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6 Key Revelations of Taylor’s Opening Statement to Impeachment Investigators

WASHINGTON — William B. Taylor Jr., the top American diplomat in Kiev, provided the most explicit account to date of President Trump’s insistence that Ukraine publicly announce an investigation of Mr. Trump’s political rivals in exchange for an Oval Office meeting and military assistance to fight Russian-led forces.

Mr. Taylor, President George W. Bush’s former ambassador to Ukraine, said he and other top officials were alarmed by a shadow foreign policy that put Ukrainian lives at risk for Mr. Trump’s political gain. The following are key parts of his opening statement.

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William B. Taylor Jr., the United States’ top diplomat in Ukraine, delivered testimony to impeachment investigators on Tuesday that described an effort by President Trump to withhold aid for Ukraine until the country’s leader agreed to investigate Mr. Trump’s political rivals.

Mr. Taylor said he was told by Gordon Sondland, the American ambassador to the European Union, that military aid for Ukraine and an Oval Office meeting between President Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine was contingent on Ukraine announcing that officials there were investigating a company, Burisma, that had hired Hunter Biden, the son of Joseph R. Biden Jr.

By mid-July it was becoming clear to me that the meeting President Zelensky wanted was conditioned on the investigations of Burisma and alleged Ukrainian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. It was also clear that this condition was driven by the irregular policy channel I had come to understand was guided by Mr. Giuliani.

Later in his statement he said,

Ambassador Sondland also told me that he now recognized that he had made a mistake by earlier telling the Ukrainian officials to whom he spoke that a White House meeting with President Zelensky was dependent on a public announcement of investigations-in fact, Ambassador Sondland said, “everything” was dependent on such an announcement, including security assistance. He said that President Trump wanted President Zelensky “in a public box” by making a public statement about ordering such investigations.

I found a confusing and unusual arrangement for making U.S. policy toward Ukraine. There appeared to be two channels of U.S. policy-making and implementation, one regular and one highly irregular. As the Chief of Mission, I had authority over the regular, formal diplomatic processes, including the bulk of the U.S. effort to support Ukraine against the Russian invasion and to help it defeat corruption. This regular channel of U.S. policy-making has consistently had strong, bipartisan support both in Congress and in all administrations since Ukraine’s independence from Russia in 1991.

At the same time, however, there was an irregular, informal channel of U.S. policy-making with respect to Ukraine, one which included then-Special Envoy Kurt Volker, Ambassador Sondland, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, and as I subsequently learned, Mr. Giuliani.

Later he said,

When I first arrived in Kyiv, in June and July, the actions of both the regular and the irregular channels of foreign policy served the same goal-a strong U.S.-Ukraine partnership — but it became clear to me by August that the channels had diverged in their objectives. As this occurred, I became increasingly concerned.

Before these text messages, during our call on September 8, Ambassador Sondland tried to explain to me that President Trump is a businessman. When a businessman is about to sign a check to someone who owes him something, he said, the businessman asks that person to pay up before signing the check. Ambassador Volker used the same terms several days later while we were together at the Yalta European Strategy Conference. I argued to both that the explanation made no sense: the Ukrainians did not “owe” President Trump anything, and holding up security assistance for domestic political gain was “crazy,” as I had said in my text message to Ambassadors Sondland and Volker on September 9.

Ambassador Volker and I traveled to the front line in northern Donbas to receive a briefing from the commander of the forces on the line of contact. Arriving for the briefing in the military headquarters, the commander thanked us for security assistance, but I was aware that this assistance was on hold, which made me uncomfortable.

Ambassador Volker and I could see the armed and hostile Russian-led forces on the other side of the damaged bridge across the line of contact. Over 13,000 Ukrainians had been killed in the war, one or two a week. More Ukrainians would undoubtedly die without the U.S. assistance.

On interactions with John R. Bolton, who resigned last month as national security adviser, and with two National Security Council staff members, Fiona Hill and Alexander Vindman:

In the same July 19 phone call, they gave me an account of the July 10 meeting with the Ukrainian officials at the White House. Specifically, they told me that Ambassador Sondland had connected “investigations” with an Oval Office meeting for President Zelensky, which so irritated Ambassador Bolton that he abruptly ended the meeting, telling Dr. Hill and Mr. Vindman that they should have nothing to do with domestic politics. He also directed Dr. Hill to “brief the lawyers.” Dr. Hill said that Ambassador Bolton referred to this as a “drug deal” after the July 10 meeting. Ambassador Bolton opposed a call between President Zelensky and President Trump out of concern that it “would be a disaster.”

