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Sean Hannity: Democrats’ impeachment argument is almost ‘too insane to be true’

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Sean Hannity criticized Democrats once again Thursday night for trying to prolong the president’s Senate impeachment trial, calling their case “insane.”

“Democrats’ argument is almost now… too insane to be true,” Hannity said on his television program. “Again, they claim that their rock-solid case [is] totally proven, but we want you to bring in about a half a dozen new people, more witnesses, people we didn’t even call or subpoena to prove our case.”

‘GAME OVER’: TRUMP DECLARES VICTORY AFTER BOLTON VIDEO EMERGES SHOWING HIM PRAISING UKRAINE CALL 

Hannity said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is having a “meltdown” as their case declines.

“Even Nancy Pelosi, she’s now beginning to see the handwriting on the wall and she is apoplectic and furious and even beginning a meltdown,” Hannity said.

“The president’s team is there to dismantle the Constitution of the United States. And some of them are even lawyers,” Pelosi said at a press conference earlier Thursday. “Well, he will not be acquitted. You cannot be acquitted if you don’t have a trial. You don’t have a trial if you don’t have witnesses and documentation and that.”

“Pretty scary, rage-filled fantasy land,” Hannity said in response. “Well, this is why voters, they see through the charade. And all of this is a culmination of a three year long, nonstop, never-ending temper tantrum by Democrats who still cannot accept the will of the American people from 2016.”

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The host also criticized Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., for continuing to protect the intelligence community whistleblower’s identity.

“Despite a mountain of evidence about the fake, hearsay whistleblower’s political bias and seedy connections and connections to [the] congenital liar’s [Schiff’s] office. Apparently, he’s a delicate flower,” Hannity said. “He who must not ever be named, Lord Voldemort, the whistleblower.”

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Senate Republicans face do-or-die moment as pivotal vote on impeachment witnesses imminent

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The Senate impeachment trial question-and-answer phase was wrapping up Thursday night, setting up a pivotal vote Friday on whether or not to subpoena additional witnesses and documents, or to hold a final vote on whether to impeach or acquit President Trump — and all indications are that the final roll call on the witness question will come down to the wire.

Fox News is told that retiring Tennessee Republican Sen. Lamar Alexander, a key swing vote on the matter, will announce his decision within minutes, in a dramatic capper to a day marked by tension, confrontation and the occasional head-scratcher.

“The senator said he will make a decision after the questions and answers have concluded,” a spokesperson for Alexander told Fox News earlier in the day. “The current plan is to release that decision shortly after.”

Any witness resolution would likely require four Republican defections in the Senate, because in the event of a 50-50 tie, Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts is likely to abstain rather than assert his debatable power to cast a tie-breaking vote. But, it remained possible Roberts would weigh that issue separately, as the precise contours of his power are not legally clear.

Another moderate swing-vote Republican, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, seemingly tipped her hand during the question-and-answer session late Thursday. Her interrogatory said that former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who authored a book that reportedly implicates President Trump in tying Ukrainian military aid to an investigation of Joe and Hunter Biden, has “direct knowledge” relevant to the trial.

“This dispute about material facts weighs in favor of calling additional witnesses with direct knowledge,” she asked. “Why should this body not call Ambassador [John] Bolton?”

However, later in the night, Murkowski and Alexander joined other GOP senators to ask Trump’s defense team whether, even if everything Democrats and Bolton said was true, then: “Isn’t it true that the allegations would still not rise to the level of an impeachable offense and would add nothing to this case?”

That signaled sympathy for the core of Trump’s defense team’s argument, which is that even if Trump did condition foreign aid on an investigation of a political opponent, such conduct would not justify the removal of a president by the Senate in an election year.

‘GAME OVER’: TRUMP DECLARES VICTORY AFTER BOLTON VIDEO EMERGES SHOWING HIM PRAISING UKRAINE CALL; OTHER VIDEOS SHOW SCHIFF DOUBTING BOLTON’S CREDIBILITY

Republicans, who have a 53-47 majority in the chamber, have suggested to Fox News that they would amend any witness resolution that subpoenas Bolton to also require the appearance of several additional witnesses favorable to the Trump administration — likely killing support in the Senate for the whole witness package altogether.

Trump defense counsel Patrick Philbin said late Thursday that if Democrats want to “go down the road” of adding more witnesses, they would push aggressively to learn more about the Ukraine whistleblower’s contact with Democrats in the House prior to filing his complaint.

Additionally, Trump’s defense team argued that Democrats contradicted themselves by saying their case was “overwhelming” and that Trump was guilty beyond “any doubt” — even as they insist that they need to call more witnesses and see more evidence.

Momentum has been shifting away from a vote in favor of witnesses, ever since Trump tweeted a link to an interview of Bolton in August 2019 where he discusses Ukraine policy. In the Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty interview clip, Bolton made no mention of any illicit quid pro quo, and acknowledged, as Republicans have claimed, that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.

Trump captioned the video: “GAME OVER!”

