President Trump: America believes in redemption of former inmates

President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the “Hope for Prisoners” graduation ceremony, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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President Trump has touted the first results of his prison system reform by saying many people are getting a second chance at life. While speaking at a Las Vegas Police Department commencement event, the president emphasized America is a nation that believes in redemption.

“We are here to reaffirm that America is a nation that believes in redemption,” he said. “We believe in second chances.”

The president has stated former inmates often face isolation, alienation and a lack of opportunity, which brings them back to a life of crime. However, he said he’s changing that by reintegrating former prisoners back into society through new training programs.

President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the “Hope for Prisoners” graduation ceremony, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He noted graduates of these programs will be able to obtain stable employment.

“There are some in our society that want to tell you what you can’t do, but do not believe those voices for one second,” stated President Trump. “I’m here today because I believe in what you can do, you’re going to be incredible.”

The president recently welcomed 29 inmates returning to society and said they’ve shown commitment to change by participating in new training programs.

RELATED: President Trump Issues Pardons To 11 Federal Offenders

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Former Ill. Gov. Blagojevich says President Trump has his ‘deepest, most profound, and everlasting gratitude’

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s daughters Annie, center, and Amy smile during a news conference outside their home Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago. On Tuesday, President Donald Trump commuted Blagojevich’s 14-year prison sentence for political corruption. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich said President Trump has his “everlasting gratitude,” following the president’s decision to commute his sentence.

While speaking at a Colorado airport Tuesday night, Blagojevich said the president has got a big fan in him and called himself a “Trump-o-crat.” He also said he is going to fight against the corrupt criminal justice system, which he believes all too often persecutes and prosecutes people who did nothing wrong.

Blagojevich acknowledged the president didn’t have to commute his sentence and called out his fellow Democrats for being unkind to the president. The former Illinois official made the following comments:

“He didn’t have to do this. He’s a Republican president; I was a Democratic governor. My fellow Democrats have not been very kind to him. They’ve, in fact, they’ve been very unkind to him. What he did was, I think, something that deserves a great amount of appreciation on my part personally. He has from me my deepest, most profound and everlasting gratitude.”

A large banner reading Thanks Mr. President adorns the porch of the home of former Ill. Gov. Rod Blagojevich as members of the media prepare for a news conference with with him, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Chicago, after his release from a Colorado prison late the night before. (AP Photo/Katie Foody)

The former governor had been more than halfway through serving a 14 year sentence in federal prison before the president’s action Tuesday. President Trump took to Twitter to state that “Blagojevich did not sell the Senate seat” and called it yet another (James) “Comey and gang deal.”

The president issued pardons to 11 federal offenders on Tuesday, which commuted their sentences and expunged their records.

RELATED: President Trump pardons former 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo Jr.

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President Trump pardons former 49ers owner Eddie Debartolo Jr.

FILE – In this Aug. 8, 2015, file photo former owner of the San Francisco 49ers Edward DeBartolo, Jr., is interviewed before the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton, Ohio. President Donald Trump pardoned DeBartolo, who is convicted in gambling fraud scandal. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

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President Trump has announced a full pardon of the former owner of the San Francisco 49ers. He signed the executive order Tuesday morning, which grants clemency to Eddie DeBartolo Jr.

The move comes after DeBartolo plead guilty in 1998 to a charge of failing to report a felony connected to a corruption investigation into former Louisiana Gov. Edwin Edwards (D-La.).

Following the pardon announcement, the president invited former 49ers legends Jerry Rice and Ronnie Lott, among others, to the White House for the event.

“So today is a great day for him, I’m glad to be here to be a part of that and, you know, it’s just something I’ll never forget,” said Rice. “You know, this man, he has done so much in the community, has done so much in NFL football and today is a great day for him.”

While DeBartolo avoided jail, he had to pay several fines and eventually gave up ownership of the football franchise to his sister.

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Former Ukraine Envoy Bill Taylor says CrowdStrike server theory wasn’t probed because State Dept. didn’t take it seriously

File – Former American diplomat to Ukraine William Taylor is pictured. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo)

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According to former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bill Taylor, the State Department did not properly investigate the country’s role in alleged election meddling.

