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Leaked Bolton claims fuel fiery new clash over impeachment testimony

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Leaked claims from former National Security Adviser John Bolton‘s forthcoming book are fueling a new confrontation between congressional Democrats and Trump-allied Republicans over whether the Senate should hear from witnesses in the impeachment trial.

The revelation, reported by The New York Times, that President Trump connected frozen aid to Ukraine to investigations into the family of 2020 rival Joe Biden, could throw a wrench into Senate Republicans’ plans to quickly move toward a vote on whether to convict or acquit the president. Democrats have been pushing to have the Senate hear from Bolton, among other witnesses who did not provide testimony to the House during the impeachment inquiry. Their calls got new life Sunday.

“The @NYTimes report suggests multiple top Trump Admin officials knew the facts and deliberately misled Congress and the American people,” Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Sunday. “A massive White House cover-up. All we need is four Republican Senators to get the truth.”

BOLTON’S MANUSCRIPT LEAKS AS MEMOIR PRE-ORDERS BEGIN ON AMAZON; TRUMP FIRES BACK

Trump argued on Monday morning that it’s too late, tweeting: “The Democrat controlled House never even asked John Bolton to testify. It is up to them, not up to the Senate!”

At the heart of the impeachment trial is Trump’s July 25, 2019 call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky. Trump said the call was focused on corruption in Kiev and raised the Bidens as an example. Trump has denied the Democrats’ claim that there was a quid pro quo and did so again following the Bolton report.

Lead impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., also seized on the Times report to make his case that the Senate should call Bolton, who has said he would testify if subpoenaed.

“It completely blasts another hole in the president’s defense,” Schiff said on CNN’s “New Day” Monday morning. “The question is, are the senators willing to hear the truth?”

“Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the President’s defense,” Schiff tweeted earlier. “If the trial is to be fair, Senators must insist that Mr. Bolton be called as a witness, and provide his notes and other documents.”

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi also hit Republicans on their resistance to call Bolton as a witness.

“The refusal of the Senate to call for him, other relevant witnesses, and documents is now even more indefensible,” she said. “The choice is clear: our Constitution, or a cover-up.”

WHITE HOUSE: BOLTON UKRAINE CLAIMS ARE UNTRUE, TIMING IS ‘VERY SUSPECT’

Trump said Sunday night the claims in the Times story were false, insinuating that the report was a well-timed leak to drum up publicity for Bolton’s book, which is currently undergoing a “pre-publication review” at the National Security Council, which functions as the White House’s national security forum, to ensure no classified or sensitive material is published.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Trump tweeted. “In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”

The Times further claimed Bolton had shared a manuscript of his forthcoming book with “close associates” — prompting Bolton’s team to deny the claim, and assert that the NSC’s review process of pending manuscripts is “corrupted” and prone to leaks.

Trump later went on to claim the information already available to the public exonerates him, noting his administration has provided more aid to Ukraine than the Obama administration.

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White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told “Fox & Friends” Monday morning that she thinks, “The timing of all this is very, very suspect.”

The Times report is likely to put additional pressure on moderate Senate Republicans who have wavered on whether or not they would vote to hear witnesses after Trump’s defense team finishes its opening arguments and senators have had a chance to ask written questions to Trump’s lawyers and the House impeachment managers. Trump’s lawyers could wrap up their case Monday.

Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and Mitt Romney, R-Utah, have already indicated they will likely vote for Bolton, and potentially other witnesses. Because the GOP holds a 53-seat majority in the Senate, Democrats would need two more Republican members to vote to hear testimony from Bolton.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., are considered the other Republicans in play on a witness vote.

The moderate Murkowski has remained noncommittal on how she would vote on witnesses. Gardner, who has a reputation for not being afraid to buck Trump and is running for reelection in a purple state, has remained largely mum on his thoughts about the impeachment trial. Alexander, a generally reliable GOP vote – but a Senate institutionalist – has said he would make up his mind on witnesses after the conclusion of opening statements and questions.

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If the Senate decides not to hear witnesses, it is likely the Trump impeachment trial will end in acquittal by the end of the week. If the Senate does decide it wants to hear from Bolton or others, depositions, requests for documents, testimony and other procedural hurdles could cause the trial to drag on for weeks or more.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a member Trump’s defense team, said the reaction to the Bolton revelation was overblown, noting that Ukraine eventually got the security assistance without opening any investigations — although the aid was only released after the hold became public, largely because of a whistleblower complaint.

