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Bob Woodward slammed as ‘wrong person’ to moderate event on #MeToo, Harvey Weinstein scandal

Bob Woodward may have sealed his place in journalism history nearly a half-century ago, with his reporting on Watergate, but that didn’t seem to help him Wednesday night, when he drew boos from a Washington audience and sparked a Twitter backlash while moderating an interview with the two female co-authors of a new book about the Harvey Weinstein sexual-misconduct scandal.

Woodward, 76, an associate editor with The Washington Post, spoke with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey of The New York Times, who recently published “She Said,” which details the Times investigation that exposed decades-worth of sexual assault allegations against Weinstein, the longtime Hollywood producer, and effectively launched the #MeToo movement.

HARVEY WEINSTEIN MADE SIENNA MILLER CRY WITH PARTYING LECTURE

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​​​​​​​Bob Woodward speaks during an event to commemorate the 40th anniversary of Watergate in Washington, June 11, 2012. (Associated Press)

Woodward was slammed on Twitter as audeince members accused him of repeatedly interrupting the two women authors. He was also reportedly booed during the interview, and some in the audience reportedly walked out on the event.

“Tomorrow there will be stories about how horribly Bob Woodward bombed this discussion,” journalist J. David McSwane wrote. “Repeatedly asked why Harvey Weinstein did what he did. The authors responded, multiple times: power. He accused them of dodging the question.”

Technology journalist Kara Swisher described Woodward as “Interruptive, not focused on the women who were victimized by Harvey Weinstein and weirdly obsessed with that creep, it’s a exercise in how not to interview. The crowd no like.”

“Having a really fun time listening to Bob Woodward repeatedly interrupt and badger Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey on why Weinstein did what he did & then charging them with purposely “dodging” the question to repeated boos, audience outbursts, and people walking out,” Anna Kain, who attended the event, also wrote.

A lengthy thread of tweets from Twitter user Robyn Swirling, which was retweeted by several other women who claimed to have been in the audience, also accused Woodward of “aggressive and uninformed questioning.” She said Woodward failed to understand rape culture and sped through a discussion about consent, “Showing exactly why he was the wrong person to have any sort of public (or private) discussion about #metoo.”

Woodward also received pushback for asking why the two authors believed Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanagh despite her lacking a clear recollection of the alleged sexual assault from her high school years. @NikkiMcR wrote: “Bob Woodward just asked Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey if Christine Blasey Ford’s story was ‘worth publishing’ and i’ve never been more disgusted.”

“Maybe men should take a break from moderating conversations about women,” author Jessica Valenti added.

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According to Swirling’s account, Woodward asked the two journalists ‘did you find any women who made up allegations? That’s very important.’”

Other Twitter users also took issue with the exchange.

“Listening to NYT reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey talk about their book She Said and interviewer Bob Woodward can’t talk about anything but Weinstein’s sex drive. Woodward is embarrassing himself!” Melanie Sloan wrote.

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Impeachment intensity: Trump decries ‘coup’ and ‘corrupt media’

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President Trump just went there.

What’s happening now, he tweeted, is not impeachment, “it is a COUP, intended to take away the Power of the People, their VOTE, their Freedoms, their Second Amendment, Religion, Military, Border Wall, and their God-given rights as a Citizen of The United States of America!”

Leaving aside all the terrible things he says would follow his ouster, let’s be clear: This is not a coup.

Impeachment is a remedy contained in the Constitution after considerable debate by Alexander Hamilton and the other founders. Impeaching Donald Trump, especially on a party-line vote, may be dumb, reckless, blindly partisan or downright suicidal. But it is not a coup, even of the bloodless variety.

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The president isn’t the only one using intemperate language. Maxine Waters, the left-wing Democratic congresswoman, responded to his “filthy talk” by declaring, “Impeachment is not good enough for Trump. He needs to be imprisoned & placed in solitary confinement.”

So much for due process or the formality of a trial. Waters is already picking out his jail cell.

I had barely finished writing these words when the president tweeted about the “Do Nothing Democrats,” saying they are “wasting everyone’s time and energy on [BS.”] Except he spelled it out.

Look, it’s hardly surprising that rhetoric is getting way overheated with the Democrats wielding a weapon that’s only been used against Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton. But words matter, in political discourse as in life. And “coup” was no accident.

Trump obviously has every incentive to rouse his supporters by painting himself as the victim of dark forces, including the media and the Deep State.

