunity to rule against practically everyone who spoke on the condemnation resolution. But he didn’t – until Collins took on the Speaker.

“I allowed it to go along because I thought, ‘OK. We’re not going to start a fight in here,'” said Cleaver, who added that he fled the chair “for my own mental health.”

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Congress was back to brawling Wednesday. The House voted to hold Attorney General William Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress over the census. The House voted to block an effort by Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, to impeach President Trump. Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, D-N.Y., presided over the contempt vote. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, did the honors for the procedural vote on impeachment.

Despite choleric issues on the floor, perhaps the best news in the House is that neither Maloney nor Pingree deserted the chair.

Perhaps things are looking up on Capitol Hill.

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Lara Trump: Biden praise for AOC is proof of how far left he has to move for Dems

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Former Vice President Joe Biden’s praise of Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. and her so-called progressive “squad” shows how far left the Democratic Party has moved, according to Lara Trump.

The Democratic Party is no longer of the same ideology of the more moderate ex-Delaware senator, Trump claimed Tuesday on “Hannity.”

“If you had any questions about who the Democrats were, here’s your answer,” she said.

“Joe Biden has realized he has got to move so far to the left to fit in with this new party. So, people going to the polls in 2020 should remember this.”

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In an interview with MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski, Biden complimented Ocasio-Cortez.

“AOC is brilliant, and the other three women we’re talking about are really smart, but they are the exception rather than the rule,” the Scranton, Pa. native claimed.

“I think the freshmen — particularly AOC — is smart as hell, really bright, and really a value-added to the party.”

Speaking with host Sean Hannity, Trump claimed America would be drastically changed if her father-in-law loses in 2020.

“Think, if any of these people get control of the White House, it would be a very different looking country,” she said.

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Of the Democrats, Hannity added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is “speaker in name only,” in reference to Ocasio-Cortez’s high profile.

Earlier Tuesday, the Bronx Democrat turned her attention to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., amid her ongoing feud with President Trump over his recent controversial comments.

In the broadside, she said McConnell is “complicit in advancing racism” in the wake of the president’s remarks about four Democratic congresswomen — including Ocasio-Cortez — needing to “go back” where they came from. Three of the four women were born in America.

“The majority leader is complicit in advancing racism in America if he doesn’t even have the backbone to speak out,” Ocasio-Cortez told ABC on Tuesday.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Ken Starr: Dems’ Trump impeachment calls becoming a first step instead of ‘last resort’

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Some Democrats are trying to make impeachment the first recourse to express disapproval with President Trump, according to Ken Starr.

The Founding Fathers intended impeachment to be an emergency lever or sorts and not something invoked regularly against the chief executive, Starr claimed Tuesday on “The Story.”

“When you talk about impeachment, we are in a stage in our history when impeachment is becoming the tool of first resort instead of the tool of last resort,” he said.

“That is not what the founding generation wanted.”

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In the wake of Trump’s tweets critical of four freshmen progressive congresswomen, calls for impeachment have again arisen, including from Rep. Al Green, D-Texas, — who has previously introduced articles of impeachment — and two of the lawmakers called out by the president: Reps. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn. and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

On that topic, the former independent counsel claimed Trump’s comments do not rise to the threshold of an impeachable offense.

“I don’t think so,” he said, adding he would let others judge whether or not the president’s comments were “racist.”

“Let’s put the impeachment talk aside. We know there’s not going to be a majority or much less a supermajority in favor of the impeachment of the president of the United States.”

Regarding the House vote earlier Tuesday condemning Trump’s comments, Starr claimed it was an appropriate action within Congress’ purview.

PELOSI’S REMARKS ON TRUMP’S ‘RACIST’ COMMENTS RULED OUT OF ORDER AFTER FLOOR FIGHT ERUPTS

“Express your disapprobation or your approval as the case may be,” he said.

Earlier Tuesday, veritable mayhem ensued on the House floor prior to the vote itself, with Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., calling for a “point of order” formally objecting to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s remarks about Trump. Several minutes later, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., who was presiding at the time, “abandoned” the chair — in his words.