In a recent interview, Taylor said U.S. diplomats were not directed to find out if CrowdStrike servers could be located in Ukraine because nobody took the issue seriously. He also pointed out that Ukraine’s alleged involvement in U.S. elections was deemed “Russian propaganda.”

Taylor served as the top envoy to Ukraine between 2006 and 2009 as well as in June 2019 until January of 2020. Meanwhile, President Trump was concerned about alleged events from 2016.

“Hybrid war is more than tanks and soldiers…hybrid war is information war, it’s cyber war, it’s economic war, it’s a tax on elections,” said Taylor. “As we know, they’ve attacked our elections.”

Taylor also said there is a lot of disinformation around Ukraine and its war with the Kremlin. He warned the U.S. should be very careful about those kinds of stories.

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Trump campaign criticizes tweet by former President Obama claiming he made the economy what it is now

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The Trump campaign recently fired back at former President Barack Obama after he appeared to claim credit for the booming economy. In a statement Monday, a top campaign official said the economy is only recovering because of actions President Trump took to undo his predecessor’s policies.

“President Trump reversed every single failed Obama-era economic policy, and with it, reversed the floundering Obama/Biden economy,” Kayleigh McEnany, Trump campaign national press secretary, told Fox News reporters.

This comes after former President Obama took to Twitter noting the anniversary of his signing the 2009 Economic Stimulus Package.

The Trump campaign added that by deregulating, lowering taxes and supporting free market policies, President Trump has created the hottest economy on record. This is a fact Vice President Mike Pence has continued to stress.

“I hope you have figured out already American manufacturing has never had a greater champion in the Oval Office than President Donald Trump,” he stated. “And we’re going to keep working every day, not just earn your confidence, but to give you confidence to invest, to give you the confidence to know that this is a president that believes in growth.”

The Trump campaign added that by contrast Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden orchestrated the worst economic recovery in modern history.

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Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi laid to rest

The funeral cortege as Kenyan military officer pallbearers carry the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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Kenyan leaders pledged to unite the country after its longest ruling president was laid to rest on Wednesday. Daniel Arap Moi’s coffin was flown to an estate northwest of Nairobi before being transferred to a tent for services.

The 95-year-old died last week after leading the country for 24 years. He was plagued by a legacy of corruption and poverty.

He initially came to power after serving as vice president to the nation’s first leader, who died in 1978.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the state funeral of Kenya’s former president Daniel arap Moi, at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

The nation’s current president paid his respects at the service.

“I can truly say that am here to say ‘kwaheri’ (goodbye) to a man I considered my father, my mentor, my teacher and to say that truly we shall miss him,” stated President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Kenyan Navy fired a 19-gun salute in tribute and lowered his body into a grave next to his wife.

The funeral cortege escort the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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‘Muslims for Peace’ removes former Democrat N.Y. assemblyman for challenging Rep. Tlaib on anti-Semitism

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A former New York assemblyman was forcibly removed from an Islamic event for asking congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about an anti-Semitic tweet.

According to reports Wednesday, Democrat Dov Hikind was kicked-out of the ‘Muslims for Peace‘ event at Rutgers University earlier this week. He was removed after demanding that Rep. Tlaib apologize for what he called “blood libel” against the Jewish community.

Last month, Tlaib retweeted a false report alleging Israelis kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old Palestinian boy. The statement sparked outrage among the Jewish community.

“And we came out here to voice our outrage that Rashida Tlaib is permitted to speak in a university,” stated protester Karen Licktbruam. “She is a known anti-Semite, she’s a Jew hater.”

Hikind warned that Tlaib’s anti-Semitism may encourage dangerous sentiments in the Islamic community going forward.

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‘Muslims for Peace’ removes former Democrat N.Y. assemblyman for challenging Rep. Tlaib on anti-Semitism

Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., listens as U.S. Census Bureau Director Steven Dillingham testifies during a hearing of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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A former New York assemblyman was forcibly removed from an Islamic event for asking congresswoman Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) about an anti-Semitic tweet.

