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Hannity: Mueller testimony will be ‘golden opportunity’ for Republicans

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The upcoming Capitol Hill testimony by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will mark a “golden opportunity” for Republicans to hold him accountable, “Hannity” host Sean Hannity said Friday in his opening monologue.

“Democrats? They’re hoping to turn this testimony into a spectacle — for Nadler. For the cowardly Schiff,” Hannity said, referring to Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Adam Schiff of California, the Democrats who chair the House judiciary and intelligence committees, respectively. Mueller will appear before both panels later this month.

“One more excuse to try to smear Trump. But for Republicans, this hearing is a golden opportunity,” Hannity added. “To ask the questions that need to be asked of Robert Mueller to hold him accountable.”

TREY GOWDY: MUELLER DOES NOT WANT TO ‘PARTICIPATE’ IN KEEPING THE RUSSIA STORY ALIVE

Hannity demanded answers from Mueller, saying America deserved to know why he made some of the choices he did during the nearly two-year-long Russia investigation.

“We, you, we the American people we deserve answers to all the pressing questions that our government has totally ignored and the media mob is ignored,” Hannity said. “Mueller must answer why did he hire a team full of Democratic donors? Not one Republican available. Why would he ever hire in this case Hillary Clinton’s former attorney? Why did he hire this guy, Andrew Weissman?”

Hannity questioned whether Mueller was “proud” of his work and what it had done to the country.

“At the end of the day, is Robert Mueller really proud of his 22-month witch hunt that really did nothing more than give fuel to what are rampant conspiracy theories, lies, propaganda, misinformation?” Hannity asked.

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Hannity added that “the boomerang of justice” was coming back against those who opposed President Trump.

“No president in this country should ever have to face this kind of flawed partisan phony conspiracy oriented investigation ever again,” he said. “It shouldn’t happen. And thankfully tonight the boomerang of justice is in full swing.”

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Ken Starr: Mueller testimony presents ‘golden opportunity’ to Republicans

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House Republicans on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees will have a unique opportunity to question former Special Counsel Robert Mueller after Democrats pressed to have him come and testify, according to former independent counsel Ken Starr.

GOP lawmakers should delve into several topics about which their questions have gone largely unanswered, Starr claimed Friday on “Hannity.”

“This is going to be a great opportunity,” said Starr, the independent counsel for the Clinton-era Whitewater probe. “The Republicans are going to be on the spot. They are being given… a golden opportunity to get some questions answered that we all have.

DEAL STRUCK FOR MUELLER TO APPEAR, GIVE EXTENDED TESTIMONY BEFORE CONGRESS JULY 24

“I think Republicans will do well to drill into the report and to say such things as ‘the transition period proved that there were no connections between Vladimir Putin and the Kremlin, and the Trump organization and the Trump campaign,’.”

“‘Why couldn’t you say that much more directly?’,” Starr claimed Mueller should be asked.

He said Republicans should press Mueller as to why the report reads to some people as if the president was not given any “benefit of the doubt.”

“You really wrote this for Congress and you had no authority to do that,” Starr said of Mueller. “You were to write a confidential report to the attorney general of the United States explaining your prosecution decisions and your declination decisions.

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“Mr. Mueller, some would call that an abuse of power.”

On Friday, Planning for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated testimony was thrown into disarray as multiple sources said the hearing was delayed amid a “breakdown in negotiations” — yet others indicated it could still go forward next week as planned.

Late Friday, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., announced that Mueller’s appearance before both committees had been pushed back one week, to July 24. Mueller is scheduled to testify before the Judiciary Committee for three hours beginning at 8:30 a.m. before appearing before the Intelligence Committee that afternoon.

