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State senator on Virginia House advancing gun control bills after protest

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Amanda Chase, a Republican state senator in Virginia, reacted on Sunday to the fact that Democrats in the Virginia House are advancing a package of gun-control measures less than a week after tens of thousands of pro-gun advocates from around the country rallied at the state Capitol saying, “there’s an all-out war on our Constitution.”

Speaking on “Fox & Friends Weekend,” just days after the pro-gun advocates staged the massive rally in Richmond, Va., Chase, who was a keynote speaker at the rally, said she “won’t back down” and will continue to fight against the gun-control measures.

A Democratic-led House committee voted Friday for several pieces of gun legislation that a Republican majority has blocked for years. Those bills include limiting handgun purchases to once a month; universal background checks on gun purchases; allowing localities to ban guns in public buildings, parks and other areas; and a red flag bill that would allow authorities to temporarily take guns away from anyone deemed to be dangerous to themselves or others.

The advancing bills do not yet include a proposed assault weapon ban, a top priority for Gov. Ralph Northam and one that’s drawn fierce resistance from gun-rights advocates.

The measures will go to the full House for a vote, likely next week, before going to the Senate, which has already passed some gun-control bills of its own.

VIRGINIA HOUSE ADVANCES GUN CONTROL MEASURES

“There’s been is an all-out assault on our fundamentally protected right, the Second Amendment, since [former Virginia governor] Terry McAuliffe implemented executive order 50 while he was in office and that basically started the gun ban in our government buildings,” Chase said. “And since governor two-faced Northam has been in office he has continued that anti-constitutional legacy that Terry McAuliffe started.”

Chase referenced Executive Order Number 50 which was issued after two young journalists were shot and killed during a live television broadcast in Roanoke, Va. in 2015. one of the provisions in the executive order said that “open carry of firearms shall be prohibited in offices occupied by executive branch agencies, unless held by law enforcement, authorized security, or military personnel authorized to carry firearms in accordance with their duties.”

“Now what has happened is the Virginia Senate and House and executive branch for the first time in 27 years, we’ve seen a complete liberal, socialist takeover of the leadership, the governing leadership in Virginia,” Chase said on Sudnay. “I am leading a grassroots movement. I’m a grassroots state senator and I stand with the people. That’s why they put me here. I’m not a politician. They have reelected me and they know I won’t back down.”

She added, “I’ve stood up not only for the Second Amendment because what has happened here is there’s an all-out war on our constitution. They started with the Second Amendment, taking away law-abiding citizen’s ability to protect themselves, making them defenseless, and we’re talking about turning the Second Amendment on its head.”

Virginia has become a key flashpoint in the national debate over gun violence.

VIRGINIA’S CAPITOL FLOODED WITH GUN RIGHTS ACTIVISTS FOR SECOND AMENDMENT RALLY

Northam and Democratic lawmakers have credited their focus on gun control for helping them win full control of the General Assembly for the first time in more than twenty years. Guns were a key topic of last year’s legislative elections — particularly after a mass shooting in Virginia Beach claimed a dozen lives — and gun-control groups heavily funded Democratic candidates.

Chase said what is happening in Virginia will have a nationwide impact.

“If you look at Virginia, we are the longest continuous legislative body in the new world,” she said. “We have over eight presidents who are Virginians. Everything starts in Virginia and so that’s why they started, in my opinion, with Virginia.”

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“Whatever happens in Virginia could very well happen in the rest of the country and so that’s why it is important that we don’t back down,” Chase continued. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dan Bongino: Trump’s impeachment legal team ‘decimated, destroyed, and annihilated’ Dems’ ‘really awful’ case

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Former NYPD officer and Secret Service agent Dan Bongino said Sunday that President Trump’s defense team “completely decimated, destroyed, and annihilated the really awful, horrible, case” that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and other House managers in Trump’s impeachment trial, “tried to make.”

Bongino, a Fox News contributor, made the statement on “Fox & Friends Weekend” one day after Trump’s lawyers defended the president on the Senate floor. They argued the Democrats were the ones trying to interfere in elections by seeking to remove Trump from the 2020 ballot for doing “absolutely nothing wrong.”