According to reports Wednesday, Democrat Dov Hikind was kicked-out of the ‘Muslims for Peace‘ event at Rutgers University earlier this week. He was removed after demanding that Rep. Tlaib apologize for what he called “blood libel” against the Jewish community.

Last month, Tlaib retweeted a false report alleging Israelis kidnapped and killed a seven-year-old Palestinian boy. The statement sparked outrage among the Jewish community.

“And we came out here to voice our outrage that Rashida Tlaib is permitted to speak in a university,” stated protester Karen Licktbruam. “She is a known anti-Semite, she’s a Jew hater.”

Hikind warned that Tlaib’s anti-Semitism may encourage dangerous sentiments in the Islamic community going forward.

RELATED: Attorney General Barr Meets With Jewish Leaders To Discuss Ways To Combat Anti-Semitism

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Former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi laid to rest

The funeral cortege as Kenyan military officer pallbearers carry the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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Kenyan leaders pledged to unite the country after its longest ruling president was laid to rest on Wednesday. Daniel Arap Moi’s coffin was flown to an estate northwest of Nairobi before being transferred to a tent for services.

The 95-year-old died last week after leading the country for 24 years. He was plagued by a legacy of corruption and poverty.

He initially came to power after serving as vice president to the nation’s first leader, who died in 1978.

Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks during the state funeral of Kenya’s former president Daniel arap Moi, at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

The nation’s current president paid his respects at the service.

“I can truly say that am here to say ‘kwaheri’ (goodbye) to a man I considered my father, my mentor, my teacher and to say that truly we shall miss him,” stated President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The Kenyan Navy fired a 19-gun salute in tribute and lowered his body into a grave next to his wife.

The funeral cortege escort the casket of former president Daniel arap Moi during the state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in the capital Nairobi, Kenya, Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2020. (AP Photo/John Muchucha)

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Former ‘Empire’ actor Jussie Smollett indicted in Chicago

FILE – In this March 26, 2019 file photo, actor Jussie Smollett gestures as he leaves Cook County Court after his charges were dropped in Chicago. Smollett faces new charges for reporting an attack that Chicago authorities contend was staged to garner publicity. (AP Photo/Paul Beaty, File)

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Illinois legal authorities are taking former “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett back to court over his reporting of a hate crime, which officials are convinced never happened.

The indictment was issued by special prosecutor Dan Webb Tuesday amid a probe into the dismissal of felony charges against the actor. Webb’s announced four counts of filing a false police report over the alleged 2019 attack as well as six counts of disorderly conduct.

This came nearly one year after charges were dropped against Smollett, who was accused of staging an attack to leverage his pay on the TV show “Empire.” District attorney Kim Foxx has continued to defend her decision to drop the charges. However, it appears she may be shifting gears since she is facing a March primary challenge for her office.

“While I recognize and have said from the very beginning…I own that we did not meet our own level of transparency that we should have had in this case,” Foxx stated during a meeting with the Daily Herald Editorial Board.

A Cook County judge appointed Webb in August to look into the case to see whether the county should criminally prosecute Smollett for staging the homophobic and racist hate crime. Warrants were issued for a year’s worth of Smollett’s data in December, but were kept under wraps due to confidentiality of the case.

Google was reportedly ordered to provide Smollett and his manager’s emails, text messages and search histories. Even more shocking allegations surfaced about Smollett’s apparent history of staging threats against himself prior to the January 2019 incident.

FILE – In this Oct. 28, 2019, file photo, Chicago Police Supt. Eddie Johnson participates in a news conference at police headquarters in Chicago. Attorneys for actor Jussie Smollett are asking that the city of Chicago turn over documents that show Johnson was “untruthful or misleading in any statement” before he was fired last month. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Chicago Police revealed Smollett mailed a letter addressed to himself to the Chicago studio where “Empire” is filmed, just one week before the attack. The letter included racist and violent threats. The FBI later took over the matter and has yet to determine whether he, in fact, staged that account. Webb cited the issue in his reasoning for pursuing charges against the actor, which he described as extensive.