“It does not alter in any the fundamental facts,” he said on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning. “There was no quid pro quo in the transcript [of Trump’s July 25 call with Zelensky] … both individuals of the call, President Trump and President Zelensky have repeatedly said there was no linkage, there was no pressure … the Ukrainians didn’t know aid was withheld at the time of the call, they didn’t know until a month later … and most importantly, they took no action.

“They didn’t start an investigation, promise to start an investigation, or make any announcement that they were going to do an investigation, and they got the security assistance money,” Jordan said.

Fox News’ Edmund DeMarche, Gregg Re and Gillian Turner contributed to this report.

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Michelle Obama Wins For Audio Recording Of ‘Becoming’

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Michelle Obama is now a Grammy winner. The former first lady took home the trophy in the Spoken Word Album category for the audio recording of her bestselling 2018 memoir “Becoming.”

The Grammys’ Best Spoken Word Album award honors achievements in poetry readings, audiobooks and storytelling. In addition to Obama, nominees included members of the Beastie Boys, actor John Waters, producer Eric Alexandrakis and poet Sekou Andrews.

Obama wasn’t at Sunday’s ceremony to collect her award, but Esperanza Spalding, who won this year’s Grammy for Best Jazz Vocal album, accepted it on her behalf.

A representative for the Obamas did not immediately respond to HuffPost’s request for comment.

In “Becoming,” Obama tells the story of her childhood and life leading up to the 2008 election. The memoir quickly became the bestselling book of the year following its release in November 2018 with millions of copies sold around the world.

Obama is the second first lady to win a Grammy. Hillary Clinton nabbed the Best Spoken Word Album award in 1997 for her book “It Takes A Village” during her husband’s presidency.

Former President Barack Obama has also won two Grammys in the same category for his memoirs Dreams from My Father” in 2006 and “The Audacity of Hope” in 2008.

Following Michelle Obama’s win on Sunday, Twitter lit up with fans ― including former Vice President Joe Biden ― hoping she would go on to become an EGOT (a term for people who win an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony award). 

The Obamas’ production company, Higher Ground Productions, has been nominated for an Academy Award this year for the Netflix documentary “American Factory.”

“Congrats @MichelleObama on winning a Grammy for telling your story with strength ― and with grace,” Biden tweeted. “Jill and I are so thrilled for you. Just beat Barack to an EGOT, will ya?”

Listen to a sample of Michelle Obama’s “Becoming” below:

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Grammy Awards: Billie Eilish makes history

Billie Eilish‘s music career is just getting started.

On Sunday night, the newly minted 18-year-old made Grammy history by becoming the youngest artist ever to win album of the year for her chart-topping debut, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?” The record was previously set by Taylor Swift, who won the coveted golden statue at 20 years old for “Fearless” in 2010.

Eilish also became the second artist,and first female artist, in the awards’ show history to sweep the big four categories — record, album, song of the year, and best new artist — in one night.

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The last person to sweep the “Big Four” was Christopher Cross at the 1981 Grammys. Unfortunately, his career took a turn for the worse soon after with a follow-up album that was only moderately successful.

“This is my first Grammys,” the young pop star said when she received her song of the year trophy for “Bad Guy.” “I never thought this would ever happen in my whole life. I grew up watching them. And this is my brother, Finneas [O’Connell], and he’s my best friend.”

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Billie Eilish, left, and Finneas O’Connell pose in the press room with the awards for best album, best engineered album and best pop vocal album for “We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” best song and record for “Bad Guy,” best new artist and best producer, non-classical at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards at the Staples Center on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020, in Los Angeles.  (Photo/Chris Pizzello)

“I feel like I joke around a lot, and I never take anything seriously at these kinds of things, but I genuinely want to say I’m so grateful,” Eilish added. “I only want to say that I’m grateful, and I’m so honored to be here amongst all of you. I love you to my core. I grew up watching all of you. Thank you to my team, my mom, my dad, my best friends… for keeping me alive to this day.”