White House Counsel Pat Cipollone said Democrats had no case and were damaging democracy by trying to undermine the will of American voters. Bongino echoed Cipollone’s statement Sunday.

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Cipollone “did a masterful job and it worked well because there is a problem with this case and the problem with the case is it doesn’t exist. There is no case,” Bongino said. “I get it, I’m a conservative, obviously I don’t make any bones about that, but seriously, trying to view this objectively as a former federal agent and police officer who has testified in court, made cases, had a whole career building cases against people, there are no facts here.”

Democrats argued that Trump, during a July 25 phone call, improperly pressed Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch investigations concerning Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 presidential election. Trump and the White House repeatedly have denied doing anything wrong.

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Reacting to Democrats’ demands for witnesses, including former national security adviser John Bolton, Bongino said he didn’t have an issue with it as long as former Democratic National Committee consultant Alexandra Chalupa, Hunter Biden and “the fake whistleblower” testified too.

“If you want witnesses, you want to play ball, OK, great, let’s play ball,” Bongino said.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Tom Homan hits back at AOC for bashing ICE at Sanders rally: Her statements are ‘dangerous’ and ‘idiotic’

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Former Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tom Homan said Sunday that U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made “dangerous” and “idiotic” statements regarding ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at a campaign rally for 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in Iowa.

“She’s disgusting,” Homan said on “Fox & Friends Weekend” on Sunday morning, reacting to Ocasio-Cortez’s comments the night before.

On Saturday, with Sanders, I-Vt., tied up in Washington at President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, Ocasio-Cortez addressed his supporters in Ames, Iowa, calling for the abolition of ICE and CBP.

AOC BASHES ICE, SANDERS BASHES TRUMP DURING IOWA RALLY

The New York Democrat also urged Sanders’ supporters to start “tipping people off” if they see federal immigration authorities taking action against illegal immigrants in their communities.

“Organizing is about tipping people off if you start to see that ICE and CBP are in communities to try and keep people safe,” Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said in Iowa on Saturday.

“I’m to not here to reform some of these systems when we talk about immigration. I’m here because Sen. Sanders has actually committed to breaking up ICE and CBP. That’s why I’m here.”

“I’m disgusted,” Homan said reacting to her statements. “She says you want to tip off the community to keep the community safe, that’s what ICE is doing.”

Homan then brought up statistics from 2018, pointing out that most of the illegal immigrants ICE agents arrested last year had criminal histories, which include homicide, rape or assault.

According to the ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report for fiscal year 2018, 138,117 aliens with criminal histories, which include convicted criminal and pending criminal charges, were arrested.

“ICE Is keeping the community safe,” Homan said. “She [Ocasio-Cortez] stands up on stage — first of all, it’s an incredibly stupid statement she made, which doesn’t surprise me, because she’s about as far from smart as anybody could possibly be, but what she said is dangerous.”

“These men and women put their lives on the line every day to arrest criminals off the streets, especially in New York,” he continued.

“My last year as ICE director, we took 5,000 criminals off the streets of New York. These ICE agents [have done] more to protect the residents of New York than she ever has done or ever will do.”

He then went on to say her comments on Saturday night were “dangerous” and “idiotic,” adding that he “can’t believe she can stand up on stage and make a statement like that and not have any repercussions from the House Ethics Committee.”

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“I mean, they’re trying to remove the president of the United States, a sitting president, at the same time she’s saying ICE shouldn’t remove criminal aliens,” Homan said. “They are saying the president is obstructing them. There’s nobody been obstructing more than Congress. They’ve been obstructing this president from Day One.”

He went on to say, “Standing on stage and telling people to give a heads up that the good guys are going to be arresting the bad guys, ICE is in your neighborhood, go run and hide. That’s obstruction. That’s a crime and she’s standing on stage doing that. She’s disgusting. Something needs to be done about it.”

When asked why he thinks ICE had become a targets for Democrats Homan answered, “Because they’re enforcing the law.”

President Trump, who in my opinion is the greatest president I ever worked for, he believes law enforcement should enforce the law. He believes you don’t reward law breakers, you reward them with a set of handcuffs. That’s the way it’s supposed to be,” Homan said.

