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‘Richard Jewell’ backlash leads Atlanta newspaper to demand disclaimer on film’s portrayal of reporter

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution is asking for a Warner Bros. disclaimer statement in its new film “Richard Jewell,” over its portrayal of a real-life journalist.

The film depicted the search for the identity of the culprit behind the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing, including how the reporter, Kathy Scruggs, helped uncover the truth.

In the film, Scruggs, who has since died, was portrayed by Olivia Wilde as a woman who traded sex for news tips — a detail that newspaper executives said “veers from reality.”

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The newspaper sent a letter to Warner Bros., director Clint Eastwood and screenwriter Billy Ray, outlining its demands.

“We hereby demand that you immediately issue a statement publicly acknowledging that some events were imagined for dramatic purposes and artistic license and dramatization were used in the film’s portrayal of events and characters,” the letter read. “We further demand that you add a prominent disclaimer to the film to that effect.”

Journal-Constitution editor Kevin G. Riley told Variety: “I think this letter makes it clear how seriously we take the misrepresentation of our reporters’ actions and of the actions of the newspaper during that time. We have been clear about how disturbed we are in the film’s use of a Hollywood trope about reporters… and how it misrepresents how seriously journalists concern themselves with reporting accurately and ethically.”

Additionally, the paper published a piece headlined “The Ballad of Kathy Scruggs” in November, which featured testimonies to the portrayal’s falsehood from people who knew Scruggs personally.

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Olivia Wilde portrays the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reporter in “Richard Jewell.” (Kevin Winter/Getty Images, File)

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In the article, friends called her “the real deal,” and said that the film’s portrayal was “complete horses–t” and “just not true.”

The letter also claimed that the paper’s involvement in the exoneration of suspect Richard Jewell was not depicted correctly.

“The film literally makes things up and adds to misunderstandings about how serious news organizations work,” Riley told Variety. “It’s ironic that the film commits the same sins that it accuses the media of committing.”

In a statement to Fox News, a spokesperson for Warner Bros. said that “the film is based on a wide range of highly credible source material.”

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Paul Walter Hauser stars as Richard Jewell, a security guard investigated in connection with the Centennial Olympic Park bombing in 1996.

“There is no disputing that Richard Jewell was an innocent man whose reputation and life were shredded by a miscarriage of justice,” the statement continued. “It is unfortunate and the ultimate irony that the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, having been a part of the rush to judgment of Richard Jewell, is now trying to malign our filmmakers and cast. ‘Richard Jewell’ focuses on the real victim, seeks to tell his story, confirm his innocence and restore his name.  The (Journal-Constitution’s) claims are baseless and we will vigorously defend against them.”

Additionally, the spokesperson pointed out that a disclaimer will be visible at the end of the film, as is standard for fact-based stories, reading: “The film is based on actual historical events. Dialogue and certain events and characters contained in the film were created for the purposes of dramatization.”

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Kathy Bates on Monday earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work in the film, which hits theaters on Friday.

Reps for the Journal-Constitution, Ray and Wilde did not immediately respond to Fox News’ requests for comment.

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Massachusetts, New Jersey move closer to plastic bag bans

BOSTON – Paper or plastic?

Soon, shoppers in Massachusetts and New Jersey may not have a choice.

Both states’ legislatures have been moving closer to banning plastic bags in an effort to cut down plastic pollution. Eight states – California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Maine, New York, Oregon and Vermont — already have approved bans on single-use plastic bags, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The Massachusetts bill would make stores charge 10 cents per paper bag – while legislators in New Jersey have been considering banning paper to boot.

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“It’s kind of like water torture. It’s like this drip, drip, drip of taxes,” said John Sullivan, the owner of Dana Wallboard, a hardware and contractor supply store in the town of Tyngsborough in northern Massachusetts.

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John Sullivan, the owner of Dana Wallboard in Tyngsborough, Mass., said paper bags just won’t cut it for a lot of the tools he sells. (Fox News/Rob DiRienzo)

Sullivan said that while he agreed plastic pollution has been an issue, he dreaded slapping his customers with another fee. The store, which has been in business for 44 years, is less than two miles from the New Hampshire border. Sullivan said he feared that eventually, his customers will start driving a few minutes more to the north into the next state to save themselves the hassle.

