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Westlake Legal Group > Posts tagged "fox-news/topic/fox-news-flash" (Page 26)

Gillibrand on calling for Al Franken to resign: ‘I was not going to remain silent’

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Democratic presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand defended her call in 2017 for former Minnesota Senator Al Franken to resign amid sexual misconduct allegations, saying during a Fox News Town Hall Sunday she chose not to “remain silent” on the issue.

Sen. Gillibrand, D-N.Y., was asked by “Fox News Sunday” anchor Chris Wallace if Franken needed to resign, noting that many Democrats now feel there was a “rush to judgment” and “no due process.”

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Gillibrand responded by referencing a conversation she had with her oldest son Theo on the issue.

“It’s not OK to forcibly kiss a woman ever without her consent. It’s not OK for Senator Franken and it’s not OK for you,” Gillibrand said she told her son.

“I needed to have clarity on that and I was not going to remain silent. I couldn’t defend it and I wasn’t going to defend it. That was my decision,” Gillibrand added. “Senator Franken’s decision was whether or not he wanted to resign, whether or not he wanted to wait to his next election. But if a few Democratic donors are angry because I stood by eight women including a young woman who works in Congress that’s on them.”

Gillibrand was the first Democratic senator to call on Franken to resign after eight women accused the senator and former “Saturday Night Live” writer of sexual misconduct.

The allegations came at the height of the #MeToo movement following allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein and others.

Franken resigned in January 2018.

Wallace also asked Gillibrand about allegations she was an “opportunist” and comments she made regarding former President Bill Clinton during the Franken scandal, telling The New York Times he should have stepped down during the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

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“As you know some people in the Clinton team said ‘Gee you were very comfortable with Bill Clinton when you took Hillary Clinton’s position in the Senate and had the support of the Clintons’ and this in effect they accuse you of being an opportunist,” Wallace asked Gillibrand.

The New York senator deflected, saying she had been “clear on that issue.”

“Well, I was pretty clear on that issue but all of these questions that we’re talking about today, Chris, are really going to this issue of ‘do we value women?’” Gillibrand said.

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‘We’ve invited you’: Chris Wallace spars with Gillibrand over abortion controversy

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Things got heated at a Fox News town hall in Iowa Sunday when Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. used the platform to blame the network for allowing discussions of infanticide in debates about abortion and women’s reproductive rights.

When asked by a retired pediatric nurse named Susan about her stance on late-term abortions, Gillibrand pivoted to an attack on Fox News.

Gillibrand accused Fox of fueling what she called the infanticide “red herring” by devoting 6.5 hours of coverage to the debate, including comments from guests on the network.

“What we have created, unfortunately, is a false choice and a false narrative,” Gillibrand said of the climate surrounding the issue. “And Chris, I want to talk about the role that Fox News plays in this because it’s a problem. I can tell you before President Trump gave his State of the Union, Fox News talked about infanticide.”

“Infanticide doesn’t exist,” she said, at which point “Fox News Sunday” host and town hall moderator Chris Wallace cut her off.

“Senator, I just want to say, we’ve brought you here for an hour,” Wallace said. “We’ve treated you very fairly. I understand that maybe to make your credentials with the Democrats who are not appearing on Fox News you want to attack us. I’m not sure it’s frankly very polite when we’ve invited you to be here.”

Gillibrand, who is polling at around one percent according to most national and early voting state polls, has yet to secure the 65,000 individual donor campaign contributions necessary to qualify her for the late June and July primary debates and hoped to use her platform on Fox to bolster support.

“I’ll do it in a polite way,” Gillibrand countered.

“Instead of talking about Fox News why don’t you answer Susan’s question,” Wallace said redirecting the senator to her stance on late-term abortions.

Gillibrand, a fervent supporter of abortion rights, has previously vowed to only nominate federal court judges who support Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion across the nation. She repeated that position during Sunday night’s event at the University of Dubuque.