“So they’re vilifying the men and women of ICE for simply doing their jobs, to run toward danger when everybody else is running away from danger.”

He went on to say, “AOC wouldn’t have the backbone to do the job they do. She doesn’t like what they do? Then change the law, but stop vilifying the men and women of ICE.”

“I buried ICE agents, I buried border patrol agents,” he continued. “Maybe she ought to see what it’s like to try to console a wife or a child of a fallen officer?”

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Homan added, “It’s disgusting what she said.”

Fox News’ Nick Givas contributed to this report.

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Trey Gowdy: If Biden wasn’t a candidate, would charges against Trump be impeachable offenses?

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Former House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., suggested Thursday that the accusations against President Trump have been elevated to the level of impeachment because former Vice President Joe Biden is running for president.

“What is the threshold for an investigation?”Gowdy asked shortly before the House managers resumed their opening arguments in the Senate impeachment trial. “I mean, we learned with [the] Russia [investigation] that it can be a conversation at a bar, that’s all it takes to launch an investigation.”

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller did not find sufficient evidence that Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election and said the evidence was not sufficient to charge the president with obstruction of justice.

“I think the ancillary question that I hope someone asks the House Democrats [is] ‘If Joe Biden were not a candidate for the Democrat nomination would this be an impeachable offense?'” Gowdy added.

“If he [Biden] was just an ordinary American that said what he said about withholding the loan assistance, who had a son with no qualifications, big on the board in a country with pervasive corruption, would this be an impeachable offense?” asked Gowdy. “Or is it only because he’s in that status of potential candidate that this somehow is elevated to something for which he [Trump] should be removed from office.”

The inquiry is focused on Trump’s effort during a July 25 phone call to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to launch investigations concerning Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 presidential election.

Gowdy also criticized House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff’s insistence Wednesday that removing Trump from office was urgent and necessary because the integrity of the 2020 election could not be “assured.”

“Adam’s ordinarily not that stupid but when you tell the jury, the Senate, on day one that they’re corrupt and then you tell the American people they cannot be trusted to pick the commander in chief, that’s just a wildly stupid trial strategy,” said Gowdy, who added that then-candidate Trump was widely criticized in 2016 when he questioned the reliability of the vote and made “allusions to potential voter fraud.”

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“Adam Schiff has done the exact same thing,” Gowdy said. “’American people, we don’t trust you to factor this in in November so we need 100 senators to decide that.’ It is a wildly stupid trial strategy only surpassed by [House Judiciary Committee Chairman] Jerry Nadler’s insulting of the jury two days ago.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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Tom Cotton: Republicans are surprised at how ‘flimsy’ the impeachment case is

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Sen. Tom Cotton, who was required to sit through the entirety of Wednesday’s marathon Senate impeachment trial session, said on Thursday that “it certainly seems to drag on late into the night as House Democrats repeat themselves time and time again.”

Cotton, R-Ark., made the comment on “America’s Newsroom” on Thursday, adding that if House Democrats “had strong evidence though, I think they’d simply present that evidence and let it speak for itself, but they don’t.”

“That’s why what we heard yesterday were repetitive arguments over and over again based on little more than hearsay, and the House Democrats’ objections to Donald Trump being the president,” he continued.

Cotton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said he expects Thursday’s proceedings will be similar to the day before.

On Wednesday, California Rep. Adam Schiff kicked off the House Democrats’ three-day opening case against President Trump by accusing him of trying to “cheat” in the 2020 election through his Ukraine dealings, following a raucous first day of impeachment trial speeches in the Senate that lasted into the middle of the night.

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“It’s right a lot of senators are really digging into this deeply for the first time because we’ve been doing our own work over here in the Senate for the last four months, work that the American people want us to do, like better trade deals or rebuilding our military,” Cotton said on Thursday.

“One thing I’ve seen as I’ve listened to these House Democrats for the last few days is just how flimsy the evidence is to support their case, based primarily on hearsay. And again, repeating themselves over and over again, because they don’t have the evidence that would just speak for itself.”

He added that he thinks his Republican colleagues are also surprised at how “flimsy” the impeachment case is.