“Our competitors don’t have to figure out how they’ll have to pay for these taxes,” Sullivan said of his New Hampshire counterparts, which also don’t have a sales tax. “They don’t have to pass it on to the consumer. We typically do.”

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Of the 10-cent fee, five cents would go to the city or town for enforcement of the ban and other municipal recycling efforts. The other half would go to the retailer to cover the cost of paper bags. Under the New Jersey proposal, municipal health inspectors would enforce the bans and if a store was caught using paper bags twice, it would be hit with a fine of up to $1,000.

Environmentalists have argued the plastic problem deserved a swift response.

“The mass of plastic in the ocean worldwide in the ocean by 2050 will exceed the mass of fish,” said Jardayna Werlin, the chairwoman of the Massachusetts chapter of Surfrider Foundation, an ocean environmental protection group, citing a 2017 study by the United Nations. “That’s a really scary thing as a parent and as an ocean lover.”

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Plastic pollution has become a growing and growing problem, environmentalists have warned. (aryfahmed / Adobe Stock, File)

Werlin denied the plastic bag ban would have any serious impact on small businesses, pointing to the city of Boston and more than 100 other communities in Massachusetts that already had a similar rule in effect.

“Plastic bags as a free thing at point-of-sale are not really free,” Werlin said. “They get wrapped into the cost to the consumer anyway. […] Having that fee in place is crucial and allows the business owners to recoup if they do have increased costs for having to provide paper bags,” she said.

Sullivan had a completely different idea – he said a bag deposit would make more sense.

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“It’s an incentive to pick these things up,” Sullivan said. “If you want, you can go scoop up cans and bottles and bring them back to the store and get your money back. Well, why not do that with plastic bags?”

In California, which has had a plastic bag ban on the books since 2016, many stores still have used plastic bags due to a loophole, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. While the bags were thicker and meant to be reusable, they often have been thrown away after a single transaction, according to the report.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Ted Cruz: Horowitz report shows FBI was ‘utterly negligent’ at best, ‘complicit’ in abuse of power at worst

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Senate Judiciary Committee member Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called the Justice Department inspector general’s report both “chilling and encouraging” in an interview Monday on “Hannity.”

“It is stunning the abuse of power that we saw in the Obama administration and sadly it continued over in the deep state for the first couple of years of the Trump administration,” Cruz told host Sean Hannity, adding that even if a reader gave the FBI the benefit of the doubt, Michael Horowitz’s report would still be damning.

“The very best interpretation of the Horowitz inspector general report is that the FBI and Department of Justice were manifestly incompetent,” he said. “The IG report outlines 17 factual misstatements that they made to the FISA [Foreign Intelligence Surveiilance] court and that they were utterly negligent in ordering the surveillance [and] spying of a presidential nominee and of a sitting president.”

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“The real interpretation is, these were hardcore political partisans that hated Donald Trump,” Cruz added, “and they were willing and complicit to abuse the power of law enforcement and intelligence and spy on a political opponent.”

Cruz, who served in the Justice Department under President George W. Bush, said he is upset by what he called the “abuse of power” in the department.

“I’ve got to say, as an alumnus of the Department of Justice, I am angry,” he said, adding that he is certain that many other rank-and-file DOJ staff are similarly angry at what the Horowitz report revealed.

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Earlier Monday, Horowitz released the highly anticipated findings from his nearly two-year review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation and the issuance of FISA warrants for a Trump campaign official.

The report said investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding either the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation or as efforts to seek the controversial FISA warrant to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page in the early stages of that probe.

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“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page,” the report said.

It also said key officials, including former FBI Director James Comey and former Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, did not act with political bias. The IG report generally found that agents were justified in launching the investigation known as Crossfire Hurricane, as well as investigations into four Trump associates: Page, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Star Wars actress Daisy Ridley: ‘Every sane person’ has an issue with Trump

“Star Wars” actress Daisy Ridley boldly claimed during a recent interview that “every sane person” has an issue with President Trump.