Needless to say, the Ukrainians in the meetings were confused. Ambassador Bolton, in the regular Ukraine policy decision-making channel, wanted to talk about security, energy, and reform; Ambassador Sondland, a participant in the irregular channel, wanted to talk about the connection between a White House meeting and Ukrainian investigations.

On Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state:

Near the end of Ambassador Bolton’s visit, I asked to meet him privately, during which I expressed to him my serious concern about the withholding of military assistance to Ukraine while the Ukrainians were defending their country from Russian aggression. Ambassador Bolton recommended that I send a first-person cable to Secretary Pompeo directly, relaying my concerns. I wrote and transmitted such a cable on August 29, describing the “folly” I saw in withholding military aid to Ukraine at a time when hostilities were still active in the east and when Russia was watching closely to gauge the level of American support for the Ukrainian government. I told the secretary that I could not and would not defend such a policy. Although I received no specific response, I heard that soon thereafter, the Secretary carried the cable with him to a meeting at the White House focused on security assistance for Ukraine.

I sensed something odd when Ambassador Sondland told me on June 28 that he did not wish to include most of the regular interagency participants in a call planned with President Zelensky later that day. Ambassador Sondland, Ambassador Volker, Secretary [Rick] Perry, and I were on this call, dialing in from different locations. However, Ambassador Sondland said that he wanted to make sure no one was transcribing or monitoring as they added President Zelensky to the call.

Later he said,

On July 25, President Trump and President Zelensky had the long-awaited phone conversation. Strangely, even though I was Chief of Mission and was scheduled to meet with President Zelensky along with Ambassador Volker the following day, I received no readout of the call from the White House. The Ukrainian government issued a short, cryptic summary.

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Susan Rice: Lindsey Graham is ‘a piece of s–t’

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Georgia sheriff’s ‘No Trick-or-Treat’ signs trigger lawsuit from sex offenders

A group of sex offenders in Georgia is suing the Butts County Sheriff’s office for posting “No Trick-or-Treat” signs on their homes.

The Butts County Sheriff said he is using the signs to keep kids safe, but the sex offenders argued they are a violation of their rights to free speech and privacy.

The initiative began in 2018 when Butts County Sheriff Gary Long directed deputies to place “Warning! No Trick-or-Treat at this address!!” signs in the front yards of over 200 sex offenders registered in the county from Oct. 24-Nov. 2. The sheriff’s office plans to use the same tactic again this year, and three registered sex offenders have filed suit.

In a Facebook post, Sheriff Gary Long said he had instituted the signs as a result of the cancellation of a local Halloween festival, “Halloween on the Square,” and the subsequent influx of door-to-door trick-or-treaters. He said they had been following Georgia law and protecting children when they implemented the public warnings.

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“The law allows the sheriff to put a list of registered sex offenders at his office, at the courthouse, on the internet,” the lead attorney for the petitioners, Mark Yurachek, told Fox 5 Atlanta. “It does not allow him to go door-to-door telling people you have a sex offender living next door to you.”

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“I’m just not sure that this kind of action makes your kids any safer,” Yurachek said of the initiative. “It just makes your constitutional rights less safe.”

“The trespass stuff is pretty clear. They’re coming onto their property and putting the signs on there,” Yurachek added.

Their attorney argued that since the Georgis State Sex Offender Registry does not require offenders to post these signs, they shouldn’t be forced by local deputie to have them displayed outside.

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“They are individuals who have been brave enough to not be afraid to let the public know that they are registered sex offenders, but are also not willing to tolerate this unlawful action by the sheriff,” said Yurachek. Registrants have no obligation to inform the public of their status, according to the attorney.

“I understand that there are a lot of people who think this is a great idea, who think ‘Yeah this protects my kids, but what they should be thinking about is ‘Does this protect my rights?'” Yuracheck said.

Long said that regardless of the Judge’s ruling on Thursday, he would do everything within the law to protect the community’s children.

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Other counties in Georgia also used the “No Trick-or-Treat” signs, such as Monroe and Lamar counties. In Monroe County, if an offender didn’t want a sign in their yard, they had to wait in the lobby of the local sheriff’s office during trick-or-treat hours on Halloween.

