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American hostage among four freed in western Africa following French special forces raid; two soldiers killed

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An American citizen is among a group of four hostages who have been freed in western Africa following a French special forces military operation, the Elysee announced Friday.

France said the hostages were rescued Thursday night following a battle in Burkina Faso that left two of its soldiers dead.

PASTOR, 5 OTHERS KILLED IN BURKINA FASO CHURCH ATTACK

The hostages were identified as a U.S. citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The Frenchmen were kidnapped during a safari in Benin last week, according to Reuters. The circumstances surrounding the capture of the other two were not immediately clear.

TRUMP SAYS US CITIZEN WHO WAS HELD HOSTAGE IN YEMEN FOR 18 MONTHS HAS BEEN FREED

Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.

The Sahel region near where the French citizens were kidnapped is as an ecological transition zone between the Sahara desert and Africa’s savannahs farther south. It has been roamed by militants in recent years who have targeted French nationals and other Europeans for kidnappings and demanded millions of dollars for their release.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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American hostage among four freed in western Africa following French special forces raid; two soldiers killed

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An American citizen is among a group of four hostages who have been freed in western Africa following a French special forces military operation, the Elysee announced Friday.

France said the hostages were rescued Thursday night following a battle in Burkina Faso that left two of its soldiers dead.

PASTOR, 5 OTHERS KILLED IN BURKINA FASO CHURCH ATTACK

The hostages were identified as a U.S. citizen, a South Korean national, and French nationals Patrick Picque and Laurent Lassimouillas.

The Frenchmen were kidnapped during a safari in Benin last week, according to Reuters. The circumstances surrounding the capture of the other two were not immediately clear.

TRUMP SAYS US CITIZEN WHO WAS HELD HOSTAGE IN YEMEN FOR 18 MONTHS HAS BEEN FREED

Islamic extremists have become increasingly active in Burkina Faso, raising worries the militants could be infiltrating northern Benin and neighboring Togo as well.

The Sahel region near where the French citizens were kidnapped is as an ecological transition zone between the Sahara desert and Africa’s savannahs farther south. It has been roamed by militants in recent years who have targeted French nationals and other Europeans for kidnappings and demanded millions of dollars for their release.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Mississippi police feel ‘vindicated’ after chance encounter leads to arrest of suspected cop killer

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The 19-year-old accused in the brazen murder of a decorated, veteran cop flashed a smirk as he walked a gauntlet of law enforcement officials who’d gathered to watch him booked into the same Biloxi police station outside of which he’s believed to have killed Robert McKeithen.

John Miller, the Mississippi police chief whose cops tracked down Darian Tawan Atkinson, said Monday night his department feels “vindicated” after arresting the suspected killer.

Atkinson was yanked out of a police cruiser to some clapping and cheering, but his emergence was mostly met by the dozens of officers who had gathered to witness the scene – including agents from the Border Patrol and FBI – silently staring him down as he was marched inside the building.

“These officers… some of them have been up for 38, 40, 44 hours,” Miller said. “We thought it would be fitting for them to be here and see the arrest that they worked so hard to try to make.”

He added: “I’m not bothered by his smile.”

VIDEO SHOWS DEADLY CONNECTICUT POLICE SHOOTING AFTER OFFICER YELLS ‘SHOW ME YOUR HANDS’

Investigators on Tuesday are still trying to determine why McKeithen – an Air Force veteran and recipient of the Medal of Valor for helping save the lives of special needs children during Hurricane Katrina – was targeted Sunday night, just months before his planned retirement.

McKeithen, who served the Biloxi Police Department for 24 years, was shot near his police car in the facility’s parking lot. He later died at a local hospital.

The suspect fled following the attack – sparking a frenzied manhunt in the Mississippi Gulf Coast city for much of Monday, involving SWAT teams and multiple law enforcement agencies at the federal, state and local levels.

A surveillance video had captured Atkinson wandering into police headquarters at some point prior to the attack, giving investigators a clear image of the man they were looking for. His identity was confirmed through tips and interviews, Gulfport police Spokesman Sgt. James Griffin told the Associated Press.

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Robert McKeithen was a 24-year veteran of the Biloxi Police Department, its chief said. (Biloxi Police Department)

But Atkinson remained elusive — until an eagle-eyed Biloxi officer spotted him by chance as he drove home after ending his shift, Miller said.