In a profile published in The Guardian over the weekend, Ridley was asked if she was “conscious” about what issues she could address since “Star Wars” has been a Disney property.

“No,” Ridley responded. “I don’t feel I have to edit what I say – the things that make me angry are the things that make everyone angry. Everyone is annoyed with BoJo [British Prime Minister Boris Johnson]. Everyone has an issue with Trump – every sane person anyway.”

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Daisy Ridley, seen in a photo last month, claimed “every sane person” had an issue with President Trump. (Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images, File)

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She added, “It’s not that I don’t talk about this stuff, but other people are so much more articulate than me and say it better.

Ridley has played Rey in the recent “Star Wars” installments. The latest, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is scheduled to be released Dec. 20.

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The 27-year-old British actress has also appeared in the 2017 remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” and voiced Cottontail in 2018’s “Peter Rabbit.”

“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” is being billed as an epic conclusion to the franchise and may shatter records at the box office this holiday season.

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Reports: Dems Plan 2 Charges Tuesday — Abuse Of Power & Obstruction Of Congress

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House Democrats are expected to unveil two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning ― one focused on abuse of power and another related to obstruction of Congress ― multiple media outlets reported late Monday.

“There will be some announcements tomorrow morning,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told reporters shortly after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). ”This is not a happy day … but I think we are doing what we have to do.”

Engel said lawmakers would hold a news conference at 9 a.m.

The announcement comes after a marathon day of hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee that featured dramatic clashes between Democrats and Republican allies of the president.

Trump has been under scrutiny for months after a whistleblower warned of a pressure campaign against the new president of Ukraine. A parade of current and former U.S. officials have since described an effort to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine unless it promised to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

Barry Berke, a lawyer for the Democrats, said Trump’s conduct reflected multiple impeachable offenses, including abuse of power, betrayal of the national interest and corruption of elections, while another attorney argued they represented an “imminent threat” to national security.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the articles on Thursday, Politico reported, citing Democratic lawmakers and aides familiar with the party’s plans. The timeline could set up a floor vote on any articles of impeachment as early as next week, which, if passed, would deliver on Democrats’ hope to pass the baton to the Senate before Christmas.

Democrats on the panel laid out the core components of their case against Trump during the hearings on Monday, with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) arguing that the “integrity of our next election is at stake.”

“The evidence shows that Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States, has put himself before the country,” Nadler said in his opening remarks. “He has violated his most basic responsibilities to the people. He has broken his oath.”

The Republicans, however, repeated their accusations that lawmakers were simply moving to overturn the results of the 2016 election and drum up controversy where none existed (the GOP has admitted Trump made the demand of Ukraine but said there is no evidence it amounted to a quid pro quo).

“The Democrats went searching for a set of facts on which to impeach the president — the emoluments clause, the president’s business and financial records, the Mueller report and allegations of obstruction there — before settling on Ukraine,” Stephen Castor, the lawyer for the committee’s Republicans said Monday.

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Ken Starr: Trump’s partisan, ‘weaponized’ impeachment will be ‘unprecedented in American history’

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Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr said Monday that House Democrats have “weaponized” impeachment and are setting a new precedent with their action against President Trump.

Starr told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” that Democrats should have looked to American history when they first considered impeaching Trump.

According to Starr, the articles of impeachment against former President Richard Nixon were so “powerful” that they garnered the support of 400 House members, though Nixon resigned before the full House could hold a vote.

Starr added that the articles of impeachment against Clinton were more partisan, but still constituted serious charges.

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However, the former prosecutor said Trump’s prospective articles of impeachment are unique in that they are nearly assured to be devoid of Republican support. He added that they do not rise to the level of a “high crime” or “misdemeanor” as delineated in the Constitution.

“There’ll be some Democratic slippage as well, and so this’ll be unprecedented in American history,” he said. Late Monday, Fox News learned that House Democrats are expected to announce at least two articles of impeachment against Trump on Tuesday. The articles are expected to focus on obstruction of Congress and abuse of power.

Starr called the case the Democrats are engineering “the most partisan approach in the history of the Republic.”

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He warned that if Democrats have their way, impeachment will further divide the country and see “increasing utilization” in the future.

