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Bill Bennett: Nothing in the Ukraine call transcript is an impeachable offense

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Fox News contributor Bill Bennett said Friday that there was no impeachable offense evident in President Trump’s phone call with the president of Ukraine.

“He was having a perfectly sensible conversation with the president of Ukraine,” the former secretary of education and host of Fox Nation’s “Wise Guys” told “Fox & Friends.”

Bennett was asked for reaction to comments by Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., blasting Trump for downplaying his actions, and vowing that Trump “will choke on this supposed nothing-burger.”

“What this shows is repeated, concerted, premeditated, criminal conduct,” Blumenthal argued.

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The House of Representatives moved forward on impeachment inquiry this week, though they have not held a formal vote on the matter. Democrats accuse President Trump of abusing his office by requesting that Ukraine investigate his potential 2020 election rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“What this shows, I think, is the kind of anger and even hatred of this president by his political opponents,” Bennett said.

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“It’s blinded them to the degree that they think they can make something out of nothing and there’s nothing here in this transcript that is impeachable.”

Trump’s July conversation with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky triggered a whistleblower complaint that touched off a political tempest in Washington, D.C. The complaint was released publicly Thursday, alleging Trump used the “power of his office to solicit interference” from Ukraine in the 2020 election — and that White House officials subsequently tried to “lock down” records of that phone call.

Some Democrats allege Trump implicitly sought a quid pro quo – by trying to trade U.S. military aid for dirt on Biden – but the White House has vigorously denied it.

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Dish customers lose FOX, FS1 amid carriage dispute as NFL, MLB seasons heat up

Dish subscribers will miss critical sporting events as the satellite and streaming service blacked out FOX amid a carriage dispute.

FOX-owned cable channels FS1, FS2, Big Ten Network, Fox Soccer Plus and Fox Deportes are also dark for Dish customers. FOX launched a website dedicated to informing viewers on the blackout that impacts 17 markets across 23 states plus Washington D.C.

“DISH is at it again, choosing to drop leading programming as a negotiating tactic regardless of the impact on its own customers. DISH elected to drop FOX networks in an effort to coerce us to agree to outrageous demands. While we regret this is DISH’s preferred approach to negotiating, we remind our loyal viewers that the FOX services are widely available through every other major television provider,” FOX wrote on the site.

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Dish issued a press release outlining its side of the story and urging FOX to focus on “reaching a fair deal.”

The blackout comes at an unfortunate time for viewers, as FOX heads into a weekend filled with marquee college football games, pivotal Major League Baseball games and Week 4 of the NFL season.

FOX’s Week 4 NFL games include the Washington Redskins at New York Giants, Carolina Panthers and Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs at Detroit Lions and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Los Angeles Rams.

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NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes’ Kansas City Chiefs visit the Detroit Lions Sunday on FOX. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Customers will continue to miss major live sporting events if the blackout continues past the weekend, as a doubleheader of Major League Baseball playoff games is scheduled for Oct. 4 on a FS1.

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FS1 and FOX will continue to carry MLB playoff games for the duration of the month, ending with exclusive coverage of the World Series.

The Rams visit the Seattle Seahawks on FOX’s “Thursday Night Football” and WWE’s highly anticipated “Friday Night SmackDown” also debuts on FOX next week.

In addition to the live events, Dish customers will miss hit shows such as “The Masked Singer,” “Fox News Sunday,” “Empire,” “9-1-1,” “The Simpsons” and “The Resident.”

Neither Fox News Channel nor Fox Business Network is impacted by the blackout.

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Dem delegation traveling to Ukraine amid controversy over Trump phone call

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A congressional delegation will travel to Ukraine this week to meet with military leaders amid the controversy over President Trump’s July phone call with the Ukrainian president — though they say the trip, planned before the details of that call were known, was originally meant to address other issues.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif, said on Fox Business Network Thursday that the trip mostly concerns the European Reassurance Initiative, which invests billions supporting European allies — mostly in Eastern Europe — in response to the Russian incursion into Ukraine. Garamendi is the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee’s subcommittee on readiness.