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“Does that mean that you’re okay with other presidents having their own litmus tests?” Wallace asked her. “Maybe a pro-life president might say ‘I’ll only appoint people who will overturn Roe v Wade.’ Because the tradition in this country has been [the] independence of the judiciary and the idea that a judge, once appointed, will judge each case on its merits and not on the basis of a promise made, a political promise to get that position.”

“I think it’s changed. That’s the way it used to be before President Trump,” Gillibrand responded. “President Trump said he would only appoint judges that would overturn Roe v. Wade.”

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“He already did and he’s doing it,” she said. “The rules have changed.”

Gillibrand also accused Republicans of creating a “false narrative” that doctors allow healthy babies to die after they are born in order to ease the passage of the “Born-Alive Abortion Survivors” bill, legislation that would make it a felony for a doctor to harm or neglect a baby who survives an attempted abortion.

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Gillibrand went on to say that President Trump “emboldened legislatures in over 30 states to begin to criminalize” a woman’s decision to have an abortion, state laws that have been challenged in courts across the nation because of their direct conflict with the precedent set by the Constitution.

The senator slammed a member of her own party, Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, for signing a bill on Thursday that would prohibit women from having an abortion once a baby’s heartbeat is detected, in almost all cases. Gillibrand accused Edwards of “turning his back on Louisiana women by signing this shameful bill,” in a statement on Twitter Thursday.

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Kirsten Gillibrand town hall with Fox News — live blog

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is joining “Fox News Sunday” host Chris Wallace as part of a town hall event in Dubuque, Iowa.

Follow along with tonight’s event on the live blog below. Mobile users click here.

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Former assistant US attorney: Mueller basically told Dems, ‘I’m not going to be your savior’

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Former assistant U.S. attorney Alex Little said on Saturday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had messages for both Republicans and Democrats in Congress when he held his first post-probe press briefing on Wednesday.

“It’s pretty clear he had two audiences — I think one was congressional Democrats, one was congressional Republicans,” Little said while appearing on “America’s News HQ.”

“He is teliling people like [House Intelligence Committee Chairman] Adam Schiff, I’m not going to save you, I’m going to be your savior and I sure don’t want to testify. I think he also is telling congressional Republicans: ‘There’s a lot my report you need to look at. You need to read it, and you need to consider your constitutional duty about how to go forward and investigate it.'”

Little said Mueller at least indicated that Trump might be guilty, although he couldn’t prosecute the president while serving under the Justice Department.

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Little’s comments came as Schiff, D-Calif., called on Mueller to testify after his press briefing.

“Bob Mueller said, ‘I really don’t want to testify,’ but he should,” Schiff said on Thursday. Schiff also said it was insufficient for Mueller to “speak for 10 minutes and drop the microphone.”

Meanwhile, the president has maintained the Russia investigation was politically motivated. “How do you impeach a Republican President for a crime that was committed by the Democrats? WITCH-HUNT!” he exclaimed in a tweet on Thursday.

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But according to Little, Mueller’s investigation was “legitimate,” and law enforcement had a “duty” to investigate potential Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“The facts are this was a legitimate investigation. It’s produced some really stunning evidence and the public and Congress are going to have to deal with it,” he said.

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Chad Pergram: Democrats ‘nowhere near’ the amount of votes they need for impeachment

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While the prospect of impeachment has caught a lot of media attention, Foix News Senior Capitol Hill Producer Chad Pergram said the sheer number of supportive politicians made it very unlikely.

“The breakdown right now is 432 members [in the House of Representatives] … there are 44, count them, members, 44 members — one of them is a Republican — [Rep.] Justin Amash from Michigan — who are for impeachment,” Pergram told Fox News host Bill Hemmer in his “Hemmer Time” podcast published on Thursday.

“That works out to 9.8 percent — not even 10 percent — so when you hear all this noise about impeachment, they are nowhere near that number,” he added.

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Pergram recalled how when former President Richard Nixon faced impeachment in 1974, the House tally was 410-4 to give the Judiciary Committee broad authority to investigate him.