While Rep. G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., assumed the chair momentarily, Pelosi’s deputy in Democratic leadership, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., eventually took the reins.

In the resolution’s vote tally, four Republicans — Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, R-Pa., Will Hurd, R-Texas, Fred Upton, R-Mich. and Susan Brooks, R-Ind. — joined Democrats in supporting Rep. Pelosi’s, D-Calif., resolution.

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Additionally, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash — who recently left the Republican Party after himself calling for Trump’s impeachment — also voted yes. The rest of the Republicans voted no.

The unexpected tumult, which briefly resulted in the revocation of Pelosi’s speaking privileges on the House floor, left commentators and lawmakers stunned.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Floor fight erupts as Pelosi speaks ahead of vote to condemn Trump’s ‘racist’ comments

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Escalating tensions on Capitol Hill erupted into a contentious floor fight in the House of Representatives on Tuesday afternoon, as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke in favor of a proposed resolution condemning “racist” comments by President Trump — even as Republican leaders stood steadfast behind the president.

As Pelosi’s remarks turned personal, Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins rose to challenge her and demand that her words be “taken down.” The extraordinary rebuke, the first of its kind by a member of Congress and a speaker of the House in decades, theoretically could result in Pelosi being barred from speaking on the floor for the remainder of the day.

“There is no place anywhere for the president’s words, which are not only divisive, but dangerous — and have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color,” Pelosi, D-Calif., said. “It’s so sad because you would think that there would be a given that we would universally, in this body, just say, ‘Of course. Of course.'”

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Pelosi continued, her voice rising: “There’s no excuse for any response to those words but a swift and strong unified condemnation. Every single member of this institution, Democratic and Republican, should join us in condemning the president’s racist tweets. To do anything less would be a shocking rejection of our values, and a shameful abdication of our oath of office to protect the American people. I urge a unanimous vote, and yield back the balance of my time.”

Collins then stood and asked if Pelosi wanted to “rephrase that comment.”

“I have cleared my remarks with the parliamentarian before I read them,” Pelosi said, before walking away to applause.

“Can I ask the words be taken down? I make a point of order that the gentlewoman’s words are unparliamentary and be taken down,” Collins said.

“The chair will remind all members, please, please, do not make personality-based comments,” the chair, Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, D-Mo., said.

Collins then repeated his request to strike Pelosi’s comments. Determining whether Pelosi’s comments were out of order could require a vote of the House.

For several minutes after Collins’ objection, House members were huddled with the parliamentarian, Thomas J. Wickham Jr., to determine next steps. Wickham’s determination could be overruled by Cleaver or a vote of the full House.

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Among other volumes, the House has used Thomas Jefferson’s “Manual of Parliamentary Practice” as a touchstone for House operations even today. Jefferson’s manual stated that House members cannot use language on the floor “which is personally offensive to the President.”

The House also relies on Cannon’s Book of Precedents, authored by the late Missouri Rep. Clarence Cannon, a Democrat. Cannon’s book says that “personal criticism, innuendo, ridicule and terms of opprobrium” are out of the order in the House.

Fox News has obtained a copy of the draft resolution being debated, which mentioned Thomas Jefferson, Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. It also quoted Benjamin Franklin, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, President John Kennedy and President Ronald Reagan.

The resolution, entitled “H. Res. 489 — Condemning President Trump’s racist comments directed at Members of Congress,” asserted that “President Donald Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

Fox News is told Republican support for the resolution is likely to be in the single digits. The scrap on the House floor over Pelosi’s comments could delay a vote late into the evening.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., didn’t have a direct answer when questioned about the text of the resolution earlier Tuesday.

A similar, dramatic episode occured in the House in the 1980s, when Newt Gingrich sparred with then-House Speaker Tip O’Neill, a Georgia Democrat. O’Neill remarked:  “My personal opinion is this:  You deliberately stood in that well before an empty House and challenged these people, and you challenged their Americanism, and it is the lowest thing I have ever seen in my thirty-two years in Congress.”