And the critics can retire to their fainting couches when he retweets a phrase like “civil war.” Journalists use the term all the time, talking about a Republican civil war or Democratic civil war or some other war.

But coup is different, and so is calling for a congressman’s arrest. Trump yesterday called Adam Schiff a “lowlife” who should resign, saying he couldn’t carry Mike Pompeo’s “blank-strap.” (Suddenly jock is a dirty word?) He’s also ended a tweet about the House Intel chairman with: “Arrest for Treason?” (The supposed treason is that Schiff exaggerated Trump’s comments on the Ukraine call in what he said was a parody.)

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Kamala Harris, trying to break into the news, is demanding that Twitter suspend the president’s account. There is zero chance of that happening, as the senator well knows. Can you imagine the backlash against the company, already accused of leaning left, for banning a commander-in-chief with 63 million followers?

Harris pointed to Trump’s postings in which he likened the intelligence whistle-blower to a spy and mentioned the word treason. “These tweets represent a clear intent to baselessly discredit the whistleblower and officials in our government who are following the proper channels to report allegations of presidential impropriety,” she wrote Twitter chief Jack Dorsey.

As for the fourth estate, the president told reporters he is largely dropping “fake” and will refer to them as the “corrupt media.”

Trump was teeing off on the Washington Post, but he was mistaken; the focus of his ire was a new book by two New York Times reporters, Michael Shear and Julie Hirschfeld Davis.

The Times story based on the book said that in private meetings Trump “often talked about fortifying a border wall with a water-filled trench, stocked with snakes or alligators, prompting aides to seek a cost estimate. He wanted the wall electrified, with spikes on top that could pierce human flesh. After publicly suggesting that soldiers shoot migrants if they threw rocks, the president backed off when his staff told him that was illegal. But later in a meeting, aides recalled, he suggested that they shoot migrants in the legs to slow them down. That’s not allowed either, they told him.”

Trump ridiculed the story as a lie and said it was “stupid” to ask whether he’d ever said such things. (Davis tweeted that the White House did not deny the account when twice presented with the details.)

The president then declared that he would largely retire his “fake news” formulation in favor of “corrupt news”—which, he added for good measure, is “truly the enemy of the people.”

That’s the latest sign of Trump’s frustration, after years of negative coverage, in the midst of an impeachment inquiry.

But here’s the kicker. When Fox’s John Roberts asked Trump about a just posted New York Times story that the whistle-blower told Schiff’s staff about his complaint days before filing it, he said he couldn’t believe the paper had written it and that maybe it’s getting better. When the president views a story as more favorable, he miraculously upgrades his opinion of the press.

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Pelosi: Trump is ‘scared’ about the impeachment case being made against him

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In a TV interview set to air Thursday morning, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., takes a swipe at President Trump, insisting he’s “scared” as her Democratic colleagues pursue an impeachment inquiry against him.

In a preview clip of the interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Pelosi dismisses Trump’s criticism of her and other lawmakers as “Do Nothing Democrats” for pushing impeachment instead of addressing issues like trade and prescription drug prices.

“Why can’t we do it? It’s up to him,” Pelosi tells ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos. “That was our pledge during the campaign for the people. We would lower the cost of prescription drugs. I think the president wants to do that, so I hope that he would cooperate. He does want the U.S.-Mexico-Canada trade agreement, so do we.”

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“I think the president knows the argument that can be made against him, and he’s scared. And so he’s trying to divert attention from that to where [he’s] standing in the way of legislation.”

“You say he’s scared … Did you hear the fear in his voice when you spoke with him on the phone last week?” Stephanopoulos asks.

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“I saw the surprise in his voice that he didn’t understand that I thought what he did was wrong,” Pelosi says about the president’s phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskiy. “That he was undermining our national security, that he was undermining our Constitution by his actions and he was undermining the integrity of our elections. He just didn’t see it.”

Trump has pushed back hard against Democrats in recent statements and Twitter messages, including a strongly worded post Tuesday.

“The Do Nothing Democrats should be focused on building up our Country,” the president wrote in one message, “not wasting everyone’s time and energy on BULLS—, which is what they have been doing ever since I got overwhelmingly elected in 2016, 223-306. Get a better candidate this time, you’ll need it!”

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Stephen Colbert Reveals The Real Reason Behind Sanders’ Heart Procedure

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Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) underwent an emergency heart procedure on Tuesday evening, and Stephen Colbert has a theory about how it was possible.

