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Rep. Steube fires back at Trump critics over July 4 address: ‘They will criticize anything he does’

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Rep. Greg Steube defended President Trump’s Fourth of July speech Sunday amid withering criticism from liberals who called his remarks divisive instead of unifying.

“Well, liberal Democrats are going to criticize the president on everything that he does,” the Florida Republican told “Fox Report Weekend” anchor Jon Scott.

“I mean, just look at the last several years with a Democratic house, and every single thing that he’s tried to accomplish, they have tried to thwart it,” he went on, “so it doesn’t surprise me at all that Democratic senators are criticizing just about everything he did.”

SEN. BLACKBURN CALLS TRUMP JULY 4 SPEECH ‘ONE OF THE BEST THAT HE HAS GIVEN’

Trump on Saturday vowed to “safeguard our values” from enemies within — leftists, looters, agitators, he said — in a Fourth of July speech packed with all the grievances and combativeness of his political rallies.

“We are now in the process of defeating the radical left, the anarchists, the agitators, the looters and the people who, in many instances, have absolutely no clue what they are doing,” he said. “We will never allow an angry mob to tear down our statues, erase our history, indoctrinate our children.”

TRUMP, IN FIERY MOUNT RUSHMORE ADDRESS, DECRIES RISE OF ‘FAR-LEFT’ FASCISM,’ CALLS ON AMERICANS TO RISE UP

Steube praised the president’s speech and slammed Democrats who took issue with his failure to mention the nearly 130,000 people who are known to have died from COVID-19 in the U.S.

“They will criticize anything he does, and I just think it is disrespectful to the office of the president and the type of things he’s trying to do put America first,” Steube said.

Later addressing Florida’s coronavirus surge after reporting over 11,400 new cases Saturday, the House Judiciary Committee member said that the “staggeringly” high number likely was due in large part to the increase in testing capacity in the state.

“We’re testing over 200,000 people a week in Florida. That’s a staggeringly high number, so of course, your number of positives are going to be higher,” he explained.

Steube also claimed most of the new cases appeared to belong to a much younger age group, many of whom were asymptomatic.

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“If you look at it from a health-care perspective of the serious nature of the cases that we have, yes, more people are testing positive,” he explained, “but your more serious cases are staying about the same, because it is the younger population of people that are testing positive.”

As far as ICU capacity and hospitalizations went, Stuebe said, “those numbers have stayed flat.”

Fox News’ Andrew O’Reilly and Jon Scott contributed to this report.

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Reporter’s Notebook: Confederate statues, PPP highlight Congressional Republicans’ struggles

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One could consolidate the challenges facing Republicans in 2020 into a matter of hours late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning last week.

It was a little bit coronavirus pandemic, a little bit economic crisis, a little bit protest and a little bit electoral politics.

Washington awoke last Wednesday morning to the surprise that Senate Democrats, serving in the minority, were able to finagle Republicans into passing on the spot legislation to extend the Paycheck Protection Program [PPP] through early August.

Nobody seemed to have seen this coming – especially since Democrats have excoriated Republicans for weeks about refusing to advance any bills of late to combat coronavirus and the associated economic fallout.

“We just can’t wait for our Republican colleagues to wake up to the reality in this country. People are losing their homes. People are not being fed. People are losing their jobs,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., thundered on the floor.

Democrats said they’ve been exasperated with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., declining to prepare coronavirus measures. McConnell spoke in recent days with President Trump about the next wave of legislation. The Kentucky Republican has continued to promote curbs on legal liability – protecting schools and businesses if people get sick. The president has touted additional direct payments to Americans in another coronavirus bill. But, the next coronavirus measure is far from settled.

Democrats seemed to believe they could drive a political wedge through the GOP’s reluctance to act right away.

It’s traditional for the minority party in the Senate to engineer “stunts” on the floor at times. During these parliamentary gymnastics, the minority would dare the majority to block legislation on an important issue. Such exercises usually would be a fait accompli, with the minority taking the floor to crow about something and the majority party then stalling the minority effort. Everyone would know the outcome in advance. The majority would stand in the way of the minority.

The Senate could approve a bill in one of three ways. There’s a roll-call vote. There’s a voice-vote (“aye!” and “nay!”). And, there’s something called “unanimous consent,” when any senator could ask that the body approve a bill right there and then. And, so long as no senator were to object on the floor, the bill would pass.

As it’s been written in this space before, you can make the sun rise in the west in the Senate if you have unanimous consent. Ninety-nine senators could favor a bill, but all it takes is one senator to object. That would thwart everything.