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“In the intervening time we have the president pulling $770 million out of that program, and these are critical infrastructure so that our troops can actually engage if ever necessary in Eastern Europe, and of course we were going to do the Ukraine thing looking at the military support that we’re giving,” he said.

He said that trip was planned four months ago, but noted that it has now become “all tied up in this impeachment issue.”

He was referring to the controversy surrounding the newly revealed phone call between Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky in July. The transcript of the call was released this week after a whistleblower complaint alleging that Trump pressured Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, Hunter.

The allegation has escalated Democratic calls for Trump’s impeachment, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., announcing a formal inquiry this week. Democrats allege that the call indicates a quid pro quo, with Trump holding military spending in return for an investigation into a political opponent. The transcript, though, does not show Trump explicitly linking the two. The money was eventually delivered.

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On CNN Friday morning, Garamendi said the delegation is hoping to meet with political leaders in Kiev, including the defense minister, but said that “given all of the disruption it remains to be seen exactly how that goes.”

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“The question there is Ukraine is a critical ally. Ukraine has been invaded by Russia. What does all of this mean to Ukraine, how can we make sure that they get the assistance that they need to continue to push back against Russia and ultimately be successful and push Russia out of Ukraine?” he said.

However, Garamendi also said that he believed a quid pro quo was relayed, and didn’t rule out speaking to officials about the Biden matter. He has previously said he intends to “hold discussions on this matter and inquire about the conversations [Trump attorney] Rudy Giuliani and President Trump have had with Ukrainian leadership.” However, he said the delegation has to be “very very careful” about the subject on the trip to the country.

“Once again things are rapidly evolving here [and] what the Ukrainian government will do and how it will respond to what has got to be a major political issue for them back in Kiev remains to be seen,” he said on CNN. “And so we’re going to be treading very carefully on the political side of this.”

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Whistleblower complaint: Nancy Pelosi says Bill Barr has ‘gone rogue’

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WASHINGTON – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday accused Attorney General Bill Barr of going “rogue” after earlier this month the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel determined not to share a bombshell whistleblower complaint with Congress.

The complaint, which was published Thursday, expresses concern that President Donald Trump “used the power of his office” to solicit foreign help to discredit Joe Biden and his son, Hunter, during a call in July with the Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

“He’s gone rogue,” Pelosi said of Barr during an interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.

Barr was referenced four times in the July call, with the president repeatedly offering Zelensky to enlist Barr — as well as the president’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani — to help investigate a Ukrainian energy firm in an effort to try to damage Biden.

More: President Trump inserts Attorney General William Barr into political firestorm in call with Ukrainian president

“I think where they are going is the cover up of the cover up, and that’s really very sad for them,” Pelosi said. “To have a Justice Department go so rogue, well they have been for a while, and now it just makes matters worse that the attorney general was mentioned, that the president was mentioned and yet the Justice Department directed the director of national intelligence to take this to the White House.”

Joseph Maguire, acting director of National Intelligence, had gone to the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel to seek guidance on the whistleblower report, which said it didn’t have to be shared with Congress. During a testimony to Congress Thursday, Maguire said he sought guidance from the DOJ because this type of whistleblower complaint was unprecedented because it involved the president.

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Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said Wednesday that Barr learned of Trump’s call with Zelensky “several weeks” after it took place, maintained that the attorney general has “not communicated with Ukraine – on this or any other subject,” and that Barr has not spoken to Giuliani about this.

“The president has not spoken with the attorney general about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former vice president Biden or his son,” Kupec said. “The president has not asked the attorney general to contact Ukraine – on this or any other matter.”

More: Trump’s Ukraine call and Nixon’s Watergate are drawing increasing parallels as scandal erupts

Despite her criticisms of Barr, Pelsoi said that opening an impeachment inquiry “is no cause for any joy.”