“He was hospitalized for treatment of an artery blockage,” “The Late Show” host said. “It’s what happens when people want a president who has a heart.”

Sanders was hospitalized following a campaign event on Tuesday and doctors inserted two stents. His campaign released a statement saying he was “conversing and in good spirits” but would be resting over the coming days.

Colbert also joked about Sanders’ appearance on the show a week earlier, during which he had “knocked on wood” about his health.

Watch the “Late Show” segment below to hear the punchline:

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Ilhan Omar says Trump ‘terrified’ of her ‘intersectionality’ as a woman, immigrant, Muslim

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She’s a woman, she’s an immigrant and she’s Muslim — and that “intersectionality” of identities has President Trump “terrified,” U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., claimed in a television appearance Wednesday night.

Omar, a member of the “Squad” of far-left congressional Democrats, made the remarks on the late-night comedy show, “Full Frontal with Samantha Bee.”

The freshman lawmaker, who came to the U.S. with her family from Somalia when she was a teenager, said she never imagined when she was a child that she would someday be part of an effort to impeach a U.S. president.

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“A lot of people think we take joy in impeaching this president because we don’t like him,” Omar said. “But we take joy in making sure that when we say we’re going to protect the rule of law, that the American people know that we are serious about that.”

“A lot of people think we take joy in impeaching this president because we don’t like him. But we take joy in making sure that when we say we’re going to protect the rule of law, that the American people know that we are serious about that.”

— U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

“I, however, am just always so happy when I think that Don Jr. is upset,” host Samantha Bee told the congresswoman.

“That does slightly make me happy,” Omar jokingly agreed.

While Omar often criticizes the president, she is also a frequent target of Trump’s as well..

“Why do you think that the president focuses so much on you?” Bee asked.

“I think he is terrified by any women who are practicing ‘Shine Theory,’ who have each other’s back,” Omar responded, referring to a concept of mutual empowerment developed by American businesswoman Aminatou Sow and journalist Ann Friedman. “But for me, I think he is terrified at the fact that I sit on the intersectionality of many identities that he really despises: a woman, an immigrant, Muslim, refugee, and Punjabi in one beautiful package.”

When asked how she felt about “perpetually being taken out of context” by her political opponents, Omar simply told Bee she “doesn’t really care that much” about that because her critics “are just vilifying and dismissing my voice anyway.”

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“The fact that I live rent-free in their head doesn’t mean they get to live rent-free in mine,” Omar said.

“The fact that I live rent-free in their head doesn’t mean they get to live rent-free in mine.”

— U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

She later expressed how she thinks “rehabilitation” is possible for “white supremacists” like White House adviser Stephen Miller, adding that they could “use some light, some love, some joy” in their lives.

Previously, Omar vowed in July that she would continue being President Trump’s “nightmare,” after Trump said that Omar and her Squad colleagues should “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime-infested places from which they came.”

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Brit Hume: Trump did himself no favors by ‘freaking out’ after reporter’s ‘valid’ question

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Fox News senior political analyst Brit Hume defended a Reuters reporter who angered President Trump with a question during a Wednesday news conference, claiming the reporter’s question was “valid” and saying the president “freaking out” doesn’t help his cause.

“This was a harshly worded attack. He attacked Jeff Mason, you know, accused him of being ‘fake news’ and all that, when he asked a perfectly valid question,” Hume said about Trump on Wednesday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

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During the news conference, Trump appeared irritated when Mason repeatedly pressed the president on exactly what information he hoped to receive from Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky when Trump asked for an investigation into the Bidens. That July phone call ignited the Trump impeachment inquiry, as Democrats said the call was evidence of Trump asking a foreign country to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

“Did you hear me?” Trump told Mason, motioning for Mason to question the president of Finland, with whom Trump was addressing reporters. “Ask him a question. I’ve given you a long answer. Ask this gentlemen a question. Don’t be rude.”

After Mason tried instead to ask Trump an additional question, Trump dismissed the impeachment allegations as a “hoax” and accused journalists of “playing into it.”

“People like you and the fake news media that we have in this country,” he said. “And I say in many cases, the corrupt media because you’re corrupt. Much of the media in this country is not just fake, it’s corrupt.”

Hume was critical of the president’s reaction.

“I don’t think this sort of ‘freaking out’ that we’re seeing from the president over this stuff, angry though he may legitimately be, helps his cause because it’s not what people like about him,” Hume said. “And if you’re going to get into an impeachment fight with a Congress you want as many people to like you as possible and I don’t think it helps.”