It’s typical in the Senate for the sides to pre-bake, offstage, such unanimous-consent requests. The minority and majority would consult ahead of time, with the outcome set. The minority would respect the majority enough that it wouldn’t pull a fast one, and the majority would respect the minority enough that it would go along with this bit of political theatre – before stopping the minority’s request in its tracks.

But, that’s not what happened in an underreported episode, stunning most veteran observers of the world’s greatest deliberative body.

For the first time in years, the Senate approved legislation, via a bona fide, “live,” unanimous-consent request – without having determined everything in advance. It was a rare moment.

Here’s what unfolded:

Senate Democrats came to the floor and expected the usual objection to their proposal to extend the PPP. Sen. Rick Scott expressed reservations. The Florida Republican attempted to change the Democrats’ plan. But, Sen. Ben Cardin of Maryland, the top Democrat on the Senate Small Business Committee, objected to Scott’s proposal. However, when Democrats again pressed the issue, neither Scott nor any other Republican objected to extending the PPP program through August 8.

Boom. That meant the Senate passed the bill, in a manner of seconds.

“We were shocked,” one senior Senate Democratic source conceded.

Fox News is told that Republicans were concerned about standing in the way of the proposal and there wasn’t a lawmaker on their side willing to object, considering the overall popularity of the PPP.

In other words, what was supposed to be a media stunt by Democrats turned into on-the-spot passage of a bill to re-up the PPP.

The PPP was set to expire a few hours later with over $130 billion still not allocated.

The House then synced up with the Senate the next day, sending the measure to President Trump, which he signed.

But, a signature isn’t guaranteed for the annual defense bill.

REPUBLICAN CONGRESSMAN: TRUMP COULD DO ‘BETTER JOB’ REASSURING COUNTRY DURING PANDEMIC

In the wee hours of Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted a veto threat to the defense plan. He opposed a provision in the legislation that ultimately would rename military bases associated with Confederates.

“I will Veto the Defense Authorization Bill if the Elizabeth ‘Pocahontas’ Warren (of all people!) Amendment, which will lead to the renaming (plus other bad things!) of Fort Bragg, Fort Robert E. Lee, and many other Military Bases from which we won Two World Wars, is in the Bill!?” Trump tweeted.

The core defense bill included language, approved in committee, that eventually would change the names of installations named after Confederates, in three years. Various Republicans have proposed amendments to modify those provisions in the bill. Republican senators have been leery about opposing new names in the current political climate. That’s one of the reasons the Armed Services Committee adopted the amendment from Warren, D-Mass., and incorporated it into the legislation when it came to the floor.

Democrats immediately scoffed at the president’s veto ultimatum.

“This is nothing but the typical bluster from President Trump,” said Schumer, arguing Trump wouldn’t veto a bill which hiked pay for the military. “The NDAA [the defense bill] will pass and we will scrub from our military bases the names of men who fought for the Confederacy, who took up arms against our country.”

McConnell echoed Schumer during an appearance on Fox News.

“I hope the president will reconsider vetoing the entire defense bill, which includes pay raises for our troops, over a provision in there that could lead to changing the names,” McConnell said.

Privately, Republicans expressed concern about the president’s tweet and the consequences for the defense measure. But publicly, most ignored the president.

“I never read any of the president’s tweets,” said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., even though Twitter has served as the president’s primary method of communication and his tweets are considered official administration statements.

But, others were more sanguine, especially Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe. The Oklahoma Republican may have been more optimistic, because, well, he has to be as the leader of the Armed Services Committee. But also, because Inhofe may be right.

“He’s not going to veto it,” Inhofe said. “It will probably be November by the time it would be coming to his desk anyway. So, a lot can happen between now and then, and one [thing] that isn’t going to happen is a veto.”

Still, Inhofe observed that Trump was “serious” and, “it’s not an empty threat.”

Rep. Anthony Brown, D-Md., a member of the House Armed Services panel, argued that the president’s position was “not really understanding where the will of the majority of Americans are” when it came to the base names. Brown added that the defense plan probably would go to the White House for a presidential signature “post-election.”

And, the timeline suggested by both Inhofe and Brown is likely the reality.

But, both episodes distilled the issues Republicans have faced this year. Tip-toeing around, trying to provide economic relief for the country amid coronavirus – but not willing to jump in completely. Wanting to swab the names of Confederates off military bases – but hesitant to go too far, considering the ire of the president and vocal elements of the Republican base.