Nadler and Schiff promised that “[a]ll members—Democrats and Republicans—of both committees will have a meaningful opportunity to question the Special Counsel in public, and the American people will finally have an opportunity to hear directly from Mr. Mueller about what his investigation uncovered.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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“The Stench Was Horrendous”: Pence Visited A Border Patrol Station Packed With Hundreds Of Immigrants In Cages

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Trey Gowdy: Unless Mueller ‘fumbles,’ not much will be learned from testimony

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There’s little chance that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will reveal any significant new information about his Russia investigation when he testifies on Capitol Hill later this month, former U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy said Friday.

In fact, Gowdy said on Fox News’ “Hannity,” the only significant thing Mueller could possibly say is whether he would have indicted Donald Trump if he were a private citizen instead of president of the United States.

“I think what the Democrats are going to focus on is, had that [Justice Department] policy not been in place [against indicting a sitting president], would you have indicted private citizen Donald Trump? That’s the only thing that can come out of this for the Democrats that would be significant,” Gowdy told host Sean Hannity.

TREY GOWDY: MUELLER DOES NOT WANT TO ‘PARTICIPATE’ IN KEEPING THE RUSSIA STORY ALIVE

Mueller was supposed to appear before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees this coming Wednesday but on Friday his scheduled hearings were postponed until July 24.

Gowdy — a Republican who declined to seek re-election last November after representing South Carolina‘s 4th Congressional District for four terms, from 2011 until January of this year — also advised Republicans to ask Mueller about all the things he “didn’t bother to look for” during an investigation that lasted two years.

“If you’re a Republican,” Gowdy said, “you’re going to want to ask about bias. You’re going to want to ask about what you didn’t look into — and I also have a bunch of friends on that committee. I would spend all of my time getting Mueller to talk about things he didn’t bother to look for.”

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The former chairman of the House Oversight Committee (2017-2019) and House Benghazi Committee (2014-2016) told Hannity that America wouldn’t learn much from the hearings unless Mueller “fumbles.”

“Trust me when I say, Sean … We’re not going to learn a lot unless he fumbles. The answer from my point of view, the Republican point of view, if he fumbles, the answer on why he did not indict Donald Trump, then this thing will continue to go on for another six to nine, twelve months,” Gowdy said.

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Deal struck for Mueller to appear, give extended testimony before Congress on July 24

Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will give extended testimony as part of a deal for him to appear before congressional lawmakers later this month, Democratic Party officials said Friday.

Mueller’s highly anticipated appearance was pushed back at his request, Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., and Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said in a joint statement.

“We are pleased to announce that Special Counsel Mueller will provide additional public testimony when he appears before our committees,” they said.

TREY GOWDY: MUELLER DOES NOT WANT TO ‘PARTICIPATE’ IN KEEPING THE RUSSIA STORY ALIVE

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In this May 29 photo, Robert Mueller speaks at the Department of Justice about the Russia investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

“The House Judiciary Committee will convene on July 24 at 8:30 a.m. with Special Counsel Mueller testifying in public for three hours.  After a brief break, the House Intelligence Committee will convene for additional public testimony beginning at 12 p.m.,” the statement continued.

Mueller had been scheduled to testify on July 17 about the findings of his two-year Russia probe after he was subpoenaed by the panels last month.

His appearance was thrown into disarray when lawmakers complained about the time allotted for committee members to ask questions.

Two hours had been scheduled for each committee to inquire about Mueller’s 448-page report, in which he concluded Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He found no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia, a point Trump has consistently noted via social media.

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Mueller’s only public comments on the investigation came in May, when he did not clear Trump of wrongdoing and reaffirmed his reluctance to testify in front of Congress. He did not say whether Trump obstructed justice during his probe, citing a Justice Department policy saying a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime.

“Charging the president with a crime was not an option we could consider,” he said at the time.

However, charges were brought against three businesses and 34 people, including former Trump aides, senior advisers and Russian agents.

On Thursday, Rep. Doug Collins,  top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, praised the news of Mueller’s scheduled testimony.

“I appreciate news the chairman has taken seriously the concerns Judiciary Republicans raised this week, The new format will allow all Judiciary Republicans to question the special counsel on July 24,” he tweeted.