Before the ceremony even started, Eilish won best pop vocal album for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”

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O’Connell, 22, also made history. As Eilish’s producer and co-writer on the album, he became the youngest recipient of the producer of the year, non-classical award.

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“Thank you to the Recording Academy,” he said when they took home album of the year. “Thank you again to our team, our family, to the people that have supported us from the beginning.

“We didn’t write a piece for this. We didn’t make an album to win a Grammy. We wrote an album about depression, suicidal thoughts, climate change, and being the bad guy, whatever that means. We stand up here confused and grateful.”

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Snow day spurs Missouri father to make plea: ‘Kids Home Send Help’

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A winter storm that brought several inches of snow to the Midwest last week and caused schools to be closed was too much for one father, who put out a call for help.

The National Weather Service said that some areas of central Missouri got up to seven inches of snow over a two-day period, due to the “complex” system with the highest totals in the Columbia area. Schools across the region were closed due to the snow, which spurred Eric Morfeld to take to Facebook.

“Too many snow days! These kids sure know how to drive Ashlee and me crazy! I’ve resorted to signalling to passing rescue planes!” he wrote.

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Morfeld then shared a photo and time-lapse video taken from a drone of his message to anyone above who could see, which read “Snow Day Again Kids Home SEND HELP!”

Others commenting on the photo agreed with his message, with one person replying “Ditto!!!!! I need help!!!”

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It’s not the first time that Morfeld has used fresh snow as a canvas to create some frozen artwork.

After the Kansas City Chiefs’ locked in their first Super Bowl appearance in 50 years, Morfeld drew the team’s logo on the snow-covered ground outside his house.

Morfeld told Storyful he filmed the drone footage in Linn, in the Jefferson City metro area. The sped-up video, shared on January 12, shows a person walking on the snowy ground to create the outline of the Chiefs’ logo.

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The storm system that brought snow to Missouri also impacted Kansas, where a snowplow struck and killed two pedestrians on Friday in what officials called a “tremendous tragedy.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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Trump Denies Telling Bolton That Ukraine’s Aid Depended on Biden Investigations

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday pushed back on a firsthand account from his former national security adviser, John R. Bolton, about tying military aid for a foreign ally to his own personal agenda, as senators consider the president’s future in the Oval Office.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Mr. Trump wrote just after midnight, referring to a widely debunked theory that the president had pursued about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter.

In an unpublished manuscript of his upcoming book, Mr. Bolton described the White House decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine until he left the White House in September. As national security adviser, Mr. Bolton would have been involved in many of the high-level discussions about Ukraine.

Mr. Bolton’s account directly undercuts one of Mr. Trump’s defense arguments, that the frozen funding was not connected to his petitioning of Ukraine’s leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky, to help him in the 2020 presidential election by announcing an anticorruption investigation into the Bidens.

The new details come at a time when senators approach making a final decision — possibly by the end of the week — on whether to allow new evidence and new witnesses, like Mr. Bolton, to be introduced in Mr. Trump’s trial in the Senate. Mr. Trump’s defense team started presenting his defense on Saturday and has through Tuesday to argue against his removal from office.

Hours after his midnight posts, Mr. Trump falsely stated that the Democrats never asked Mr. Bolton to testify during the House impeachment inquiry last year. Republicans and Mr. Trump’s defense team have argued that to call witnesses at this stage in the impeachment proceedings amounts to Democrats telling the Senate to do the work the House did not.

Mr. Trump also falsely claimed that his White House released the critical military aid to Ukraine ahead of schedule.

Democrats have been pushing the Republican-led Senate to allow new witnesses, and others could include Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff who played a key role in the Ukraine pressure campaign. A handful of Republican senators had indicated they would be open to hearing new witnesses, but by the end of last week, there were few signs that they would vote with Democrats on the matter.

“There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the president’s defense,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said in a joint statement on Sunday after The New York Times’s article about Mr. Bolton’s account was published.

Mr. Bolton’s potentially explosive details about Mr. Trump’s motivations for freezing the military aid could provide the impetus that could potentially sway some Republican senators to reconsider hearing new testimony.

Mr. Bolton’s lawyer blamed the White House for the disclosure of the book’s contents, which Mr. Bolton submitted for a standard security review 12 days after the House impeached Mr. Trump. It is possible that the submission of Mr. Bolton’s book to the White House deepened desires to keep Mr. Bolton from testifying.