“This is a very sad time for our country,” she told MSNBC. “Impeachment of a president is as serious as our congressional responsibilities can be apart from declaring war or something. So we have to be very prayerful and we always have to put country before party.”

Contributing: Kevin Johnson, Kristine Phillips and Bart Jansen

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Warner, Kaine Introduce Legislation to Provide Financial Relief to Va. Beach Tragedy Fund

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U.S. Rep. Elaine Luria (D-VA) introduced companion legislation in the House of Representatives that is supported by Reps. Bobby Scott (D-VA), Rob Wittman (R-VA), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Denver Riggleman (R-VA), Don Beyer (D-VA), A. Donald McEachin (D-VA), Abigail Spanberger (D-VA), and Jennifer Wexton (D-VA).

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Aubrey O’Day: American Airlines flight attendant made me take my shirt off ‘in front of the entire plane’

Aubrey O’Day claims an American Airlines flight attendant forced her to remove her shirt in “front of the entire plane.”

The 35-year-old singer alleged on Twitter Thursday that she was asked to remove her top because the flight attendant “didn’t like my shirt.”

O’Day tweeted: “never have I flown & had the steward treat me like a punished lil child in timeout the entire flight.. including making me undress in front of the entire plane because he didn’t like my shirt & made me turn inside out in order to fly.”

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American Airlines told Fox News: “We are reviewing the situation, and have reached out to Ms. O’Day to get more information.”

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O’Day did not elaborate as to what about her shirt the flight attendant objected to.

“I was SHOCKED. I literally had to have my breasts in a bra out in front of everyone around me in order to not get kicked off. The girl next to me held up her blanket cuz she felt bad,” she tweeted.

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She added in a follow-up tweet: “Im that offended and disturbed.”

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Whistle-Blower Shines Light on Potential ‘Abuse’ of Secret N.S.C. Computer System

WASHINGTON — When the White House first released the reconstructed transcript of President Trump’s July 25 phone conversation with the president of Ukraine, some former government officials noticed something peculiar about it.

The document lacked a standard marking in its upper right-hand corner, known as a “package number,” or the number that the National Security Council officials would assign to the transcript as they logged it for storage.

Instead, it bore the marking “[PkgNumberShort],” which former officials, including one who served in the Trump White House, said was an indication that the document had not been formally placed into the council’s carefully organized records system according to normal practice.

The full meaning of that became clear on Thursday only with the release of the complaint by an anonymous whistle-blower brought against Mr. Trump. The complaint explained that the transcript of the call between Mr. Trump and the Ukrainian president, Volodymyr Zelensky, was handled in a highly unusual manner, stored not in the National Security Council’s main computer system but in a far more secret and restricted system maintained by intelligence officials within the White House.

The whistle-blower, whom The New York Times has identified as a C.I.A. officer who was detailed to the White House, alleges that the National Security Council took an extra and previously unknown step to shield Mr. Trump’s call with Mr. Zelensky from all but a very small number of officials by assigning it to that system.

The rough transcript of Mr. Trump’s call with Mr. Zelensky was stored in a the system operated by the agency’s intelligence directorate “solely for the purpose of protecting politically sensitive — rather than national security sensitive” information, the whistle-blower wrote. He added that White House officials told him it was “not the first time” Trump officials had confined a presidential transcript that way.

The more secure system is designed to hold delicate information about covert actions, intelligence programs and other highly classified activities, several former National Security Council officials said. Records of presidential calls with foreign leaders would be stored there only rarely, they said, in cases where those topics were discussed with close American partners like the leaders of Britain and Israel.

Accessing that special database requires enhanced desktop computer software not granted to all National Security Council officials. In extreme cases, agency aides must physically enter the offices of the intelligence directorate to read documents stored in the system. In the Obama White House, delicate documents were often hand delivered in a thick leather folder bearing the National Security Council seal and had to be returned.

The handling of the Ukraine call transcript has raised alarms among Democrats in Congress and former national security officials of both parties, including ones who served in the Trump administration. They agreed that nothing about the conversation appears to warrant placement in the extra-secure system.