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Hume said the president didn’t have a “good answer” to the question.

“That’s why it was improper for the president to bring Biden into a conversation,” Hume said.

He also doubted the American people would think Trump’s conduct was impeachable.

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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Tampa Bay Rays top Oakland A’s 5-1 in AL Wild Card Game, as Yandy Diaz smacks 2 homers

OAKLAND, Calif. — When he got to second base, Yandy Diaz stole a glance back toward the dugout and saw all his teammates going crazy. He gleefully kept running.

Out for two months, no matter.

Diaz slugged baseball’s lowest spender into a playoff matchup with mighty Houston, Charlie Morton silenced the powerful Athletics on the mound, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat Oakland at its own game with a 5-1 win in the AL wild-card round Wednesday night.

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After playing only one game since late July because of a foot injury, Diaz hit a leadoff homer and went deep again in the third inning.

“When I looked to the bench and saw the guys super excited, it pumped me up to go around the bases,” Diaz said through a translator. “I thought we had to carry that momentum throughout the game.”

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Avisail Garcia hit a two-run drive in the second, and Morton had all the support he needed as Tampa Bay advanced to face the AL West champion Astros in a best-of-five Division Series.

Game 1 is Friday at Houston, which piled up a major league-best 107 wins this season.

“We have a tough road ahead of us, Houston’s a great team, but we played them well this year. It’s going to be a dogfight,” Tommy Pham said.

Pham homered in the fifth for the 96-win Rays, who had the smallest payroll in the majors at $66.4 million. And in a playoff meeting between creative, small-budget teams that make the most of limited resources, it was Tampa Bay that came out on top.

The Rays were unfazed by a towel-swirling Oakland crowd of 54,005 that established a wild-card record, having recently played at Dodger Stadium and on the road against the Yankees and Red Sox during the season’s final two weeks.

“I really feed off the energy of this situation. I that helped us,” Morton said. “It helped us to come in here and be in a high-pressure situation. The stadium was pretty rowdy but I think that helped us focus.”

And when Marcus Semien struck out to end it, Tampa Bay players raced out of their dugout to celebrate and put on fresh playoff T-shirts and caps. Once in the clubhouse, the Rays drenched Morton with booze.

“It’s a beautiful thing having the lowest payroll in baseball and having the success we did,” center fielder Kevin Kiermaier said before the game. “It always feels good to stick it to the man any time you’re able to in this game, and that’s something to be very proud of.”

The A’s have lost nine straight winner-take-all games since 2000, going 1-15 with a chance to advance to the next postseason round. Their only win came in 2006 against the Twins before being swept in the AL Championship Series by the Tigers.

A year ago in the wild-card game, Oakland’s first time back in the playoffs since 2014, the A’s fell behind fast and lost 7-2 at Yankee Stadium. They won 97 games again to earn a wild card.

This game had a far different feel in the familiar, friendly confines of the Coliseum, but the A’s dug themselves another quick hole.

And the visitors were the ones putting on a happy home run show this time. Oakland, which hit a franchise-record 257 homers, is 0-6 in winner-take-all playoff games at home since 2000.

Even a day earlier, Rays manager Kevin Cash wasn’t sure Diaz would play given how much time he missed during the season’s second half.

Diaz returned for the finale last Sunday at Toronto after being sidelined since July 23. He played in just 79 games this season, 22 of those at first base with 17 starts.

“He probably caught us off guard a little bit with how quickly he turned around over the last five, six days,” Cash said.

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Never one to shy from the unorthodox _ the Rays used four outfielders against Matt Olson _ Cash started Diaz at first to make sure his best bat against lefties was in the lineup.

Kiermaier noted Diaz is “just one of those guys, he just wakes up out of bed and rakes. Everyone knows him for his muscles and what he can do in the weight room and stuff like that, but the guy finds the barrel so much throughout this whole season, and any time we’re able to have him available, we’re happy.”

Morton, with a career-high 16 wins and his best ERA yet of 3.05 this season, counted on his playoff experience giving him an edge. He won Game 7 of the ALCS and World Series for the Astros in 2017.

Morton gave up five hits without an earned run over five innings. He struck out four and walked three in his seventh postseason start and eighth appearance, having spent the last two seasons with Houston.

The right-hander walked Mark Canha to load the bases with two outs in the first before retiring Jurickson Profar on a flyball and had already thrown 32 pitches.