Bolton also called Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “warm and cordial,” without mentioning any misconduct. It seemingly contradicted reported assertions in Bolton’s forthcoming book alleging that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden. (Zelensky has said his communications with Trump involved no pressure for any investigation.)

What’s ahead

The impeachment trial reconvenes at 1 p.m. ET Friday. The Senate will immediately go to up to four hours of arguments by the Democratic impeachment managers and the defense counsel. There could also be deliberation by senators, which might involve a closed session or even debate among the senators themselves on the floor.

Regardless, once that’s done, the Senate will debate a proposal to subpoena documents or witnesses. That could consume up to two hours on the floor – and will not unfold until the evening.

After that’s complete, the Senate will take what is termed the “gateway” vote as to whether or not to open the door to subpoenaing witnesses or documents.

If senators vote to open up the gateway to witnesses or documents, a multitude of proposals could follow over several hours from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-Ny. These would likely be various slates of witness proposals. Democrats would like to get Republicans on the record opposing certain witnesses. Democrats would then try to boomerang that vote on vulnerable Republicans this fall and argue that McConnell tilted the playing field in the trial toward the president.

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If for some reason the Senate votes in favor of an individual witness, then the trial is far from done. The Senate trial rules require senators to depose the witness in private. That could come in days or weeks, but in the meantime, the trial on the floor would go dark. (However, the Senate could consider other business during this period. The Senate would eventually have to vote to summon a given witness to the floor.)

If the Senate rejects the gateway vote, the impeachment trial is likely on a glide path to conclusion. There could be additional debate after that; the Senate could consider a motion to dismiss the articles; or there could be final verdict votes on both articles of impeachment.

Last December, McConnell published the Senate schedule for 2020. He only put 11 months on the calendar, completely leaving out January, because no one quite knew what was in store for the Senate with a possible impeachment trial. If the Senate wraps this up late Friday night, McConnell correctly predicted the length of the trial.

It remains possible the Senate could take final votes on each article of impeachment — there will be separate, distinct votes on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress — late Friday night, in the wee hours of Saturday morning or later in the day Saturday.

Several Democratic senators have privately signaled they want the trial to wrap up quicky — partially out of exhaustion, but also because Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren urgently want to get back to Iowa to campaign ahead of next week’s critical caucuses.

Dems’ Headscratchers

House impeachment manager Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and presidential contender Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., raised eyebrows during the proceedings Thursday — including from Roberts.

At one point Thursday afternoon, Jeffries argued that the Steele dossier — written by a foreign ex-spy and dependent in part on Russian sources — did not constitute improper foreign election interference because the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid for the dossier, rather than receiving it at no cost.

His claim came in response to a question from North Carolina GOP Sen. Richard Burr that was aimed at arguing how the Democrats wouldn’t want to apply their standards to their own candidates.

“Hillary Clinton’s campaign and [the] Democratic National Committee hired a retired foreign spy to work with Russian contacts to build a dossier of opposition research against their political opponent, Donald Trump. Under the House managers’ standard, would the Steele dossier be considered foreign interference in the U.S. election, a violation of the law, and/or an impeachable offense?” Burr asked.

Jeffries then rose and declared, “The analogy is, uh, not applicable to the present situation because, first, to the extent that opposition research was obtained, it was opposition research that was purchased.”

He then accused Republicans of avoiding facts and trying to distract from Trump’s conduct.

Jeffries’ response drew mockery online from a slew of commentators — “Cut a check to Ukraine. We’re done here,” wrote one — and an immediate rebuke in the chamber from Trump attorney Jay Sekulow.

“So, I guess you can buy — this is what it sounds like — you can buy foreign interference? You can purchase it? You can purchase their opposition research and I guess it’s OK?” he asked.

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One of the dossier’s foreign sources was the former deputy foreign minister for Russia, Vyacheslav Trubnikov — a known Russian intelligence officer. Much of the Steele dossier has been proved unsubstantiated, including the dossier’s claims that the Trump campaign was paying hackers based out of a nonexistent Russian consulate in Miami or that ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen traveled to Prague to conspire with Russians. Special Counsel Robert Mueller also was unable to substantiate the dossier’s claims that Page had received a large payment relating to the sale of a share of Rosneft, a Russian oil giant, or that a lurid blackmail tape involving the president existed.

Nevertheless, the FBI relied heavily on the dossier to obtain a secret surveillance warrant to monitor a former member of the Trump campaign, Carter Page. News of that warrant leaked, and together with the dossier’s salacious accusations, fueled months of unfounded speculation that the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia.

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Separately, at the Senate impeachment trial Thursday, Warren posed a question that, by rule, was read aloud by Roberts — and even Democrats in the chamber appeared visibly puzzled by the interrogatory.

“At a time when large majorities of Americans have lost faith in government, does the fact that the chief justice is presiding over an impeachment trial in which Republican senators have thus far refused to allow witnesses or evidence contribute to the loss of legitimacy of the chief justice, the Supreme Court and the Constitution?” Roberts read from the card handed to him by the clerk.