“Reasonable minds can differ about the [July 25] phone call,” Starr added. “I don’t see why reasonable minds, given all we know about the facts, all the testimony that we’ve had, would say that was a crime or that was such an ‘abuse of power’ — which is the current nomenclature — that the president must be removed because he is a clear and present danger to the American polity. It’s just extravagant in my view. I think we have weaponized impeachment, unfortunately.”

“Impeachment should be the last resort and now it’s simply a political tool.”

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Democrats Signal Abuse of Power and Obstruction of Congress Charges against Trump

WASHINGTON — House Democrats signaled that they will unveil articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday charging him with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, after labeling his conduct a “clear and present danger” to the 2020 election and national security.

Democratic leaders planned a news conference Tuesday morning to outline the charges against Mr. Trump, which lawmakers said senior officials would work through the night to draft. While multiple senior officials and lawmakers cautioned that their plans were not yet finalized, several indicated they had narrowed their focus to charges that Mr. Trump violated his oath of office by putting his personal political interests over the national interest, then sought to conceal his conduct by stonewalling Congress’s attempts to investigate.

They spoke on condition of anonymity without authorization to discuss a decision before it is cemented.

“What happened with Ukraine — it’s not something we can close our eyes to,” said Representative Eliot L. Engel of New York, the chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee, as he emerged Monday evening from a meeting with Speaker Nancy Pelosi and told reporters to expect the announcement on Tuesday.

He spoke hours after the conclusion of a contentious hearing before the House Judiciary Committee, where Democratic lawyers told lawmakers who will consider the impeachment articles that the evidence against Mr. Trump was overwhelming and demanded urgent action. Summarizing the findings of a two-month investigation by the Intelligence Committee, they asserted that the president had put his personal political interests above those of the nation in soliciting re-election help from Ukraine, and then tried to conceal his actions from Congress.

“President Trump’s persistent and continuing effort to coerce a foreign country to help him cheat to win an election is a clear and present danger to our free and fair elections and to our national security,” Daniel S. Goldman, the Intelligence Committee lawyer who led the Ukraine inquiry, testified as he presented the evidence gathered against the president.

The presentations by Mr. Goldman and a Democratic lawyer for the Judiciary Committee will form the basis for a debate in the committee, expected to begin as soon as Wednesday, over articles of impeachment charging a president with high crimes and misdemeanors for only the fourth time in American history.

Even as the hearing forecast the impeachment articles Democrats planned to lodge against Mr. Trump, it also offered hints about the kinds of charges that Democrats might avoid.

Democrats, for instance, did not use the term bribery, an offense explicitly mentioned in the Constitution as impeachable and one that leaders have used in the past to describe the president’s conduct. And they did not discuss instances of potential obstruction of justice by Mr. Trump when he tried to thwart the special counsel’s investigation of possible links between his campaign and Russian election interference.

Instead, they used slickly excerpted video clips of testimony from senior diplomats and White House officials to accuse Mr. Trump of pressuring President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine to announce investigations of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and an unsupported claim that Democrats conspired with Ukraine to interfere in the 2016 election. At the same time, they said, the president withheld as leverage a White House meeting and nearly $400 million in security assistance the country needed to hold off Russian aggression.

“This is a big deal,” said Barry H. Berke, the counsel for Democrats on the Judiciary Committee, appealing to the deeply divided panel of lawmakers sitting before him. “President Trump did what a president of our nation is not allowed to do.”

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The hearing, which unfolded over nine hours in the stately House Ways and Means Committee Room near the Capitol, featured bitter rounds of partisan sparring between Democrats and Republicans and testy cross-examinations of lawyers from both parties. Republicans arrived primed to challenge the Democrats’ case and condemn the process they have used to assemble it. They repeatedly interrupted the Democrats’ public presentation, and their own counsel used two separate addresses to try to dismantle it.

“Very simply, the evidence in the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry does not support the Democrats’ conclusion that President Trump abused his power for his own personal, political benefit,” said Stephen R. Castor, a lawyer representing Republicans on both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees.

