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Pompeo Says He ‘Never Saw’ Quid Pro Quo Even After Mick Mulvaney Admitted It

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flatly denied on Sunday that there was ever a quid pro quo between the U.S. and Ukraine days after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged it during a now-infamous press briefing.

“I never saw that in the decision-making process that I was a part of,” Pompeo told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” referring to the Trump administration’s temporary suspension of military aid to Ukraine over the summer and questions about whether it was withheld in exchange for a political favor.

“The conversation was always around what were the strategic implications,” he added. “Would that money get to the right place or would there be corruption in Ukraine and the money wouldn’t flow to the mission that it was intended for.”

On Thursday, Mulvaney told reporters the funds were withheld because President Donald Trump had reservations over whether they would be properly spent. He went on to note that Trump had also raised concerns over “corruption that related to the [Democratic National Committee] server,” a reference to a debunked conspiracy theory positing that Ukraine was behind the 2016 hacking of Democratic Party emails. The American intelligence community has said it believes Russia was the culprit.

Shortly after Mulvaney’s stunning admission, he released a statement walking back the remarks and claiming there was no quid pro quo even though he previously asserted that “we do that all the time with foreign policy.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to recognize Mulvaney’s candid and public description of a quid pro quo, Pompeo avoided making any comment.

“I’ll leave it to the chief of staff to explain what it is he said and what he intended,” he said.

The president and his defenders have repeatedly claimed that no quid pro quo occurred when Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. However, a rough transcript of the call shows that Trump pressured him to “do us a favor” and investigate both the DNC server and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

A whistleblower complaint that cites the discussion alleges that Trump was attempting to solicit interference in the 2020 election by targeting his potential Democratic opponent. Ukraine has found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens, though Trump continues to raise unsubstantiated corruption accusations against the family.

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Julianne Hough stuns as Jolene in Dolly Parton ‘Heartstrings’ sneak peek

Julianne Hough embodies the redheaded temptress Jolene in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings.”

In images newly released from Netflix, Parton, 73, is pictured with Hough, 31, who stars as the inspiration for Parton’s signature country ballad.

Hough rocks auburn locks and a series of crop tops for the role in the anthology series.

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Julianne Hough and Dolly Parton appear in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” for Netflix. Hough stars as the subject of Parton’s smash “Jolene” in the streaming series. (Netflix)

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Entertainment Weekly reports that Parton will appear as a character named Babe in the episode.

Babe runs the local bar where Jolene, “a flirtatious free spirit with aspirations of escaping her small hometown of Coventry, Ga., to follow her dreams of becoming a successful singer-songwriter,” works.

Babe will reportedly serve as a maternal figure to Jolene in the show.

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Julianne Hough and Dolly Parton appear in “Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” for Netflix. Hough stars as the subject of Parton’s smash “Jolene” in the streaming series. (Netflix)

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Kimberly Williams-Paisley will also appear in the episode as a woman pulled into Jolene’s world after becoming president of the Coventry Women’s League.

Actor Dallas Roberts plays a husband in the series going through a midlife crisis and questioning how happy he is in his marriage.

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“Dolly Parton’s Heartstrings” drops on Netflix on Nov. 22.

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Mark Esperanto? Trump Misnames His Defense Secretary in Tweet

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WASHINGTON — President Trump shared an update on Sunday from his defense secretary that outlined “minor skirmishes” between Turkish and Kurdish fighters in northern Syria as American troops make their way out of the area. It might have passed by with little notice in the rushing current of Mr. Trump’s Twitter stream, but for one thing.

“Mark Esperanto, Secretary of Defense, ‘The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly,’” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “‘New areas being resettled with the Kurds.’ USA soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zones. We have secured the Oil. Bringing soldiers home!”

Even for Mr. Trump, who often lards his online missives with typos, caps-lock abuses, occasional gibberish and errant exclamation points, Sunday’s missive contained an outsize number of errors. The first and most glaring: The president’s defense secretary is actually named Mark Esper.