Morton quickly settled in and once his turn was done, the Rays’ shutdown bullpen did the rest.

“When the first inning ended, I kind of said to myself, we were fortunate to have Charlie Morton on the mound. We get the 1-0 lead. A young pitcher in that situation, that environment, you just wonder how he’s going to be able to handle that,” Cash said. “But Charlie, been there, done that, his veteran, his experience, I think allowed that. And I would still say, I don’t think Charlie was at his best today, but he certainly made his best pitches when they counted the most.”

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Semien reached third on a three-base error by third baseman Mike Brosseau in the third and scored on Ramon Laureano’s sacrifice fly. Oakland did little else.

Diaz hit the fifth pitch of the night from Sean Manaea over the wall in right-center. Manaea then struck out the side after Diaz’s drive, but was done after two innings.

“That’s kind of our game. They kind of beat us with our game. We’re normally a home run-hitting team,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.

Melvin handed Manaea the ball based on his triumphant September return after missing nearly a year following shoulder surgery. Manaea went 4-0 with 1.21 ERA in five starts last month.

Manaea earned his first career playoff start over 15-game winner Mike Fiers, who pitched a no-hitter May 7 against the Reds to begin a 21-start unbeaten stretch in which he went 12-0.

“That’s the tough part about a one-game playoff. Those nights where it’s not happening are going to be your last game,” Semien said. “That’s what happened.”

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Trump’s attorney told CNN he had “routed” an “outline” of allegations to Mike Pompeo.

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President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani told CNN on Wednesday night that some of the documents in a packet the State Department inspector general handed to Congress just hours earlier had come from him. The revelation was the latest twist in the ongoing turmoil over Trump’s call with the leader of Ukraine in July. 

CNN’s report came the same day the State Department’s watchdog, Steve Linick, sent an urgent message to Congress saying he needed to meet and give them copies of documents related to the Ukraine call. Democrats were reportedly prepared for some kind of a bombshell but instead were handed a 40-page packet of documents that included conspiracy theories and news clippings. The pages also referenced a slew of names related to the scandal: Marie Yovanovitch, the former ambassador to Ukraine, Hunter Biden and George Soros.

The packet had a return address that matched that of the Manhattan office of Giuliani, who later confirmed that he was responsible for their production, telling The New York Times they came from a “professional investigator who works for my company.”

The documents prompted consternation from top Democrats, who issued public calls that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explain how such misinformation made it to the top levels of government. Lawmakers also said the packet only provided more evidence that the White House had “sought to use the machinery of the State Department to further the President’s personal political interests.”

“We are now in possession of this packet of propaganda and disinformation,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told Reuters on Wednesday. “The real question is where did it come from and how did it end up in our lap?”

The chairs of the House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Oversight Committees released a joint statement earlier Wednesday expressing concerns about the “urgent” briefing. 

The statement said the meeting with Linick raised “troubling questions” about alleged efforts by the Trump administration to target former Vice President Joe Biden, his son Hunter Biden and Yovanovitch, who was removed from her ambassadorship in May after Trump allies accused her of participating in an alleged Ukrainian attempt to support Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.

“The documents provided by the Inspector General included a package of disinformation, debunked conspiracy theories, and baseless allegations in an envelope marked ‘White House’ and containing folders labeled ‘Trump Hotel,‘” the chairs’ statement read. 

Giuliani told CNN that he had “routed” what he said was an “outline” of allegations against Biden and Yovanovitch to Pompeo’s office in March. He also reportedly sent details about his talks from earlier this year with top Ukrainian prosecutors who helped give him information for his outline.

“They told me they were going to investigate it,” Giuliani told CNN.

The attorney and former New York mayor has become one of the central figures in the political whirlwind over Trump’s call with the president of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, on July 25. During the conversation, Trump repeatedly pressed his counterpart to investigate Biden and his son Hunter, who served on the board of a Ukrainian energy company for five years. Before the call, the Trump administration had been withholding military aid from Ukraine.

A whistleblower complaint about the call mentioned Giuliani multiple times, and Trump’s lawyer has said in television interviews that he met with Ukrainian operatives. But in recent days he’s moved to minimize his role in the scandal, saying he got involved only at the behest of the State Department.

House Democrats have been moving quickly to investigate the Ukraine call as part of their impeachment inquiry while Trump has raged about the effort. This week the president called the inquiry a “coup” and has been refusing to answer some reporters’ questions about the information that’s come out of transcripts of the call.