The officer, who was driving through Wiggins, about 30 miles outside of Biloxi, spotted a man walking on the side of the road who looked like Atkinson.

Miller said the officer called Wiggins police, who responded to the scene and arrested the man – who turned out to be him.

NORTH CAROLINA POLICE OFFICER DIES AFTER BEING SHOT DURING TRAFFIC STOP

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The suspect wanted in the shooting death of a Biloxi police officer late Sunday night. (Biloxi Police Department)

Miller told reporters Monday that Atkinson is now facing a capital murder charge and at least one other person will be charged with accessory for helping him flee Biloxi.

“We want to make sure that we have a solid case,” Miller said. “We want the district attorney to be pleased with the case that we present. And we want this guy to pay for what he has done.”

Miller also said the department feels “vindicated” after a “long couple of days” surrounding the death of McKeithen. He hailed the community for their support, noting that residents have sent them cards and brought food down to the police station for officers working on the case.

The slain officer’s cruiser is still parked outside of the Biloxi Police Department headquarters and has turned into a makeshift memorial. Its hood by Monday afternoon was completely covered with flowers, balloons and American flags.

“There are no words that are going to make this better for them,” Miller said when asked if he had a message for McKeithen’s family. He leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons and a stepdaughter.

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“I hope in some small way making this arrest tonight will bring them some closure. But there is no words,” he added. “I’ve talked to Mrs. McKeithen several times – there is no words to make her feel better.”

McKeithen’s funeral will be held at a local church on Monday, May 13.

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Iranian threat that prompted deployment of US carrier, bombers to Middle East ‘is real’, official warns

The Iranian threat to American troops that prompted the deployment of an aircraft carrier and a bomber task force to the Middle East “is real,” a U.S. official told Fox News on Monday.

The official’s underscoring of the danger posed by the Islamic Republic comes amid an Associated Press report in which a source identified “clear indications” that Iranian and Iranian proxy forces were preparing for a possible attack on American troops in the region.

“The threat is real,” Fox News was told by the U.S. official, who also confirmed the AP report.

The defense official who spoke to the AP on the condition of anonymity said the Pentagon approved the deployments and that U.S. forces at sea and on land were thought to be the potential targets. The official declined to be more specific.

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The USS Abraham Lincoln in the waters of Western Pacific Ocean in 2004. The ship is now heading to the Middle East.

SAUDI OFFICIALS CONDEMN IRAN OVER ITS ROLE IN YEMEN

White House national security adviser John Bolton said in a statement Sunday night that the U.S. is deploying the USS Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group and a bomber task force to the U.S. Central Command region, an area that includes the Middle East.

“The United States is not seeking war with the Iranian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular Iranian forces,” he said.

Bolton also said the move was in response to “a number of troubling and escalatory indications and warnings,” without elaborating.

The Abraham Lincoln, its strike group of ships – which include the guided missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf and destroyers from Destroyer Squadron 2 — and combat aircraft have been operating in the Mediterranean Sea recently. Last Wednesday a group of senior Albanian government officials visited aboard the Lincoln as it sailed in the Adriatic.

Bolton’s reference to the Central Command area, the AP says, suggests the Lincoln is now headed east to the Red Sea and perhaps then to the Arabian Sea or the Persian Gulf. The U.S. Navy currently has no aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

DISSIDENTS CALL FOR IRAN’S EMBASSIES IN EUROPE TO BE SHUT DOWN AMID TERROR THREAT

Speaking to reporters while flying to Europe, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the actions undertaken by the U.S. had been in the works for a little while.

“It is absolutely the case that we have seen escalatory actions from the Iranians and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests,” Pompeo said. “If these actions take place, if they do by some third-party proxy, a militia group, Hezbollah, we will hold the Iranian leadership directly accountable for that.”

Asked about “escalatory actions,” Pompeo replied, “I don’t want to talk about what underlays it, but make no mistake, we have good reason to want to communicate clearly about how the Iranians should understand how we will respond to actions they may take.”

And asked if the Iranian action were related to the deadly events in Gaza and Israel — militants fired rockets into Israel on Sunday and Israel responded with airstrikes — Pompeo said, “It is separate from that.”

The Trump administration lately has been intensifying a pressure campaign against Iran.

