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Charlie Kirk: No, Democrats can’t handle vital legislation and impeachment at the same time – Here’s proof 

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Democrats aren’t capable of walking or chewing gum, much less doing both at once.
 
“Congress can walk and chew bubblegum at the same time,” Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said during the most recent presidential debate, becoming the latest in a long line of Democrats to have uttered the hackneyed assurance that their party can still make progress on policy issues while pursuing the impeachment of Donald Trump.
 
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi trotted out the cliche in May, and ever since then Democrats have been repeating it ad nauseam.

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Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., used the same expression during the September debate. Former HUD Secretary Julian Castro is so enamored with the phrase that he brought it up during the July debate, the October debate, and in multiple interviews leading up to the November debate. 
 
Of course, if the Democrats could really pull off that feat, they wouldn’t need to spend so much time assuring people that they can — they’d simply do it. Contrary to their boasts, the Democrats are violently choking on their gum while stumbling blindly toward defeat in the 2020 elections.

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Despite countless “bombshells” and day after day of testimony from their hand-picked witnesses, the Democrats have utterly failed to make a case for impeaching President Trump. All their partisan impeachment inquisition has accomplished is to reinforce pre-existing partisan divisions. Meanwhile, they’ve completely neglected the interests of the American people, obstructing policies that would strengthen the middle class and refusing to cooperate with the White House on pressing bipartisan priorities such as reducing healthcare costs and funding infrastructure modernization.

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One such policy is the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA). According to the International Trade Commission, the trilateral trade deal would boost our economy by a whopping $68.2 billion while creating 176,000 new jobs across the country.

Despite repeatedly assuring the public that Democrats were committed to approving the deal, Pelosi has stonewalled for months, throwing up roadblocks instead of accepting the president’s offer to work out a compromise. Now, Pelosi says there might not be time to approve the USMCA before the end of the year even if she accepted a deal. Given a golden opportunity to prove that they could “walk and chew gum at the same time,” Democrats let vital legislation languish while they indulged their impeachment obsession.

“The American public is outraged that the ‘do-nothing Democrats’ are doing nothing,’” President Trump said during a recent press event. “There’s such an opportunity to get things done. We need USMCA passed. It’s a great deal for our country, for our farmers, manufacturers, unions, it’s a great deal for our country.”

Given a golden opportunity to prove that they could “walk and chew gum at the same time,” Democrats let vital legislation languish while they indulged their impeachment obsession. 

The USMCA would pass easily if Pelosi allowed members to vote on it, with almost half the Democratic caucus ready to join Republicans in supporting it. It’s the very definition of low-hanging fruit for lawmakers.

The president has also made it clear that he is willing to work with congressional Democrats on measures to reduce prescription drug prices, yet those efforts, too, have been effectively sidelined by the impeachment circus.

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Democrats don’t even have anything to show for their obstructionist theatrics. The impeachment spectacle failed to sway either Republican lawmakers or independent voters, setting up a party-line House impeachment vote that is all but certain to result in acquittal by the Senate.

Taking a walk while chewing gum is supposed to be easy, but it’s clearly proving to be beyond the capabilities of the Democratic Party.

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Today on Fox News: Nov. 26, 2019

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On Fox News: 

Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: Chad Wolf, acting Secretary of Homeland Security.

On Fox News Radio:

The Fox News Rundown podcast: “DOJ IG Report Is Coming … Will it Impact the Impeachment Fight?” – On December 9, the Justice Department’s Inspector General Michael Horowitz will release his highly anticipated report on the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, including the origins of the probe and whether the Bureau abused its surveillance powers. Will the report’s results allow the Trump administration to shift the conversation away from the impeachment fight? Fox News Digital politics reporter Brooke Singman and former DOJ prosecutor James Trusty discuss what to expect from the IG report.

Also on the Rundown: There may be fewer deportations under President Trump than under the Obama Administration, but the situation at the border has become dire for other reasons. A record number of immigrants are at detention centers and the backlog of immigration-related court cases is growing. Fox News correspondent William LaJeunesse discusses whether President Trump’s policies at the border are working.

Plus, commentary by former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Sen. Rick Scott, R-Fla., Mark Morgan, Acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection and more.

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Prince Andrew’s ‘public existence has been wiped out,’ says royal expert: ‘The royals can move very swiftly’

Prince Andrew’s downfall is only beginning.

Following a disastrous interview the Duke of York gave to the BBC about his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, one royal expert is claiming the 59-year-old royal won’t continue with anything official in that capacity — ever.