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Buck Sexton: Dems’ objection to planned ICE raids a step toward ‘mass nullification of immigration law’

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Democrats are inching closer to effectively opposing any law governing immigration, according to radio host and former CIA analyst Buck Sexton.

Politicians who made critical statements ahead of planned ICE raids this weekend believe some people can ignore certain laws if the statute does not follow Democratic orthodoxy, Sexton claimed Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

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“There’s a momentum toward insanity at this point,” he said, adding: “It’s quite clear that they’re engaged in mass nullification of immigration law.”

Sexton was reacting to statements by several Democratic politicians, in a montage played by host Tucker Carlson.

In the video, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., called the raids “a crime against humanity.”

Responding, Carlson said he believed Harris was saying that enforcing court-ordered deportations is somehow a crime.

In another example, Hillary Clinton tweeted a cautionary flyer in Spanish with the caption “Por favor comparte” or “please share.”

California Gov. Gavin Newsom, D-Calif., released a video in which he advised people who receive visits from law enforcement to respond, “No abras la puerta.” (“Do not open the door.”)

“Without a warrant, you do not have to open the door,” Newsom said.

In response, Sexton claimed such politicians are flirting with defying another immigration law.

“They’re getting close to violating another statute of immigration, which is aiding and abetting,” he said.

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Carlson further added, “picture a Republican governor making a video, telling voters how to cheat on their taxes, or how to buy illegal guns.”

Starting Sunday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is expected to resume its previously announced plan to apprehend thousands of illegal immigrants across the country.

The reinvigorated effort comes just weeks after President Trump tweeted that ICE was preparing to kick off days of raids in at least 10 major cities. The operation was halted, however, the day before it was set to start, to give Congress time to arrive at a legislative solution on immigration. Trump said his administration would relaunch the raids after a two-week window, and that time now seems to have arrived.

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“It’s unprecedented. But there is a political purpose behind it,” Thomas Kilbride, a retired Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agent and ICE policy adviser, told Fox News. He said the president has tried to get Democrats to come to the table because asylum laws need to change, and this is a way to bargain.

ICE agents are expected to target a minimum of 2,000 immigrants who have already been listed for deportation, but Kilbride said there will be “collateral” fallout.

Fox News’ Hollie McKay contributed to this report.

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‘No shower, no shower!’ migrants shout as Pence visits Texas detention centers

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Pence and Trump are the exact kinds of people that were executed at Nuremberg.

It’s unfortunate that the rest of the world does not have the political will to unite against us. Between the US backing out of the JCPOA and Paris Agreement, the travel ban, continuous violation of WTO standards with our stupid tariffs and trade wars, and our violations of the geneva convention with the use of indefinite detention, we deserve to be punished, and harshly.

Remember Gitmo? That was indefinite detention in a military detention facility for people designated as enemy combatants and terrorists, for specific criminal conduct against the United States.

These detention facilties at the border? They’re concentration camps targeting civilians and refugees – innocent people under no suspicion of criminal activity – under international law and US law. They also separate families for the explicit purpose of inflicting harm upon the weak, the innocent, and, especially, the children.

The world should be sanctioning us. And I mean the full blown North Korea treatment, or the way the US treats Cuba. The US government, in particular the Republican Party, is evil. Pure, festering evil.

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Trump DOJ scores rare win on sanctuary city crackdown in appeals court

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President Trump notched a win on Friday in a federal appeals court, which upheld a Department of Justice method for cracking down on sanctuary cities.

In a 2-1 decision that overturns a nationwide injunction, the DOJ is now allowed to give preferential treatment for community policing grants to cities that don’t defy federal immigration enforcement.

“The department is pleased that the court recognized the lawful authority of the administration to provide favorable treatment when awarding discretionary law enforcement grants to jurisdictions that assist in enforcing federal immigration laws,” the DOJ said in a statement.

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While the Trump administration has faced numerous obstacles in cutting funding to sanctuary cities, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals appears to make an exception for the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) grant program, which is meant to help cities hire more police officers.