When he finished reading the question — explicitly posed to the House Impeachment managers — Roberts pursed his lips and shot a chagrined look.

After a moment, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the lead impeachment manager, appeared at the dais to answer the question — standing mere feet in front of Roberts.

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Schiff appeared to try to distance himself from Warren’s question, offering a short answer to the question before speaking at length about a tangential exchange.

“I would not say that it leads to a loss of confidence in the chief justice,” Schiff said, adding that Roberts has thus far “presided admirably.”

He then quickly pivoted to a criticism of President Trump and a conversation he had about the impeachment trial with Rep. Tom Malinowski, D-N.J.

Whistleblower showdown

Justice Roberts shut down a question Thursday from Sen. Rand Paul that mentioned the name of the alleged Ukraine whistleblower, prompting Paul to storm out of the impeachment trial and hold an impromptu press conference to read the question anyway.

The clash came after the chief justice, who is presiding over the trial, similarly rebuffed Paul a day earlier. (Paul, according to reporter Niels Lesniewski, was apparently fuming afterward, shouting to a staffer: “I don’t want to have to stand up to try and fight for recognition. … If I have to fight for recognition, I will.”)

Federal law protects whistleblowers only from retaliation in the workplace and does not ensure their anonymity; Republicans have disputed whether this particular whistleblower would even qualify for those limited protections, saying his complaint concerns a policy dispute and does not allege criminal or civil wrongdoing by the president.

JUSTICE ROBERTS BLOCKS SEN. PAUL FROM NAMING WHISTLEBLOWER, SOURCE SAYS – AND PAUL MAY FORCE THE ISSUE

“As you may have noticed, we had something slightly atypical downstairs. I asked a question and the question was refused,” Paul, R-Ky., told reporters after exiting the Senate chamber and dashing upstairs to the Senate TV studio.

After seeing Paul’s question on a notecard, Roberts ruled against presenting it in the trial: “The presiding officer declines to read the question as submitted,” he said.

Paul asserted that Roberts’ ruling was wrong because no one knows if the name of the person on his question card is the whistleblower.

“I think it was an incorrect finding,” Paul said.

Paul wanted to ask whether Schiff, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, and the White House counsel were aware that an intel committee staff member had a close relationship with the reported whistleblower when they were on the National Security Council together.

“How do you respond to reports that [they] may have worked together to plot impeaching the president before there were formal House impeachment proceedings?” Paul said he wrote on the card.

Schiff has made public inconsistent statements concerning the House Intelligence Committee’s contacts with the whistleblower. He first denied that his panel had such contact, then reversed course and admitted that members of the committee had spoken to the whistleblower.

Paul’s question reportedly included the names of two individuals. Fox News has not confirmed the whistleblower’s name.

Paul argued that since Schiff contends he doesn’t know the identity of the whistleblower, how could anyone know if someone deserves whistleblower protections.

“It makes no reference to anybody who may or may not be a whistleblower,” Paul said.

It could be, Republicans have asserted, that the whistleblower coordinated his complaint with Schiff’s panel for partisan reasons — a disclosure that, if true, would likely undermine the credibility of the impeachment proceedings and possibly expose Schiff to his own “abuse of power” allegations. Thus far, the impeachment effort has arguably been elevated in importance from normal partisan bickering in part by the gravitas afforded to the supposedly well-meaning whistleblower at the center of the case.

SCHIFF, IN REVERSAL, ADMITS HE SHOULD HAVE BEEN CLEAR ABOUT HIS OWN CONTACT WITH THE WHISTLEBLOWER

Republicans have sought more information on the whistleblower ever since the intelligence community’s internal watchdog found several indicators that the person might have a political bias.

Fox News has previously reported that the whistleblower is a registered Democrat and had a prior work history with a senior Democrat running for president. Additionally, the whistleblower faces an Intelligence Community Inspector General (ICIG) complaint for allegedly violating federal law by raising money ostensibly to pay for his legal fees, including money that could be coming from foreign sources.

The whistleblower’s attorney, Mark Zaid, openly admitted back in 2017 that a “coup” had started against the president from within the administration, and that CNN’s coverage would play a “key role” in the effort.

On Wednesday, Schiff again denied knowing the identity of the whistleblower, while Republicans accused him of deliberately lying. Schiff repeatedly shut down GOP questions during the House impeachment proceedings concerning White House leaks — even though doing so at one point seemingly demonstrated that Schiff likely knew the whistleblower’s identity.

“Lieutenant Colonel [Alexander] Vindman, did you discuss the July 25 phone call [between Trump and Ukraine’s president] with anyone outside the White House on July 25 or the 26 and if so, with whom?” Republican California Rep. Devin Nunes asked last year.

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“Yes. I did,” responded Vindman, who has also claimed not to know the whistleblower’s identity. He said he had spoken to Deputy Assistant Secretary George Kent, but before he could mention the other person, Schiff intervened and urgently blocked the questioning.