By Monday morning, some Republican senators had reached out to the White House, pressing for who had visibility into Mr. Bolton’s manuscript as the Senate trial unfolded a week earlier.

In his manuscript, Mr. Bolton describes an effort, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, to push Mr. Trump to release the aid. Mr. Bolton said he also spoke with Attorney General William P. Barr about his concerns over the parallel diplomacy with Ukraine led by the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani. Mr. Barr, whom Mr. Trump mentioned in his July phone call with Mr. Zelensky, has tried to distance himself from Mr. Giuliani and the Ukraine matter.

Mr. Bolton, who has said he would testify at the Senate trial if he was subpoenaed, wrote in the manuscript that Mr. Pompeo told him privately that there was no basis to criticize the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch. Career diplomats have testified that there was no justification to fire Ms. Yovanovitch. Mr. Giuliani and two of his associates had been pushing Mr. Trump to fire her since the spring of 2018.

Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.

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Trump Denies Telling Bolton That Ukraine’s Aid Depended on Biden Investigations

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WASHINGTON — President Trump on Monday pushed back on a firsthand account from his former national security adviser, John R. Bolton, about tying military aid for a foreign ally to his own personal agenda, as senators consider the president’s future in the Oval Office.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” Mr. Trump wrote just after midnight, referring to a widely debunked theory that the president had pursued about former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter.

In an unpublished manuscript of his upcoming book, Mr. Bolton described the White House decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine until he left the White House in September. As national security adviser, Mr. Bolton would have been involved in many of the high-level discussions about Ukraine.

Mr. Bolton’s account directly undercuts one of Mr. Trump’s defense arguments, that the frozen funding was not connected to his petitioning of Ukraine’s leader, President Volodymyr Zelensky, to help him in the 2020 presidential election by announcing an anticorruption investigation into the Bidens.

The new details come at a time when senators approach making a final decision — possibly by the end of the week — on whether to allow new evidence and new witnesses, like Mr. Bolton, to be introduced in Mr. Trump’s trial in the Senate. Mr. Trump’s defense team started presenting his defense on Saturday and has through Tuesday to argue against his removal from office.

Hours after his midnight posts, Mr. Trump falsely stated that the Democrats never asked Mr. Bolton to testify during the House impeachment inquiry last year. Republicans and Mr. Trump’s defense team have argued that to call witnesses at this stage in the impeachment proceedings amounts to Democrats telling the Senate to do the work the House did not.

Mr. Trump also falsely claimed that his White House released the critical military aid to Ukraine ahead of schedule.

Democrats have been pushing the Republican-led Senate to allow new witnesses, and others could include Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff who played a key role in the Ukraine pressure campaign. A handful of Republican senators had indicated they would be open to hearing new witnesses, but by the end of last week, there were few signs that they would vote with Democrats on the matter.

“There can be no doubt now that Mr. Bolton directly contradicts the heart of the president’s defense,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, said in a joint statement on Sunday after The New York Times’s article about Mr. Bolton’s account was published.

Mr. Bolton’s potentially explosive details about Mr. Trump’s motivations for freezing the military aid could provide the impetus that could potentially sway some Republican senators to reconsider hearing new testimony.

Mr. Bolton’s lawyer blamed the White House for the disclosure of the book’s contents, which Mr. Bolton submitted for a standard security review 12 days after the House impeached Mr. Trump. It is possible that the submission of Mr. Bolton’s book to the White House deepened desires to keep Mr. Bolton from testifying.

By Monday morning, some Republican senators had reached out to the White House, pressing for who had visibility into Mr. Bolton’s manuscript as the Senate trial unfolded a week earlier.

In his manuscript, Mr. Bolton describes an effort, along with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper, to push Mr. Trump to release the aid. Mr. Bolton said he also spoke with Attorney General William P. Barr about his concerns over the parallel diplomacy with Ukraine led by the president’s personal lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani. Mr. Barr, whom Mr. Trump mentioned in his July phone call with Mr. Zelensky, has tried to distance himself from Mr. Giuliani and the Ukraine matter.