“We need to look into the allegation that this may not be the only communication of a potentially corrupt character that was shielded by this classified information computer system abused for that purpose,” Representative Adam B. Schiff, Democrat of California and the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters on Thursday at the Capitol.

Mr. Schiff and other Democrats say it appears that the White House sought to hide Mr. Trump’s effort to pressure Mr. Zelensky to investigate former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., a possible opponent in the 2020 presidential election, and his son Hunter Biden, as well as to pursue conspiracy theories that hold that Russia did not meddle in the 2016 presidential election.

“During my tenure, I had no knowledge of documents being moved out for political sensitivity,” said a former Trump White House official familiar with the system. “I don’t know the legality of what was done. It certainly feels unethical.” The official said that decisions to move documents to different levels of classification typically involve the National Security Council’s legal office.

All officials at the agency, whose size has ranged from about 100 to 150 staff members in recent years, have security clearances that allow them access to a shared classified computer network on which countless documents are stored, many of them categorized at relatively low levels of secrecy.

Stored on the less-classified network are transcripts of presidential calls with foreign leaders, which past White Houses have actively distributed widely among national security and foreign policy officials on secure email systems.

After embarrassing leaks in 2017, in which two transcripts of Mr. Trump’s calls with foreign leaders were published in the news media, the Trump White House cut the number of people to whom phone call records were distributed.

In the case of Mr. Trump’s call with Mr. Zelensky, White House officials appear to have concluded that it was not enough to limit distribution of the document, and made it impossible to read by all but a select few N.S.C. staff members. They did so by housing it in the far more restricted system, which requires software that most officials do not have.

Even those White House aides granted access to the more secret system must have specific permission to read individual documents there, which are known as Sensitive Compartmentalized Information and organized by code words. One former agency staff member said that in the most extreme cases, it might be necessary for an aide to physically visit the intelligence directorate to read certain documents.

Larry Pfeiffer, a former career intelligence official who served as White House Situation Room director during the Obama administration, said that the risk of political embarrassment is not adequate grounds for placing an N.S.C. document in a system designed for national security matters like the operation to kill Osama bin Laden.

“Clearly, someone made a decision that this conversation needed to be locked down,” Mr. Pfeiffer said. “You read this conversation and there is nothing ‘compartmented’ from an intelligence perspective.”

“Anyone with half a brain can read it and understand why they wanted to protect the distribution,” he added.

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Pelosi Says Barr Has ‘Gone Rogue’

WASHINGTON — Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday said that Attorney General William P. Barr had “gone rogue,” and questioned whether he could objectively make decisions about legal action in response to an explosive whistle-blower complaint accusing President Trump of misconduct, because Mr. Barr himself was mentioned in the document.

“I do think the attorney general has gone rogue,” Ms. Pelosi said on CNN. “He has for a long time now. And since he was mentioned, in all of this, it’s curious that he would be making decisions about how the complaint would be handled.”

Earlier Friday on MSNBC, Ms. Pelosi accused the White House trying to cover up a cover-up of the July 25 phone call between Mr. Trump and President Volodymyr Zelensky of Ukraine in which Mr. Trump pressured Mr. Zelensky to investigate a political opponent. The White House released a reconstructed transcript of the call this week, and on Thursday, the House Intelligence Committee released an unclassified version of the whistle-blower’s complaint.

Ms. Pelosi announced the start of an impeachment inquiry before the release of the reconstructed transcript and complaint.

The complaint did not describe any actions taken by Mr. Barr in efforts to persuade Ukraine to investigate matters that could benefit Mr. Trump politically. But it referenced Mr. Trump’s suggestion to Mr. Zelensky that he follow up with Mr. Barr about the investigations he was seeking. That raised concerns about whether he could oversee any subsequent inquiries into the allegations. And it underscored why most presidents aim to appoint an independent attorney general so there will not be questions about any conflict of interest.