“His entire public existence has been wiped out by his own behavior,” royal historian Robert Lacey told People magazine for this week’s issue.

Just days after the British royal announced he was “stepping away” from public duties for the “foreseeable future,” Andrew was forced to pull out of a trip to Bahrain for an international meeting of his Pitch@Palace organization, which promotes entrepreneurs and new ideas in tech, the outlet reported.

Andrew’s office is also set to be moved out of Buckingham Palace and center around Pitch rather than his own official royal work.

PRINCE ANDREW’S JEFFREY EPSTEIN WOES ARE FAR FROM OVER DESPITE STEPPING DOWN FROM ROYAL DUTIES

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Prince Andrew, right, is dealing with harsh backlash from critics and media personalities over an interview about his relationship with now-deceased sex offender Jeffrey Epstein and the numerous sexual assault allegations against the British royal. (Getty)

MEGHAN MARKLE ‘HORRIFIED’ BY PRINCE ANDREW’S JEFFREY EPSTEIN INTERVIEW: SOURCES

Lacey shared the moves to distance the monarchy from Andrew’s connection with the disgraced financier have occurred after discussions between the prince’s mother Queen Elizabeth, her eldest son Prince Charles, as well as other senior royals.

“[The decision] shows that the royals can move very swiftly and very ruthlessly,” said Lacey.

However, Elizabeth, 93, hasn’t completely rejected her son. The outlet revealed she was spotted alongside Andrew on horseback with two escorts on Nov. 22 — a seemingly private moment that would have been captured by photographers.

The outlet shared that the outing is likely a signal that despite her decision to ask Andrew to withdraw from public work on her behalf, the queen still stands by her son.

PRINCE ANDREW FORCED TO MOVE OFFICE OUT OF BUCKINGHAM PALACE: REPORT

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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II attends the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, on November 10, 2019. – Remembrance Sunday is an annual commemoration held on the closest Sunday to Armistice Day, November 11, the anniversary of the end of the First World War and services across Commonwealth countries remember servicemen and women who have fallen in the line of duty since WWI. (Photo by Tolga AKMEN / AFP) (Photo by TOLGA AKMEN/AFP via Getty Images)

DOMINIC GREEN: PRINCE ANDREW ALLEGATIONS COULD BE ‘BIGGEST ROYAL SCANDAL SINCE EDWARD VIII PALLED AROUND WITH NAZIS’

Andrew participated in a tell-all interview with the BBC in which he discussed his controversial relationship with the sex offender and the sexual assault allegations against him.

“I have no recollection of ever meeting this lady, none whatsoever,” he said in reference to Virginia Roberts (now Virginia Giuffre), who alleged that she was forced to have sex with the Duke of York three times between 1999 and 2002 in London and on Epstein’s private island in the Caribbean.

“I stayed with him and that’s [something] I kick myself for on a daily basis because it was not something that was becoming of a member of the royal family and we try and uphold the highest standards and practices and I let the side down, simple as that,” the second son of Elizabeth said.

Giuffre claimed Epstein paid her to have sex with the British royal and that she was just 17 years old during her first experience.

PRINCE ANDREW SHOULD SPEAK TO US INVESTIGATORS OVER JEFFREY EPSTEIN AFFILIATION, LAWYER SAYS

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Photo from 2001 that was included in court files released last week shows Prince Andrew with his arm around the waist of 17-year-old Virginia Giuffre who says Jeffrey Epstein paid her to have sex with the prince. Andrew has denied the charges. In the background is Epstein’s girlfriend Ghislaine Maxwell. (U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals)

JEFFREY EPSTEIN ACCUSER VIRGINIA ROBERTS WASN’T THE ONLY ‘YOUNG WOMAN’ SEEN WITH PRINCE ANDREW, PODCAST CLAIMS

Buckingham Palace did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. In August, the palace said in a statement that Andrew was “appalled by the recent reports of Jeffrey Epstein’s alleged crimes.”

“His Royal Highness deplores the exploitation of any human being and the suggestion he would condone, participate in or encourage any such behavior is abhorrent,” the palace said.

The statement was released after the Mail on Sunday newspaper obtained a Dec. 6, 2010 video appearing to show Andrew inside Epstein’s opulent Manhattan home as the prince waved goodbye to a young woman.

The video was recorded two years after Epstein’s controversial plea deal in which he admitted to a Florida state felony charge of prostitution involving a minor. The terms of the deal included generous work release conditions for Epstein.