Questions arose. Was it a typo? How could Mr. Trump’s iPhone even make the jump from “Esper” to “Esperanto” if it was an auto-correct situation? It was a mystery that several White House officials could not solve when asked by a reporter on Sunday.

The larger problem, of course, is that Mr. Trump made a series of false or unsupported statements about a chaotic situation that has unfolded since he stood by as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey advanced his forces into the area. In recent days, the vice president traveled to Turkey to negotiate a brief cease-fire — a nominal sacrifice from Mr. Erdogan that the White House has tried to frame as a win.

The quote Mr. Trump attributed to Mr. Esper could have come from a private conversation between them. But it appeared that it might have been a recounting — if not an entirely faithful one — of public comments made by Mr. Esper, who made an unannounced visit to meet with American troops in Afghanistan this weekend and delivered his own assessment of what was happening in Syria.

“I think overall the cease-fire generally seems to be holding,” Mr. Esper said, according to a Reuters correspondent traveling with him. “We see a stabilization of the lines, if you will, on the ground, and we do get reports of intermittent fires, this and that, that doesn’t surprise me necessarily.”

At the end of the tweet, Mr. Trump added two confusing elements of his own. The first was that United States had “secured the oil,” a claim he has repeatedly made in recent days without any explanation. The White House did not clarify what he meant by those remarks, and Mr. Trump has ignored the question when asked about it by reporters. Last year, there were about 2.5 billion barrels of oil in the fields in northern Syria, according to industry estimates.

The president also said that the United States was “bringing soldiers home,” which is also not correct, at least not in the short term: Mr. Esper has confirmed that the troops leaving Syria are heading to Iraq, to continue operations against the Islamic State.

Separately, the Trump administration said this month that it would be committing additional troops to Saudi Arabia, a decision the president has said was made because the Saudis agreed to pay for the operation.

“A very rich country,” Mr. Trump said during a news conference with the Italian president last week. “They should be paying. And so should many other countries be paying if they want this kind of protection.”

Hours after the original tweet was posted to the presidential account, the White House tried again, spelling Mr. Esper’s name correctly.

Most of the other questionable assertions remained.

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Dead newborn found in Ohio college dorm bathroom

Ohio police are investigating after the body of a newborn was found inside a trash can in the restroom of a dorm hall at Hiram College on Friday morning, police say.

The dorm was put on lockdown after the baby was found in a garbage bag at 10:48 a.m. by a school maintenance worker, who contacted Hiram Village Police immediately, according to Police Chief Brian Gregory.

“We’re in a state of shock. We are mourning as a campus community. We’re a small community, a very kind and caring one, so this has taken us by surprise and we are doing everything we can to restore a sense of health and good welfare for our students and our faculty and staff,” the school’s president, Lori Varlotta told WEWS-TV. “We have a clinical psychologist on staff who’s meeting with students who want to do personal counseling. We have a very active chaplain who is providing ministerial services.”

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Ohio police are investigating after the body of a newborn baby was found inside a trash can in the restroom of a dorm hall at Hiram College on Friday morning. (GE)

The cause of death isn’t known at this time, and Hiram police have launched an investigation with assistance from the state Bureau of Criminal Investigations.

The Portage County Coroner, Dr. Dean DePerro, told Fox 8 that it’s unclear how long the newborn — who was either full-term or nearly full-term — had been in the bathroom. He says it’s unknown if the infant was delivered alive or stillborn.

“The death of a child is always difficult,” said Dr. DePerro told the outlet. “It never gets easier.”

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DePerro says the mother was identified late Friday night, where she was reportedly taken to a local hospital for treatment. School officials had urged the mother to seek medical treatment earlier in the day, according to WEWS-TV.

“She should feel free to come forward to get medical attention and to come forward to anybody at the college for help for counseling — to make sure she gets to the appropriate places in a very timely way,” Varlotta told the station.

The baby’s remains were taken to the Cuyahoga County Medical Examiner for a full autopsy.

Shannon Ferraby lived next to Hiram College — a private liberal arts college — for over 10 years. She hopes other moms know there are resources out there if you’re ever feeling overwhelmed.