So far, authorities believe Smollett’s motive for orchestrating the alleged attack stem from the studio’s response to the letter. He has since been removed from the show and has a defamation lawsuit pending in the courts against the city of Chicago.

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Ukraine’s former top prosecutor says Joe Biden demanded dismissal over Burisma probe

Jill Biden watches as her husband Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at a caucus night campaign rally on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/John Locher)

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Former Ukrainian chief prosecutor Viktor Shokin has claimed Joe Biden committed bribery and extortion in his country.

In an interview with Rudy Giuliani Wednesday, Shokin said Biden pressured former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to get him fired over an investigation into energy company Burisma.

Shokin said Biden was threatening to withhold the loan guarantees that Ukraine needed at the time. Giuliani added, Biden admitted to that himself.

Shokin also said Poroshenko had no choice but to dismiss him, allowing Hunter Biden to continue his corrupt dealings at Burisma under the protection of Joe Biden who was vice president at the time.

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Buttigieg takes lead in race for Democrat nomination, former mayor gets 26% of Iowa vote

Democratic presidential candidate former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg arrives at Community Oven Pizza for a campaign event, Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Hampton, N.H. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

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According to updated results of the Iowa caucuses, Pete Buttigieg is leading the Democrat race for the presidential nomination. Preliminary results from 71 percent of Iowa precincts show the former South Bend mayor carried just under 27 percent of the delegates’ vote.

Buttigieg is closely trailed by Bernie Sanders with 25 percent and Elizabeth Warren with 18 percent. Meanwhile, only 15 percent of the vote went to Joe Biden, who was considered a front-runner in the Democrat race.

Iowa Democrats apologized for the delay in releasing the results, while citing an unspecified “technical failure.”

“As chair of the party, I apologize deeply for this,” said Troy Price, chairman of the Iowa Democrat Party. “Last night, we were faced with multiple reporting challenges and decided out of an abundance of caution to protect the integrity of the Iowa caucuses and their results by taking the necessary steps to review and confirm the data.”

According to officials in the state, the delay was caused by a coding error in election software. Iowa Democrats are expected to roll out more results throughout Wednesday.

Meanwhile, election officials also expressed concern over the low turnout at the recent Democrat caucus. On Tuesday, Dubuque County Democrat Party chairman Steve Drahozal said he was “blown away” after only 217 voters showed up to caucus in a city with a population of 57,000.

Drahozal said Iowa Democrats expected “much higher” turnout, although it did surpass 2016 levels. Observers have said the numbers may reflect fading enthusiasm for the Democrat Party among Iowa voters.

Caucus goers check in at a caucus at Roosevelt High School, Monday, Feb. 3, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Some voters in the state have expressed their frustration with the chaos at the caucus, which caused delays in the publication of its results.

“I was a little embarrassed. It’s a great process, we love, we love meeting the people. I have met a lot of the candidates and the young people that come and work for them. I love the process, but I can see where it’s flawed, too.”

— Susan Hawk, Iowa voter

Some Iowa Democrats have even admitted their aggressive campaigning in the rural parts of the state didn’t help improve the turnout numbers this year.

RELATED: Bloomberg to double TV spending, expand staff after Democrats’ Iowa caucus chaos

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Rudy Giuliani raises eyebrows after calling himself ‘Former Attorney General of the United States’ on Facebook page

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani had critics scratching their heads on Tuesday after publicizing his Facebook page, where he referred to himself as a "Former Attorney General of the United States."

Giuliani, who has made headlines in recent months over his involvement with the Ukraine scandal as President Trump's personal attorney, plugged his Facebook page on Tuesday and teased users about findings from his "investigation."

"Connect with me on my Facebook Page. More to come on my investigation, soon!" Giuliani tweeted with a link to the page, which was created in October.

In addition to the erroneous listing, Giuliani is also described as a "government official" despite his current role as the president's personal lawyer.