“We need to protect the whistleblower,” Schiff interjected. “Please stop. I want to make sure that there is no effort to out the whistleblower through these proceedings. If the witness has a good faith belief that this may reveal the identity of the whistleblower, that is not the purpose that we’re here for. I want to advise the witness accordingly.”

Dershowitz faces off with Toobin

Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, a member of Trump’s defense team, wasn’t in the Senate chamber Thursday due to family obligations. But he did post on Twitter and make a lengthy appearance on CNN, telling the network that it should stop mischaracterizing his arguments on impeachment.

The moment was somewhat personal for Dershowitz, as CNN’s chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin is one of his former students at Harvard. Multiple media outlets, including CNN, misrepresented Dershowitz throughout the week as saying that presidents can do “anything” as long as they can argue it’s in the “public interest.” Additionally, several politicians, including Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., falsely claimed that Dershowitz argued Trump’s conduct was “OK.”

In fact, Dershowitz maintained that criminal or criminal-like conduct is impeachable, regardless of its motivation. And he did not endorse Trump’s behavior. Instead, Dershowitz asserted the Senate should not be in the business of removing elected presidents based on nebulous and unconstitutional “abuse of power” or “obstruction of Congress” charges that the framers expressly rejected.

“I have never said that a president can do anything if he believes that his election is in the public interest to get reelected,” Dershowitz told Toobin and CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer. “That’s simply false. I started my speech in the Senate by saying I completely support the impeachment of [Richard] Nixon, who everything he did, he did because he wanted to get reelected. And clearly he thought his reelection was in the public interest.”

He added: “I never said, never suggested — and it was a total distortion, not a misunderstanding, distortion of my point — that I think a president can do anything … It’s nonsense. And your network should never have said that.”

“What’s wrong with looking at whether a president has a corrupt intent in his actions?” Toobin responded. “I mean, that seems to be the heart that is the issue here.”

“It’s not, it’s not,” Dershowitz said. “The question is how you define corrupt, and my argument was there’s a big difference between taking a bribe — I gave an example right on the floor of the Senate. If the president said, ‘I’m not giving you your money, I’m withholding the money unless you let me build a hotel and have my name on it or give me a million-dollar kickback.’ That’s corrupt. That’s clear.”

Dershowitz went on to say it would be a “dangerous” principle to say that a president can be impeached if he acts, in part, due to personal political motivation, because “it will allow impeachment of any president who look to his own reelectability as even a small factor.”

To demonstrate that point in the Senate on Wednesday, Dershowitz made thinly veiled references to former President Barack Obama’s refusal to send military aid to Ukraine, as well as his failed, unenforced “red line” warning for Syria not to use chemical weapons. Obama was also caught on a hot microphone promising Russia’s president he would have “more flexibility” on missile defense issues after the 2012 election.

“Let’s consider a hypothetical,” Dershowitz said. “Let’s assume that President Obama had been told by his advisors that it really is important to send lethal weapons to the Ukraine. But then he gets a call from his pollster and his political adviser, who says we know it’s in the national interest to send lethal weapons to the Ukraine, but we’re telling you that the left-wing of your party is really going to give you a hard time if you start selling lethal weapons and potentially get into a lethal war with Russia. Would anybody here suggest that is impeachable?”

WATCH: DERSHOWITZ TURNS TO HOUSE DEMS, UNLOADS CONSTITUTIONAL ARGUMENT IN DRAMATIC MOMENT AT IMPEACHMENT TRIAL

He continued: “Or let’s assume President Obama said, ‘I promise to bomb Syria if they had chemical weapons. But I’m now told by my pollster that bombing Syria would hurt my electoral chances.’ Simply not impeachable at all.”

Earlier in the day, also on CNN, Harvard Law School professor Nikolas Bowie disputed Dershowitz as to whether “maladministration” — a term the framers rejected as a viable grounds for impeachment — was essentially the same as “abuse of power,” one of the Democrats’ charges against Trump.

Bowie called Dershowitz’s interpretation a “joke,” in a slam that was especially notable because Dershowitz had cited Bowie’s scholarship on the Senate floor.

Dershowitz was simply wrong, Bowie argued, that maladministration is synonymous with abuse of power. The former is equivalent to doing your best but turning in poor work product, he argued; the latter is fundamentally criminal, even if it’s not defined anywhere in a statute.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram, Mike Emanuel, Marisa Schultz and Charles Crietz contributed to this report.

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Trump: ‘I have great confidence’ some Democrats will vote to acquit in impeachment trial

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President Trump told Fox News on Thursday night he has “great confidence” that some Senate Democrats will vote to acquit him of high crimes and misdemeanors following the conclusion of the impeachment trial, in an interview set to air in full on “Fox News @ Night.”

“I got to watch a little bit,” Trump told Fox News’ Peter Doocy in Des Moines, Iowa, where he held a campaign rally Thursday. “It’s very boring. I call it the impeachment hoax, and that’s what it is, it’s a hoax.

“It should have never taken place, should have never been allowed to happen, but I have great confidence in Republican senators and probably some Democrats, from what I understand, Peter.”