Both scenarios have symbolized a lack of capital on the GOP side of the aisle just months before the election. That’s why Republicans deferred to Democrats on the PPP. It’s the same reason why, at least for now, they accepted Warren’s amendment in committee. Hence, the expectation that the final, unified version of the defense bill won’t be ready until mid-November at the earliest.

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Republicans are tentative now. Not on steady political footing, afraid to inflame President Trump, but mindful of the polls and potential political peril.

All of that was crystallized into two unrelated events which unfolded within a few hours of one another just last week.

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GOP lawmakers urge Trump to oppose calls to make gaps for animals in border wall

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EXCLUSIVE: A group of GOP House members are urging President Trump not to give in to calls from environmental activists to make gaps in sections of newly built wall at the southern border in order to allow wildlife to pass through.

“We encourage you to oppose demands to create openings in the border wall or breaches to the wall’s security,” the letter by Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., Jim Banks, R-Ind., Jodey Arrington, R-Texas, Tom Tiffany, R-Wis., and Brian Babin, R-Texas, says.

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The letter, obtained by Fox News, cites an Arizona Daily Star report that activists are calling on the administration to cut “wildlife passthroughs” in sections of the wall to allow room for creatures such as jaguars. Currently, the Star reports, the bollards in the wall are spaced about four inches apart, which is too close for large animals to get through, putting them at risk.

Additionally, the letter points to statements by  Customs and Border Protection (CBP) that they, along with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service are working to “identify strategies to accommodate larger mammals.”

“We were surprised to hear these demands, which will lower the wall’s effectiveness,” the Republican letter says.

The letter argues that there have been already been a number of permanent openings in the walls, including floodgates to prevent flooding that remain open for months, and those are used not just by jaguars.

“Predictably, U.S. Border Patrol agents are not the only individuals aware of these openings – drug cartels, human traffickers, and any other individual looking for a way through the barrier use them as an access point,” the letter says.

The Republican members warn that an opening to allow a large animal through would be large enough too for an illegal immigrant or a drug smuggler to fit through and “will undoubtedly be used by cartels to smuggle drugs and humans into the United States, lowering the effectiveness of the new wall and putting lives at risk.”

BORDER WALL PROGRESS: WHAT’S BEEN BUILT SO FAR?

Trump recently toured new construction of the controversial project in Arizona, marking more than 200 miles of wall built since 2017, as he looks to show supporters that he delivered on his 2016 campaign promise. Biggs told Fox News on Thursday that the more than 200 miles built was a “remarkable achievement.”

“Unfortunately, there are many in Congress and around the nation who seek to thwart [Trump’s] efforts to protect Americans and to enforce the rule of law,” he said. “That’s why I lead congressional delegations to the border to hear from the agents and ranchers who know what is being done correctly or what Congress and the administration can do differently.”

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But the wall effort was recently dealt a blow when a federal appeals court ruled the administration acted unlawfully when it transferred $2.5 billion in military construction projects to build parts of the wall.

That ruling, by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals agreed with the lawsuit, filed by a coalition of states and environmental groups, that claims the wall would also produce environmental risks to wildlife.

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Rep. McCaul admits Trump ‘did deserve, probably’ to know about Russian bounty intelligence

Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, told “America’s Newsroom” Thursday that President Trump “did deserve, probably, to know” about intelligence that Russian officials had paid bounties to Taliban-linked militants in exchange for the deaths of U.S. troops in Afghanistan.

McCaul, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee pointed out that Russians working in coordination with the Taliban to kill American troops would be a “significant” divergence from working together to defeat ISIS.

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“These threats are coming in 2019 and then after a raid, reportedly after some Marines were killed and they had some detainees, this intelligence came out,” McCaul told host Trace Gallagher. “But another intelligence agency had a very strong dissenting view about the credibility of the intelligence itself.

“So, when you have a sort of diversion or a different point of view within the [intelligence community] itself, the briefer really has the discretion. In this case, a career intelligence officer had the discretion [of] whether it rises to the level of the president or not.”

McCaul added that if there is a “low degree of confidence,” it may not be actionable. That may be a possible reason for not briefing President Trump.

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President Donald Trump, right, shakes hands with Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, during a bilateral meeting on the sidelines of the G-20 summit in Osaka, Japan last year. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

“As I examine this whole thing, though, I think the president did deserve probably to know that this was out there only because [of] the timing of the peace deal with the Taliban itself that was going on literally two days after this presidential daily briefing came in,” he remarked.

