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Rick Perry Won’t Comply With Subpoena In Impeachment Probe

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An assistant to Rick Perry said Friday that the outgoing Energy Secretary won’t comply with a subpoena from the House of Representatives as part of its impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump.

In a letter to the three House Democrats who issued the subpoena last week, Assistant Secretary of Energy Melissa Burnison said the Energy Department is “unable to comply with your request for documents and communications at this time” and argued that items requested “are potentially protected by executive privilege” and thus require careful review before they can be shared.

“Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” the letter said. 

The documents Perry is refusing to provide concern the issue at the heart of the House’s impeachment probe: the Trump administration’s communications with Ukraine, and Trump’s pressure on Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, one of the president’s political rivals.

The former Texas governor’s entanglements in Trump’s Ukraine scandal came to the surface earlier this month when sources familiar with the situation told Axios that during a recent conference call with House Republicans, Trump said Perry had arranged his July 25 call with Zelensky.

Perry also told The Wall Street Journal this week that Trump directed him to communicate with his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani about alleged corruption in Ukraine, showing how closely Perry is connected to Trump’s dealings with the foreign power.

Perry’s response to the subpoena comes a day after he announced his plans to resign by the end of the year, saying he wants to spend more time in Texas with family. 

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Turkey-Syria cease-fire is ‘not a success,’ Republican lawmaker says

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House Foreign Affairs Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., said the Turkey-Syria cease-fire amid a U.S. troop pullout in Syria is not a success.

Kinzinger, an Air Force veteran of the Iraq War, told Neil Cavuto Friday on “Your World” that the cease-fire’s terms essentially allow Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to reach his goal in the region.

“First off, time will tell on the cease-fire,” he said. “Keep in mind, by the time this expires, Erdogan and [Russian President Vladimir] Putin are meeting, so the question is are they going to have a meeting and carve up Syria for themselves? A cease-fire isn’t success — it’s basically saying ‘we’re going to take a pause.'”

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Kinzinger said the 120-hour pause in fighting allows the Kurdish population to withdraw from northern Syria, which he said is what Erdogan wanted all along.

“The problem was we never needed to be here,” he said.

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“And, evident by the fact we had to bomb our own military base, it was a hasty withdrawal,” Kinzinger said.

On “Your World,” the Illinois Republican said he believed the U.S. military could not remain in Syria forever, but that Trump’s withdrawal was flawed.

“It’s another thing to just announce it on Twitter and say you’re ending an endless war, when this is the exact kind of map we need to use to win wars with allies in the future without heavy American involvement,” he said.

“Nobody believes that Turkey would have attacked U.S. troops,” he added, calling the entire situation “unfortunate.”

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Investigation of Clinton emails ends, finding no ‘deliberate mishandling’

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In the very last paragraph, they wrote

However, while there were instances of classified information being introduced into an unclassified system, the report said that by and large the individuals interviewed “did their best” to implement security policies. There was no “persuasive evidence” of systemic, deliberate mishandling of classified information, according to the report.

after an entire page of the usual Fox narrative.

“Thousands died because of the Chernobyl catastrophe!” “Less than 0,01% of the world population was affected by that Chernobyl mishap!”

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Any Federal Employee Giving Himself A Contract Could Be In Jail – But Not Trump

WASHINGTON — If White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney had steered a federal contract to a business he owns, he could easily be in jail right now awaiting arraignment.

“He would have been guilty of a felony, and it would have been a slam-dunk case for the prosecutor,” said Walter Shaub, a former director of the Office of Government Ethics.

Mulvaney, of course, did not steer a contract to his own business. Rather, he described in a Thursday news conference how his boss, President Donald Trump, had steered a multi-million dollar contract to host a major international conference to his own troubled golf course near the Miami airport — an action for which, because of Trump’s position, he might not face any legal consequence.

A federal law prohibits any executive branch “officer or employee” from seeking any “ruling or other determination, contract, claim, controversy, charge, accusation, arrest, or other particular matter” in which he holds a “financial interest.” If that action is done willfully, it is punishable by up to five years in prison.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham suggested it was absurd to believe that the law could apply to Trump.

“I’m confused, are you comparing a White House staffer with the president of the United States?” she said Friday. “The selection of Doral for next year’s G-7 is legal.”