“I know that myself and other moms will make sure now that people know there are resources,” Ferraby told WOIO. “I’d be happy to talk to her, pray with her, see if she still needs help. “She probably is scared to tell anyone. That’s a terrible place to be in.”

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Varlotta says the university has a “wide array” of mental health services while adding that the school does its best to provide resources towards students in need.

Hiram College is about 45 miles southeast of Cleveland.

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Mike Pompeo Says He ‘Never Saw’ Quid Pro Quo Even After Mick Mulvaney Admitted It

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo flatly denied on Sunday that there was ever a quid pro quo between the U.S. and Ukraine days after acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney acknowledged it during a now-infamous press briefing.

“I never saw that in the decision-making process that I was a part of,” Pompeo told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos on “This Week,” referring to the Trump administration’s temporary suspension of military aid to Ukraine over the summer and questions about whether it was withheld in exchange for a political favor.

“The conversation was always around what were the strategic implications,” he added. “Would that money get to the right place or would there be corruption in Ukraine and the money wouldn’t flow to the mission that it was intended for.”

On Thursday, Mulvaney told reporters the funds were withheld because President Donald Trump had reservations over whether they would be properly spent. He went on to note that Trump had also raised concerns over “corruption that related to the [Democratic National Committee] server,” a reference to a debunked conspiracy theory positing that Ukraine was behind the 2016 hacking of Democratic Party emails. The American intelligence community has said it believes Russia was the culprit.

Shortly after Mulvaney’s stunning admission, he released a statement walking back the remarks and claiming there was no quid pro quo even though he previously asserted that “we do that all the time with foreign policy.”

Pressed by Stephanopoulos to recognize Mulvaney’s candid and public description of a quid pro quo, Pompeo avoided making any comment.

“I’ll leave it to the chief of staff to explain what it is he said and what he intended,” he said.

The president and his defenders have repeatedly claimed that no quid pro quo occurred when Trump spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. However, a rough transcript of the call shows that Trump pressured him to “do us a favor” and investigate both the DNC server and former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter.

A whistleblower complaint that cites the discussion alleges that Trump was attempting to solicit interference in the 2020 election by targeting his potential Democratic opponent. Ukraine has found no evidence of wrongdoing on the part of the Bidens, though Trump continues to raise unsubstantiated corruption accusations against the family.

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Scientists to monitor stranded whales from space

Scientists have begun using satellites that can produce high-resolution imagery in an effort to monitor whale strandings from space, according to an investigation by the British Antarctic Survey and four Chilean research institutes.

They believe a new technique for analyzing satellite images could revolutionize how stranded whales are detected in remote places.

In 2015, more than 340 whales were involved in a mass stranding in a remote region of southern Chile. Evidence of the stranding wasn’t discovered for several weeks due to the inaccessible nature of the area on the Chilean coast — with aerial and boat surveys assessing the extent of the damage several months after it was discovered, according to the study published in Plos One journals.

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Skeleton of a young Sei whale ( Balaenoptera borealis ) ( Kike Calvo via AP Images )

“The aerial survey was done on a huge scale and was very impressive, but it’s possible some of the carcasses got washed back out to sea in storms and simply weren’t counted. The 343 number was only ever a best estimate,” BAS whale expert Dr Jennifer Jackson told the BBC.

Because of the delay, many of the whales went missing and their decomposed bodies made it hard for scientists to determine how they died. One satellite image counted several fewer whales than the original aerial photo and substantially more in the second picture taken, possibly alluding to the fact many had washed away by the time the non-satellite aerial photos were taken.

They say the use of satellites could make the discovery effort in finding whale strandings more efficient and less costly. They also believe it will inform scientists of information they weren’t able to see before with planes and boats, according to the investigation.

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“This is an exciting development in monitoring whales from space,” Dr Peter Fretwell, the lead author at British Antartic Survey, told the BBC. “Now we have a higher resolution ‘window’ on our planet, satellite imagery may be a fast and cost-effective alternative to aerial surveys allowing us to assess the extent of mass whale stranding events, especially in remote and inaccessible areas.”