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Last month, President Trump announced the U.S. will no longer exempt any countries from U.S. sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil, a decision that primarily affects the five remaining major importers: China and India and U.S. treaty allies Japan, South Korea and Turkey.

The U.S. also recently designated Iran’s Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist group, the first ever for an entire division of another government.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Samuel Chamberlain and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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California high school newspaper runs story about student’s porn career after winning free speech battle

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A California high school student newspaper has published a feature story about a local 18-year-old’s fledgling career in the porn industry after winning a free speech battle against a group of district officials its advisor says “have lost their minds.”

The profile of Caitlin Fink – a senior at Bear Creek High School in Stockton – ran in The Bruin Voice Friday following a weeks-long dispute between the Lodi Unified School District and the student editors and longtime advisor of the newspaper, English teacher Kathi Duffel. The Bay Area district’s superintendent reportedly wrote a letter to Duffel in mid-April threatening that she could be fired unless she turns over a copy of the article for review by administrators, prior to its publishing.

“This is a whole new level of district administrators who have lost their minds, quite frankly,” The Bruin Voice – whose motto is “The Voice Shall not be silenced” – quoted Duffel as saying this week.

The article, titled “Risky business: starting a career in the adult entertainment industry”, details how Fink has made a “substantial amount of money” selling erotic photographs of herself on smartphone messaging apps and is aspiring to become a stripper. It also says she was scheduled to shoot her first professional porn scene in March, but the company that hired her postponed the production after seeing that she had body acne.

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Bear Creek High School student newspaper advisor Kathi Duffel, left, and student journalist Bailey Kirkeby talk about the Lodi Unified School District’s attempts at suppressing a story that Kirkeby wrote about a current 18-year-old student who works in the porn industry, in Stockton, Calif. (AP/The Record)

10 STUNNING DISPUTES OVER FREE SPEECH BETWEEN STUDENTS, FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATORS

“Throughout their high school years, students are often told to follow their dreams and pursue what they love,” the article states. “Despite encountering obstacles — such as a difficult freshman year and leaving her house — Caitlin Fink, an 18-year-old senior at Bear Creek who recently started a career in adult entertainment, is doing just that.”

However, while managing editor Bailey Kirkeby was doing research for the story, district officials somehow got word and raised concerns about whether its contents would violate California’s education code. They reportedly warned the student newspaper not to publish the story until administrators could take a look.

“The district has received information that [the] interview will focus primarily on her production of adult videos,” Superintendent Cathy Nichols-Washer wrote to Duffel on April 11, according to The Record newspaper in Stockton. “Given this focus, the district is reasonably concerned that the article may contain material prohibited by Education Code section 48907.

“Accordingly, should you fail to provide a copy of the article as directed, you may be subject to discipline, up to, and including dismissal,” the letter added.

Education Code section 48907 states that California’s public school students have the right to freedom of speech and the press, but publishing content that is “obscene, libelous, or slanderous” is prohibited.

“Also prohibited shall be material that so incites pupils as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school,” it adds.

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School district officials in California tried to get the Bear Creek High School’s student newspaper to turn over the contents of the article for a review, before it was published. (Google Maps)

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In their response to the superintendent, Duffel and the newspaper’s seven student editors, according to The Record, accused officials of mischaracterizing the focus and intent of the article.

“It speaks to every 14-year-old freshman who is sitting in class reading the article who has failed three classes her freshman year and now has a choice to make — and our hope is that this article will help students think more critically about the choices they do make at this age in their lives,” Duffel reportedly wrote.

They refused to hand over a draft version of the story for review and brought in an attorney who read its contents and determined that there is “no basis for censoring the article,” the newspaper added.

“We hope you and the entire Bear Creek High community enjoy reading it when it comes out on Friday,” the attorney, Matthew Cate, wrote in a message to administrators that was obtained by The Record.

Lodi Unified School District ultimately relented and allowed the article to be published in its intended form.

“The district has determined that it will rely on the promises the journalism teacher’s personal attorney has made on her behalf regarding the content of the article and on that basis will not prevent its publication,” a spokesperson said Thursday, while adding that the district “does not endorse” the story.

“Because we are charged with the education and care of our community’s children, we will always be diligent in our efforts to provide a safe learning environment for all students while complying with our obligations under the law,” their statement added.

As for Fink, in an interview with The Record, she said school officials went overboard and “they shouldn’t have made this into a deep situation, it didn’t have to be like that.