Mr. Bolton, who has said he would testify at the Senate trial if he was subpoenaed, wrote in the manuscript that Mr. Pompeo told him privately that there was no basis to criticize the American ambassador to Ukraine at the time, Marie L. Yovanovitch. Career diplomats have testified that there was no justification to fire Ms. Yovanovitch. Mr. Giuliani and two of his associates had been pushing Mr. Trump to fire her since the spring of 2018.

Maggie Haberman contributed reporting.

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Global Stocks Fall as Dangerous Coronavirus Spreads

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Stocks tumbled on Monday and oil prices fell, as the spread of a dangerous virus in China raised investor worries about the global economy.

The sudden appearance of the coronavirus, which has now killed at least 80 people in China and infected others in Europe and the United States, among other countries, has shattered a calm that had settled over financial markets in recent months.

Nearly 3,000 people, mostly in China, have now contracted the disease. China extended the Lunar New Year holiday by three days in an effort to limit travel and contain the outbreak that started in the city of Wuhan. On Sunday, a fifth case of the disease was confirmed in the United States.

Concerns about the virus were evident on Wall Street on Friday, with shares of airlines and companies dependent on tourism from China particularly hard hit. The S&P 500 declined 0.9 percent, the worst drop for the index since early October.

On Monday, that selling accelerated. Major stock benchmarks in Europe were down more than 2 percent. While many markets in Asia were closed for Lunar New Year, Tokyo’s benchmark Nikkei 225 index sank 2 percent.

Trading in U.S. stock futures indicated that shares on Wall Street would also open lower. Travel-related stocks, including airlines, were among the worst performers in premarket trading.

Oil prices dropped. Brent crude, the international benchmark, slipped below $60 a barrel, its lowest since October.

China’s leaders are under pressure as the epidemic spreads at an accelerating rate. Concerns have been raised that the government’s response to the outbreak, which includes a lockdown of cities that affects 56 million people, is too late and could even make the situation worse.

The country’s economy, trying to shrug off its worst slowdown in nearly three decades, is already hurting from the impact on travel and tourism. There are fears the virus will further dampen the consumer spending that fuels the economy as more residents stay home over the Lunar New Year.

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Lori Vallow, Chad Daybell located in Hawaii, missing siblings not found

Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell — the mother and stepfather of two children from Arizona who have been missing since September shortly after moving to Idaho – have been located in Hawaii Sunday, officials confirmed.

The two children — Joshua “JJ” Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, — were not found with the couple in Kauai, Hawaii, according to authorities. Their mother was ordered to psychically produce the two children before a court in Idaho within five days, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.

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Kauai Police pulled over Lori Vallow, 46, and Chad Daybell, 51, around 3:30 p.m. as they were riding in a black Ford Explorer along the Kuhio Highway, East Idaho News reported. The rental vehicle pulled into the parking lot of the Kauai Beach Resort. They were each put into separate police SUVs as officers executed a search warrant on the vehicle.

Their vehicle was then taken away by tow truck. Police also executed a search warrant of their home in Princeville, Hawaii. The couple was detained briefly but not arrested. Federal authorities and eastern Idaho law enforcement aided in carrying out the warrants.

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Joshua Vallow, 7, and Tylee Ryan, 17, are being sought by police in Rexberg, Idaho. Investigators are saying their mother, Lori Daybell, knows what happened to them but refuses to cooperate. (Rexberg Police Department)

Lori Vallow was served with a child protection order to psychically produce the two children to the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare in Rexburg, Idaho within five days or risk being subjected to civil or criminal comtempt of court, Fox 10 Phoenix reported, citing the Madison County Prosecutor’s Office.

The couple disappeared in November and have been wanted for questioning about the children’s’ whereabouts. East Idaho News released a video of the couple walking after they were released from custody in Hawaii – giving minimal response to a reporter who insistently asked about the children’s wellbeing.

Lori Vallow married Chad Daybell, an author of several religious-themed fiction books about prophecies and the end of the world, in October 2019 — a month after her children were last seen alive. Her family members have since accused her of joining a cult. Earlier this month, Lori’s elder son, Colby Ryan, posted a video to YouTube making an emotional plea to his mother for any information regarding what happened to his siblings.