Cotton noted that House Democrats “keep saying they have an overwhelming case.”

“If they had an overwhelming case, they wouldn’t be demanding that the Senate do the work that the House wasn’t willing to do, subpoenaing documents and witnesses and going to court if necessary to enforce that,” he said. “The Democrats refused to do that in the House because they wanted to rush this through to try to hurt the president’s reelection chances.”

The impeachment inquiry is focused on Trump’s effort to press Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during a July 25 phone call to launch politically related investigations regarding former vice president Joe Biden and his son Hunter’s dealings in Ukraine, as well as issues related to the 2016 presidential election.

Regarding witnesses being allowed to testify during the trial, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said a potential swap was “off the table.”

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“First of all, the Republicans have the right to bring in any witness they want. They haven’t wanted to and that trade is not on the table,” Schumer said.

“I wouldn’t think about it in terms of a trade,” Cotton said in response. “I would think about it in terms of the witnesses that we may need at the end of the opening arguments.”

“Right now I simply don’t see a need for any witnesses in part because the House Democrats don’t really have a good explanation for why they didn’t pursue these witnesses and documents months ago,” he continued. “The only real explanation is they wanted to rush this through, be done before Christmas and try to hurt the president’s reelection chances.”

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He added that “if we get to the point where we call witnesses, I certainly don’t think that we should only have Democratic witnesses and if the White House lawyers want to call Hunter Biden to understand exactly what he was paid $80,000 a month to do, then I think that would be entirely appropriate.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz contributed to this report.

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21 state AGs write letter condemning impeachment: House Dems turned Senate into ‘kangaroo court’

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Four of the Republican state attorneys general who sent a blistering letter to the Senate rebuking the impeachment of President Trump appeared on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday, saying that “it’s tearing at the threads of our democracy.”

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge made the statement on Thursday adding that the attorneys general sent the letter to send a message to the Senate “that this is a constitutionally legally flawed argument.”

The attorneys general of 21 states asserted in the letter submitted to the Senate Wednesday morning and obtained by Fox News that Trump’s impeachment “establishes a dangerous historical precedent” and South Carolina Attorney General Alan Wilson reiterated that point on “Fox & Friends” on Thursday.

“To the Democrats out there that are cheering this impeachment and cheering for witnesses and everything, you are creating a very dangerous precedent that I promise will come back to haunt you,” Wilson told host Brian Kilmeade. “This is a precedent that will basically subjugate the presidency of the United States to the whims of the opposition party for every future Congress for here and ever more.”

“As a prosecutor, I never went to trial without a complete and full investigation,” he continued. 

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“The Democrats had an opportunity to interview all the witnesses, the president invoked executive privilege, which nowhere in the articles of impeachment did they mention, they omit that completely and if they thought that the president had violated the law and they didn’t want to use executive privilege, they could have taken him to court and sued him on that, they didn’t do that, but they wanted to rush this to get him into the Senate and then go on a witch hunt at that point.”

In the letter, the Republican attorneys general urged the chamber conducting Trump’s trial to “reject” the impeachment articles and picked apart the articles themselves.

The letter accuses House Democrats of impeaching Trump as a politically motivated response to the 2016 election and warned that it poses a threat to the 2020 election as well.

“From day one this was about Democrats being upset about the president’s victory and this has been an impeachment march where the engine has been gassed up and a vehicle has been searched for to fill in the gap,” Indiana Attorney General Curtis Hill said on Thursday.

“[The] problem is, [it is] difficult to find the crime and so they continue to use these theories like corrupt motive suggesting that the president can do things legitimately legally, but if he has a corrupt motive as determined by Congress, well then we can go after him from an impeachment standpoint.”

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry said on Thursday that House Democrats “turned the Senate into like a kangaroo court.”

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“What we did yesterday in the letter that we sent to the Senate was basically explain to both the Senate and the American people that in any other court of law around this country, these articles could not be had,” Landry said. “You could not take this case in front of any judge and convict anyone based upon evidence that the House Democrats have presented to the Senate.”

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Steve Scalise says Pelosi broke House rules and ‘rammed’ through impeachment articles

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House Minority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said on “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., broke House rules and “rammed” through the articles of impeachment against President Trump.