Researchers detected the whales using Very High Resolution (VHR) satellite images from Maxar Technologies, which they found could identify the shape, size, and color of the whales and even the possible cause of the beaching.

Researchers say that pictures from the WorldView-2 satellite could show features larger than 50cm (19.7 inches) from an altitude of 700km (435 miles). They say due to a whales shape being over 10m (33.8 feet) in length that it could provide a good outline for the animal’s overall shape. Improved satellite imagery technology with a 30cm (11.8 inches) resolution should make the job even easier, according to the study.

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Sei Whale (Balaenoptera Borealis). (Photo By Encyclopaedia Britannica/UIG Via Getty Images)

When analyzing pictures taken by WorldView-2, researchers manually look for white shapes and sort them by how confident they believe the specific image is a whale, the study added.

“It’s important that we harness human technological advancements to do a better job understanding and protecting the natural world,” Jennifer Jackson, molecular phylogeneticist at the British Antarctic Survey, told Earther.

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Hopefully, this new technology allows for a faster and more efficient way of understanding how stranded whales may have died — before weather and natural forces can impact the area and distort their findings.

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Canada’s Conservatives offer bland option to Trudeau’s flash in Monday’s national elections

Even members of his own party say Canada’s Conservative leader is bland.

They tout it as a virtue, the antidote to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s flash and star power, and they’re counting on this very quality to help Andrew Scheer defeat Trudeau’s Liberal Party in national elections Monday.

“Andrew is what I call a severely normal Canadian,” said Jason Kenney, Alberta’s conservative premier and the godfather of one of Scheer’s five kids. “His personality is the opposite of Justin’s. Andrew is not at home naturally preening for the cameras.”

In the words of Canada’s former Conservative foreign minister, John Baird: “He’s not the sizzle, he’s the steak.”

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FILE – In this Oct. 10, 2019, file photo, Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer take part in the Federal leaders French language debate in Gatineau, Quebec. Polls show that Scheer has a chance to defeat Trudeau’s Liberal party in national elections on Monday, Oct. 21. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP)

Polls show Scheer has a chance to defeat the Liberals after a combination of scandals and high expectations damaged Trudeau’s prospects.

“His entire career he’s been underestimated, and I would never underestimate Andrew Scheer,” Baird said.

Trudeau faces an uphill electoral battle after old photos of him in blackface and brownface surfaced last month, casting doubt on his judgment. The handsome son of liberal icon and late Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau also was hurt by a scandal that erupted earlier this year, when his former attorney general said he pressured her to halt the prosecution of a Quebec company. Trudeau has said he was standing up for jobs, but enough damage was done to give the Conservatives an opening.

Scheer also has had a bumpy ride. He has been criticized for embellishing his resume by saying he had worked as an insurance broker when, in fact, he was never licensed. He also has taken heat for holding dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship — something he and his party had blasted other Canadian political figures for and never mentioned until the Globe and Mail newspaper revealed it earlier this month.

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Scheer said he began the process of renouncing his American citizenship in August, just before the election campaign started, but it could take 10 months.

Still, the young Conservative leader is well-positioned to become prime minister. No party is likely to get a majority of Parliament’s 338 seats, so a shaky alliance may be needed to pass legislation. If Conservatives win the most seats — but not a majority — they will probably try to form a government with the separatist Bloc Quebecois party. Trudeau’s Liberals would likely rely on the leftist New Democrats to stay in power.

Trudeau reasserted the country’s liberal identity in 2015 after almost 10 years of Conservative rule. Scheer ran for the leadership of the Conservative party two years ago after more obvious candidates figured Trudeau could not be beaten in this election — that a second mandate was all but a forgone conclusion for the charismatic young prime minister.

Now that his prospects have changed, the 40-year-old Scheer could become the second youngest prime minister in Canada’s history. The first, Conservative Joe Clark, was sworn in the day before his 40th birthday after he beat Justin’s father Pierre. However, Clark’s minority government lasted only six months and was defeated by Pierre Trudeau.