She also claimed — falsely — that Trump was no longer involved with his family business that operates his hotels, commercial buildings and golf resorts. “The president has no involvement in the Trump Organization anymore,” she said.

If anyone else were to be doing this, they would likely be investigated and end up behind bars. It’s so brazen, so black and white. Former federal prosecutor Danya Perry

In fact, Trump’s own financial disclosure statements show that he retains ownership of Trump National Doral, as well as the Trump Organization that operates it, through a trust he created after winning the 2016 election for which he is the sole trustee.

Craig Holman, an ethics law expert with the liberal watchdog group Public Citizen, said Trump did not, as he and his aides claim, separate himself from the Trump Organization. “All he’s done is turn over the management of the business to his own family, his sons,” he said.

Indeed, Mulvaney revealed for the first time Thursday that it was Trump himself — not the city of Doral, Florida; not the golf course; not the Trump Organization — who first put his resort on the list of sites to be considered. “We were back in the dining room and I was going over it with a couple of our advance team. We had the list, and he goes, ‘What about Doral?’ And it was like, ‘That’s not the craziest idea. It makes perfect sense,’” Mulvaney said.

Former federal prosecutor Danya Perry is stunned that Trump is so open about giving himself a massive government contract. “If anyone else were to be doing this, they would likely be investigated and end up behind bars,” said Perry, who spent 11 years in the U.S. Attorney’s office in New York City. “It’s so brazen, so black and white.”

William Weld, who once ran the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division under President Ronald Reagan and is now running against Trump for the 2020 GOP nomination, said that if Trump coerced his employees to enrich himself, that could involve even more serious laws. “That is extortion. That is a 20-year felony,” he said.

Despite this, Trump is not likely to be charged for giving himself the contract.

“Obviously, the Justice Department is not going to be prosecuting Trump for all sorts of reasons,” said former Chicago federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti, although he said the word “officer” of the executive branch could well be construed by judges to include Trump himself. “Prosecutors would be very reluctant to wade into a politically charged question.” 

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Jonathan Ernst / Reuters Employees of then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump stand behind him at a campaign event at his Trump National Doral golf club in Miami on Oct. 25, 2016. 

Doral, although located in Miami-Dade County, is far from what most visitors imagine when they think of Miami. The beaches are miles away through terrible traffic, and the close-by runways of Miami International Airport mean large, noisy jets take off or land overhead from dawn until past midnight.

During the Republican National Committee’s spring meeting there in 2018, the resort itself appeared in need of basic maintenance. Guest rooms smelled of mildew and the basement restaurant had the odor of stale, spilled beer.

The G-7 meeting of the world’s largest democratic economies rotates among its members. Next year’s meeting will be hosted by the United States, and Mulvaney announced on Thursday that of all the possible places in the country that could have hosted it, Trump’s Doral golf course was the best choice.

Trump himself gave a long advertisement for the resort during an August news conference at the conclusion of this year’s G-7 in France. “With Doral, we have a series of magnificent buildings. We call them bungalows,” Trump said. “They each hold from 50 to 70 very luxurious rooms with magnificent views. We have incredible conference rooms, incredible restaurants.”

In his most recent financial disclosure form filed this May, Trump claimed receiving $81,417,193 in “income” from the Doral resort over the previous year. It’s unclear how accurate that is, given Trump’s tendency to file widely varying figures to different government authorities.

He told the U.S. Office of Government Ethics in his 2018 financial disclosure, for example, that his Scotland golf courses are worth more than $50 million each, even as he told United Kingdom authorities that they had a combined net debt of $65 million.

In any case, money spent at Trump hotels and golf courses flows directly to Trump personally, as he is the sole beneficiary of a trust that now owns his family business. Because Trump insists on playing golf at his own properties, American taxpayers have already been the source for at least many hundreds of thousands of dollars that have gone to the Trump Organization in the form of room, meal and other expenses for Secret Service agents and other government employees who have stayed on-site with Trump in Florida, New Jersey, Scotland and Ireland.

It’s unclear whether the resort would be renovated or at least spruced up in time for next June’s meeting, and whether taxpayers would be forced to pay for it. Also unclear is what happens if a tropical storm threatens hurricane-prone South Florida during the scheduled meeting.