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Trump’s special representative to Syria says US withdrawal did not prompt invasion by Turkey

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Senators on both sides of the aisle pressed President Trump’s Special Representative for Syria Engagement on Tuesday about America’s withdrawal of troops from northern Syria ahead of Turkey’s recent invasion of the region.

James Jeffrey, a career diplomat who also oversees Washington’s role in the global fight against the Islamic State, told lawmakers on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that he does not believe the troop withdrawal added to Turkey’s decision to invade northern Syria. Jeffrey, however, did concede that if U.S. forces had been told to stand their ground amid a Turkish invasion, Ankara may have thought otherwise about crossing the border.

“If U.S. troops had been given an order to stand and fight against a NATO ally, Turkey would have thought otherwise,” he said.

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Sen. Ben Cardin, D-Md., pressed Jeffrey over the decision making process about removing U.S. soldiers from northern Syria and whether the special representative agreed with Trump’s move. Jeffrey evaded Cardin’s probe, saying only that he was not consulted before Trump made his choice to pull troops from the region.

“Presidents have to make a decision,” Jeffrey said before being cut off by Cardin.

Jeffrey’s testimony came shortly after Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey announced an agreement Tuesday to jointly patrol almost the entire northeastern Syrian border after the withdrawal of Kurdish fighters.

The announcement came as Kurdish fighters completed their pullout from a section of the Syrian-Turkish border as required by a U.S.-brokered cease-fire that was set to expire Tuesday night. Together the arrangements transform the map of northeast Syria, leaving Turkey in sole control over one section in the middle of the border, while Turkey, Russia and the Syrian government will have hands in the rest.

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The deployments replace American soldiers, who for five years battled alongside Kurdish-led fighters and succeeded in bringing down the rule of the Islamic State group across a third of Syria at the cost of thousands of Kurdish fighters’ lives.

Trump initially announced his intention late last year to begin withdrawing troops from Syria, a decision that prompted the resignations of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Brett McGurk, special presidential envoy for the global coalition to defeat ISIS.

At the time, there were about 2,000 American troops deployed to Syria.

The U.S. pullout announced last week largely abandoned Syrian Kurdish allies who have fought the Islamic State group alongside U.S. troops for several years. Between 200 and 300 U.S. troops are to remain at the southern Syrian outpost of Al-Tanf.

The U.S. abandonment of their Kurdish allies and the possibility of a re-emergence of ISIS dominated much of the hearing, with both Republican and Democratic lawmakers both criticizing Trump’s decision to pull out troops.

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“I think it is extraordinary to me, that the United States of America cannot stand up to our friend and ally, Turkey, and get Turkey to negotiate prior to coming in and crushing our allies the Kurds in Northeast Syria,” Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said.

Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., added: “President Trump has not just betrayed our Kurdish allies and made us and our allies less safe by allowing for the release of ISIS hardened fighters, but he’s also ceded important ground to Russia.”

Under a 10-point deal, Russia and Turkey have given Kurdish fighters 150 hours starting at noon Wednesday — meaning, until next Tuesday at 6 p.m. — to withdraw from the border.

Russian and Syrian government forces would move into that area immediately to ensure the Kurdish fighters pull back 20 miles from the border. Then at the end of the 150 hours, Russian-Turkish patrols would begin along a 6-mile wide strip of the border.

The exception would be the region around the town of Qamishli at the far eastern end of the border, which has some of the densest Kurdish population. Russian and Turkish officials did not immediately say what the arrangement would be around Qamishli.

The U.S. withdrawal of troops from northern Syria does not mean that the soldiers will be returning stateside. Instead, the White House said it would instead redeploy more than 700 to western Iraq to help counter ISIS, despite the Iraqi military saying those U.S. troops don’t have permission to stay in the country.

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Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Tuesday he planned to talk to Iraqi leaders to work out details, adding that the U.S. has no plans to have the troops stay in Iraq “interminably.” Esper is to speak with the Iraqi defense minister on Wednesday and said he would underscore that the aim is to pull U.S. soldiers out and “eventually get them home.”

Hogan Gidley, the White House principal deputy press secretary, said Tuesday that Trump remains committed to bringing the troops back to the U.S.

“That was his goal when he ran for office,” Gidley said. “That’s what he wants to do now. But he also wants to ensure stability in the region.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Susan Rice: Lindsey Graham is ‘a piece of s–t’

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Venezuelans bartering food, cigarettes to pay for gas amid inflation

As Venezuela‘s economy continues to nosedive amid hyperinflation, some drivers are ditching the country’s currency to pay for gasoline — which has long been dirt-cheap because of government subsidies — in favor of food, snacks and cigarettes.