Although the president and the White House have insisted Trump was never briefed on any intelligence about Russian bounties before The New York Times reported on the matter June 26, a separate source within the military told Fox News on Monday that special operations forces raided a Taliban outpost this year and recovered roughly $500,000. A subsequent interrogation of an Afghan fighter revealed that the money came from Russia.

The source added, however, that the information could not be easily verified and the incident was not included in briefings to senior leaders at the Pentagon.

Reporting from the Washington Post indicated that Russian bounties are “believed to have resulted in the deaths of several U.S. service members.” The Associated Press reported that officials said an April 2019 attack on an American convoy that killed three Marines in Afghanistan is under investigation.

“It has been reported that there was a raid by SEAL Team Six on a house with 18 arrests and there were two of these detainees, [who] reportedly had been talking about Russia,” McCaul told Gallagher. “And then, of course, they find a bag of cash with $500,000. That’s very significant.”

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“And, if they’re talking about this coming from Russia, Russia has been in Afghanistan since 1979,” he explained. “They’ve been up to no good – up to mischief. But, primarily, their connection with the Taliban has been more to defeat ISIS – not to kill America troops.”

“This would be a significant departure that I think would warrant the president knowing about this,” McCaul concluded. But again, a career officer decided that the degree of confidence was not high enough, I guess.”

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Ex-NFL star Burgess Owens wins Utah GOP House primary: report

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A former NFL safety took a big step Tuesday night toward a whole new career.

Burgess Owens, who played from 1973-1982 for the New York Jets and the Oakland and Los Angeles Raiders, won Utah’s Republican primary for a U.S. House seat, according to The Associated Press.

Owens, 68, who played college football at the University of Miami, was leading in the 4th Congressional District race by nearly 20 percent over the next candidate, FOX 13 of Salt Lake City reported.

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Earlier in the evening, Owens was sensing there would be positive results, The Deseret News of Salt Lake City reported.

“We’re very, very excited,” Owens said as early numbers came in. “This is a district that both parties need – the Democrats need it to keep their chaos, and we need it to keep our country and our culture.”

Owens will face Democratic incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams in November, FOX 13 reported.

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In another U.S. House race in Utah, Blake Moore held a slight lead over Bob Stevenson in the GOP primary for the 1st Congressional District, while Democratic candidate Darren Parry led Jamie Cheek by 5 percent, FOX 13 reported.

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House GOP taps Rep. James Comer to serve as top Republican on Oversight Committee

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Rep. James Comer, R-Ky., was selected on Monday to be the top Republican on the House Oversight and Reform Committee – setting him up for a high-profile role as Republicans seek to combat Democratic oversight moves on the Trump administration.

The GOP Steering Committee choose Comer – a businessman and farm owner – to be the party’s ranking member on the Oversight and Reform Committee during a closed-door panel in the basement of the Capitol.

Comer won out over Reps. Jody Hice of Georgia, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Mark Green of Tennessee, a West Point grad and ER physician.

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Following his appointment, Comer wasted little time in laying out his agenda for his new role and blasting Democratic investigations.

“Throughout my career, I have been committed to holding those accountable who misuse taxpayer dollars and promote corruption in government,” Comer said in a statement. “Unfortunately, rather than conducting credible oversight, House Democrats have spent significant time and resources harassing the Trump Administration purely out of spite and hatred.”

He added: “I am excited to take the reins as Ranking Member and take my obligation to pursue legitimate waste, fraud and abuse in government very seriously.”

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The Democrat-controlled House Oversight and Reform Committee has been aggressively monitoring the Trump administration’s spending, especially in light of the massive amounts of federal money being given out amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Democrats have slammed the Trump administration for revelations in a Government Accountability Office report that found that nearly $1.1 million in coronavirus relief payments totaling some $1.4 billion went to dead people.

The revelation of more than $1 billion in public money erroneously paid outshines a light on the part of the government’s massive relief program with which most ordinary Americans are most familiar. It follows disclosures that several major restaurant chains and other publicly traded companies had received emergency loans under the $670 billion program for the nation’s struggling small businesses.

“GAO found that more than $1 trillion in taxpayer funds have already been obligated — including more than $1 billion to deceased individuals — with little transparency into how that money is being spent,” Rep. Carolyn Maloney, D-N.Y., chair of the House Oversight and Reform Committee, said in a statement.

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Jordan blames ‘cancel culture left’ for halting progress on police reform, other issues

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Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, accused the “‘cancel culture’ left” Friday of preventing real progress on matters such as police reform and claimed Democrats were not trying to work with Republicans on the issue.