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“People think sex work isn’t work but it is work, you’re just taking off your clothes,” she told the newspaper.

“I just hope that people get more educated about adult entertainers — they’re people, too.”

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Ringleader of failed Al Qaeda plot to bomb NYC subway to be sentenced after helping feds catch terrorists

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The ringleader of a failed Al Qaeda plot to bomb the New York City subway system around the eighth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks is set to learn his fate Thursday at a sentencing hearing after he spent years cooperating with federal authorities.

Najibullah Zazi, a 33-year-old naturalized U.S. citizen originally from Afghanistan, was busted in 2009 for a plot that then-Attorney General Eric Holder called “one of the most serious terrorist threats to our nation” since 9/11. The mission had called for Zazi and two childhood friends to conduct suicide bombings on New York City subway lines during rush hour.

Zazi will be sentenced at Brooklyn federal court around 2:30 p.m. Thursday. Federal sentencing guidelines, the Associated Press says, call for Zazi to spend the rest of his life behind bars after pleading guilty in 2010 to his involvement in the terror plot.

But prosecutors on Wednesday credited Zazi for his “extraordinary” assistance to authorities over the past nine years, including implicating his two best friends in the subway plot and providing “critical intelligence and unique insight regarding Al Qaeda and its members.”

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Najibullah Zazi arrives at the offices of the FBI in Denver for questioning in 2009.

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Zazi’s cooperation included meeting with the government “more than 100 times, prosecutors said, viewing hundreds of photographs and providing information that assisted law enforcement officials in a number of different investigations.”

Assistant U.S. Attorney Douglas M. Pravda, in a court filing, wrote that “Zazi’s assistance came in the face of substantial potential danger to himself and his family.

“By aligning himself with the government against Al Qaeda, Zazi assumed such a risk,” Pravda said.

And for his cooperation, Zazi may get a lighter sentence.

Seamus Hughes, deputy director of George Washington University’s Program on Extremism, told the Associated Press he believes Zazi could also get “considerably less” than life imprisonment.

Prosecutors at the Brooklyn U.S. Attorney’s office “tend to look favorably on cooperation when it comes to terrorism cases,” he said. And the lengthy lag between Zazi’s guilty plea and sentencing, Hughes added, “speaks to the value that prosecutors saw in terms of Zazi testifying against others.”

FLASHBACK: ZAZI WAS SURROUNDED BY RADICAL INFLUENCES BEFORE ARREST

Born in Afghanistan, Zazi moved to Pakistan as a child and then relocated to New York City as a teenager.

At age 14 he was living in Queens, where his father drove a cab. Friends said he initially seemed to like American life. He became a naturalized U.S. citizen and took a job operating a coffee cart on Wall Street.

Fellow food vendors said Zazi changed, though, after a series of trips back to Pakistan. He grew a long beard, stopped wearing western clothes in favor of tunics and began playing holy music. He also ran into financial problems, declaring bankruptcy in 2008.

Not long after that, Zazi and two childhood friends from Queens— Ahmedzay and Adis Medunjanin — agreed to travel to Pakistan in 2008 to try to join the Taliban. Instead, they were recruited by Al Qaeda operatives for a “martyrdom operation” in the Big Apple.

Zazi, who had moved to a Denver suburb and briefly worked as an airport shuttle driver, later said he wanted to “bring attention to what the United States military was doing to civilians in Afghanistan by sacrificing my soul for the sake of saving other souls.” He cooked up explosives in a Colorado hotel room, made from a recipe of beauty supplies, the Associated Press reported.

Secretly, though, the FBI had gotten tipped off that Zazi was involved with militants. He was placed under surveillance in Colorado and followed as he drove to New York around the 2009 anniversary of the attacks. Police stopped his car as it entered the city. Officers let him go, but his rental car was later towed by the FBI.

Zazi was further spooked by a call from a Queens imam warning police were asking about him. He rushed back to Colorado. FBI agents executed a series of raids. News outlets learned of the investigation and also began hounding Zazi, who told reporters at the time that he had no idea what was going on. He was soon arrested.

Following his 2009 arrest and decision to cooperate, Zazi testified against Medunjanin in the subway plot, providing a tearful account that prosecutors said was “critical to establishing proof of Medunjanin’s understanding of and participation in the conspiracy to kill American soldiers in Afghanistan and to conduct a suicide attack on the New York City subways.”