Mulvaney claimed that the golf course would provide the services “at cost,” but would not provide any details on what that means.

Perry said that raises red flags. “If this was anything other than a no-bid contract steered by the president or the White House to the president, it is hard to imagine why Mulvaney refuses to disclose the details,” she said.

Public Citizen’s Holman said that given how poorly the golf course has been doing financially, and how empty it normally is in the summer months anyway, holding a major international conference there will be a tremendous boon to Trump personally.

“This is going to bring a huge profit right into Donald Trump’s pocket,” he said.

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Diplomat Told House Investigators He Raised Alarm About Hunter Biden in 2015

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WASHINGTON — A career State Department official told impeachment investigators this week that he raised concerns with a senior White House official in 2015 about the son of then-Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. holding a position on the board of a Ukrainian gas company.

But the warning from George P. Kent, then a State Department officer stationed in Kiev, was not acted on, according to two people familiar with Mr. Kent’s testimony. Mr. Kent, now of the State Department’s Bureau of European and Eurasian Affairs, said he told the official that Hunter Biden’s position could look like a conflict of interest, given his father’s role, and would complicate American efforts to encourage Ukraine to clean up corruption.

The White House official told Mr. Kent that the elder Mr. Biden did not have the “bandwidth” to address the concerns while his older son, Beau, was undergoing cancer treatment, according to the people, who were not authorized to discuss the private deposition.

President Trump on Friday latched onto the rare bit of good news for him coming out of the House’s impeachment inquiry. Mr. Kent had also given Democrats plenty of fodder to drive their inquiry forward, but the emergence of any information that could tarnish the Bidens was welcome at the White House, even if White House officials have declared the inquiry illegitimate.

“He excoriated the Obama administration and Joe Biden and Joe Biden’s son, saying that he has tremendous problems, tremendous problems, with Joe Biden’s son and the Ukraine,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Kent, citing news reports. He added, “It’s been a big deal.”

Mr. Kent’s remarks about the Bidens were first reported by The Washington Post. Mr. Kent also voiced concerns about the Trump administration’s handling of the United States’ relationship with Ukraine, testifying that he and other career officials were all but cut out of decisions regarding the country after a May meeting at the White House.

Andrew Wright and Barry Hartman, lawyers for Mr. Kent, declined to discuss the details of his testimony but cautioned against selectively picking out “elements of his testimony” that “might not give the full picture.”

Hunter Biden’s work for the Ukrainian firm Burisma Holdings, and an unsubstantiated allegation that his father took official action as vice president to protect the firm from a Ukrainian prosecutor, lie at the center of the impeachment inquiry. Mr. Trump and his private lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, both pressured Ukraine’s leaders to investigate the Bidens, and House lawmakers are examining whether the White House withheld around $400 million in military aid to Ukraine to pressure Kiev to conduct the investigation of the Bidens or other matters of interest to the president.

Andrew Bates, a spokesman for Mr. Biden’s presidential campaign, said Mr. Biden stood by his record as vice president. Mr. Biden has denied he took any improper actions in connection to his son’s work.

“On Joe Biden’s watch, the U.S. made eradicating corruption a centerpiece of our policies toward Ukraine, including achieving the removal of an inept prosecutor who shielded wrongdoers from accountability,” he said.

It might be useful to Mr. Trump to be able to say his concerns about Hunter Biden’s work were shared by State Department officials during the Obama administration. But pressing that point holds risks.

On Friday, Representative Adam Kinzinger, Republican of Illinois, expressed unease that the acting White House chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, had, during a televised White House briefing Thursday, indicated a link between the withholding of military assistance and the demand for another investigation related to the Democrats. Before reversing himself, Mr. Mulvaney said that Mr. Trump had withheld the funds in part until Ukraine began an investigation into an unsubstantiated theory that Ukraine, rather than Russia, had interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Mr. Kinzinger told CNN he was not sure what Mr. Mulvaney was saying the president wanted Ukraine to investigate when he told reporters the aid was withheld pending the investigation. But, he said, if it had anything to do with the Bidens, that would be serious, “because it would be, if it’s true, taxpayer-funded aid and policy for political reasons, which is totally wrong.”