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Politico reported earlier this week that Sens. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., and Doug Jones, D-Ala., were weighing whether to vote to acquit the president on at least one of the two articles of impeachment: abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

Trump spoke to Fox News as the question-and-answer portion of the trial drew to a close Thursday evening, potentially teeing up a closely watched vote sometime Friday on whether to call additional witnesses and seek additional documents. If that bid by Democrats were to fail, the Senate could vote to dismiss or hold final votes on the verdicts for both articles later that night.

Fox News’ Peter Doocy and Chad Pergram contributed to this report.

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Biden opposed additional witnesses during Clinton impeachment trial

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Former Vice President Joe Biden opposed additional witnesses during the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, a fact that comes as Democrats try to get former National Security Adviser John Bolton to tesify in the ongoing impeachment trial of President Trump.

Politico obtained a memo on Thursday written by then-Delaware Sen. Biden in January 1999 that was sent to the Democratic caucus in the middle of the Clinton impeachment battle.

“The Senate may dismiss articles of impeachment without holding a full trial or taking new evidence. Put another way, the Constitution does not impose on the Senate the duty to hold a trial,” Biden said to his Democratic colleagues. “In a number of previous impeachment trials, the Senate has reached the judgment that its constitutional role as a sole trier of impeachments does not require it to take new evidence or hear live witness testimony.”

The leaked transcript of Bolton’s upcoming book had renewed efforts by Democrats to introduce new witnesses in the Senate trial in addition to the 17 witnesses that testified in the House before the articles of impeachment were adopted. However, Republicans also called on Biden as well as his son, Hunter Biden, to become witnesses in order to testify about his son’s ties to the Ukrainian company Burisma during his tenure as vice president.

President Trump declared “game over” on Wednesday after a clip from August 2019 had surfaced showing Bolton claiming that combating “corruption” in Ukraine was a “high priority” for the Trump administration.

Bolton also called Trump’s communications with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky “warm and cordial,” without mentioning any misconduct. It seemingly contradicted reported assertions in Bolton’s forthcoming book that Trump explicitly told him he wanted to tie military aid to Ukraine to an investigation into Joe and Hunter Biden.

Another clip surfaced of leading House impeachment manager Adam Schiff, D-Calif, expressing that Bolton had a “lack of credibility” during a 2005 interview when Bolton was up for a nomination as ambassador to the United Nations under then-President George W. Bush.

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“And particularly given the history, where we’ve had the politicizing of intelligence over WMD [weapons of mass destruction], why we would pick someone who the very same issue has been raised repeatedly, and that is John Bolton’s politicization of the intelligence he got on Cuba and other issues, why we would want someone with that lack of credibility, I can’t understand,” Schiff had said.

All eyes have been on a handful of senators, who are being swayed by colleagues on both sides to either call for witnesses or wrap up the impeachment trial. It is expected that a final vote for additional witnesses will take place Friday evening.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Trump Called Powell an ‘Enemy.’ ‘Ugh’ Was a Response Inside the Fed.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nonstop attacks on the Federal Reserve have raised eyebrows and broken with recent presidential norms. But an Aug. 23 tweet in which Mr. Trump called the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, an “enemy” of America appears to have prompted some hand-wringing inside the central bank.

“My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Mr. Trump wrote, just moments after Mr. Powell wrapped up a speech at the monetary policy world’s top annual conference in Jackson, Wyo.

Mr. Trump, who himself nominated Mr. Powell to lead the Fed, had long complained about the central bank’s 2018 rate increases and had griped that officials were too slow in reversing course. But suggesting America’s most important economic leader was an enemy sent shock-waves through the economics profession — and spurred an email chain at the Fed itself.

Minutes after the president posted his tweet, the Fed’s communications director, Michelle Smith, sent an email to Richard Clarida, the Fed vice chair, with a screenshot of the tweets, based on documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“Ugh ugh,” Mr. Clarida replied.

An hour later, Ms. Smith sent Mr. Powell and Mr. Clarida an email containing positive comments about the Fed chair from Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota. The email quoted a talk radio interview in which Mr. Cramer criticized Mr. Trump’s attacks on Mr. Powell.

“This is an area where I frankly disagree with the president. He’s forever attacking the Federal Reserve and particularly Jay Powell,” Mr. Cramer said in the interview. “They are independent of politics, and they ought to remain independent of politics.”

That message met with a positive reaction from Mr. Powell, who replied with one word: “Terrific.”

Mr. Powell has not responded to Mr. Trump’s attacks, even when they are personal. He has repeatedly said that the Fed, which is independent of the White House, does not take politics into consideration.

But Mr. Powell has spent much of his tenure shoring up support on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from both parties, who routinely give the chair high marks. Their view of the chair matters, because while the president nominates members to the Fed’s Board of Governors, the White House has no other significant power over the central bank. Monetary policymakers answer to Congress.

That reality has not stopped Mr. Trump’s steady drumbeat of criticism. While the Fed cut rates two times after the August tweet, Mr. Trump has continued to blast the central bank. He said this week that “the Fed should get smart” and lower interest rates, and has tweeted about Mr. Powell personally 13 more times.