Mr. Castor said there was “simply no clear evidence” that Mr. Trump had “malicious intent in withholding a meeting or security assistance,” and ample evidence that the president had legitimate concerns about corruption in Ukraine. And he accused Democrats of having gone “searching for a set of facts on which to impeach the president,” essentially manufacturing a scandal where there was none.

The White House once again refused to participate in the day’s proceedings, despite appeals by Democrats to come to the table before it was too late. Mr. Trump and his allies, though, have now publicly turned their attention toward a trial in the Republican-controlled Senate, where they believe they will have an easier time mounting a defense.

But that did not stop Mr. Trump himself from participating — at least via social media.

After posting or reposting nearly 100 messages on Twitter on Sunday, most of them complaining about the impeachment effort and assailing Democrats, the president fired off more on Monday as the hearing progressed.

“The Do Nothing Democrats are a disgrace!” Mr. Trump tweeted.

For now, Democrats have elected to press ahead without the White House’s cooperation. The Judiciary Committee is likely to debate and vote on articles of impeachment by week’s end, likely along party lines, recommending their adoption by the full House. That would set up a vote before Christmas to impeach Mr. Trump, and a Senate trial early in the new year.

As the impeachment inquiry marched forward, another investigation consumed Washington on Monday. The Justice Department’s internal watchdog released a long-awaited report sharply criticizing the F.B.I. for its handling of a wiretap application in the early stages of its Russia investigation. But the report also undercut Mr. Trump’s claims that former F.B.I. leaders tried to sabotage him for political reasons. Both Mr. Trump and his critics claimed vindication.

But it was competing written reports on the Ukraine matter submitted last week by Democrats and Republicans that preoccupied the House. Though the facts recited on Capitol Hill on Monday have become well known over the past two months, including through public testimony from a dozen witnesses, the hearing provided the clearest account yet of the respective cases.

During his 45-minute presentation, Mr. Goldman described “a monthslong scheme” by the president “to solicit foreign help in his 2020 re-election campaign, withholding official acts from the government of Ukraine in order to coerce and secure political interference in our domestic affairs.”

Mr. Goldman said that Mr. Trump was continuing to this day to try to distort next year’s election with false allegations, pointing to his statements to reporters over the weekend claiming that Rudolph W. Giuliani, his personal lawyer, would make a report to the Justice Department about Democrats.

“The scheme by President Trump was so brazen, so clear — supported by documents, actions, sworn testimony, uncontradicted contemporaneous records — that it’s hard to imagine that anybody could dispute those acts, let alone argue that that conduct does not constitute an impeachable offense or offenses,” said Mr. Berke, the Judiciary Committee lawyer.

Both lawyers also noted that the White House had systematically tried to obstruct their inquiry. A dozen witnesses, including senior White House officials who could shed light on key events, were blocked from testifying, and the Trump administration did not provide a single document to investigators despite several subpoenas.

Republicans lamented again and again that the Democrat who led the inquiry, Representative Adam B. Schiff of California, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, did not testify himself about the report. They propped up a large poster on the dais that pictured a milk carton missing-person alert: “Missing: Adam Schiff.”

Even after two and a half months of sparring, the complaints by Republicans reached new levels of vitriol. Democrats showed little patience for hearing out their criticisms, and Representative Jerrold Nadler, Democrat of New York and the Judiciary Committee’s chairman, made liberal use of his gavel as he tried to maintain order in the face of Republican efforts to interrupt the hearing with parliamentary tactics.

“Bang the gavel harder — still doesn’t make it right,” said Representative Doug Collins of Georgia, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee.

“They have talked about everything else, but they have offered not one substantive word in the president’s defense,” Mr. Nadler said of the Republicans in his closing remarks. In a letter sent during the hearing, he rejected Republicans’ requests to call witnesses including Mr. Schiff, Mr. Biden’s son Hunter and the anonymous C.I.A. whistle-blower whose complaint helped start the inquiry. Republicans could demand a vote on the matter at a later date.

Republican lawmakers fumed when Mr. Berke, who appeared at a witness table at the start of the hearing to deliver his argument against Mr. Trump, later climbed onto the dais and led the cross-examination of Mr. Castor, who was also representing the Intelligence Committee lawyer. It is highly unusual for House lawyers to testify in hearings, for Mr. Castor to be testifying on behalf of two committees and for one lawyer to question another in that way, but all were allowed under the rules.