The parliamentarian determined at the time that the Speaker’s use of the word “lowest” amounted to inappropriate language, and O’Neill’s words were taken down.

House Republican leaders, meanwhile, said the outrage over Trump’s comments was “all about politics.”

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“They talked more about impeachment than anything else,” House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., said, referring to Monday’s fiery news conference with Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley. “We should get back to the business of America.”

The brouhaha began on Sunday after Trump tweeted that unnamed “Democrat Congresswomen” should go back and fix the “corrupt” and “crime infested places” from which they came and then “come back and show us how it’s done.”

Several Republicans have stood by the president. South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham, for example, told “Fox & Friends” that the progressive representatives were a “bunch of communists,” and charged that Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar was plainly anti-Semitic.

Omar previously has been criticized by prominent members of both parties for making remarks widely deemed anti-Semitic. This past March, the Democrat-led House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that indirectly condemned Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pernicious’ comments, including some in which she suggested Jewish politicians in the U.S. were bought and paid for.

“We all know that [AOC] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they hate Israel, they hate our own country, they’re calling the guards along our border—the Border Patrol agents—concentration camp guards,” Graham said.

In advance of the planned House vote on the resolution Tuesday evening, Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., in a Capitol news conference, said Trump must “tone down the xenophobic and racist rhetoric that is consistently peddled out of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.” He called for Republicans to join Democrats in voting to condemn the president’s remarks in Tuesday’s vote.

“We want the strongest vote possible,” Jeffries said. “And, we’re hopeful that our colleagues on the other side of the aisle would put country ahead of party, would put decency ahead of Donald Trump. Let’s see what happens on the floor later on this evening.”

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Some Republicans have condemned the president’s remarks, including Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, who tweeted: “There is no excuse for the president’s spiteful comments –they were absolutely unacceptable and this needs to stop.”

But, McCarthy, while clarifying that he believes the Democrats in question “love this country,” said he was not on board with the resolution and will encourage other Republicans to vote against it.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Kellyanne Conway says critics employ Hatch Act to ‘silence’ her support for Trump

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Counselor to the president Kellyanne Conway responded to critics Monday after formally defying a Hatch Act-related subpoena from the House Oversight Committee.

Her opponents are concerned about her effectiveness at her job and hoped to silence her, Conway said Monday on “Hannity.”

“I’m concerned that there’s such a weaponization and politicization of this thing called the Hatch Act,” she said.

The Hatch Act limits political activity by federal workers. Congress approved the Hatch Act in 1939 to limit partisan activity by federal employees to ensure the government functions fairly and effectively.

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The Office of Special Counsel — separate from the office formerly run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — opened two cases focused on allegations Conway violated the Hatch Act by engaging in “both official and political activity” — during her media appearances and on her Twitter account, @KellyannePolls.

The report stated, “Ms. Conway regularly participated in official media interviews in her capacity as a White House spokesperson to answer reporters’ questions about the Administration. Beginning in February 2019, Ms. Conway, during official media appearances, engaged in a pattern of partisan attacks on several Democratic Party candidates shortly after they announced their candidacy for President,” detailing instances involving Sens. Cory Booker and Elizabeth Warren, and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

The OSC stated that in one Feb. 19 interview on “Fox & Friends,” Conway “insinuated that Senator Booker was ‘sexist’ and a ‘tinny’ ‘motivational speaker,’” and claimed Warren, D-Mass., was “’lying’” about her ethnicity.

Conway said that no matter how heavy the pressure is on her to keep a low profile, she will continue to publicly support the president’s policies.

“They’re not going to silence me,” she said. “They’re not going to take away my First Amendment rights.”

Conway also “attacked” O’Rourke for not “thinking the women running are good enough to be President.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report

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Jesse Watters: Trump ‘won’ the ‘squad’ press conference, Dems just want to ‘impeach him for tweeting’

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President Trump emerged the victor after four freshmen Democratic lawmakers held a press conference responding to his criticisms of them, according to Jesse Watters.