The marriage took place shortly after Daybell’s 49-year-old wife, Tammy Daybell, died Oct. 19 in her Idaho home. Her death was initially ruled due to natural causes. Authorities later exhumed her body for an autopsy but the results have not been released, AZ Family reported.

Before moving to Idaho, Lori lived in Chandler, Ariz., with her two children. In July 2019, Lori’s estranged husband, 62-year-old Charles Vallow, was shot dead in their home by her brother Alexander Lamar Cox. Cox told police 17-year-old Rylee had first taken a metal baseball out to defend her mother against Charles Vallow. He said he then took out a gun and acted in self-defense when Charles Vallow refused to back away from his sister.

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Cox was never arrested for the shooting but died unexpectedly in December. His death is under investigation by another Arizona police department, Fox 10 Phoenix previously reported.

According to The Associated Press, Lori Vallow was sued for divorce by her estranged husband, who alleged that she had become infatuated with near-death experiences and claimed to have lived numerous lives on other planets before her current life. Vallow’s former husband also accused her of threatening to ruin him financially and to kill him, according to court records, which noted that Charles Vallow sought an order of protection and a voluntary evaluation of his wife at a mental health facility, the AP reported.

Fox News’ Robert Gearty and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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John Bolton’s Account Upends Trump’s Denials, but Will It Upend Trump?

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WASHINGTON — In another time, in another Washington, this might be the moment that changed the trajectory of the presidency. A former national security adviser confirms that the president, despite his denials, conditioned security aid to a war-torn ally on its cooperation against his domestic rivals, the issue at the heart of his ongoing impeachment trial.

At first glance, at least, John R. Bolton’s account of President Trump’s private remarks sounds like an echo of the so-called smoking gun tape that proved that President Richard M. Nixon really had orchestrated the Watergate cover-up and ultimately forced him from office. But this is Mr. Trump’s era and Mr. Trump’s Washington, and the old rules do not always apply.

The reality show star who was elected president even after he was captured on an “Access Hollywood” tape boasting about sexual assault has gone on to survive one revelation after another in the three years since, proving more durable than any national politician in modern American history. So will this be the turning point or just one more disclosure that validates his critics without changing other minds? Will it be another smoking gun or another “Access Hollywood”?

The news of Mr. Bolton’s account in an unpublished book, first reported by The New York Times, could hardly come at a worse time for Mr. Trump, just as his lawyers have opened his defense on the Senate floor and days before the senators will vote on whether to call witnesses like Mr. Bolton. Until now, Mr. Trump seemed assured not only of acquittal but appeared likely to fend off the testimony of any more witnesses.

But the pressure on the handful of Republican senators who had been wavering on calling witnesses will now increase exponentially and the president’s defense has suddenly been thrown into disarray. When Mr. Trump’s lawyers address the Senate Monday afternoon, they will face the challenge of explaining how his own former top aide says the president did exactly what they say he did not do — or trying to ignore it altogether.

What’s perhaps even more shocking is that the White House knew what Mr. Bolton had to say at least as far back as Dec. 30, when he sent his manuscript to the National Security Council for standard pre-publication review to ensure that no classified information would be released, yet continued to promote a completely opposite narrative.

In his book, Mr. Bolton writes that Mr. Trump told him in August that he wanted to continue freezing $391 million in congressionally approved security assistance to Ukraine until its government helped with investigations into Democrats including former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and his son Hunter Biden — exactly what Mr. Trump is on trial for.

Mr. Trump and his defenders quickly sought to undercut Mr. Bolton by dismissing him as a disgruntled former employee seeking to take revenge and sell books. Mr. Bolton abruptly left the White House in September after months of tension with the president over his policies toward North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan and Ukraine; the president insisted he fired him while Mr. Bolton insisted he resigned.

Starting early Monday morning, hours after the Times’s report on Mr. Bolton’s book, Mr. Trump firing off more than a half-dozen messages on Twitter rebutting his former adviser’s account and attacking him as untrustworthy.

“I NEVER told John Bolton that the aid to Ukraine was tied to investigations into Democrats, including the Bidens,” the president wrote. “In fact, he never complained about this at the time of his very public termination. If John Bolton said this, it was only to sell a book.”