It is not all talk. Mr. Trump has recently nominated a Fed critic, Judy Shelton, to sit among the Fed’s leadership in Washington. Her confirmation hearing — along with that for Christopher Waller, a more conventional pick — could come as soon as Feb. 13, according to a person familiar with the scheduling.

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Trump Called Powell an ‘Enemy.’ ‘Ugh’ Was a Response Inside the Fed.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nonstop attacks on the Federal Reserve have raised eyebrows and broken with recent presidential norms. But an Aug. 23 tweet in which Mr. Trump called the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, an “enemy” of America appears to have prompted some hand-wringing inside the central bank.

“My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Mr. Trump wrote, just moments after Mr. Powell wrapped up a speech at the monetary policy world’s top annual conference in Jackson, Wyo.

Mr. Trump, who himself nominated Mr. Powell to lead the Fed, had long complained about the central bank’s 2018 rate increases and had griped that officials were too slow in reversing course. But suggesting America’s most important economic leader was an enemy sent shock-waves through the economics profession — and spurred an email chain at the Fed itself.

Minutes after the president posted his tweet, the Fed’s communications director, Michelle Smith, sent an email to Richard Clarida, the Fed vice chair, with a screenshot of the tweets, based on documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“Ugh ugh,” Mr. Clarida replied.

An hour later, Ms. Smith sent Mr. Powell and Mr. Clarida an email containing positive comments about the Fed chair from Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota. The email quoted a talk radio interview in which Mr. Cramer criticized Mr. Trump’s attacks on Mr. Powell.

“This is an area where I frankly disagree with the president. He’s forever attacking the Federal Reserve and particularly Jay Powell,” Mr. Cramer said in the interview. “They are independent of politics, and they ought to remain independent of politics.”

That message met with a positive reaction from Mr. Powell, who replied with one word: “Terrific.”

Mr. Powell has not responded to Mr. Trump’s attacks, even when they are personal. He has repeatedly said that the Fed, which is independent of the White House, does not take politics into consideration.

But Mr. Powell has spent much of his tenure shoring up support on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from both parties, who routinely give the chair high marks. Their view of the chair matters, because while the president nominates members to the Fed’s Board of Governors, the White House has no other significant power over the central bank. Monetary policymakers answer to Congress.

That reality has not stopped Mr. Trump’s steady drumbeat of criticism. While the Fed cut rates two times after the August tweet, Mr. Trump has continued to blast the central bank. He said this week that “the Fed should get smart” and lower interest rates, and has tweeted about Mr. Powell personally 13 more times.

It is not all talk. Mr. Trump has recently nominated a Fed critic, Judy Shelton, to sit among the Fed’s leadership in Washington. Her confirmation hearing — along with that for Christopher Waller, a more conventional pick — could come as soon as Feb. 13, according to a person familiar with the scheduling.

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Trump Called Powell an ‘Enemy.’ ‘Ugh’ Was a Response Inside the Fed.

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WASHINGTON — President Trump’s nonstop attacks on the Federal Reserve have raised eyebrows and broken with recent presidential norms. But an Aug. 23 tweet in which Mr. Trump called the Fed chair, Jerome H. Powell, an “enemy” of America appears to have prompted some hand-wringing inside the central bank.

“My only question is, who is our bigger enemy, Jay Powell or Chairman Xi?” Mr. Trump wrote, just moments after Mr. Powell wrapped up a speech at the monetary policy world’s top annual conference in Jackson, Wyo.

Mr. Trump, who himself nominated Mr. Powell to lead the Fed, had long complained about the central bank’s 2018 rate increases and had griped that officials were too slow in reversing course. But suggesting America’s most important economic leader was an enemy sent shock-waves through the economics profession — and spurred an email chain at the Fed itself.

Minutes after the president posted his tweet, the Fed’s communications director, Michelle Smith, sent an email to Richard Clarida, the Fed vice chair, with a screenshot of the tweets, based on documents released through a Freedom of Information Act request.

“Ugh ugh,” Mr. Clarida replied.

An hour later, Ms. Smith sent Mr. Powell and Mr. Clarida an email containing positive comments about the Fed chair from Senator Kevin Cramer, Republican of North Dakota. The email quoted a talk radio interview in which Mr. Cramer criticized Mr. Trump’s attacks on Mr. Powell.

“This is an area where I frankly disagree with the president. He’s forever attacking the Federal Reserve and particularly Jay Powell,” Mr. Cramer said in the interview. “They are independent of politics, and they ought to remain independent of politics.”

That message met with a positive reaction from Mr. Powell, who replied with one word: “Terrific.”

Mr. Powell has not responded to Mr. Trump’s attacks, even when they are personal. He has repeatedly said that the Fed, which is independent of the White House, does not take politics into consideration.

But Mr. Powell has spent much of his tenure shoring up support on Capitol Hill, meeting with lawmakers from both parties, who routinely give the chair high marks. Their view of the chair matters, because while the president nominates members to the Fed’s Board of Governors, the White House has no other significant power over the central bank. Monetary policymakers answer to Congress.