Many have taken up the barter system to fill up their vehicles as the socialist country’s paper currency, the bolivar, is not accepted by some.

“You can pay with a cigarette,” Orlando Molina told The Associated Press while filling up his subcompact Ford Ka in Caracas. “Heck, it’s no secret to anyone that it goes for nothing.”

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In this Oct. 8, 2019 photo, gas station attendant Leowaldo Sanchez takes a cigarette as payment from a motorist as he fills the tank in San Antonio de los Altos on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. This barter system, while perhaps the envy of cash-strapped drivers outside the country, is just another symptom of bedlam in Venezuela where a full tank these days costs a tiny fraction of a U.S. penny. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Some drivers don’t pay anything as gas station attendants wave them through and some attendants don’t even know the price of the dirt-cheap fuel they’re selling.

The trading of items for everyday expenses comes as the bolivar has been rendered almost worthless in the oil-rich nation. City buses and banks have stopped accepting the 50 bolivar bill, the smallest in circulation, which is worth a quarter of a U.S. penny.

The largest bill, 50,000 bolivars, equals $2.50. Many argue it would take a thick wad of bills to pay for even the most modest of items.

Service station attendant Orlando Godoy stacked the food and drinks he received from drivers on top of the pumps — a bag of cooking flour, cooking oil, a bottle of mango juice.

“A lot of people show up saying they don’t have cash to pay,” he told the Associated Press. “The idea is to help people because Venezuelans are going through a rough situation.”

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In this Oct. 8, 2019 photo, gas station attendant Leowaldo Sanchez poses with food items he was paid with by motorists: a bottle of cooking oil, a kilogram of rice and a package of corn flour, as he works at the pump in San Antonio de los Altos on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. Bartering at the pump has taken off as hyperinflation makes Venezuela’s paper currency, the bolivar, hard to find and renders some denominations all but worthless, so that nobody will accept them. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Caracas resident Maria Perez filled up her vehicle recently, paying the equivalent of a U.S. penny.

“Our roads are unbearable,” she said, noting that Venezuelans would gladly pay the true price of gasoline if it meant the government would use the money to improve services and infrastructure.  “There are huge holes — craters — that not only damage our cars but also put our own lives at risk.”

Gas prices are a serious issue in Venezuela. It sits atop the world’s largest oil reserves which once made the South American nation one of the western hemisphere’s economic leaders. A tank usually costs the equivalent of a few cents.

But declining oil prices and what critics allege as corruption and mismanagement under President Nicolás Maduro‘s socialist government has wreaked havoc on its economy. Nearly 4 million Venezuelans have fled to neighboring countries amid the political and economic crisis that has been dogged by violence, malnutrition and disease and alleged criminal wrongdoing by the government.

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In this Oct. 8, 2019 photo, gas station attendant Orlando Godoy takes a package of corn flour as payment after filling a motorist’s tank, which costs a tiny fraction of a U.S. penny, in San Antonio de los Altos on the outskirts of Caracas, Venezuela. The economy is in such shambles that drivers are now paying for fill-ups with a little food, a candy bar or just a cigarette. (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

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Amid the chaos, Maduro has refused to raise gas prices. The state-run oil company, PDVSA, loses billions of dollars annually because of the disparity between the cost to produce gasoline and the price at the pump, Maduro has said.

Officials have blamed U.S. sanctions for gas shortages in parts outside the capital of Caracas, where drivers sometimes wait for days to get fuel.

Maduro’s reluctance to raise fuel prices may be reinforced by the violent protest in Ecuador that began when President Lenín Moreno recently floated ending fuel subsidies.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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MLB To Investigate Astros Staffer’s Outburst At Female Reporters

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Major League Baseball said Tuesday that it will investigate Houston Astros staffer Brandon Taubman for reportedly taunting a group of female reporters after the team secured a berth in the World Series.

On Saturday, his team having narrowly defeated the Yankees 6-4, the Astros assistant general manager zeroed in on three female reporters in the clubhouse ― one of whom was wearing a domestic violence awareness bracelet ― and repeatedly yelled, “Thank God we got Osuna! I’m so fucking glad we got Osuna!”

“Osuna” refers to the Astros’ newly acquired closer, Roberto Osuna, who joined the team this year after serving a 75-game suspension for allegedly assaulting the mother of his child. (The charges were dropped after the woman refused to testify.)