He also reposted messages from supporters assailing Mr. Bolton and comparing him to others the president viewed as disloyal like James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired in 2017. “Just like James Comey, John Bolton is trying to get rich off a lie- and leak-fueled campaign to overturn the 2016 election results,” read one of the messages the president retweeted.

But Mr. Bolton is a hard witness for Mr. Trump to simply brush off. He is no liberal Democrat or deep-state bureaucrat, nor is he even a Never Trump Republican, but a conservative hawk with years of credibility among Republicans and a strong following from his days as ambassador to the United Nations and Fox News commentator. He spent 17 months as Mr. Trump’s national security adviser and knows a lot about what happened on the inside during that time.

Mr. Bolton’s account on its face seems to eviscerate a central part of the defense that the White House began presenting on the Senate floor on Saturday. The president’s lawyers hammered House Democrats for relying on secondhand testimony and argued that no witness had come forward to say that Mr. Trump had explicitly linked the aid to the investigations.

“Most of the Democrats’ witnesses have never spoken to the president at all, let alone about Ukraine security assistance,” Michael R. Purpura, a deputy White House counsel, told the Senate on Saturday. “The two people in the House record who asked President Trump about whether there was any linkage between security assistance and investigations were told in no uncertain terms that there is no connection between the two.”

In their trial brief submitted earlier last week, the president’s lawyers made that one of their key points. “Not a single witness with actual knowledge ever testified that the president suggested any connection between announcing investigations and security assistance,” the lawyers wrote. “Assumptions, presumptions and speculation based on hearsay are all that House Democrats can rely on to spin their tale of a quid pro quo.”

The House managers prosecuting Mr. Trump said that distorted the strength of their evidence, but either way, Mr. Bolton’s recollection is clearly a firsthand account — which at least some in the White House had reason to know at the time the brief was filed and the presentation was made on the Senate floor.

Mr. Bolton has been one of the most intriguing figures in the Ukraine matter for weeks, ever since other former officials testified that he opposed the pressure campaign, calling it a “drug deal” he wanted no part of and warning that Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney organizing the pressure, was a “hand grenade who’s going to blow everybody up.” He told aides to report what they learned about the pressure campaign to a White House lawyer.

Until now, Mr. Bolton has remained publicly silent and, in fact, despite the Times report about his book, has remained so. His lawyer blamed the report on a leak by the White House.

House Democrats requested his testimony during their hearings last month, but they ultimately did not subpoena him, reasoning that a court fight would only prolong the investigative process for months.

Once the House impeached Mr. Trump and the case reached the Senate, Mr. Bolton announced that he would testify if subpoenaed. But Senate Republicans voted against subpoenaing him at the start of the trial, putting off a final decision until after arguments are complete, which could come later this week.

Another witness sought by the House managers, Mick Mulvaney, the acting White House chief of staff, has already publicly confirmed to reporters that Mr. Trump suspended the security aid in part to get Ukraine to investigate a conspiracy theory involving Democrats during the 2016 election campaign, although he later issued a statement trying to take that back.

As damaging as Mr. Bolton’s account would seem to be, it was too early to judge its effect. Unlike the Nixon smoking gun tape, there is no recording — and events of the last three years have suggested even that may not matter.

Mr. Trump has endured so many scandals that would have brought down an ordinary politician not even counting “Access Hollywood.”

Just weeks before moving into the White House, he agreed to pay $25 million to settle fraud claims against Trump University. Since becoming president, he repaid hush money given to Stormy Daniels, the pornographic film actress, to keep quiet about an alleged affair. Another woman has sued him for rape and more than a dozen others have accused him of sexual misconduct.

His son, son-in-law and campaign chairman met with Russians offering “dirt” on his opponent that they said came from the Russian government. A special counsel investigation identified 10 instances when the president may have obstructed justice. His family foundation was forced to shut down after authorities found “a shocking pattern of illegality.” His businesses have benefited from foreign patrons with cause to curry favor with the president despite the Constitution’s emoluments clause.

Investigative reporting found that he engaged in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud. A wide swath of people around him have been convicted of various crimes, including his campaign chairman, his deputy, first national security adviser, longtime political adviser, longtime personal lawyer and others. And now Mr. Giuliani and a couple of his longtime associates are under federal investigation.