Scalise reacted to Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer’s news conference on Wednesday, where he said that Trump’s impeachment trial would begin under a “cloud of unfairness,” after the GOP-led Senate rejected all 11 of his amendments to allow for witnesses and documents in a marathon late-night session.

“It was a dark day, and a dark night for the Senate,” Schumer, D-N.Y., said of the opening day of trial speeches that concluded before 2 a.m. “As a consequence, the impeachment trial of President Trump begins with a cloud hanging over it – a cloud of unfairness.”

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Scalise countered that Schumer was silent when House Democrats conducted “the most unfair impeachment trial in the history of our country,” where Pelosi “rammed” through the articles before Christmas.

“They literally broke House rules that require that the minority get a day of hearings so we could have actually brought the witnesses that we asked for and were denied by Speaker Pelosi and [Lead House Impeachment Manager] Adam Schiff. So they did not run a fair trial,” he continued.

Scalise went on to say that “the fact that they [Democrats] need to do something differently in the Senate” is an acknowledgment by Schumer “that the House did not have a fair trial.”

“By the way, it’s not the Senate’s rule to mop up the mess that the House made when Speaker Pelosi rammed this thing through,” Scalise continued. “They did not have a fair trial in the House. They’re having a fair trial in the Senate. They’re actually following the rules that they have. They’re using the precedent that was set by previous impeachments. That did not happen in the House.”

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., one of the House impeachment managers, dismissed on Sunday any notion that Democrats would be willing to negotiate on witnesses called during the Senate trial – adding that Republicans who want to block or negotiate what witnesses testify are “part of the cover-up.”

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Nadler balked at the idea of Democrats agreeing to have former Vice President Joe Biden’s son Hunter testify in exchange for the witnesses Democrats want to hear from, including former National Security Adviser John Bolton, who is willing to testify.

However, speaking from Switzerland on Wednesday, Trump said Bolton‘s testimony could pose a national security risk and cited executive privilege.

“In the House we tried to do that. We asked for that,” Scalise said on the topic of witnesses. “The Democrats got to bring all of their witnesses. They did tryouts, in fact. Schiff, behind closed doors, you saw it for months, he had these secret meetings where they literally had tryouts to see who would be their best star witnesses to bring out on TV.”

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“Every one of them, by the way, flopped,” he continued. “Every one of their star witnesses was asked under oath in the House, ‘Can you name an impeachable offense?’ Not one of them could name anything and yet that’s the case they had.”

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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Nigel Farage on Prince Harry, Meghan Markle no longer using royal titles: Queen ‘acted decisively’

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Former United Kingdom Independence party leader Nigel Farage, who helped launch the Brexit campaign in the U.K., weighed in Sunday on Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s “Megxit” plan and Queen Elizabeth’s reaction, saying he worries about Harry’s future.

“If you’re in the royal family, you’re in what’s called ‘the firm,’” Farage said on “Fox & Friends Weekend.” “You live in a nice house, you spend much of your life in royal palaces and elsewhere, you got full security, full transport, cars, helicopters, you name it. And, in return for all of that and in return for being royal and his or her royal highness, you have to carry out engagements.”

He said those engagements may include ribbon cuttings and charity events.

“You cannot live that life and tout yourself for voice-overs for Disney, and that is what Harry and Meghan did,” Farage said, referencing the announcement earlier this month that Markle, 38, had signed a deal with Disney to provide a voiceover for an upcoming project from the studio in exchange for a donation to a non-profit helping elephants in Botswana.

“On a personal level, we all want them to be happy, but you cannot commercialize the royalty,” Farage said. “The Queen saw what huge damage that could do, she has acted decisively and we are very, I must say, very, very lucky to have this Queen. She is a quite amazing woman.”

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Farage referenced Queen Elizabeth and Buckingham Palace releasing much-anticipated statements on Saturday confirming Harry and Meghan no longer would use their royal titles and will move forward with their initial “Megxit” plan in the spring of 2020.