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FILE – In this Oct. 15, 2019, file photo, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer responds to a question during a campaign stop in Quebec City, Canada. Polls show that Scheer has a chance to defeat Justin Trudeau’s Liberal party in national elections on Monday, Oct. 21. (Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Scheer is hoping to convince voters to side with him by promising to scrap Trudeau’s national carbon tax and cut government spending, including foreign aid, by 25 percent.

“The country will be in perfectly safe, if bland, hands. That might not be a bad thing in a world gone insane,” said Andrew MacDougall, a former spokesman under Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

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Born in Ottawa, Scheer is a social conservative and son of a Catholic deacon and former newspaper librarian who moved to Canada from the U.S. and married Scheer’s late mother, who was a nurse and an anti-abortion activist. Andrew’s two sisters live in the U.S. and are registered Republicans.

During their first debate, Trudeau grilled Scheer about his stance on abortion and the Conservative was widely panned after he refused to answer. The next day he acknowledged he was personally against abortion but said his party would not reopen the debate.

In 2005, he gave a speech in Parliament attacking same-sex marriage. He now says he’ll protect the rights of the LGBT community if elected.

Scheer has spent most of his adult life in politics. At age 32 he became the youngest speaker of the House of Commons, a non-partisan role overseeing debate in Parliament. He won his first election at 25, representing a district in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Scheer had moved from Ottawa to Saskatchewan to be with his wife, Jill, a native of that province, and has assumed his wife’s family love for football. Her brother is Jon Ryan, a former punter for the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks.

While his campaign portrays him as the common man, Scheer has spent almost all his adult life as a member of Parliament with the perks that come with it, including free housing, a car and a driver when he was House speaker and opposition leader.

“Yes, he’s been in Parliament since 25, but his parents are very middle-class people. His family didn’t own a car,” Baird said. “He’s very grounded. And frankly that’s the Conservative party. We’re not a party of downtown elites.”

Scheer didn’t win his own party’s leadership until the 13th ballot. He was most people’s second choice.

“He’s a guy who has always been underestimated,” Kenney said. “He’s smiling all the time. He’s got terrific dimples and sometimes people infer from that he’s not serious, which is not true.”

Ian Brodie, a former chief of staff to Canada’s previous Conservative prime minister, said Scheer won’t have to face the same expectations as Trudeau, who was viewed as the heir to Obama’s progressive mantle.

“Nobody is expecting him to be the international leader of progressive forces, or anything else for that matter,” Brodie said.

The relationship between the U.S. and Canada would not be expected to change much as Scheer won’t risk renegotiating the new free trade agreement with U.S. President Donald Trump.

MacDougall said Scheer knows he has to make the U.S. relationship work as Trudeau did. Canada relies on the U.S. for 75 percent of its exports.

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He added: “If Canada goes back to being a more modest presence on the stage, that kind of fits of who we are as a country, but doesn’t mean we can’t be effective.”

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3 Soldiers Killed In Training Accident At Fort Stewart In Georgia

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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad. Liu Jin/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A Bradley Fighting Vehicle was involved in the training accident that killed three soldiers at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday. Above, a Bradley is stationed to support a patrol mission by U.S.-Iraqi forces in Baghdad.

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An early morning training exercise gone wrong resulted in the deaths of three soldiers and injured three more at Fort Stewart, in Georgia, on Sunday, according to Fort Stewart officials.

The accident involved the Bradley Fighting Vehicle that the soldiers were riding on. The three soldiers who were killed were pronounced dead on the scene, and the other three who were injured were taken to Winn Army Community Hospital.

All six soldiers involved in the incident were members of the 1st Armored Brigade Combat Team, often referred to as Dogface.

“Today is a heartbreaking day for the 3rd Infantry Division, and the entire Fort Stewart-Hunter Army Airfield community, as we are all devastated after a training accident this morning on the Fort Stewart Training Area,” said Maj. Gen. Tony Aguto, commanding general of the 3rd Infantry Division. “We are extremely saddened by the loss of three Dogface Soldiers, and injuries to three more. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the families affected by this tragedy.”

The incident is currently under investigation, according to a news release. Fort Stewart officials have not released the soldiers’ names and say they will do so 24 hours after they’ve notified the soldiers’ families.

