Trump accuses Pelosi of ‘crying for fairness’ in Senate trial after ‘unfair’ House impeachment

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Sen. Mitch McConnell calls Nancy Pelosi's decision to withhold articles of impeachment an 'absurd position'

Speaker Pelosi seems to think she can dictate the rules of a Senate impeachment trial, says Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

President Trump slammed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Monday for making demands of the Senate regarding his upcoming trial as she sits on two impeachment articles, accusing her of "crying for fairness" after leading an "unfair" process in the House.

Throughout the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry, Trump and fellow Republicans criticized elements of the process — including the initial closed-door sessions with witnesses, an invitation for him to participate in a hearing while he was overseas, and the decision to cite the president's assertion of executive privilege as evidence of obstruction as opposed to battling it out in court.

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"Pelosi gives us the most unfair trial in the history of the U.S. Congress, and now she is crying for fairness in the Senate, and breaking all rules while doing so," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "She lost Congress once, she will do it again!"

Both chambers of Congress are engaged in an unusual battle over the next steps in the historic process after the House accused Trump of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress for his actions concerning Ukraine, in the third-ever impeachment of an American president.

Pelosi is now indicating she will not turn over the articles of impeachment to the Senate or name impeachment managers until the upper chamber announces the process of how the trial will be conducted.

Coinciding with that position, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., has demanded that the Senate be allowed to subpoena documents and witnesses who did not appear before the House. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., responded by saying that the Senate's role is not to do what the House failed to do during what he has called "the most rushed, least thorough, and most unfair impeachment inquiry in modern history."

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Pelosi fired back Monday morning, tweeting: "The House cannot choose our impeachment managers until we know what sort of trial the Senate will conduct. President Trump blocked his own witnesses and documents from the House, and from the American people, on phony complaints about the House process. What is his excuse now?"

Pelosi has also faced criticism for pushing House Democrats to pursue articles of impeachment on a tight timetable, only to drop that sense of urgency after the final vote. McConnell has accused her and fellow Democrats of getting "cold feet."

Rep. Debbie Dingell, D-Mich., defended Pelosi on "Fox News Sunday," noting that President Bill Clinton was impeached in mid-December and managers were not appointed until Jan. 6 of the following year after the House returned from the holiday break. She suggested that the current process would not move any faster, even if Pelosi took swift action.

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Earlier on the show, Marc Short, chief of staff for Vice President Pence, claimed that Pelosi would ultimately move forward and allow the Senate to conduct a trial.

"She will yield, there's no way she can hold this position," he predicted.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik accuses opponent of succumbing to ‘far-left Hollywood’ over impeachment

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Rep. Stefanik: Democrats' case for impeachment is crumbling

House Intelligence Committee member Elise Stefanik and House Minority Whip Steve Scalise discuss the public impeachment proceedings on 'Hannity.'

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., accused her opponent of “succumbing to the pressure of” Hollywood by declaring that she would vote in favor of impeachment.

Democrat Tedra Cobb, who is challenging Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, recently said she would vote in favor of impeaching President Trump. The outspoken Republican took to Twitter to declare she would use the tidbit in 2020.

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“My Far Left opponent #TaxinTedra supports impeachment,” Stefanik wrote. "We look forward to telling every voter in #NY21. This is a campaign between bipartisan #Results vs. Far Left Hollywood #Resistance. Thank you #TaxinT for succumbing to the pressure of Tinseltown.”

Cobb’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hollywood is notoriously liberal and many celebrities have been outspoken critics of Trump. Cobb has a platform that aligns with Hollywood on many hot topics, such as addressing environmental issues and extreme weather events.

Stefanik has emerged as a central figure on the Republican opposition to Democratic impeachment efforts and a top antagonist of House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Last month Stefanik was featured prominently as tensions boiled over during public impeachment hearings, with Schiff famously slamming his gavel and arguing that she was not allowed to speak under committee rules: "The gentlewoman will suspend."