That reality has not stopped Mr. Trump’s steady drumbeat of criticism. While the Fed cut rates two times after the August tweet, Mr. Trump has continued to blast the central bank. He said this week that “the Fed should get smart” and lower interest rates, and has tweeted about Mr. Powell personally 13 more times.

It is not all talk. Mr. Trump has recently nominated a Fed critic, Judy Shelton, to sit among the Fed’s leadership in Washington. Her confirmation hearing — along with that for Christopher Waller, a more conventional pick — could come as soon as Feb. 13, according to a person familiar with the scheduling.

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#ArrestRandPaul trends on Twitter after he walks out over impeachment question

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Charter company that flew Kobe Bryant in doomed helicopter trip suspends operations

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The charter company that owned the helicopter that crashed and killed all nine onboard, including Kobe Bryant, halted all services Thursday.

Island Express Helicopters is “suspending all flight service for operational reasons,” according to multiple reports. Company representatives did not provide further details about the suspension.

A message regarding the crash has been posted to the company’s website since Monday, detailing the accident and offering condolences.

“We are deeply saddened by this tragedy,” the message reads. “Our top priority is providing assistance to the families of the passengers and the pilot. We hope that you will respect their privacy at this extremely difficult time. The pilot, Ara Zobayan, was our chief pilot. Ara has been with the company for over 10 years and has over 8,000 flight hours.”

The post went on to say that Island Express is working with the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to investigate the cause of the accident and deferred all questions to their public affairs office. Fox News reached out to the number provided but did not receive a response to the request for comment.

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The statement also thanked the first responders and local authorities who were involved with the incident.

Bryant, 41, was traveling with Gianna, 13, to a youth basketball tournament she was playing in. Two of her teammates — Alyssa Altobelli and Payton Chester — also died on board, along with Alyssa’s parents, John and Keri Altobelli, and Payton’s mother, Sarah Chester. Christina Mauser, the girls’ basketball coach at Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, Calif., was killed as well.

Zobayan had logged 1,250 hours on the helicopter when it plunged into a patch of heavy fog in Calabasas, Calif., according to National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) member Jennifer Homendy, who spoke at a news conference Tuesday. Investigators are still trying to determine if Zobayan should have been given special permission to fly in such conditions,

Bryant’s wife Vanessa published a statement on Instagram about her husband’s passing Wednesday, thanking people for their prayers during what has been, “a horrific time.”

“My girls and I want to thank the millions of people who’ve shown support and love during this horrific time. Thank you for all the prayers. We definitely need them,” she wrote.

“We are completely devastated by the sudden loss of my adoring husband, Kobe — the amazing father of our children; and my beautiful, sweet Gianna — a loving, thoughtful, and wonderful daughter, and amazing sister to Natalia, Bianka, and Capri.”

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Vanessa went on to empathize with the families of the other victims, before asking the public to respect her family’s privacy, as they continue to adjust to the shocking tragedy.

“Thank you for sharing your joy, your grief and your support with us. We ask that you grant us the respect and privacy we will need to navigate this new reality,” she added. “Thank you so much for lifting us up in your prayers, and for loving Kobe, Gigi, Natalia, Bianka, Capri and me.”

Fox News’ Morgan Philips and Vandana Rambaran contributed to this report 

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Spotlight Falls on Democrats From Trump-Friendly States

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WASHINGTON — Nothing would please President Trump more than to wrap up his impeachment trial with support from a handful of Democrats. He might get his wish.

As the Senate nears a vote on Mr. Trump’s fate, possibly as early as Friday, attention has focused on the few moderate Republicans who might break ranks by voting to hear from witnesses or perhaps even to convict. But Democrats have their own list of possible defectors who could vote to acquit.

They are focusing on four Democrats from states won by Mr. Trump: Senators Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, Doug Jones of Alabama and Gary Peters of Michigan. Should one or more vote to clear the president on either of the charges he faces, it would hand him a coveted talking point during an election year — and deliver a blow to Democrats, who lost two votes in the House when Mr. Trump was impeached in December.

“Every one of us knows — and if our leadership didn’t know, we would tell them — that this is an individual decision every senator has got to make,” Senator Bob Casey, Democrat of Pennsylvania, said in an interview, adding that Democrats’ closed-door meetings did not include discussions of how members would vote. “So I don’t know how that plays out, or what the numbers will be.”

Mr. Jones suggested Wednesday morning that he was open to acquitting Mr. Trump on one of the charges, obstruction of Congress, though he said the president’s behavior was strengthening the case against him. Mr. Trump is accused of abusing his oath of office and obstructing Congress in connection with his decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine while pressuring that country’s leader to investigate his political rivals, and concealing his conduct from lawmakers.

“I’m still looking at that very closely,” Mr. Jones said, without elaborating. “There are some things that trouble me about it. But I will tell you this about the obstruction charge: The more I see the president of the United States attacking witnesses, the stronger that case gets.”