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Betsy DeVos blasts Democrats’ ‘crazy’ plans to eliminate student loan debt

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Education Secretary Betsy DeVos panned Democratic proposals to eliminate student loan debt, calling them a “federal takeover of higher education.”

DeVos appeared on “Special Report” on Friday and said if the federal government forgives college loan debt, the burden would be shifted to those Americans who opted not to go to college.

“Their proposals are crazy,” she said, saying some could cost into the trillions of dollars.

“Who do they think is actually going to pay for these? It’s going to be two of the three Americans that aren’t going to college paying for the one out of three that do,” DeVos said. “Let’s look at this for what it really is: A federal takeover of higher education.”

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On the Democratic primary ballot, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., released a plan in June that calls for all student debt to be eliminated regardless of family income level, and that students from families with incomes of $25,000 or less would have their college costs covered.

The plan would be paid for with a tax on stock trades, bonds, derivatives and other types of investments. The Vermont lawmaker called the plan “a revolutionary proposal.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., said she plans to cancel $50,000 in student debt for each person with household incomes under $100,000.

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On “Special Report,” DeVos, 61, said fixing the American education system is the most important issue for the nation’s future.

“We are not preparing students today,” said claimed. “We need to see education in the future being really engaging, personal, relevant — and every student able to achieve their fullest potential.”

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DeVos said American education scores are nowhere near those of other nations.

“Two out of three eighth-graders can’t read or write at their grade level,” she said.

DeVos also rejected a claim by Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers, who claimed President Trump is not properly supporting the public education system.

“The Trump administration is not doing anything on public education,” Weingarten said. “We have to make sure [public schools] are well-funded and we have to make sure that they have the resources they need so that every child has a shot in public school.”

DeVos said people can’t do “the same thing over and over again and [be] expecting different results.”

“The pivot that we need to make is a dramatic one,” she said. “It is to really allow for education freedom — for parents and students to find the right fit to prepare them for their futures.”

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Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Rep. Ken Buck: Trump impeachment inquiry deeply flawed and unfair – Hearings should be public

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Until recently, the House Intelligence Committee occupied a unique space in Congress by avoiding partisanship and open acrimony. Members selected to sit on the committee were given the trust of overseeing our most secretive programs, access to the most classified information, and the responsibility of ensuring this information does not fall into the wrong hands.

The selection process for membership and the committee rules are also unique. The speaker of the House and the minority leader personally interview and select members. The committee meets behind closed doors and its deliberations are rarely discussed in public.

The Intelligence Committee is the last committee that should conduct an impeachment proceeding. Impeachment should be based on a fair process. Fairness requires open proceedings so that the public can evaluate the demeanor and credibility of each witness.

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Using secretive proceedings to investigate the president invites distrust that will further divide our country.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., has weaponized the Intelligence Committee. In the process, she has ruined the last vestige of bipartisan cooperation on Capitol Hill. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., is the least likely member to lead a credible investigation. He has consistently exploited the trust of his position for partisan purposes.

Schiff said this year that “there’s clear evidence on the issue of collusion” between the Trump election campaign and Russia in the 2016 presidential election. Last year, Schiff said President Trump “may be the first president in quite some time to face the real prospect of jail time.”

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Of course, the American people now know that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation concluded there was no collusion between Trump or his campaign and Russia.

Shortly after the existence of an intelligence whistleblower complaint that raised concerns about a phone call between President Trump and the president of Ukraine became public, Schiff stated that neither he nor his staff had contact with the whistleblower prior to the filing of the complaint.

But we now know that Schiff’s staff had previously interviewed the whistleblower. This has caused many to question whether Schiff’s staff coached the whistleblower.

Schiff is now engaged in impeachment hearings, questioning witnesses behind closed doors. In a total lack of transparency – and contrary to every prior instance involving presidential impeachment – this process is occurring outside of the full view of the American people.

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Democrats are selectively disseminating information from these closed-door proceedings to unfairly characterize President Trump’s actions. This is occurring before witness transcripts can be released to the public to put these statements in proper context.

The Intelligence Committee’s special status in Congress enabling it to operate outside of public scrutiny was never meant to be used to manipulate public opinion.

The American people deserve better. If Democrats want to engage in a legitimate impeachment inquiry, the House should follow precedent and immediately hold a vote to authorize an inquiry.