He noted, however, that things could change as they did in 1972 and 1973 after Nixon fired his special prosecutor in the Satruday Night Massacre, along with the Watergate tapes and battles over congressional subpoenas.

Pergram’s comments came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., pushed back on her members’ request to impeach. While appearing on late night host Jimmy Kimmel’s show on Thursday, Pelosi argued that impeachment creates a situation where Trump might not face prosecution after he leaves office because the Republican-led Senate’s acquittal would somehow prevent that.

“He knows it’s not a good idea to be impeached, but the silver lining for him is then he believes he would be exonerated by the United States Senate, and there’s a school of thought that says if the Senate acquits you, why bring charges against him in the private sector when he’s no longer president?” she told Kimmel.

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Noting that only 19 people have been impeached in the history of the Republic, Pergram said it was “very rare” for Congress to achieve a “successful impeachment of any sort.”

Impeachment, many have speculated, could also be problematic for Democrats as they approached 2020. The major candidates all seemed to coalesce around an anti-Trump message while the frontrunner, former Vice President Joe Biden, opened his campaign with a video tearing into the president.

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According to Pergram, Biden was perceived as a “soft frontrunner” given his long history in Congress. “The way it was described to me, Bill, is that he is a soft frontrunner and you’re seeing some of that. The idea that nobody has as much name-recognition as he does, nobody has as much firepower as he does — even [Sen.] Bernie Sanders, [I-Vt.] — but when you serve in the senate for as long as he did — starting in the 1970s — you’re going to have a long track record,” he said.

That long track record, Pergram said, opened him up to a lot of criticism. “The longer you’re up here, you develop a long track record and then people can either use that to your benefit or to your detriment,” Pergram told Hemmer.

Listen to the full interview on the latest episode of “Hemmer Time” here, and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes.

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Struggling in polls, Kirsten Gillibrand hopes Fox News town hall can help her ‘be among the last standing’

As Kirsten Gillibrand fights to make the debate stage in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, the senator from New York says Sunday’s Fox News town hall will help.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for me. I want to talk to voters where they are. I want to be able to go into every living room and make sure voters know who I am, why I feel the call to run, and why I believe I’m the best candidate to run this country and to bring this country back together again,” she said in a Fox News interview.

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Gillibrand will take questions from the audience during a town hall that’s being moderated by Fox News Sunday’s Chris Wallace in Dubuque Iowa on Sunday at 7pm ET.

Gillibrand is the latest 2020 Democratic White House hopeful to take part in a Fox News town hall, following Sens. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota as well as South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

Former San Antonio, Texas Mayor Julian Castro – who later served as Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama – is on deck, with a June 13 Fox News town hall.

For Gillibrand, the national exposure from the prime-time event Iowa comes at a crucial time – as she fights to breakout from the pack in a Democratic presidential field that now boasts an historic two-dozen candidates.

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Gillibrand, a former congresswoman who has represented New York State in the Senate for a decade, grabbed the national spotlight in recent years for being one of the leading voices on Capitol Hill on sexual assault. For her high profile and outspoken efforts, she was dubbed the #MeToo senator.

Since launching her presidential campaign in January, Gillibrand’s built a respectable campaign organization in the crucial early voting states and appears more than comfortable with the ‘retail’ style politics in Iowa and New Hampshire.

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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand campaigns in Goffstown, New Hampshire on May 10, 2019

But since jumping into the race, Gillibrand’s been hovering right around one percent – or less – in most national and early voting state polls. She’s watched one-time extreme long-shots like Buttigieg and entrepreneur Andrew Yang move ahead of her in the polls.

And the lawmaker who was considered a fearsome fundraiser for her Senate elections has seriously struggled to raise campaign cash for her presidential bid.

While Gillibrand’s met one of the two criteria to guarantee her a spot on the stage at the late June and late July primary debates – one percent in three recognized polls – she’s yet to hit the second threshold – campaign contributions from 65,000 individual donors.