Other factors in the program’s “points” system include the hiring of veterans, and the occurrence of school shootings within a jurisdiction. In 2017, the DOJ under then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented points that benefit non-sanctuary cities.

Judges Sandra Ikuta and Jay Bybee, who ruled in the DOJ’s favor, were appointees of President George W. Bush.

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“Cooperation relating to enforcement of federal immigration law is in pursuit of the general welfare, and meets the low bar of being germane to the federal interest in providing the funding to ‘address crime and disorder problems, and otherwise … enhance public safety,'” Ikuta stated.

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A White House Correspondent Departs the Jaw-Dropping Trump Beat

WASHINGTON — Choosing a single day that epitomizes Donald J. Trump’s presidency — amid the endless tangle of jaw-dropping, reality-bending, norm-shattering days — is a fool’s errand. But for a White House correspondent departing the beat after eight years, Thursday came awfully close.

From Mr. Trump’s morning Twitter rant (asking how anyone could vote for a Democrat over “what you have now, so great looking and smart, a true Stable Genius!”) to his social media summit (in which he praised a room of right-wing agitators for “the crap you think of”), to a news conference that ended with his merry band of provocateurs almost coming to blows with reporters, the White House finally surrendered itself to being a stage set for Mr. Trump’s greatest reality show.

It is not that real business wasn’t transacted there on Thursday. Mr. Trump went to the Rose Garden to announce his retreat, in the face of a Supreme Court ruling, from asking a question about citizenship on the 2020 census. But he upstaged his own effort to spin the defeat — by promoting actions that were underway already — with a theatrical outburst.

“Are you a citizen of the United States of America?” Mr. Trump said to reporters, sarcastically mimicking a data collector for the Census Bureau. “Oh, gee, I’m sorry, I just can’t answer that question.”

Mr. Trump took no questions either. He handed off to Attorney General William P. Barr, who profusely thanked the president for pushing to include the citizenship question on the census. After Mr. Trump stalked off the podium with Mr. Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in tow, the real show began.

Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing commentator who worked briefly in the White House and remains an outspoken supporter of Mr. Trump, got into a shouting match in the Rose Garden over journalism ethics with Brian Karem, who covers the White House for Playboy magazine. Mr. Gorka had been invited to the social media gathering and was sitting near the front, while the working press took seats farther back.

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Sebastian Gorka, a right-wing commentator who worked briefly in the White House, argued with Brian Karem, a White House reporter.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

“You’re threatening me in the Rose Garden,” Mr. Gorka bellowed at Mr. Karem, who had challenged him to take it outside. “You’re not a journalist. You’re a punk.”

A chant of “Gorka! Gorka! Gorka!” broke out among the other social media activists, while Joy Villa, a singer-songwriter and Trump supporter, who was resplendent in a floor-length red, white and blue gown emblazoned with the word “Freedom,” laughed and declared, “Fake news is over!”

The fracas was filmed by James O’Keefe, who uses undercover videos to embarrass journalists and liberal political figures.

Historically, presidents have used the Rose Garden to dignify important moments. John F. Kennedy welcomed the Mercury astronauts there; Richard M. Nixon had his daughter Patricia’s wedding there. Mr. Trump is the first to turn the garden into a well-manicured mosh pit. Rather than telling his guests to watch their manners, the president scored the slugfest like a referee.

“@SebGorka Wins Big, No Contest!” he tweeted on Friday.

On Friday, Mr. Gorka was further rewarded with an interview with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Mr. Gorka and Mr. Karem are each, in their own way, creations of the Trump era. A national security analyst with a specialty in Islamic extremism, Mr. Gorka labored on the fringes of Washington until he was hired to work with Mr. Trump’s former strategist, Stephen K. Bannon. He left the White House in August 2017, part of a housecleaning ordered by the former chief of staff, John F. Kelly.