“He’s badgering the witness,” Representative Jim Sensenbrenner, Republican of Wisconsin, shot out as Mr. Berke pressed Mr. Castor.

“He is not,” Mr. Nadler fired back.

Republicans seized on a small subset of evidence in the report to accuse Democrats of what Mr. Collins called “a gratuitous drive-by” targeting a conservative journalist and a Republican lawmaker.

At issue were a half-dozen subpoenas issued by Democrats that turned up call records between the journalist, John Solomon of The Hill; Representative Devin Nunes of California, the top Republican on the Intelligence Committee; and subjects of the investigation, including Mr. Giuliani. Mr. Collins said he had no problem with the subpoenas, but demanded to know who decided to name Mr. Nunes and Mr. Solomon in the report.

“Folks, you have made Joe McCarthy look like a piker,” Mr. Sensenbrenner said.

Mr. Goldman declined to discuss investigative decisions, but said such identifications were typical when examining phone records in an inquiry like this. The calls noted in the report all took place around key events under scrutiny.

“We did not seek to do any investigation on a member of Congress or a staff member,” Mr. Goldman said. “It just happened to be they were in communication with a member of the president’s scheme.”

Peter Baker and Michael D. Shear contributed reporting.

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Tucker Carlson on FISA report: Carter Page should sue commentators who doubted him ‘into bankruptcy’

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Tucker Carlson said Monday that former Trump campaign aide Carter Page should sue every individual who allegedly spread falsehoods about him in connection to the FBI’s Russia investigation in the wake of the release of the Justice Department inspector general’s report.

The “Tucker Carlson Tonight” host played clips of several pundits, former bureaucrats and incumbent lawmakers criticizing Page and making allegations that were later not borne out in Michael E. Horowitz’s report.

“Imagine if that was you — imagine if some former U.S. attorney — [MSNBC legal analyst] Barbara McQuade — was on television day after day, in effect accusing you of treason, and then congressmen and TV reporters all nodded in agreement … [and] the FBI knew you didn’t do it, but instead of lifting the burden of suspicion from your shoulders, instead lied in order to hide your innocence,” Carlson said.

“That was Carter Page’s life for years. It’s hard to believe it could happen in this country, but it did happen,” he continued. “Let’s hope Carter Page spends the rest of his life suing every one of these people into bankruptcy.”

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Carlson specified that one person Page should seek legal action against is former CIA director and current CNN contributor John Brennan, who Carlson accused of being a partisan and a “malicious liar.”

Carlson played video of then-Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., grilling Brennan during a hearing in May 2017.

“Do you know who commissioned the Steele dossier?” Gowdy asked Brennan.

“I don’t,” Brennan responded, later claiming the dossier was not “part of the corpus of intelligence information that we had. It was not in any way used as a basis for the intelligence community assessment that was done.”

Later in his monologue, Carlson said Page was one of several individuals caught up in the Trump-Russia “witch hunt” and had connections to the findings of Horowitz’s report.

He said the report showed the FBI used spies and undercover agents to gather intelligence on the 2016 Trump campaign. He said the bureau also utilized “defensive briefings” that are supposed to share intelligence with presidential candidates in order to protect the country and aid the candidate’s understanding of international affairs.

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“In this case, however, the FBI used that briefing to spy on Trump staff and to build criminal cases against them,” said Carlson, who claimed the FBI used “flimsy excuses” to spy on Page and to take actions that hurt Trump’s campaign.

“It repeatedly engaged in abusive behavior to ensure that that spying continued illegitimately,” he said.

He added that the bureau’s then-director, James Comey, has now been further revealed as a “sinister fraud” who is cognizant of the possibility he will “never be punished.”

“Comey ought to be groveling for forgiveness from the rest of us — he ought to be relocating to Paraguay in shame,” Carlson said. “In fact, he’s more self-righteous than ever. Jim Comey is a good person — unfortunately, you are not … [T]he FBI ‘did not insert spies in the Trump campaign’ Comey claims — No, they just used spies to monitor the Trump staff.”