“The Duke and Duchess of Sussex are grateful to Her Majesty and the Royal Family for their ongoing support as they embark on the next chapter of their lives. As agreed in this new arrangement, they understand that they are required to step back from Royal duties, including official military appointments. They will no longer receive public funds for Royal duties,” Buckingham Palace said in a statement on the official royal family website.

The palace continued: “With The Queen’s blessing, the Sussexes will continue to maintain their private patronages and associations. While they can no longer formally represent The Queen, the Sussexes have made clear that everything they do will continue to uphold the values of Her Majesty.

“The Sussexes will not use their HRH [His or Her Royal Highness] titles as they are no longer working members of the Royal Family. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex have shared their wish to repay Sovereign Grant expenditure for the refurbishment of Frogmore Cottage, which will remain their U.K. family home,” the palace said.

Queen Elizabeth II simultaneously released a statement of her own voicing her support.

“Following many months of conversations and more recent discussions, I am pleased that together we have found a constructive and supportive way forward for my grandson and his family. Harry, Meghan and Archie will always be much-loved members of my family,” she said.

The 93-year-old monarch added, “I recognize the challenges they have experienced as a result of intense scrutiny over the last two years and support their wish for a more independent life.”

“The British public did not like the idea of them trying to have it both ways,” Farage said on Sunday. “You cannot privatize or commercialize the monarchy and the Queen, she may be 93-years-old, but she’s been absolutely decisive.”

He added, “For Harry this raises big questions because not only is he leaving behind his family to go and live pretty much permanently on the West Coast, but he’s also leaving his second family.”

Farage said his second family was his military family.

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“[When] Princess Diana [was] tragically killed when he was 12 years old, he has always found that difficult to grasp with and he then joined the army,” Farage said. “He’s spent ten years in the army. He did two active tours of Afghanistan. He now holds some very prestigious military titles.”

Fox News’ Melissa Roberto and Nate Day contributed to this report.

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Member of Trump’s defense team Robert Ray on impeachment: Process has been ‘partisan and therefore illegitimate’

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Former federal prosecutor Robert Ray, a member of President Trump’s impeachment legal defense team, spoke exclusively on Sunday with Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” calling the entire impeachment process “partisan and therefore illegitimate.”

Speaking with Bartiromo on Sunday, Ray shared what Trump’s principle defense could look like, saying he thinks it “is very simple.”

“This is an entirely partisan and therefore illegitimate effort by House Democrats to remove a president from office,” Ray told Bartiromo. “And the remedy for that is the United States Senate, as envisioned by the framers of the Constitution, in order to overturn the will of the electorate in the 2016 election, and particularly given the fact that we are now in the middle of a presidential campaign for 2020, ultimately that will can only be overturned with a bipartisan effort and overwhelming bipartisan support in the Senate with a two-thirds majority in order to remove a president, overturn the will of that electorate.”

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He added that he doesn’t expect any Republicans to vote for impeachment.

President Trump’s defense team also includes Ken Starr, the former independent counsel who led the Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton in the mid-1990s, attorney Alan Dershowitz, former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi and Jane Raskin, who was part of the president’s legal team during former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Both Starr and Dershowitz are former Fox News contributors.

The trial will kick off in earnest Tuesday when House impeachment managers will prosecute the case and Trump’s lawyers will offer a robust defense over a period of days.

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Ray, former Whitewater Independent Counsel, pointed out to Bartiromo that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was seen “essentially celebrating the notion that the stain of impeachment exists and exists forever.”

“The only rejoinder to that, and that’s the rejoinder that it is my job, together with the rest of the defense team, to place before the United States Senate for their consideration is the question about the rejoinder being that there will be acquittal forever as well. And that’s what we expect,” Ray said. “That’s the task ahead during the next several weeks.”

On Sunday, Ray also outlined what constitutes a “well-founded” article of impeachment, explaining why he believes the two at hand won’t fare well in the Senate.

“Well-founded articles of impeachment both allege that crimes were committed and that those are the type of crimes that constitute abuse of the public trust. Abuse of power alone, and history has shown this, similar to also obstruction of Congress, those types of articles of impeachment have been tried on for size before, but they have not fared well,” Ray said.