Meanwhile, Cobb has taken shots at Stefanik, recently tweeting that she is “beneath the dignity of her office.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Rep. Elise Stefanik accuses opponent of succumbing to ‘far-left Hollywood’ over impeachment

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Rep. Stefanik calls out impeachment hearing rules

House Intelligence Committee member Elise Stefanik on Rep. Schiff working to silence Republicans during impeachment proceedings.

Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., accused her opponent of “succumbing to the pressure of” Hollywood by declaring that she would vote in favor of impeachment.

Democrat Tedra Cobb, who is challenging Stefanik in New York’s 21st District, recently said she would vote in favor of impeaching President Trump. The outspoken Republican took to Twitter to declare she would use the tidbit in 2020.

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“My Far Left opponent #TaxinTedra supports impeachment,” Stefanik wrote. "We look forward to telling every voter in #NY21. This is a campaign between bipartisan #Results vs. Far Left Hollywood #Resistance. Thank you #TaxinT for succumbing to the pressure of Tinseltown.”

Cobb’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Hollywood is notoriously liberal and many celebrities have been outspoken critics of Trump. Cobb has a platform that aligns with Hollywood on many hot topics, such as addressing environmental issues and extreme weather events.

Stefanik has emerged as a central figure on the Republican opposition to Democratic impeachment efforts and a top antagonist of House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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Last month Stefanik was featured prominently as tensions boiled over during public impeachment hearings, with Schiff famously slamming his gavel and arguing that she was not allowed to speak under committee rules: "The gentlewoman will suspend."

Meanwhile, Cobb has taken shots at Stefanik, recently tweeting that she is “beneath the dignity of her office.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Comey accuses Barr of ‘irresponsible statement’ on FBI conduct

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Former FBI Director James Comey joins Chris Wallace for an exclusive interview on 'Fox News Sunday.'

At the conclusion of a tense interview on "Fox News Sunday," former FBI Director James Comey took a shot at Attorney General Bill Barr over his condemnation of the FBI's conduct during the Russia investigation.

Comey repeatedly defended the men and women of his former agency throughout the segment and appeared to take particular offense to Barr's comment that the inaccuracies and omissions in the FBI's applications for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants for former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page may have been committed in bad faith.

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"He does not have a factual basis as the Attorney General of the United States to be speculating that agents acted in bad faith," Comey said. "The facts just aren't there, full stop."

It was during an NBC News interview that aired Tuesday where Barr said, "These irregularities, these misstatements, these omissions were not satisfactorily explained, and I think that leaves open the possibility to infer bad faith."

Horowitz said that he did not have documentary or testimonial evidence that showed there was any political bias behind the opening of the Russia investigation, but he told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the issue of bias “gets murkier” when it comes to the various issues with the FISA process. These issues included the use of unverified information compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele, which had been called into question by one of Steele's own sources, the failure to include exculpatory information about Page, and the altering of an email chain to hide key information about Page working with the CIA.

Despite this, Comey blasted Barr for claiming that these failures could possibly have been done in bad faith.

"That's an irresponsible statement," he said.

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Comey defended the FBI even when presented with contradictory claims from Horowitz's report. He claimed that the FBI did not intentionally commit wrongdoing, but described the FBI's failures as "real sloppiness." He said the Horowitz report "did not find misconduct by any FBI people," rather just "mistakes and negligence."

Host Chris Wallace was quick to remind Comey that attorney Kevin Clinesmith was referred for criminal investigation for the doctored email. Comey said "that's not been resolved."

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Rep. Veronica Escobar accuses GOP of being ‘enablers’ of Trump at this ‘dark moment in American history’

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Rep. Veronica Escobar slams GOP 'enablers' of Trump at this 'dark moment in American history'

Rep. Veronica Escobar slams GOP 'enablers' of Trump at this 'dark moment in American history'

House Judiciary Committee member Veronica Escobar, D-Texas, claimed Thursday that some Republicans are "enabling" President Trump to obstruct Congress' impeachment inquiry.