PRINCE ANDREW’S EX LEFT JEFFREY EPSTEIN’S NEW YORK APARTMENT ‘BECAUSE SHE WAS BEING WATCHED’

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Prince Andrew, Duke of York leaves the headquarters of Crossrail at Canary Wharf on March 7, 2011, in London, England. Prince Andrew is under increasing pressure after a series of damaging revelations about him surfaced, including criticism over his friendship with convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein, an American financier. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

PRINCE ANDREW TO ‘STEP BACK’ FROM PUBLIC DUTIES OVER JEFFREY EPSTEIN RELATIONSHIP

Andrew was photographed with Epstein in 2010 in New York’s Central Park after Epstein had finished serving his 18-month prison sentence. The photos sparked controversy at the time and led Andrew to quit his role as a UK trade envoy in 2011, according to Sky News.

In documents released in August, Johanna Sjoberg said she was 21 years old in 2001 when Andrew grabbed her breast at Epstein’s mansion in New York.

Sjoberg testified the incident was sparked when “someone” suggested those gathered take a picture, at which point Sjoberg said she and Ghislaine Maxwell (Epstein’s former girlfriend and alleged “madam”) went to a closet and grabbed a puppet of Andrew.

“They told us to go get on the couch,” she said in the 2016 deposition. “And so Andrew and Virginia sat on the couch, and they put the puppet, the puppet on her lap. And so then I sat on Andrew’s lap, and, I believe on my own volition, and they took the puppet’s hands and put it on Virginia’s breast, and so Andrew put his on mine.”

QUEEN ELIZABETH IS HAVING ‘A ROUGH TIME’ AFTER PRINCE ANDREW’S JEFFREY EPSTEIN INTERVIEW, ROYAL EXPERT CLAIMS

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Prince Andrew is the third child of Queen Elizabeth II and her second son. (Reuters/Neil Hall)

PRINCE ANDREW’S JEFFREY EPSTEIN INTERVIEW SLAMMED AS TOTAL DISASTER BY VIEWERS, MEDIA

She added: “I knew it was Prince Andrew because I knew him as a person.”

The court papers also include a photograph that has been in circulation since 2015 showing Andrew with his arm around Giuffre’s bare waist in London in 2001. Giuffre said she was 17 at the time the photo was taken.

Fox News’ Jessica Napoli contributed to this report.

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House Dem reverses course on impeachment as polls show declining support

Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence, a prominent supporter of Kamala Harris who has previously supported the impeachment inquiry into President Trump, abruptly announced Sunday that she no longer saw any “value” in the process and called for her fellow Democrats to abandon impeachment in favor of a symbolic censure resolution.

Lawrence’s about-face came as polls have shown that independents are souring on the idea of impeaching and removing Trump from office, including in critical battleground states like Wisconsin, even as House Democrats aggressively presented their poll-tested “bribery” case against the president over the past two weeks.

Fifty percent of independents questioned in an NPR/PBS/Marist poll conducted Nov. 11-15 did not support impeaching and removing Trump from office, with just 42 percent backing such a move. That’s a noticeable dip in support compared with the previous NPR/PBS/Marist poll – conducted the first week in October – when support stood at 45 percent.

And, a Gallup poll conducted the first two weeks of November indicated that 45 percent of independent voters supported impeaching and removing the president – with 53 percent opposing the move. That’s a switch from October, when the previous Gallup survey put the split at 53-44 percent.

“We are so close to an election,” Lawrence said Sunday on a Michigan radio program, even as she asserted there was “significant” evidence to justify impeachment. “I will tell you, sitting here knowing how divided this country is, I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. But I do see the value of putting down a marker saying his behavior is not acceptable. It’s in violation of the office and the oath of office of a president of the United States, and we have to be clear that you cannot use your power of the presidency to withhold funds to get a foreign country to investigate an American citizen for your own personal gain. There’s no way around that.”

Lawrence continued: “I want him censured. I want it on the record that the House of Representatives did their job and they told this president and any president coming behind him that this is unacceptable behavior and, under our Constitution, we will not allow it. … I am a Democrat, but I am an independent United States of America citizen.”

Lawrence occupies a safely Democratic district that includes eastern Detroit, and her reluctance to move forward with impeachment suggested that moderate Democrats in swing districts may also be getting cold feet now that all scheduled hearings in the probe wrapped up last week.