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In 2015, he gave critical evidence in the trial of Abid Naseer, a Pakistani national convicted of leading an Al Qaeda plot to bomb a shopping mall in Manchester, England.

Zazi also played a role in the prosecution of Muhanad Mahmoud al-Farekh, a U.S. citizen born in Texas who was convicted of supporting Al Qaeda and conspiring to bomb a U.S. military base in Afghanistan.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Venezuela’s Guaidó calls for general strike after clashes leave woman dead, dozens injured

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Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is hoping public employees stage strikes on Thursday to put pressure on embattled President Nicolas Maduro – a day after clashes between his forces and anti-government protesters left one woman dead and dozens injured.

Guaidó’s push for a general strike and for Venezuelans to remain in the streets – which was met with cheers Wednesday by a crowd of thousands that had gathered to hear him speak in Caracas – are his latest moves in a fledgling attempt to unseat Maduro from power.

“It’s totally clear now the usurper has lost,” Guaidó said as clashes between his supporters and Maduro loyalists raged across the Venezuelan capital.

A 27-year-old woman was gunned down in Wednesday’s violence, according to the BBC. Gustavo Duque, the mayor of one of Caracas’ municipalities, told the Associated Press that the Salud Chacao medical center took in 27 new patients by late afternoon Wednesday, one of whom was shot in the foot.

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Flames erupt on a water cannon vehicle after anti-government demonstrators hit it with a gasoline bomb during clashes with security forces loyal to President Nicolás Maduro in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. (AP)

FORMER VENEZUELAN U.N. DELEGATE: ‘THIS IS A POINT OF NO RETURN’

Those injuries are on top of more than 50 reported by the hospital’s director during clashes Tuesday.

State security forces launched tear gas and fired rubber bullets around Caracas Wednesday while bands of mostly young men armed with makeshift shields threw rocks and set a motorcycle ablaze.

But Guaidó’s repeated calls for a military uprising against Maduro appear to be gaining little momentum. Only the chief of Venezuela’s feared intelligence agency has broken ranks, while most others are standing steadfast, the Associated Press reports.

Protesters like Beatriz Pino, who took to the streets Wednesday waving flags and banging pots and pans, said they weren’t entirely surprised by the military’s response to Guaidó. She said the late President Hugo Chavez politicized Venezuela’s military as he installed a socialist system. Despite the setback, she said she remained committed to the opposition’s call for protest.

“We can’t leave the streets,” she said. “We’ve been in this for years.”

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Anti-government protesters, one carrying a homemade mortar, take cover as security forces fire tear gas to disperse demonstrators in Caracas, Venezuela, on Wednesday. (AP)

The struggle also has heightened geopolitical dimensions, with the United States and more than 50 other nations backing Guaidó as Venezuela’s legitimate president and Maduro allies like Russia lending the beleaguered president military and economic support.

U.S. National Security Adviser John Bolton said Wednesday that Maduro is surrounded by “scorpions in a bottle” and that key figures among his inner circle had been “outed” as dealing with the opposition.

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Opposition leader Juan Guaidó flashes a thumbs up at supporters during a rally in Caracas on Wednesday. (AP)

The United States contends Maduro had been ready to flee Tuesday, an airplane already on the tarmac, but was talked out of it by Russian advisers.

Yet Maduro appeared at a socialist party rally Wednesday afternoon, saying U.S. leaders had been fooled by the opposition into believing he was about to leave Venezuela. He said the Trump administration was part of a “pot of lies” and likened the ordeal to “fake news.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Napolitano: Barr ‘splitting hairs’ with response to question during testimony about Mueller’s concerns

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A line of questioning between Sen. Patrick Leahy and William Barr on Wednesday over past statements the attorney general made regarding the Mueller report shows exactly why House lawmakers want to bring in their own legal staff to interrogate Barr, Fox News’ Senior Judicial Analyst Andrew Napolitano said.

During an April 9 congressional hearing, Rep. Charlie Crist, D-Fla., had asked Barr whether he knew what prompted media reports that Mueller’s prosecutors were frustrated with his initial summary of the Special Counsel’s findings. Barr said he did not.

However, last night, the Washington Post reported that Mueller contacted Barr, both in a letter dated March 27 and in a phone call, to express concerns after Barr released his summary that month.