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“The core of the impeachment parameters allege that crimes have been committed, treason, bribery and things like that, in other words, high crimes and misdemeanors.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw, John Roberts and Marisa Schulz contributed to this report.

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Pam Bondi on what to expect from Senate impeachment trial: We’re ‘all ready to put this behind us’

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Former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi talked Sunday about what to expect from the Senate impeachment trial set to begin Tuesday, adding that “everyone” — including President Trump and the American people — is ready to “put this behind us.”

Bondi, one of the lawyers on Trump’s defense team,  appeared on “Fox & Friends Weekend” one day after House impeachment managers filed their brief to the Senate, claiming the evidence against Trump “overwhelmingly” establishes his abuse of power and obstruction of Congress.

“What they’re [Democrats are] doing to President Trump, all these things they’ve been saying, we all know they’ve been trying to impeach him before he was sworn into office,” Bondi said.

“And he’s a clear and present danger, they say, to the country yet they hang onto these articles of impeachment,” she added. “[House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi was impeaching him before the articles were even sent over … “

“And that’s what the American people need to remember and need to understand,” Bondi said.

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Bondi noted that Pelosi, D-Calif., withheld the articles of impeachment against Trump for one month after the House voted to adopt two articles of impeachment against the president even though Democrats initially argued that Trump’s alleged conduct warrants serious and urgent attention.

Pelosi, after the vote, said she wanted assurances that the Senate would hold a fair trial before sending the articles.

Bondi also referred to the fact that Pelosi handed out commemorative pens — with her name on them — on Wednesday after she signed a resolution transmitting the articles of impeachment to the Senate for trial.

To critics, the tone of the event seemed celebratory — a far cry from the December day when the House voted to impeach Trump. On that occasion, Pelosi wore black and insisted on the House floor it was a “solemn” day.  She even cut short two rounds of cheers from Democrats when the articles were adopted.

In Saturday’s 111-page brief the impeachment managers wrote, “President Trump’s conduct is the Framers’ worst nightmare.”

The brief is the Democrats’ opening salvo in the historic impeachment trial, with House managers outlining their case against the president, arguing that Trump used his official powers to pressure Ukraine to interfere in the 2020 U.S. presidential election for personal political gain, then attempted to cover up his scheme by obstructing Congress’s investigation into his alleged misconduct.

“The evidence overwhelmingly establishes that he is guilty. … The Senate must use that [impeachme n t] remedy now to safeguard the 2020 U.S. election, … protect our constitutional form of government and eliminate the threat that the President poses to America’s national security,” the brief states.

In response, Bondi said Sunday, “The national security part was by far the most offensive.”

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“Look at what our president has done to protect our country every day, taking out [Iranian top general Qassem] Soleimani, everything that he’s doing. Look at the trade deal he just did with China,” Bondi said. “He’s working tirelessly for us while they’re saying these really absurd things that could not only damage him, but damage the country for centuries to come.”

“A threat to national security is just such an insult to the American people’s intelligence because they know all the great things president Trump has done,” Bondi added.

As for whether any witnesses should be called during the trial, Bondi said that would be “up to the U.S. Senate.”

Bondi then outlined what to expect in the coming days.

She said opening arguments by both sides will likely go through the weekend, with the trial formally starting Tuesday in the Republican-majority Senate.

“We don’t know the structure completely yet because that’s up to the U.S. Senate to decide –the hours and the time frame, which will start at 1 p.m. every day.”

If witnesses are allowed, Bondi said: “We are fully prepared.”

Bondi said impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., made himself a potential witness by “talking about his opening statement, talking about the phone call with President Trump and [Ukrainian] President [Volodymyr] Zelensky, where he lied about what was in the phone call.”

“That was ridiculous,” she said. “Then we find out when he says he has no contact with the whistleblower that his office was completely coordinating with the whistleblower.”

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“So that’s how this sham got started and that’s how it’s continued, but right now I think we’re all ready, all of us, the American people, President Trump, everyone, to put this behind us,” Bondi added.

Schiff has denied having contact with the whistleblower and said his recap of Trump’s phone call was intended as parody.

Fox News’ Marisa Schultz and Danielle Wallace contributed to this report.

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