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The investigation should allow the president’s counsel to assert relevant privileges, encourage the minority to call witnesses, and protect due process by being fully transparent and open to the public.

Anything less will prove the partisan nature of this impeachment and will do great damage to the integrity of the Intelligence Committee and America’s long-term national security interests.

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G.M. Workers Begin to Size Up the Deal Their Union Is Selling

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The tentative contract hammered out by the United Automobile Workers and General Motors won’t please all of the union’s members, but it is sure to get strong support at the Detroit-Hamtramck assembly plant.

The factory, which employs 700 U.A.W. members, is scheduled to close in January. But under the contract, G.M. has promised to spend $3 billion to retool Hamtramck to make battery modules and electric trucks, most likely increasing its work force and ensuring its operation for at least several more years.

“I think it’s a good contract,” Wiley Turnage, chairman of Local 22, which represents Hamtramck workers, said Friday. “I’m happy.” He said he planned to vote in favor of the contract and to recommend that his members do the same.

If ratified by the U.A.W.’s rank and file, the contract will end a strike that has idled 34 factories in seven states for more than a month and has cost G.M. an estimated $2 billion in operating profit. The walkout’s effects have rippled through the North American auto industry, affecting production and idling workers at parts suppliers and G.M.’s operations in Canada and Mexico.

Voting on the contract will take place next week, with a result due on Friday. A simple majority is required for ratification, but it must include a majority of skilled-trades workers — the electricians and other technical specialists who maintain machinery. If it does not, the union will have to bargain with the company to address their concerns — as occurred in 2015, the last time G.M. negotiated a contract.

The agreement includes provisions for higher wages and a process that allows temporary workers to become full-fledged employees. It also enables full-time hourly workers to rise to the top wage of $32 an hour within four years, ending a two-tier wage system that fostered tensions between workers. Each worker would also be paid a bonus of $11,000.

RBC Capital Markets estimated that the contract would raise G.M.’s labor costs by $100 million a year.

For its part, G.M. secured the union’s acceptance that three plants already idled, including a factory in Lordstown, Ohio, will close permanently. That will help G.M. guard against excess manufacturing capacity at a time when auto sales are slowing, and put G.M. in a more stable position if the economy goes into a recession. The union went into the talks hoping to prod G.M. into reactivating the Lordstown plant.

A rejection of the contract would be a major setback for the U.A.W. president, Doug Jones, and the union’s other senior officials at a delicate moment. Before the strike, union leaders had come under heavy criticism from the rank and file over a federal corruption investigation in which several high-ranking officers have been charged with using union funds for lavish travel and personal purchases.

Many union locals have started planning informational meetings to explain the terms of the contract to members. Darlene Maddox, who was laid off when the Lordstown factory closed this year and accepted a transfer to Lansing, Mich., said she was very disappointed that her old plant wouldn’t be saved but wanted to know more before deciding how to vote.

“My first instinct is to vote no,” she said. “But the major highlights appear to be good.”

Others said they were encouraged that temporary workers would be able to become permanent employees with full benefits after three years of service.

Under current rules, temporary workers earn about $15 an hour, can be laid off at any time and have no dental or vision insurance.

Linda Castro, a temporary worker at a plant making sport utility vehicles in Spring Hill, Tenn., joined G.M. in January 2017, was laid off after a few months and more than a year later was recalled. She said she was worried that G.M. would lay off temporary workers before they could become full employees.

“No one is going to make it to three years,” she said. “So it’s useless.”

Others said the end of the two-tier wage system was a big victory. Under current conditions, some G.M. workers earning less than $20 an hour work alongside veterans making $31 an hour, the current top wage. The proposed contract would move workers to the top wage in four years, half the time it takes now.

“For me, what matters is making sure everyone makes the same wage, and to be able to do that in a time frame that’s not eight years,” said Ashly Luna, an assembler at a truck plant in Flint, Mich., who has been at G.M. for 12 years.

The proposed contract also would leave the workers’ share of health care costs unchanged at about 3 percent, well below the level paid by other manufacturing workers and G.M.’s salaried staff.

D. J. Calma, another line worker in Flint, said autoworkers deserved generous health care terms because of the physical toll of assembly work.