“They are tough rules to follow, so you’ve got to earn them,” she lamented. “So I’m going to work really hard to earn my way onto that debate stage and earn my way by getting enough supporters around the country.”

That’s where she says televised town halls – like Sunday’s event with Fox News – come in handy.

“I’m certainly going to abide by the rules and make sure I not only qualify but I get to every debate stage and I think by doing town halls across the county it’s going to help me get there,” she emphasized.

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But it only gets tougher as the candidates move deeper into the campaign season. The Democratic National Committee announced on Wednesday that they’re raising the thresholds for the contenders to make the stage at the third and fourth rounds of debates – in September and October.

The senator remains upbeat, saying she’s optimistic she’ll “certainly be among the last standing” in the Democratic nomination race.

Gillibrand then made a plug for voters to check out and contribute at her campaign website.

And she stressed that “I’m going to be asking people to participate in every way that they can.”

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Maher defends Trump’s merit-based immigration plan: sounds ‘normal Republican’

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“Real Time” host Bill Maher gave President Trump some credit for sounding like a “normal Republican” in backing a merit-based immigration system.

During Maher’s “Overtime” segment on YouTube after Friday’s show on HBO, Maher asked the panel if Trump’s merit-based immigration system “should receive more consideration,” asserting that such a system would be similar to “what Canada has.”

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CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers rejected the policy proposal, suggesting the U.S. should instead use its visa program to recruit skilled workers from abroad.

“This country is based on people coming over here not based on having a Ph.D. or having high-level skills,” Powers said. “Even when we say ‘merit-based,’ it sort of suggests that someone who doesn’t have a high education doesn’t have merit. I think we need people who are unskilled laborers. We need them just as much as people who are engineers.”

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Bill Weld, a Republican former governor of Massachusetts who plans to challenge Trump in the 2020 GOP primaries, disagreed with Powers, saying Trump’s proposal is “worth some fleshing out.”

“Yeah,” Maher said to Weld. “It sounds more normal Republican, the one that was ignored two weeks ago.”

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Maher went on to mock Trump for his latest threat to slap a 5 percent tariff on Mexico if it doesn’t crack down on the Central American migration crisis, calling it “crazy talk.”

“But I can understand how that side looks at what happened two weeks ago and went, ‘Oh, well, if you’re not going to even engage on the semi-normal proposal, let’s go back to crazy,” Maher said.

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Bill Maher says Biden candidacy worries him: ‘Joe doesn’t look good’

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Don’t count “Real Time” host Bill Maher as an enthusiastic passenger on the Joe Biden train for 2020 just yet.

The liberal Maher expressed concerns on Friday’s show about Biden’s viability as a White House contender, telling the “Real Time” panel he has “mixed feelings” about the former vice president’s candidacy.

“I do worry, I do worry,” Maher said about Biden. “Like I’ve said about age, it’s individual. Some people look pretty good … Joe doesn’t look good. He looks like he’s on a coin.”

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But Maher acknowledged he’ll be “all in” for Biden if the Democrat proves to be the only candidate capable of defeating President Trump in 2020.

The HBO star then referred to Biden’s recent interaction with a 10-year-old girl on the campaign trail, an encounter that raised eyebrows when Biden told her, “I’ll bet you’re as bright as you are good-looking.” Biden had previously faced criticism for remarks and gestures toward girls and women.

“I worry he’s going to say that two days before the election,” Maher said.

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Panelist Lawrence Wilkerson — a retired U.S. Army colonel and former chief of staff to former Secretary of State Colin Powell — then compared Biden to former President George H.W. Bush, who was accused by multiple women of inappropriate grabbing in his final years, and recalled his own interactions with Biden, telling the panel Biden would say and do things that were “utterly weird.”

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Axios reporter Jonathan Swan reminded Maher how early it is in the 2020 election process, recalling how former Republican Govs. Jeb Bush and Scott Walker were seen as frontrunners in 2016 before businessman Donald Trump entered the race.