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“He doesn’t care what you know, because they could issue 100 IG reports, every one of them exposing Jim Comey as the sinister fraud he so clearly is and he knows that none of it matters because he knows he will never be punished.”

Horowitz on Monday released the highly anticipated findings from his nearly two-year review concerning the origins of the Russia investigation and the issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants for a Trump campaign official.

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The report said investigators found no intentional misconduct or political bias surrounding either the launch of the Trump-Russia investigation or as efforts to seek the controversial FISA warrant to monitor Page in the early stages of that probe.

“We did not find documentary or testimonial evidence that political bias or improper motivation influenced the FBI’s decision to seek FISA authority on Carter Page,” the report said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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‘Wonder Woman’ director Patty Jenkins says she already knows the plot of the series’ 3rd movie

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Wonder Woman 1984” hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but director Patty Jenkins is already preparing for a third film in the franchise.

On Sunday, Jenkins unveiled the first trailer from “1984” at Comic Con Experience Brazil, where she also dished on the future of Diana Prince, played by Gal Gadot.

“We actually already know the whole story to (‘Wonder Woman 3’) and then some because there is an Amazon (spinoff) movie as well and so we already have it all mapped out,” Jenkins, 48, told Collider. “It’s just a matter of, will we change our minds and when.”

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Jenkins also discussed when fans might expect to see the third film, but said it won’t be any time soon.

“I think what we don’t want to do is do it back-to-back,” the director admitted. “It’s been great doing these two movies back-to-back, but I think it’s important to give it a little rest in between. And, I like doing other things in between, and Gal has other things to do. I never want to make decisions too far in advance. We have to see if we both feel like making the movie we think we want to make when the moment comes.”

“Wonder Woman” was released in 2017 and “1984” is slated to hit theaters in summer 2020.

“It would not be two (years), I’ll tell you that much,” Jenkins said of when a third film could begin filming. “I’m not doing that again.”

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At the same convention, Jenkins and Gadot, 34, sat down with Entertainment Tonight to talk about the upcoming superheroine flick.

“In the first movie, we got to establish Wonder Woman and to tell the journey of Diana Prince becoming Wonder Woman,” Gadot told the outlet. “In this story, we meet her in 1984. She’s been around, she’s been helping mankind, you know, doing what she feels she needs to do, her calling.”

She also said her character “lost some of her teammates over the years, and (now) something crazy is about to happen to her.”

After previously admitting that “1984” made her cry, Gadot explained to the outlet why that reaction shocked her.

“I’m not an easy crier… I can’t tell you what happened in the movie that made me cry, I can just tell you that it was the very beginning, but I’ve never seen that. All of a sudden I wasn’t Gal, or Wonder Woman, the actress, the producer who was on set when everything was shot,” Gadot recounted. “I was a little girl from a suburb in Israel watching, all by myself, in the scene… and I see this amazing woman doing these amazing things, and I did not expect that.”

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Gadot also noted that the film was “so freaking important” and “not like any other movie.”

“1984,” also starring Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig and Pedro Pascal, is set to hit theaters June 5, 2020.

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House Democrats Expected To Unveil Articles Of Impeachment Against Trump

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House Democrats are expected to unveil articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump early Tuesday morning, multiple media outlets reported late Monday.

“There will be some announcements tomorrow morning,” House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) told reporters shortly after a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). ”This is not a happy day … but I think we are doing what we have to do.”

Engel said lawmakers would hold a news conference at 9 a.m.

The announcement comes after a marathon day of hearings held by the House Judiciary Committee that featured dramatic clashes between Democrats and Republican allies of the president.

It’s unclear how many articles of impeachment will be drafted against the president. Trump has been under scrutiny for months after a whistleblower warned of a pressure campaign against the new president of Ukraine. A parade of current and former U.S. officials have since described an effort to withhold nearly $400 million in military aid from Ukraine unless it promised to open an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

The Judiciary Committee is expected to mark up the articles on Thursday, Politico reported, citing Democratic lawmakers and aides familiar with the party’s plans.

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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