“In the short amount of time I’ve been here, 12 years, I never thought my body would feel this way,” he said. “It’s the repetitious squeezing. You’re putting your body to the test, truck to truck.”

Todd Campanella, an officer in a U.A.W. branch that represents more than 800 G.M. employees in Rochester, N.Y., said the leadership of his local would meet with senior union officials over the weekend to discuss the contract before presenting it to members for a vote.

Mr. Campanella attended the meeting on Thursday in Detroit at which leaders of G.M. union locals gathered to debate the proposed contract. He said representatives from idled plants had voiced concerns about the agreement before the group voted to recommend it to workers.

“We’re all in this together, and when some of us are hurting, we’re all hurting,” Mr. Campanella said. “That’s really where the discontent would come from. Other than that, a lot of the contract was very positive for a lot of the plants.”

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Plane collides with pickup truck while landing, pilot killed

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The National Transportation Safety Board and Brown County Sheriff’s Office are investigating an airplane crash that killed a Ledgeview pilot. Jeff Bollier, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

LEDGEVIEW, Wis. – The pilot of a small plane died Thursday when his aircraft slammed into a pickup truck as he tried to land at a grass airstrip in Wisconsin.

The driver of the pickup was critically injured, authorities say.

The incident remains under investigation by the Brown County Sheriff’s Office and the National Transportation Safety Board.

Authorities said the pilot, John Fiddelke of Ledgeview, died at the scene.

Aaron Sauer, an NTSB air safety investigator, said Fiddelke was flying his Aeronca 7AC single-engine aircraft northbound toward a grass runway near Fonferek’s Glen southeast of Green Bay at 4:50 p.m. Thursday.

Sauer said witnesses reported the airplane was at an altitude of just 5 feet as it crossed a county road near the airstrip and struck a westbound pickup truck.

The driver of the pickup was rushed to a local hospital, where he is being treated for serious injuries, authorities said.

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Debris from the crash, including the aircraft’s engine and parts of the truck, ended up in the road and a ditch. The majority of the aircraft ended up on top of the truck in the front yard of a house next to the runway.

Sauer said the aircraft was recently inspected, and maintenance records were found at the scene of the crash.

The full investigation is expected to take six months to a year to complete, Sauer said.

Brown County sheriff’s Lt. Tom Zeigle said the sheriff’s office’s investigation will focus on the condition of the truck at the time of the crash in concert with NTSB’s examination of the aircraft.

Contributing: The Associated Press

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Former Bill Clinton adviser: ‘Fracture, fissure and division’ ahead for Democratic Party

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Fox News senior judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano spoke to Doug Schoen, who is a former adviser to President Bill Clinton and a Fox News contributor, about the current state of the Democratic Party.

“When I grew up and you grew up, there was a muscular, strong foreign policy, pro-civil rights, pro-capitalist wing of the [Democratic] party that I proudly identify with, but that wing of the party is in recession now — literally and metaphorically,” Schoen said on Fox Nation’s “Liberty Files with Judge Andrew Napolitano.”

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Schoen warned that the Democratic Party in 2020 is due for a clash between the traditional wing and a growing far-left contingent.

“I think it’s looking like it’s going in that direction of fracture, fissure and division. I think the upper hand in the party is now with the left, sadly, and I wish it were something else,” he said.

“Even JFK himself, maybe even LBJ, they wouldn’t recognize the modern Democratic Party,” Napolitano said.

“No, they wouldn’t,” Schoen agreed. “I would say to your listeners, particularly those who are Democrats or were Democrats: watch the 1961 inaugural address of John F. Kennedy. It will literally bring tears to your eyes and it is completely at variance with and different from anything this current crop of Democrats are talking about.”

“What is the appeal of socialism — clearly, to these young people?” the judge asked. “It’s alien to our culture. It’s absent from our history. All the sudden, it seems to be everywhere.”

Schoen said that the ideology appeals to people as a solution to real problems in American society.

“There are high student loans, high housing costs, high health care costs, and socialism provides an answer, albeit not a good one. But it basically says it’s not your fault, it’s their fault, their fault being the government, older people, however you want to parse it, and redistribution becomes a solution that ameliorates the problems seemingly and avoids any blame for younger people for their circumstances,” he said.

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