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Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence said she no longer supports impeachment, and called for a censure resolution. (House of Representatives)

The Washington Examiner noted that in a radio interview Oct. 4, before support for impeachment fell sharply, Lawrence was far more supportive of the proceedings.

“I feel strongly that for my legacy, for my time in history, sitting here at this table with an oath of office to protect this country, to protect the democracy of the United States of America, I cannot sit silent, that I must move forward with [impeachment] because this is egregious,” Lawrence said in October.

The House is now comprised of 431 members, meaning Democrats need 217 yeas to impeach Trump. There are currently 233 Democrats, so Democrats can only lose 16 of their own and still impeach the president. 31 House Democrats represent more moderate districts that Trump carried in 2016.

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There have been signs close to home for Lawrence that Democrats should consider pulling the ripcord on the impeachment process. In an editorial last week, The Detroit News wrote that the House “should censure, not impeach” the president.

“Democrats still don’t have the strong case they’re seeking to justify removing President Donald Trump from office,” the paper wrote. “Censure amounts to a public shaming. … But it also recognizes the offense does not merit removal from office. That, too, seems appropriate, given the inconclusive testimony so far.”

SCHIFF SUGGESTS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY TO WRAP UP SHORTLY AFTER THANKSGIVING

Earlier this month, freshman Rep. Elissa Slotkin, D-Mich. — who flipped a GOP district in 2018 that Trump won by 7 points in 2016 — told Fox News that she was tentatively weighing all the evidence.

“My constituents expect me to make an objective decision,” Slotkin said as the hearings concluded, “not one based on an hour of testimony.”

Slotkin went on to acknowledge that launching an impeachment inquiry was a “politically tough thing to do.”

The censure process is not prescribed by the Constitution, and amounts essentially to a condemnation of conduct, without any substantive consequence, by a majority vote in either the House or the Senate.

“I don’t see the value of taking him out of office. … I want to censure.”

— Michigan Democratic Rep. Brenda Lawrence

President Andrew Jackson was censured in a largely political process by the Senate in 1834, although it was expunged three years later. Several other U.S. presidents have been reprimanded by Congress, including Abraham Lincoln, James Buchanan, and William Howard Taft.

Still, top Democrats have signaled they will go ahead with impeachment, at least for now. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., announced Monday that Democrats “are now preparing a report” for the House Judiciary Committee, indicating that his panel is wrapping up its work and that the next phase of the impeachment inquiry is imminent.

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Calling the evidence against the president “overwhelming, unchallenged and damning,” Schiff nevertheless asserted that investigative work would continue, and left open the possibility that Democrats would hold additional hearings.  But all scheduled public hearings before Schiff’s panel wrapped up on a testy note last week, and no new proceedings are planned.

“As required under House Resolution 660, the Committees are now preparing a report summarizing the evidence we have found this far, which will be transmitted to the Judiciary Committee soon after Congress returns from the Thanksgiving recess,” Schiff wrote in a letter to congressional colleagues.

He noted that the report “will catalog the instances of non-compliance with lawful subpoenas as part of our report to the Judiciary Committee, which will allow that committee to consider whether an article of impeachment based on obstruction of Congress is warranted along with an article or articles based on this underlying conduct or other presidential misconduct. Such obstruction was the basis of the third article of impeachment against President Richard Nixon.”

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California dive boat in Labor Day fire was exempt from Coast Guard safety regulations: report

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The diving boat that caught fire on Labor Day off southern California, killing 34 people, was among hundreds of small vessels exempted by the U.S. Coast Guard from stricter safety rules designed to make it easier for passengers to escape, according to a newspaper report Monday.

CAUSE OF DEADLY CALIFORNIA SCUBA DIVING BOAT FIRE STILL A MYSTERY

In 1996, the Coast Guard implemented a set of standards on new vessels, requiring escape hatches at least 32 inches wide and illuminated exit signs. The Conception, built in 1981, had a 24-inch hatch and no illuminated signs. The diving boat was one of 325 vessels built before 1996 that were grandfathered in, and therefore, not required to meet new regulations because doing so was found to be economically unfeasible and impractical, according to the Los Angeles Times.

All 33 passengers and one crew member aboard the Conception were trapped below deck where they had been sleeping in stacked bunk beds when the fire first broke out in the early morning hours of Sept. 2. Crew members who jumped overboard to safety said they had been unable to reach passengers trapped in the hull below because of intense flames. The 75-foot long dive boat sank off the coast of Santa Cruz Island, Calif.