The 25-ton Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a type of protected transport vehicle that has been involved in deadly accidents before.

A Fort Hood soldier died last month after he was injured while conducting maintenance on one of the armored vehicles. In January, a 22-year-old combat engineer was killed in a training accident at the National Training Center at Fort Hood when the Bradley Fighting Vehicle he was riding on rolled over. Three other soldiers were injured in that accident.

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Sen. Ron Johnson: Clinton-Ukraine collusion allegations remain unaddressed by media

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The lack of media attention into alleged Ukrainian involvement in the 2016 election leaves many questions unanswered, according to Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis.

The eastern European country has been widely discussed since House Democrats opened an impeachment inquiry into President Trump over his phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

In the interview on Mark Levin‘s “Life, Liberty & Levin,” Johnson referenced a 2017 Politico report by Kenneth Vogel that described unconfirmed claims about the Hillary Clinton campaign working with Ukrainian officials during the term of then-President Petro Poroshenko.

Vogel — who now writes for The New York Times — reported that Ukrainian officials “tried to help” former Secretary of State’s bid for president by questioning Trump’s fitness for office and doing opposition research on the former real estate mogul.

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“He’s talking about the potential of the Hillary Clinton campaign and the DNC [Democratic National Committee] involvement, working with potentially corrupt actors in Ukraine, trying to dig up dirt on President Trump — or candidate Trump at that point in time — [and] Paul Manafort,” Johnson said, referring to Vogel.

Johnson said he was not making allegations or accusing anyone of wrongdoing, but instead raising questions as to why the media has not comprehensively looked into it yet.

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“Is it just possible or plausible that maybe the DNC — maybe the Hillary Clinton campaign — was also trying to dig up dirt on Joe Biden back then in Ukraine?” he asked, speculating that Biden may have been considering a Democratic primary run against Clinton that year.

“So, no, there are so many questions. I’m really not throwing out any accusations. I’m not making any allegations,” Johnson said.

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Johnson, who chairs the Senate Homeland Security Committee, criticized the media for showing little interest in those questions.

“There are so many questions that remain unanswered, and they really remain unanswered because, by and large, the press has no curiosity about trying to get the answers to these things,” he said.

Later in the interview, Levin asked Johnson about claims that Ukraine’s prior administration wanted Clinton to win in 2016 instead of Trump.

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“They were probably making a bet,” Johnson said. “They thought Hillary Clinton had the best chance of becoming president. And, to Ukraine — I don’t care who you are in Ukraine, in their government — the relationship with America is pretty darn important. So you understand what their motivation would be there.”

Johnson rejected the claim that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russian actors, saying he believed allegations the Clinton campaign was linked to the Steele dossier would tell a different story.

“When people say that the only campaign that was literally cooperating and colluding with a foreign government — it wasn’t the Trump campaign, it was the Hillary Clinton campaign,” he said.

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‘Habitual runaway’ emu being sought by Minnesota sheriff’s deputies

Deputies with a Minnesota sheriff’s office say they are searching for a “habitual runaway” emu who has eluded capture after disappearing — again.

The deputies, who are with the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, said on Facebook Saturday that the emu disappeared in Foley with another emu and a dog.

“Emu #1 and his canine accomplice turned themselves in without incident,” they wrote. “Emu #2 however had other plans and remains at large.”

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Deputies in Benton County, Minn., said the emu in this photo has been reported missing by its owner, prompting a search by law enforcement. (Benton County Sheriff’s Office)

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In announcing the law enforcement search for the missing emu, deputies said the bird was “wanted for questioning for being a habitual runaway.”

Their Facebook post advised, “do not approach the subject as he may be violent” and then added, “All jokes aside, this emu is missing from a local property in the Foley area. If spotted, please give us a call so we can return him safely to his already identified owner.”

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A woman wrote back to say she had seen the emu on Benton County Road 66 Sunday morning.

“Scared the crap out of me,” Kylie Pozorski said.

Another person wrote that he hoped deputies find the emu and the owner gets her back.

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“Sounds like a fowl situation,” the person said.

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