Escobar said during a committee hearing that the entire situation marks a "dark moment in American history," and agreed with Rep. Madeleine Dean, D-Pa., that those executive branch officials who testified during earlier House proceedings are American "heroes."

She began her remarks by criticizing statements made by Republican members, including Rep. Mike Johnson, R-La., who had claimed earlier that Trump has "consistently cooperated with Congress to fulfill its oversight and investigatory responsibility."

Escobar — who succeeded former Rep. Beto O'Rourke, D-Texas, after he gave up his El Paso seat to unsuccessfully challenge Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, in 2018 — called such claims "stunning."

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"There's a thread that runs through all of those hearings, especially those hearings where we are trying to provide proper oversight over the president of the United States," she said. "We have heard our heard colleagues argue obstruction of Congress has not happened, one of our colleagues called the charge ridiculous. Another colleague said, 'The president has consistently cooperated with Democrats.' A stunning statement."

"This idea that the president has cooperated — that is the claim that is actually absurd," she added.

Escobar accused Trump of baselessly claiming "absolute immunity" from congressional oversight while simultaneously failing to provide or list documentation that would bear out such a privilege.

She said that, in that regard, the president was less responsive to oversight and subpoenas than fellow Republican President Richard Nixon during his impeachment investigation.

"This president has achieved a new low, and has lowered the bar significantly," she remarked.

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Turning to Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., Escobar asked her colleague to lay out how Trump has allegedly obstructed Congress' investigation.

"Representative Swalwell, how many documents did [the House Intelligence Committee] request during this investigation?" she asked.

"Seventy-one documents from the White House," Swalwell, who serves on that committee, replied. "[in addition to] 12 witnesses we asked to show up, whom the president directed not to show up."

Escobar thanked Swalwell for the information and asked aloud why Trump is trying to "hide" information from the public.

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"It really is a very, very tragic moment in American history — a very dark moment in American history," she said, adding that the situation has been made "even more tragic by enablers who seek to make sure they protect one man at any cost."

She continued, claiming that Trump "not for America" but acting in favor of his own selfish ends.

"This is a reckoning for us and this is a moment when we should be standing with the patriots," Escobar added before yielding back to Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y.

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Tulsi Gabbard accuses White House of defending Saudi kingdom after NAS Pensacola shooting: ‘Saudi Arabia is not our ally’

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Democratic presidential candidate Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration, claiming it defended the Saudi kingdom in the wake of last week’s deadly shooting at Naval Air Station Pensacola in Florida.

She also accused President Trump of failing to speak up for “for those families who just lost their loved ones.”

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”This was a terrorist attack that took the lives of three American service members and injured eight others,” Gabbard said in an interview on Hill.TV's “Rising.” “We need to call it for what it is instead of what President Trump has done with his own remarks, with Secretary Pompeo basically putting out messages as though they are the spokespersons for the Saudi kingdom rather than standing up for our country’s national security and what’s in the best interest of our country.”

“Saudi Arabia is not our ally. As president, I will state that very clearly and they will continue to not be our ally as long as they are both directly and indirectly supporting terrorist organizations like Al-Qaeda and others,” Gabbard said.

Also Tuesday, the Pentagon suspended all 852 Saudi military students at NAS Pensacola after a gunman opened fire there last week, killing three military members and injuring eight others before being shot dead by police. The FBI later identified the shooter as 21-year-old Saudi Royal Air Force Second Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani. The attack has prompted a broader Defense Department review of all international training on U.S. military bases.