It’s unclear whether such measures would have made a difference in what’s since been deemed the worst maritime disaster in modern California history, according to the newspaper. Authorities have not determined the cause of the fire. Criminal and safety investigations are ongoing.

National Transportation Safety Board investigator Jennifer Homendy told the Times in September that she was “taken aback” by the small size of the emergency escape hatches, adding that she thought it would be difficult for passengers to exit during an emergency in the dark.

The Coast Guard has said the Conception, owned by Truth Aquatics, which operates diving excursions around the Channel Islands, had passed all recent inspections before the fire.

“We have always followed Coast Guard regulations and whatever is required,” Truth Aquatics owner Glen Fritzler told the Times. “Our past inspections reflect our commitment.”

Under added scrutiny since the Conception disaster, the Coast Guard has stepped up inspections of similar boats across the country. Several boat owners have said that among the issues inspectors have raised is the size of escape hatches, fire protection systems and crew training in emergencies.

When adopting changes to the Subchapter T regulations in the 1990s, the Coast Guard wanted to ensure improvements and safety for new boats, but also had to address what to do with existing vessels, according to Kyle McAvoy, a marine safety expert at Robson Forensic and former Coast Guard chief of the Office of Commercial Vessel Compliance Policy.

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Before the new standards were adopted, the Coast Guard sought public comment and conducted feasibility studies. Older vessels “may not be able to change what they have,” McAvoy told the newspaper. He retired as a Coast Guard captain in 2016.

The Coast Guard has the authority to make immediate safety changes in the wake of incidents such as the deadly Conception fire, McAvoy added.

Currently, the Subchapter T regulations govern about 5,000 vessels on U.S. waterways. Of those, about 325 still fall under the original rules, according to the Times. Small passenger vessels weighing less than 100 tons fall under Subchapter T of the Code of Federal Regulations for boats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Powerful earthquake hits Albania, rescue teams search for victims

A magnitude-6.4 earthquake shook Albania early Tuesday, causing damage in the area centered about 20 miles from the capital Tirana, killing at least two people, injuring 150 and collapsing buildings.

The quake, at a depth of 6.2 miles, was felt along the Albanian coast.

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People stand next to a damaged hotel after an earthquake, in Durres, western Albania. (AP)

An Interior Ministry spokesman told Reuters he was informed one person died when they jumped out of a window during the shaking and another died in a building collapse.

“Firefighters and army staff are helping residents under the rubble,” the official said.

People reported seeing cracks in their apartment walls and were seen leaving homes to go to open areas.

Local media reported a restaurant was destroyed in western Durres.

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A September earthquake damaged hundreds of homes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Mark Levin blasts McGahn ruling, calls judge a ‘disgrace’

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Radio host Mark Levin on Monday slammed a D.C. federal judge’s ruling that former White House counsel Don McGahn must appear before Congress pursuant to a subpoena issued earlier this year.

“She’s a radical leftist and this is truly outrageous,” Levin said on his radio show.

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If McGahn wanted to assert executive privilege to avoid testifying as part of the House impeachment inquiry, U.S. District Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled, he would need to appear before Congress and do it himself, likely on a question-by-question basis.

“Now, this is what you need to understand, a president must be able to have legal advice. Must be able to have legal advice without Congress interfering,” Levin said. “Whether it’s an impeachment proceeding or any other proceeding. Otherwise, there’s no balance of power because the House of Representatives, unless there’s a criminal investigation, is not subject to any subpoenas.”

“If a president can’t turn to a lawyer for legal advice, then it’s a disaster,” Levin added, saying the ruling would be appealed.

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The host of “Life, Liberty & Levin” called the judge, who was appointed by former President Obama, a “disgrace” and noted the signifcance of the ruling.

“So, what she’s doing is she’s tilting the balance of power far away from the president to the Congress. Changing the structure of our government,” Levin said. “And the ability of the chief executive to function, to function. There is a circle of advice that a president gets in the inner circle that should be unmolested by these subpoenas.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Navy SEAL Gallagher to retire from active duty, no review board

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Eddie Gallagher, the Navy SEAL at the center of a high-profile standoff between President Trump and some top officials in the Navy, will retire from active duty and will not take part in a review board over his conduct in 2017 while deployed, a Navy spokesman said late Monday.

Gallagher, a highly decorated SEAL who received two Bronze Stars with V for valor, was acquitted of murder in the stabbing death of an Islamic State militant captive but was convicted of posing with the corpse.

Lt. Cmdr. Clay Doss, the Navy spokesman, said there will be no additional information due to privacy concerns.