To Mr. Trump’s most fervent supporters, all of that is proof not that he is corrupt but that he has struck a nerve in Washington’s “swamp” and the establishment is coming after him, manufacturing “hoaxes” to tear him down. That unwavering support within the Republican Party, which he telegraphs on Twitter regularly, has hardly gone unnoticed by Republican senators as they sit in judgment of him.

But polls also show that two-thirds of the public wanted to hear from new witnesses in the trial now underway on Capitol Hill. Given the latest revelations, Mr. Bolton stands ready to testify with the fate of the president on the line.

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Pro-life Dem clashes with Buttigieg at town hall: ‘We don’t belong’

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Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg refused to say whether he would be open to language in the Democratic platform that would be more inclusive to pro-life members of the party, during a tense moment at Fox News’ town hall Sunday night.

A pro-life Democrat named Kristen Day asked Buttigieg whether he wanted the support of “people like me” during the forum moderated by Fox News’ Chris Wallace — and pressed the mayor over whether he would support a change in the Democrats’ platform to emphasize that it is a “big tent” party and welcomes pro-life members. He would not commit to such a move.

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“I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you. I am pro-choice, and I believe that a woman ought to be able to make that decision,” Buttigieg said to applause from the rest of the audience. “The best I can offer is that if we can’t agree on where to draw the line, the next best thing we can do is agree on who should draw the line, and in my view, it’s the woman who’s faced with that decision in her own life.”

Wallace then asked Day if she was satisfied with the answer Buttigieg gave. She said she was not.

“He didn’t answer the second part of my question, and the second part was: The Democratic platform contains language that basically says, ‘we don’t belong, we have no part in the party because it says abortion should be legal up to nine months, the government should pay for it,'” Day said. “In 1996 and several years after that there was language in the Democratic platform that said ‘we understand that people have very differing views on this issue but we are a big tent party that includes everybody and therefore we welcome you — people like me — into the party so we can work on issues that we agree on.'”

Buttigieg countered: “I support the position of my party — that this kind of medical care needs to be available to everyone, and I support the Roe v. Wade framework that holds that early in pregnancy there are very few restrictions and late in pregnancy there are very few exceptions.”

‘I’m not going to try to earn your vote by tricking you.’

— Pete Buttigieg

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“And so I may have my views, but I cannot imagine that a decision that a woman confronts is going to ever be better, medically or morally, because it’s being dictated by any government official,” he said.

The former South Bend, Ind., mayor’s comments touched off a debate over Democrats’ abortion stance and whether or not the party should moderate it.

Ilyse Hogue, president of NARAL Pro-Choice America, drew a distinction between people who personally would not get an abortion and people who support pro-life policies like Day, whom she called “anti-choice.”

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“The question is a good reminder to differentiate between people who feel personally pro-life and those who are anti-choice like Kristen Day,” she tweeted. “The latter category believes it’s fine to force their beliefs on others through law. The former does not.”

Katie Pavlich, an editor for the conservative Townhall.com, took the Buttigieg comments as a signal that he believes pro-choice views should be a litmus test for Democrats.

“Pete Buttigieg just told a pro-life, Democrat *woman* she has no place in today’s Democrat Party. All she asked for was a recognition there is diversity of thought on the issue and that it be put in the platform language. He said no and told her to deal with it,” she wrote on Twitter.

The 2016 Democratic platform leaves little wiggle room on the issue, promising that Democrats will support judges who will “protect a woman’s right to safe and legal abortion” and advocate funding and support of abortion in developing countries.

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It continues: “We will continue to oppose—and seek to overturn—federal and state laws and policies that impede a woman’s access to abortion, including by repealing the Hyde Amendment.”

The Hyde Amendment is a bar that prevents federal funds from subsidizing abortion in almost all cases. It has received generally bipartisan support in Congress since the 1970s. Buttigieg’s fellow moderate in the 2020 race, former Vice President Joe Biden, was pressured into changing his longtime stance on the rule last year.

“I make no apologies for my last position and I make no apologies for what I’m about to say,” Biden said on Thursday at an event in Atlanta, defending his change of heart. “I can’t justify leaving millions of women without access to the care they need and the ability to exercise their constitutionally protected right.”

Buttigieg’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Fox News’ Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report.

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