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Howard Kurtz on Michael Wolff’s questionable book: ‘I don’t know what business he thinks he’s in’

Fox News media analyst Howard Kurtz criticized “Fire and Fury” author Michael Wolff on Friday, accusing him of failing to verify or fact-check important claims in his latest book.

“I don’t know what business he thinks he’s in,” Kurtz said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum. “Sometimes, I guess, he digs up some interesting or salacious things. When I profiled him nearly 20 years ago people were complaining then that Michael Wolff had misquoted them.”

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In the new book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” Wolff claims that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh was told in advance what questions MacCallum would ask him during a Fox News interview, but the host disputed that claim on Friday’s show.

“Michael Wolff, you may not care to know the facts, but I do,” MacCallum said. “So, here they are: I wrote my questions on a legal pad, the old-fashioned way, on the way to D.C. in a car. No one from the White House — or, for that matter, from Fox — weighed in on my interview at all, period.

“This is a news show,” MacCallum continued. “We deal in facts. I have been doing this for 25 years and I have never given anyone my questions prior to an interview. That is the story. That is not ‘negotiated truth’.”

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Martha MacCallum, host of Fox News’ “The Story.”

“This is a news show. We deal in facts. I have been doing this for 25 years and I have never given anyone my questions prior to an interview. That is the story. That is not ‘negotiated truth’.”

— Martha MacCallum

In an interview with the New York Times published Thursday, Wolff was asked if he sought a comment from Fox News regarding his accusation but told the Times he didn’t need to do so.

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“No, but, again — it’s a difference between an institutional reporter and a non-institutional reporter. I don’t have to ask the silly questions,” Wolff said.

Wolff also claims in the new book that Special Counsel Robert Mueller drafted a three-count obstruction-of-justice indictment against President Trump before deciding not to pursue it.

Mueller spokesman Peter Carr strongly denied Wolff’s claim, making it the latest of the author’s assertions to be called into question.

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Kurtz told MacCallum that Wolff had failed to adhere to the basic principals of journalism.

“There’s a phrase in our business. It’s called, ‘Too good to check’,” Kurtz said. “If he had checked with you and Fox and been knocked down, then he might not have had to print it or at least say it was flatly untrue. That’s called journalism.”

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Video game, social media ‘addiction’ is a ‘medical problem,’ Dr. Siegel says

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People who appear to have an “addiction” to social media or video games are suffering from a “medical problem,” according to Dr. Marc Siegel.

Dr. Siegel, a Fox News medical contributor and practicing internist, claimed Friday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” it is detrimental when people choose to text and email others instead of enjoying “the richness of personal experience.”

“I believe that social media and smartphone technology, and texting and emailing, not talking to you, what about — whatever happened to the richness of personal experience?” Siegel asked.

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People should be “looking at nonverbal cues, learning how to read people, learning what people want — learning how to love, even. You are not going to learn how to love on a smartphone or Twitter.”

Siegel insisted that if someone is addicted to video gaming or social media to the extent it interferes with how they live their daily lives, it is a “disease.”

“If you are so addicted to video games that it’s interfering with your daily function, when you can’t perform whatever your work [or] school, that’s a disease. That’s how I define a disease,” he claimed.

According to health specialists consulted by Fox News in 2017, the excessive use of social media may offer a similar short-term impact as using opioids.

Opioids directly impact the brain’s reward system, Dr. Tara Emrani, a psychologist at NYU Langone Health, said.

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She said they release dopamine, a chemical associated with pleasure-seeking — similar to what happens when someone receives a Facebook “like” or comments.

“Facebook likes and comments activate similar parts of the brain as opioids, where each like or positive comment activates the reward system and the brain releases dopamine,” Dr. Emrani told Fox News via email. She noted similar sensations occur when someone eats food they enjoy.

Fox News’ Chris Ciaccia contributed to this report.

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