The announcement was not a surprise. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said earlier that he was given a direct order by Trump to allow Gallagher to retire without losing his status as a Navy SEAL.

Esper on Sunday asked for Richard V. Spencer, the secretary of the Navy, to step down over the handling of the case. Esper claimed that Spencer made overtures to the White House to rig the disciplinary process to ensure that Gallagher would keep his Trident.

“I am deeply troubled by this conduct shown by a senior DOD official,” Esper said on Sunday. “Unfortunately, as a result, I have determined that Secretary Spencer no longer has my confidence to continue in his position. I wish Richard well.”

Spencer’s ousting was not a consequence of standing up for military justice – but rather was for taking the matter into his own hands and not going through the proper military channels, the senior U.S. official told Fox News. He was fired for “lack of candor,” the official added.

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Spencer, for his part, issued a statement that appeared to suggest his ouster was a direct result of the Gallagher review. He said, “I no longer share the same understanding with the Commander in Chief who appointed me, in regards to the key principle of good order and discipline.”

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin, Vandana Rambaran, Alex Pappas and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report

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Actor Jon Voight on Pelosi and Schiff: ‘These people are not well’

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Academy Award winning actor Jon Voight ripped the impeachment inquiry and Democrats Monday, saying Americans are witnessing firsthand that Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff are “not well.”

“It’s a lie,” Voight said of the impeachment inquiry Monday on “The Ingraham Angle.” “It’s the culmination of a commitment to take down this president.”

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Schiff commented on the Democrats’ impeachment push Sunday on CNN’s “State of the Union,” and said despite an “ironclad” case against the president, he couldn’t say if his party will impeach Trump or not.

Voight told interviewer Raymond Arroyo that the inquiry was a way of “exposing the truth,” saying Democrats are acting in “bad behavior”

“I look at the statements of Nancy Pelosi, I look at this fellow Schiff, Adam Schiff. It’s pretty clear there is something wrong here,” Voight said, “These people are not well and the audience is seeing the bottom line just as they’re seeing the bottom line with these debates. One ridiculous statement after another.”

“That’s who the Democratic Party is and they’re getting a view of it,” Voight added.

President Trump honored Voight last week with the National Medal of the Arts.

Voight starred in dozens of feature films since the late 1960s, when he rose to prominence for his Oscar-nominated role in “Midnight Cowboy.”

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The actor also commented on entertainer Madonna and actor Robert De Niro’s ire directed at the president.

“I’ve been there,” Voight said, referencing his liberal beliefs in the 1960s. “So when I hear them, those two you mention and others I know in this lifetime, perhaps they’ll come to an understanding that it’s wrong.”

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‘Dancing with the Stars’ crowns its season 28 champions

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Dancing with The Stars crowned the Bachelorette’s Hannah Brown and her professional dance partner Alan Bersten the winners Monday night on the finale of season 28 of ABC’s reality dance competition series.

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Brown, 25, took home the Mirror Ball trophy after competing against fellow amateur finalists Lauren Alaina, Ally Brooke and Kel Mitchell. The four remaining contestants danced in two rounds – one a rendition of previous performances during the 11-week season, and another new freestyle dance – in front of judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli.

Brown and Bersten performed the Viennese waltz to “Lover” by Taylor Swift in the first round before returning to the stage for a freestyle dance to “Girl on Fire” by Alicia Keys and “Hollaback Girl” by Gwen Stefani.

Alaina and her professional dancer partner Gleb Savchenko danced the foxtrot to “Jolene” by Dolly Parton before showing their freestyle moves to “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan. Brooke and Sasha Farber danced the jive to “Proud Mary” by Tina Turner. Their second-round performance was to “Conga” by Gloria Estefan & Miami Sound Machine. Lastly, Mitchell and Witney Carson danced the jazz to “We’re All in This Together” by the High School Musical cast before dancing freestyle to “Jump” by Kris Kross.

The two-hour finale featured live performances from Cher, Pitbull and Ne-Yo. ABC network also aired its first promo for the upcoming season of the Bachelor starring Brown’s ex Pilot Pete. The promo showed Brown visit Peter Weber before he embarked on his own journey to find love.

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Co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced Alaina had won fourth place and Brooke had won third place in the remaining minutes of the show. Mitchell won the runner-up. All four final contestants, in addition to season favorites, Kate Flannery and Sailor Brinkley-Cook, will join the upcoming Dancing with the Stars – Live Tour 2020.

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