After the attack, President Trump tweeted that he had spoken with Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

“King Salman of Saudi Arabia just called to express his sincere condolences and give his sympathies to the families and friends of the warriors who were killed and wounded in the attack that took place in Pensacola, Florida….” Trump tweeted Friday. “The King said that the Saudi people are greatly angered by the barbaric actions of the shooter, and that this person in no way shape or form represents the feelings of the Saudi people who love the American people.”
In his initial reaction to the shooting, Trump said: “Just received a full briefing on the tragic shooting at NAS Pensacola in Florida, and spoke to @GovRonDeSantis. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families during this difficult time. We are continuing to monitor the situation as the investigation is ongoing.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also tweeted last week.

“I just spoke with Foreign Minister Al-Saud of Saudi Arabia who expressed his condolences and sadness at the loss of life in the horrific attack in Pensacola, Florida yesterday. The families and friends of those killed, and those wounded, will be in our thoughts and prayers,” Pompeo wrote.

Trump has faced backlash in the past over his support for the Saudi royal family in the wake of the slaying of Washington Post writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was allegedly killed and dismembered by Saudi operatives inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul last year.

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On Monday, Gabbard – a vocal critic of the Saudi kingdom in the past — announced she won’t be attending the Democrats’ next debate “regardless” of whether she qualifies for the Dec. 19 event in Los Angeles. She had met the donor requirement to qualify for the debate but had yet to meet a requirement that she earn 4-percent support in at least four national or early-state polls approved by the Democratic National Committee [DNC] — or hit 6 percent in two approved early-state polls. The cutoff date is Wednesday.

Fox News’ Lucas Tomlinson, Bradford Betz and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

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Barr blasts FBI’s Trump probe, accuses investigators of ‘gross abuse’

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Attorney General Bill Barr discusses the beginning of the Russia investigation and the origins of the Steele dossier

Attorney General Bill Bar is blasting the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, saying investigators relied on "flimsy" evidence in launching the probe and disputing key conclusions from Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report released Monday.

Horowitz was critical of the FBI for their practices in using the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) to get a warrant to conduct surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, but he concluded that the investigation itself was launched properly, without evidence of political bias.

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“It’s hard to look at this stuff and not think that it was a gross abuse,” Barr said during a discussion Tuesday at a Wall Street Journal CEO Council forum in Washington. He referred to the investigation as a whole as a "travesty."

"Where I disagree with Mike, I just think this was very flimsy," he said about the basis for the investigation. The FBI cited comments by Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos to an Australian official as sparking concerns about the campaign's possible involvement with Russia. Barr dismissed this as "a comment made by a 28-year-old volunteer on a campaign in a bar."

Barr also pointed to the FBI’s failure to include key evidence in their FISA warrant applications that would have gone in Page’s favor.

"They withheld from the court all the exculpatory information," he said, calling the anti-Trump dossier used to bolster the warrant applications a "sham."

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He also pointed out that the Russia investigation was supposed to be a counterintelligence probe, yet there was no effort to warn the Trump campaign about suspected Russian activities.

“The normal thing to do in this situation,” Barr said, “is to go to the campaign, and here I don’t think there’s a legitimate explanation for why they didn’t.”

Barr made it clear that he does not know for sure that there was political bias.

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"I don't know what the motivations were," he said, stating it is premature to make a determination on that.

"That's why we have Durham," Barr said, referring to the ongoing investigation by Connecticut U.S. Attorney John Durham, which is broader in scope than Horowitz's review. "Durham is able to look at all the evidence," Barr said. He specifically referred to Durham's ability to talk to other government agencies and private parties, and to compel testimony.

Barr’s remarks echo what he said in a blistering NBC interview earlier Tuesday.

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Barr said that despite the report saying Horowitz did not have evidence that political bias played a factor in the investigation, he believes the IG left open “the possibility that there was bad faith” involved.

“All he said was, people gave me an explanation and I didn't find anything to contradict it,” he said. Barr also pointed a finger at the media, saying: "I think our nation was turned on its head for three years based on a completely bogus narrative that was largely fanned and hyped by a completely irresponsible press."

And he said the Trump campaign was "clearly spied upon" during the investigation.

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