On his radio show the day before he was invited to the White House, Mr. Gorka declared that the members of the world-champion United States women’s national soccer team “want to destroy everything that is wholesome in our country and in our Judeo-Christian civilization.”

Mr. Karem was until recently the executive editor of The Montgomery County Sentinel, a chain of newspapers in Rockville, Md. He separated himself from the jostling scrum of reporters at the White House daily briefing in June 2017 by confronting the former press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, after she unleashed a lengthy attack on the credibility of the news media.

Donald Trump Jr., Mr. Trump’s eldest son, and Kimberly Guilfoyle, a senior Trump campaign adviser, in the Rose Garden on Thursday.CreditDoug Mills/The New York Times

“What you just did is inflammatory for people all over the country who look at it and say, ‘See, once again the president is right and everybody else out there is fake media,’” he declared.

To judge by Thursday’s events, Mr. Trump has decided that inflammatory attacks on the news media are the best way to position himself for re-election. At the meeting with social media activists, Mr. Trump laid out a strategy of using the media as a foil while going around it to deliver any genuine news.

At times, it seemed, the news itself was less important than the drama of delivering it. Mr. Trump recalled how he electrified the world last March by tweeting that the United States would recognize Israel’s sovereignty over the long-disputed Golan Heights — a decision that upended decades of American policy.

“I go, ‘Watch this — boom!’” the president said. “I press it, and within two seconds, ‘We have breaking news.’”

Journalists were not the only ones surprised by the announcement. Mr. Pompeo, who was in Israel meeting with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the time, was blindsided by it.

“It’d be a rocket ship when I put out a beauty,” Mr. Trump said of his most incendiary tweets. “Like when I said, remember I said, somebody was spying on me? That thing was like a rocket.” Mr. Trump appeared to be referring to the tweet, early in his administration, when he accused his predecessor, Barack Obama, of wiretapping his phones at Trump Tower the month before the 2006 election.

The president spoke of the way the White House used to communicate as if it belonged to another age.

“You know, I used to put out, like, a press release. Right? And people would pick it up, sort of, you know. The next day, two days, they’d find it sitting on a desk,” he explained. “People don’t pick it up. It’s me, same. If I put it on social media, it’s like an explosion. Fox, CNN, crazy, MSNBC.”

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Michael Knowles: Piece calling ‘Lion King’ fascist ‘the stupidest article I’ve ever read in The Washington Post’

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“Who knew?”

That’s the reaction from conservative commentator Michael Knowles after a Dutch professor wrote a Washington Post column criticizing Disney’s classic “The Lion King” as both fascist and racist.

Conservatives, moderates and some Democrats have been painted as fascistic, and now animated children’s tales have joined their ranks, Knowles asserted Friday on “The Story.”

“I’m actually just so pleased that for the last three years that every American slightly to the left of Hillary Clinton has been called a fascist — and now we’re in the same company as a beloved Disney cartoon character,” he said.

“This was the stupidest article I’ve ever read in the Washington Post.”

In the article, Utrecht University media studies professor Dan Hassler-Forest argues that the “nostalgic”-feeling Circle of Life scene is “a painful reminder of the film’s ideological agenda: It introduces us to a society where the weak have learned to worship at the feet of the strong.”

“‘The Lion King’ offers us fascist ideology writ large, and there is no obvious way out for the remake. … With the lions standing in for the ruling class, and the “good” herbivores embodying society’s decent, law-abiding citizens, the hyenas transparently represent the black, brown and disabled bodies that are forcefully excluded from this hierarchical society,” Hassler-Forest wrote.

In his response, Knowles said the professor’s claims are an example of the problems he sees on college campuses.

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“The trouble is this was written by a professor, and that tells you all you need to know about higher education,” he said.

“Everything they don’t like is Hitlerian. … Kingdoms are fascistic,” he continued, adding the latter conclusion must be “news to” the U.K.’s Queen Elizabeth II.

Knowles said he sees “The Lion King” as a charming tale based on themes in “Hamlet” and the Old Testament books of Genesis and Exodus.

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