“The president’s leading, but the Democrats, they just want to play politics. They just want to attack,” Jordan told “Bill Hemmer Reports” guest host Trace Gallagher. “I think it’s driven by this radical ‘cancel culture’ left.

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“I mean, think about it, added Jordan, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee. “The ‘cancel culture’ left says … you get attacked by them if you support standing for the national anthem, you get attacked from them if you take your boys fishing and wear the wrong T-shirt. The ‘cancel culture’ left … wants to defund the police, abolish police departments like Minneapolis did today and allow these autonomous zones to be created. So that’s the big concern.”

Jordan also discussed House Democrats’ police reform bill, which passed Thursday with the support of three Republicans.

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“It’s definitely not the best bill,” Jordan said. “The best bill’s the one the Senate won’t bring up for debate. That’s Tim Scott’s legislation, sponsored on our side by [Rep.] Pete Stauber [R-Minn.], a 20-year commander in the Duluth Police Department.

“Frankly, Trace, it would have been nice if they worked with us. We offered 12 amendments in committee. Good, thoughtful amendments,” Jordan said. “Not a one, no amendments were allowed to be offered yesterday. They won’t even debate Tim Scott’s bill.”

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Turning to the upcoming presidential election, Jordan said the outcome will determine the question, “Can America can stay America?”

“Will we be able to be American in the future … or is the ‘cancel culture’ left going to attack us so much that people can’t even speak out and have the debate that we’ve always had in this country,” he said. “That’s my biggest concern.”

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup: Why House GOP boycotted virtual hearing on Big Tech

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GOP members boycotted a virtual House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI) hearing on foreign election meddling because it was held in a facility that was not secure and “inappropriate,” Ohio Republican Congressman Brad Wenstrup explained Friday morning.

In an interview on “Fox & Friends First” with host Jillian Mele, Wenstrup said that Republicans sat out in protest because they were worried the virtual hearing could potentially serve as a foot in the door for any U.S. adversaries hoping to take a glimpse of sensitive national “secrets.”.

“You know, in the Intelligence Committee, our obligation is to work in private. We are more often to be seen rarely and even more rare to be heard from,” Wenstrup stated.

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“Although this may not be classified material, it is also a chance for our adversaries to understand what steps we are taking to try and stop them from foreign influence,” he remarked. “You know, on the Intelligence Committee, we deal with sensitive secrets. We should be operating in a secure facility. And, we should not be in an environment where we are online.”

Despite security concerns, representatives from Google, Facebook, and Twitter were present at the hearing and gave testimony on the various ways each website is working to combat misinformation and foreign interference on their platforms ahead of the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said during the Thursday hearing that conservative members on the committee had decided to skip “without reason or justification,” and that he hoped they would consider joining future hearings.

He added that whether committee members are working remotely or in person, “these hearings and supplemental roundtables are official business and integral to our responsibilities in the classified and unclassified realms” and “the American people have the right to expect” the committee to do its work.

According to Wenstrup, however, the feeling among Republicans was that the manner of the hearing was “just one more step in Chairman Schiff’s playbook to politicize things, to split us further apart, and to use it for some type of political gain.”

“There [is] no reason we couldn’t have had this in a secure facility,” he asserted. “But, right now Democrats don’t seem to want to come back to Washington.”

Wenstrup told Mele that while Senate Democrats have returned to vote in the District of Columbia, House Democrats are pushing to vote by proxy — a move Republicans are challenging “constitutionally.”

“I had a Ways and Means Committee hearing last week and Ambassador Lighthizer was present in the room. I was present in the room,” he continued.

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“We can go back. We can do it safely. It can be done. We don’t have to be doing…this virtual thing where we put ourselves at risk for being out there basically online on the Internet and subject to being hacked,” Wenstrup urged.

“And so, it’s not the appropriate thing. It’s not appropriate in the Intelligence community to communicate in this way and to hold hearings in this way. And, Adam Schiff should be called out for that,” he concluded.

Fox News’ Audrey Conklin contributed to this report.

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Gaetz, adopted son respond to ‘offensive’ comments by Rep. Richmond about raising minority children

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday alongside his adopted, Cuban-born son Nestor one day after Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., claimed that Gaetz and his Republican colleagues do not understand what it’s like to raise minority children.

“It is certainly offensive to have someone tell you that you don’t know what a certain experience is like when they know nothing about you,” Gaetz told host Tucker Carlson. “Nestor is the light of my life. I couldn’t imagine loving him any more if he was my own flesh and blood.