Leahy, D-Vt., on Wednesday then asked Barr: “Why did you say you were not aware of concerns when weeks before your testimony, Mr. Mueller had expressed concerns to you?”

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The AG answered: “Well I answered a question and the question was relating to unidentified members who were expressing frustration over the accuracy relating to findings. I don’t know what that refers to at all. I talk directly to Bob Mueller, not members of his own team.”

Napolitano told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer and Sandra Smith: “Bob Mueller is a member of his own team and I think the attorney general was splitting hairs there.

“In terms of Sen. Leahy’s question, this is why the House of Representatives wants its professional legal staff to question the attorney general tomorrow,” Napolitano added. “Because politicians don’t always know how to ask questions and they don’t always know how to box in the answerer and prevent him from giving an answer that’s not directly responsive to the question.”

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Attorney General William Barr testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday. (AP)

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As of this afternoon, it’s still unclear whether Barr will appear in front of the House tomorrow amid an ongoing dispute over who gets to ask the questions.

“As I understand that there are these negotiations are going on even as we speak over this very issue,” Napolitano said. “Can the legal staff who know how to ask questions interrogate the attorney general in addition to the politicians who don’t know how to ask questions?”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Michigan home torched after stolen car plows into it, then bursts into flames, officials say

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Michigan police are on the hunt for a mystery driver who crashed a stolen vehicle filled with oxygen tanks into the back of a home and then intentionally set it on fire.

Photos taken in the aftermath of the incident in Jackson show that the ensuing blaze around 5 a.m. Tuesday melted off the home’s side paneling, while the SUV’s insides were completely ravaged.

“It looks like whoever was driving the vehicle was doing some donuts, joyriding-type things before it was started intentionally on fire,” Elmer Hitt, Jackson’s Director of Police and Fire Services, told Fox News.

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Police investigating the scene Tuesday after a car filled with oxygen tanks plowed into the back of a home in Jackson, before being intentionally set on fire. (Michigan Live/Barcroft)

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Hitt said the incident appears to be arson. Investigators believe the oxygen canisters inside the vehicle belonged to its rightful owner and were already there when it was stolen, he added. Police believe the car belonged to an elderly couple.

David Wooden, the Deputy Director of Fire Services in Jackson, told Fox News that the oxygen canisters acted as an accelerant for the fire and that the vehicle was stolen from nearby Blackman Charter Township.

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No injuries were reported from the incident and no one was found there when fire crews arrived early Tuesday morning, reports said.

Another fire official from the city told MLive.com that the home targeted in the crash was unoccupied and is undergoing renovations.

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Chris Wallace: Attorney General Barr is going to ‘get roasted’ by Dems, but is going to ‘give as good as he gets’

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Attorney General Bill Barr is going to “get roasted today by the Democrats” during his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing over the Mueller report, but he’s a “tough guy” who is going to “give as good as he gets.”

That’s according to “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace, who made the comments Wednesday on “America’s Newsroom” just minutes before Barr is scheduled to deliver testimony regarding how he handled the release of the Special Counsel’s investigative report on Russia.

Democrats have been accusing the attorney general – who wrote and released a summary of the report – of misrepresenting its contents.

“Barr is a tough guy, he’s been an attorney general – this is his second term at it. He is very competent, very smart, very tough so I’m sure he is going to give as good as he gets from the Democrats,” Wallace said. “But they are going to be angry at him for the way they feel he has misled the country on the elements, the essential context of the Mueller report.”

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“I think Bill Barr is going to get roasted today by the Democrats and the Republicans are going to have to do some rehabilitation to try to restore him,” he added.

Fox News’ Bret Baier agreed with Wallace that Barr should be getting ready for a tough hearing.

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Former independent counsel Ken Starr, who also participated in the segment, says he thinks at “the end of the day there’s really going to be a sense of ‘he’s an honest guy, he is giving it the best they can, these are judgment calls and so forth’.”

“This is a 440-plus page report. As you paw through the report, it is so detailed – there is nuance there right? So it’s not surprising that the author of the report will say ‘you didn’t get it exactly right’,” he added. “But the key is, did you get something wrong? Were you misleading? Were you inaccurate?… and there Bill Barr gets a 100 percent grade, so he gets an A-plus.”

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