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Nancy Pelosi: William Barr Has ‘Gone Rogue’

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Attorney General William Barr and the Department of Justice have operated in uncharted territory, as questions swirl about Barr’s involvement in a damning whistleblower complaint revealing that President Donald Trump asked a foreign government to interfere in the 2020 presidential election. 

“He’s gone rogue,” she said Friday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” her first interview since calling for a formal impeachment inquiry into Trump earlier this week. She launched the inquiry in response to a whistleblower complaint revealing that in a July phone call with Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelensky, Trump pressured Ukraine to dig up dirt to potentially harm 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

Pelosi added that she believes Barr is “going for the cover-up of the cover-up.”

There are a lot of questions about Barr’s involvement in the whistleblower’s complaint, released Thursday morning. In the complaint, the whistleblower alleges that Barr “appears to be involved.” According to the White House’s summary of the call, Trump told Zelensky to contact Barr about the investigation into Biden and his son Hunter, who had business dealings in Ukraine, and “get to the bottom of it.”

On Wednesday, a DOJ spokesperson denied that Barr spoke to Trump “about having Ukraine investigate anything relating to former Vice President Biden or his son.” 

The DOJ also revealed that it had decided not to pursue an investigation into whether Trump violated campaign finance laws by asking Zelensky to investigate Biden.

Additionally, it released an Office of Legal Counsel memo, which argued that the whistleblower’s complaint was not an “urgent concern” and didn’t need to be disclosed to congressional committees because it didn’t pertain to “the funding, administration, or operation of an intelligence activity.” 

Yet, the whistleblower wrote that on several occasions, including the Ukraine call, White House officials may have hidden transcripts of Trump’s conversations into a “codeword-level system.” The practice is meant for protecting “national security sensitive” information, but the whistleblower said Trump officials were abusing it by using the system for “politically sensitive” conversations.

Barr’s handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties with Russia also raised serious questions about whether he has solely been protecting Trump, rather than serving the country. 

On Friday, Pelosi — who had been reluctant to pursue impeachment proceedings, drawing ire from other congressional Democrats — also explained what changed in her thinking. Chiefly, she said, this was now an issue of national security.

“I never thought he was worth it to have something so divisive to the country,” she said, referring to Trump. What changed, she said, was the president’s “cavalier attitude,” adding that what he did was “illegal, practically.”

“This is no cause for any joy. This is a sad time for our country,” she said, citing the “seriousness” of Congress’ power to impeach.

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Brooke Shields says she lost ‘View’ co-hosting gig to Jenny McCarthy

Brooke Shields squirmed in her seat when she was asked about auditioning for “The View.”

Shields, 54, appeared on “Watch What Happens” on Thursday night when a viewer called in asking if it was true she tried out to be a co-host on the ABC morning show in 2013 after Elisabeth Hasselbeck left.

“Yes,” Shields told the caller before host Andy Cohen pressed her for more information.

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“I went through a week of being on the show and you know, I did all my homework, I take everything very seriously,” she shared.

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Shields said she was in the parking lot of the Hollywood Bowl when she received a call from one of the producers who told her they wanted to go with Jenny McCarthy.

“I was like, OK, she’s a friend, but you want one or the other,” an uncomfortable Shields recalled thinking. “I think they were going for something different.”

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McCarthy didn’t last on the show for very long, leaving the program in 2014. She recently opened up about her time on “The View” in the explosive tell-all book “Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View.”

She told author Ramin Setoodeh she was “miserable” every single day she went to work.

“It really was the most miserable I’ve been on a job in my 25 years of show business,” McCarthy, 46, admitted in an excerpt of the book published on Vulture.

She also said the producers tried to morph her into a conservative like Hasselbeck.

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“They did try to change me. They wanted Elisabeth back and I wasn’t Elisabeth,” the “Two and a Half Men” actress insisted. “I would literally have meetings before the show of them trying to input opinions in me to go against Whoopi. I was going to work crying. I couldn’t be myself. My fans were telling me, ‘Where’s Jenny? They aren’t letting you be you.'”

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