“I’ve raised him for the last six years, and he is the most remarkable young man,” Gaetz added. “I am proud of him.”

Gaetz and Richmond clashed during a House Judiciary Committee markup of the Justice in Policing Act Wednesday after Gaetz asked Richmond why he assumed that his Republican colleagues had non-white children.

“I already know that there are people on the other side that have black grandchildren. It is not about the color of your kids. It is about black males, black people in the streets that are getting killed,” Richmond said as Gaetz attempted to interject. “And if one of them happens to be your kid I’m concerned about him too, and clearly I’m more concerned about him than you are.”

“Excuse me,” Gaetz shot back. “You’re claiming you’re more concerned for my family than I do. Who in the hell do you think you are?”

Later in the exchange, Gaetz told Richmond to “take those words down” while committee chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., insisted that Gaetz yield back to Richmond.

“Was that a nerve?” Richmond asked at one point.

“Yeah, you’re d–n right it was a nerve,” Gaetz answered.

On Thursday morning, the 38-year-old Gaetz posted a picture of him and 19-year-old Nestor on his Twitter account.

Carlson noted that in normal times, Richmond may have been censured for such pointed remarks toward another lawmaker, while Gaetz admitted that the former Congressional Black Caucus chairman will likely go unpunished.

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“I am honestly embarrassed for the United States Congress that we have resorted to criticizing each other based on our race and the race of our children and I wish that we could be more productive going forward,” he said.

For his part, Nestor said that he did not see Richmond berating his father live on television, but instead saw it several hours later.

“I woke up to seeing all these tweets and I was like what is going on?” he said.

“I think it’s unfair to tell someone that they don’t understand because of their racial color,” Nestor continued, saying that it is hypocritical to claim to fight for equality while dividing by race.

“I cannot believe,” Gaetz concluded, “that it’s acceptable in the United States Congress for someone to tell someone else that they are fighting for their children more than they are.”

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GOP Rep. Gaetz reveals adopted Cuban son on Twitter after clash with Dem congressman

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Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., surprised social media users Thursday by revealing he has an adopted Cuban son after a fiery exchange with Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La., a day earlier where Gaetz accused Richmond of suggesting Republicans do not know what it’s like to worry about raising a non-white child.

“For all those wondering, this is my son Nestor. We share no blood but he is my life. He came from Cuba (legally, of course) six years ago and lives with me in Florida,” Gaetz wrote on Twitter. “I am so proud of him and raising him has been the best, most rewarding thing I’ve done in my life.”

Gaetz added that Nestor had come to the U.S. when he was 12, and was now 19 and soon to head off to college.

“As you can imagine, I was triggered when (to make an absurd debate point) a fellow congressman diminished the contributions of Republicans because we don’t raise non-white kids,” Gaetz continued. “Well, I have.”

During the argument over the House police reform bill, Richmond said he was “angry as hell” at his Republican colleagues who “keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction” and asking them to not “make a mockery of the pain that exists in my community.”

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He said those on the other side of the aisle were not understanding the “crisis” because of “unconscious bias” or even “at worst, it is conscious bias.”

“As a black male who went to a fifth best public high school in the country. Who was a victim of excessive force, who has a black son, who has worries that you all don’t. To my colleagues, especially the ones that keep introducing amendments that are a tangent and a distraction from what we’re talking about, you all are white males,” Richmond continued.

“You never lived in my shoes. And you do not know what it’s like to be an African-American male. And all I’m saying is, if you are opposed to this legislation, let’s just have the vote, but please do not come in this committee room and make a mockery of the pain that exists in my community,” Richmond continued.

Gaetz cut in to question: “I appreciate your passion. Are you suggesting that you’re certain that none of us have non-white children? Because you reflect on your black son and said none of us…”

Richmond shot back: “Matt, Matt, stop. I’m not about to get sidetracked about the color of our children.”

The Democrat continued: “I already know that there are people on the other side that have black grandchildren. It is not about the color of your kids. It is about black males, black people in the streets that are getting killed.”

The two lawmakers continued to talk over one another with Gaetz questioning if Richmond knew the color of every lawmaker’s children and suggesting that the Louisiana Democrat believes he is more concerned about his family than Republicans are about theirs.

“You’re claiming you’re more concerned for my family than I do. Who in the hell do you think you are?” Gaetz said. “That is outrageous. You should take those words down. I know you care about your family and love your family, so do we dammit!”

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Soon after, Gaetz’s sister Erin tweeted out numerous photos of her brother with his adopted son after some doubted the closeness of their relationship.

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