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Hillary Clinton offers advice to any Trump appointees implicated in impeachment probe: ‘Tell the truth’

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Hillary Clinton offered some advice Wednesday to high-ranking U.S. officials if they find themselves implicated in the Trump impeachment inquiry: “Tell the truth.”

Clinton was responding to MSNBC host Rachel Maddow, who suggested that figures such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Attorney General William Barr and Vice President Mike Pence could find themselves swept up in any accusations that Democrats in Congress make against the president — just as Nixon administration officials were linked to the Watergate scandal.

“Well, I think what many in the Nixon White House and administration concluded was the right thing to do was tell the truth. Tell the truth,” Clinton said. “And that would be advice that should be given to anybody caught up in this [Trump inquiry]. Because it’s clear that the president has made a series of decisions to benefit himself and his political fortune at the expense of other matters in our government and the people you point to are certainly aware of that.”

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Clinton, who served as secretary of state from 2009 to 2013 under former President Barack Obama, expressed hope that Republican lawmakers will “start thinking about putting country over party” instead of letting Trump “run roughshod over our Constitution, over the separation of powers, over checks and balances, over the rule of law,” which she added, “makes no sense to me.”

“It is truly distressing to see people who are in our government, using it for ideological and personal and power-related partisan interest over above the best interest of our country,” Clinton said.

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Many Republicans would argue that Clinton has her own affairs to worry about, primarily a federal investigation into her mishandling of classified information with regard to State Department emails.

The Washington Post, citing current and former U.S. officials, recently reported that as many as 130 current and former officials whose emails found their way into Clinton’s inbox have been contacted by investigators in recent months.

Fox News’ Nick Givas and Morgan Phillips contributed to this story.

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Rudy Giuliani claims unsolicited Biden info sparked his Ukraine probe on behalf of Trump: ‘They put it in my lap’

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President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Wednesday he did not go seeking information about former Vice President Joe Biden during his own investigation into Ukraine on behalf of the president.

Instead, Giuliani said Wednesday on “Hannity,” the probe was sparked by unsolicited documents, some of which he also provided to Fox News.

“All of this was done while the Mueller investigation was still pending, while I was seeking — in the best tradition of being a lawyer, a defense lawyer — to vindicate my client,” he said.

“This information was given to me, I didn’t go looking for Joe Biden. The Ukrainians brought me substantial evidence of Ukrainian collusion with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, George Soros, George Soros’ company. They put it in my lap. They came and gave me testimony. I wrote it out [and] had a professional investigator make FBI-302s of it.”

“This information was given to me, I didn’t go looking for Joe Biden. The Ukrainians brought me substantial evidence of Ukrainian collusion with Hillary Clinton, the DNC, George Soros, George Soros’ company — they put it in my lap.”

— Rudy Giuliani

Much of Giuliani’s work was done in late 2018 and early 2019, before then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his Russia investigation, the former mayor of New York City said.

“The big announcement yesterday was that the [inspector general] and State Department was going to go over and give all these secret documents to the committee and the committee was sitting there figuring out how they could do impeachment based on nothing,” he said.

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“And, what they got shoved down their throats is a complete, total, absolutely terrific prosecutorial outline of why Joe Biden is so guilty — it’s a joke.”

Giuliani claimed his actions related to Ukraine were opposite to what the whistleblower at the center of the Trump impeachment inquiry did.

“This is as solid as it can get. I didn’t do what this phony whistleblower did,” he said. “This phony whistleblower is giving hearsay evidence. He says, ‘I’m not a direct witness’ — OK — useless, pal.”

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As Fox News previously reported, the fired prosecutor at the center of the Ukraine controversy said during a private interview with Giuliani earlier this year that he was told to back off an investigation involving a natural gas firm that was linked to Biden’s son, according to details of that interview that were handed over to Congress by the State Department’s inspector general.

Fox News obtained a copy of Giuliani’s notes from his January 2019 interview with fired Ukrainian prosecutor Viktor Shokin in which he claimed that his “investigations stopped out of fear of the United States.”

“Mr. Shokin attempted to continue the investigations but on or around June or July of 2015, the U.S. Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt told him that the investigation has to be handled with white gloves, which according to Mr. Shokin, that implied do nothing,” the notes from the interview stated. The notes also claimed Shokin was told Biden had held up U.S. aid to Ukraine over the investigation.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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