The members of the so-called progressive “squad” continue to make extreme assertions about the president, which isn’t a good look for House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Watters claimed Monday on “The Five.”

“Donald Trump won that press conference,” he said, moments after Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich. spoke on Capitol Hill.

“Nancy and ‘the squad’ lost — that was a terrible look. It seems like they want to victimize themselves even further. I don’t think that’s the way to go against President Trump.

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“They’re saying he’s a white nationalist and he’s committing human rights violations… Obama actually deported more and also put people in cages.”

Watters also dismissed calls from Omar and Tlaib to remove Trump from office.

“They’re continuing to play the victim and continue to pout — and now they want to impeach him for tweeting,” he said.

Responding earlier, host Greg Gutfeld also said he believed Trump could claim victory after the lawmakers’ remarks.

“I think President Trump got exactly what he wanted,” he said, going on to list several disputed claims made by the congresswomen.

“I wrote down: ‘drinking out of toilets’ — that didn’t happen,” he said.

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“Colluding with Russians — I think we found out the answer to that. The most corrupt presidency in history — ‘eh’.”

During the press conference, Pressley repeated referred to Trump as “the occupant of the White House.”

She claimed he is seeking to “marginalize and silence” the women, but quickly turned her focus to various issues, from gun violence to immigration.

Omar, however, curtly dismissed Trump’s rhetoric as “the bile of garbage that comes out of his mouth.”

Tlaib, speaking separately, backed Omar’s call for impeachment, saying Trump’s language was “disgusting and bigoted” and that his administration was “lawless.”

Asked by Fox News’ Chad Pergram about Trump’s criticisms of Omar’s remarks as anti-American, Omar slammed the president’s, “complete hypocrisy,” and said his presidential campaign was founded on all the things “wrong” with the United States.

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Omar has previously been criticized by prominent members of both parties for making anti-Semitic remarks. In March, the Democrat-led House overwhelmingly passed a bipartisan resolution that indirectly condemned Omar’s repeated ‘anti-Semitic’ and ‘pernicious’ comments.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Brit Hume: Trump’s attacks on ‘the squad’ run risk uniting a fractured Democratic Party

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President Trump risks uniting a Democratic Party otherwise enmeshed in a battle between moderate and progressive factions by attacking the latter group, according to Brit Hume.

Democrats were internally warring on an ideological level ahead of the 2020 elections, and Trump’s pointed critiques put their differences on pause, Hume claimed Monday on “Special Report.”

“It’s striking that these Democrats were at war with this group of four and the president decided it was a good idea to get in the middle of it,” he said, referring to Reps. Ayanna Pressley, D-Mass., Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich.

“If you’re looking for one thing that would tend to unite Democrats, it’s their loathing of Donald Trump.

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“If you want them to continue to stumble along — the Democrats — the way they seem to be fighting amongst themselves, it not at all clear to me that his getting in the middle of that is going to help that cause at all.”

In response, host Bret Baier asked Hume about how conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh appeared to take the opposite tack on that subject.

Limbaugh recently claimed Trump wants to see the Democrats united so he can pin ‘the squad’s’ political platform on all of them.

“I don’t think Trump likes the rift,” he said.

“I think Trump wants the Democratic Party to become known as the ‘Alexandria-Ocasio-Cortez-Green New Deal-Socialism Party’ —  I think he wants to hang that label around all of them, and for that to happen they have to be unified.”

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Responding to Limbaugh, Hume said the radio host’s theory is plausible, but reiterated Trump should not be making such pointed comments as he had about lawmakers like Omar going “back” where they came from.

“Trump’s remarks were so blunt, so crude, so xenophobic, so nativist, that it opens up the charge he is a racist,” Hume said, adding however did not make specifically racist remarks.

He said the term “racist” is tossed around public discourse at inappropriate times.

Hume said it is however acceptable to consider the president’s statements “intolerant.”

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