Later, after a spate of news articles about him, Mr. Jones backtracked: “Don’t go putting some damn headline in there, ‘Still open to acquit.’ I’m open to acquit. I’m open to convict. I want to hear all the evidence. I want to hear witnesses.”

Mr. Jones won a special election in 2017 in deeply conservative Alabama after defeating a Republican, Roy S. Moore, the former chief justice of the state Supreme Court who was accused of sexually assaulting teenagers when he was in his 30s. Now Mr. Jones faces re-election and a crowded Republican primary race that includes Mr. Moore and Jeff Sessions, Mr. Trump’s former attorney general.

His voting record is largely with his party — he has sided with Mr. Trump only 37 percent of the time, according to the website FiveThirtyEight — and he has been vocal in his demand for witnesses, including in an opinion piece in The Washington Post that raised questions about whether his colleagues would commit to finding “the whole truth.”

But there will be a backlash against Mr. Jones at the ballot box in November if he votes to convict the president, said Scott Jennings, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader.

“I know that if I’m the senator from Alabama and I vote to throw Donald Trump out of office and off the ballot,” Mr. Jennings said, “my chances drop from whatever they were to zero.”

For his part, Mr. Manchin said on Wednesday that he was frustrated with what he called the “hypocrisy” of Senator Chuck Schumer of New York, the Democratic leader, and Mr. McConnell. Both have reversed positions they took in 1999 during the impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton, when Mr. McConnell was for impeachment and Mr. Schumer was against it.

The West Virginia senator has spoken strongly in favor of having witnesses testify. But he has irked fellow Democrats by saying that Hunter Biden, the son of former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., whose work for a Ukrainian energy company has been an issue in the trial, might be considered a relevant witness. Asked about that on Wednesday, Mr. Schumer grew testy.

“We have had total unity on the issue that will be before us,” he said. “It’s not up to Joe Manchin whether to call Hunter Biden.”

Mr. Manchin is hard to predict. At the outset of the administration, Mr. Trump courted him and tried to persuade him to become a Republican. But Mr. Manchin stuck with Democrats in voting against repeal of the Affordable Care Act and against Mr. Trump’s tax bill. Then he crossed party lines to become the lone Democratic vote in favor of confirming Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court.

He has been using his Twitter feed to encourage his constituents to call or email a new address his office has created: impeachment@manchin.senate.gov.

“It’s not as simple as saying, ‘It’s a red state, he’s a conservative Democratic senator, therefore he’ll do X or Y,” said Mike Plante, a Democratic strategist in West Virginia. “This is history. It’s not simply politics.”

Ms. Sinema’s intentions are even more difficult to determine. She issued a statement at the outset of the trial saying she would “treat this process with the gravity and impartiality that our oaths demand” and has refused to talk to reporters ever since. She has been virtually silent on social media about impeachment.

But after Mr. Trump’s defense team wrapped up its opening statements on Tuesday, Ms. Sinema remained in the Senate chamber for more than 10 minutes, deep in conversation with Senator Lamar Alexander, Republican of Tennessee and a close ally of Mr. McConnell. On Wednesday, during the question-and-answer portion of the trial, she asked a question that seemed intended to undercut the president’s defense: Why was the aid to Ukraine withheld in secret?

“Kyrsten is in an interesting spot because she ran in her campaign as a moderate but also really stayed away from the partisan politics — she always referred to what Arizonans want, making it very local,” said Mike Noble, a Republican strategist in Arizona. “So she’s kind of doing this balancing act.”

Then there is Mr. Peters, who has cut a low profile in the Senate — and at home, which is one reason he faces a tough race. “I am in the undecided category,” he told reporters in the Capitol. “I’m going to listen, give it a fair hearing.”

Mr. Trump already promotes the House’s vote to impeach him as bipartisan vindication, citing the two Democrats (Representatives Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, who has since become a Republican, and Collin C. Peterson of Minnesota) who voted against. The president’s allies caution that he does not expect a repeat in the Senate, though he would be pleased to see it.

“While it would be ideal to have a Democrat or two cross over and oppose impeachment like we saw in the House vote, I don’t think it matters in the grand scheme of things,” said Andy Surabian, a Republican strategist and former adviser to Mr. Trump, adding, “Most Americans outside of the Beltway have tuned this entire impeachment circus out of their minds.”

Mr. Schumer has said he is not counting votes and is instead encouraging each senator to follow his or her conscience. On Thursday, he brushed aside a question about possible Democratic defections, saying he was solely focused on getting the four Republican votes he needed to force the Senate to subpoena witnesses.

“That’s where the focus will be,’’ he said. “Our caucus is totally united on that issue, which will determine where we go from there.”

Democrats do appear largely unified on the question of whether to have witnesses, and they may get some Republican support. Senator Mitt Romney, Republican of Utah, has said he will vote to have witnesses, and Senator Susan Collins, Republican of Maine, has said she is “very likely to do so.”

Mr. Jennings said at least one thing was nearly certain: “Trump is going to claim exoneration no matter what.”

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