Taubman’s conduct was first detailed in a Sports Illustrated report on Monday that the Astros dismissed as “misleading and completely irresponsible.” Team officials accused the sports news outlet of attempting “to fabricate a story.”

“His comments had everything to do with the game situation that just occurred and nothing else,” the statement added ― a particularly confusing claim because even though the Astros won, Osuna had a terrible game.

The next day, however, the organization was forced to walk back its categorical denial after several eyewitnesses publicly confirmed the reporting.

“The Astros called this [Sports Illustrated] report misleading,” Houston Chronicle sports reporter Hunter Atkins said on Twitter. “It is not. I was there. Saw it. And I should’ve said something sooner.”

“Can confirm,” added Yahoo Sports baseball reporter Hannah Keyser.

In the Astros’ mea culpa statement, Taubman said he was sorry for his “inappropriate language” and “overexuberance in support of a player,” but asserted that any deeper reading of his remarks would be a misinterpretation.

That issue will now be addressed by MLB, a league that ignored domestic violence cases for 22 years under former Commissioner Bud Selig, but has paid increasingly more attention since current Commissioner Rob Manfred took over in 2015.

“Domestic violence is extraordinarily serious and everyone in baseball must use care to not engage in any behavior — whether intentional or not — that could be construed as minimizing the egregiousness of an act of domestic violence,” the league said in a statement Tuesday. “We became aware of this incident through the Sports Illustrated article. The Astros have disputed Sports Illustrated’s characterization of the incident. MLB will interview those involved before commenting further.”

The Astros are scheduled to play Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night against the Washington Nationals.

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Breaking up Big Tech giants like Facebook and Google is ‘on the table,’ says US antitrust chief

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The country’s top prosecutor probing Big Tech left the door open to breaking up the biggest names in Silicon Valley.

Makan Delrahim, head of the Justice Department’s antitrust division, said Tuesday that breaking up companies such as Google, Facebook or Amazon is “perfectly on the table” while speaking at the WSJ Tech Live summit.

The Journal reports that Delrahim laid out a “worst-case scenario” for Big Tech as the Justice Department’s wide-ranging antitrust review, which began over the summer, continues.

“There’s no question consumers have benefited from technology. There’s no question we have a lot more conveniences at our disposal. The big question is: Are companies abusing the market power that they have gained,” Delrahim said.

Delrahim reportedly summed up his operating philosophy a few moments later, saying: “Big is not bad. Big behaving badly is bad.”

Notably, Delrahim said it was not his job to be worried about whether breaking up America’s biggest tech firms would help China to gain market shares.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg and former Google CEO Eric Schmidt have all made that nationalist appeal in defense of Silicon Valley.

“Consideration of national champions is inappropriate,” Delrahim said.

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AB Stoddard says Hillary Clinton’s ‘thirst for relevance is unquenchable’

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Hillary Clinton’s “thirst for relevance is, really, unquenchable,” A.B. Stoddard told “The Daily Briefing with Dana Perino” in response to the former secretary of state’s accusing Tulsi Gabbard of being a “Russian asset.”

Gabbard on Monday suggested that a meeting with Clinton might be an appropriate next step, as both Democratic and Republican politicians, including President Trump and Sen. Bernie Sanders, condemned the suggestion that the congresswoman is a secret Russian asset.

“Well, she had something to say about me, and I would have been very happy to have that conversation directly face-to-face with her,” Gabbard said.

On “The Daily Briefing,” Stoddard, an associate editor and columnist at RealClearPolitics, said: “This is where she [Clinton] clearly overstepped.”

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Stoddard also said that Clinton’s statements toward Gabbard, a veteran, were “beyond the pale.”

Speaking to reporters at an Iowa coffee shop, Gabbard, D-Hawaii, lamented that Clinton had pulled out of a planned appearance at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, where Gabbard is set to speak. Clinton was said to have abandoned the summit to avoid appearing with former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

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During the recent interview, Clinton asserted that Russians were “grooming her to be the third-party candidate” and spoiler in the 2020 race. Clinton hinted that Gabbard was the “favorite of the Russians.”

But, Gabbard reiterated to reporters Monday that she would commit to voting for the Democrats’ eventual nominee, and would not run as a third-party candidate.

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Stoddard went on to say, “She’s [Clinton is] actually doing the bidding of the Russians because they seek to divide the Democratic Party as they did in 2016 and divide all Americans across political lines.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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