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Giuliani's LinkedIn page correctly states that he was a U.S. Associate Attorney General between February 1981 and June 1983 under former President Ronald Reagan. He then spent five-and-a-half years as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, leaving that position on New Year's Day, 1989.

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Giuliani made headlines earlier this month when he traveled to Ukraine in the hope of gathering evidence against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden over their ties to natural gas company Burisma Holdings.

In a recent interview, Giuliani admitted to playing a key role in the ousting of ex-U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch, insisting she was "corrupt."

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Former Hawaii governor calls for Tulsi Gabbard to resign over missed House votes

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Former Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie called on Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, to resign Monday, telling reporters that her congressional district deserves to be "fully represented."

Abercrombie, a Democrat who also spent nearly 20 years in the House of Representatives, told reporters that he found Gabbard's multiple missed votes on the House floor due to her ongoing 2020 presidential bid unacceptable. He specifically cited Gabbard's recent missed vote on an omnibus spending bill, as well as her "present" vote on President Trump's impeachment.

According to the website govtrack.us, Gabbard missed 88.7% of the 141 House votes taken in the past three months.

Gabbard voted "present" on both articles of impeachment — the only lawmaker to do so. All Republicans and two Democrats — including one who has since switched parties to the GOP — voted against the articles.

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"Throughout my life, whether through serving in the military or in Congress, I’ve always worked to do what is in the best interests of our country. Not what’s best for me politically or what’s best for my political party," Gabbard said last week. "After doing my due diligence in reviewing the 658-page impeachment report, I came to the conclusion that I could not in good conscience vote either yes or no."

She previously announced she will not be running for reelection in 2020, choosing instead to focus on her White House bid. She posted a video in October announcing the move and expressing gratitude to the people of her district.

At his press conference, Abercrombie said Gabbard must resign her seat “the sooner the better” because “she’s missing votes on almost everything."

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The former governor is also the campaign co-chairman for Hawaii State Sen. Kai Kahele of Hilo, a Democrat seeking to succeed Gabbard next November. The district, which covers the entire state except for urban Honolulu, has never elected a Republican.

Rep. Ed Case, D-Hawaii, the state's other U.S. representative, voted in favor of impeaching Trump.

A Gabbard representative didn’t immediately respond to messages from the Associated Press on Abercrombie's call for her resignation.

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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin criticized for comments on pardon of convicted child rapist

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Former Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin defended his pardon of a man found guilty of raping a 9-year-old child, saying the conviction was not based on physical evidence.

Micah Schoettle was in the second year of a 23-year sentence when Bevin controversially pardoned him of rape, sodomy and other sexual crimes last week.

"There was zero evidence," Bevin said during a 17-minute radio interview with talk show host Terry Meiners on Thursday, according to The Courier-Journal.

He noted the girl's sister was in the room during the alleged incident and denied the sexual assaults occured.

"Both their hymens were intact," he added. "This is perhaps more specific than people would want, but trust me. If you have been repeatedly sexually violated as a small child by an adult, there are going to be repercussions of that physically and medically."

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In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, is being criticized for comments he made during a Thursday radio interview about pardoning a man convicted of raping a young child. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

In this Nov. 4, 2019, file photo, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin looks out at the crowd during a campaign rally with President Donald Trump in Lexington, Ky. Bevin, who lost to Democrat Andy Beshear last month in a close race, is being criticized for comments he made during a Thursday radio interview about pardoning a man convicted of raping a young child. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File)

Prosecutors opposed to the pardon blasted Bevin for his comments on the case.

“He obviously did not do any research on this matter or he would know that only 2 percent of sexual assault victims show any visible physical injury as a result of the rapes that they’ve suffered,” said Rob Sanders, prosecutor in Kenton County who put Schoettle away. “This is the kind of foolish ignorance that prosecutors have been working for decades to overcome.”

Kentucky's former chief medical examiner Dr. George Nichols said Bevin's comments were factually inaccurate.

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“Rape is not proved by hymen penetration,” he told the newspaper. “Rape is proved by phallic penetration … where the vaginal lips meet the outer surface of the vagina."

“He not only doesn’t know the law, in my humble opinion, he clearly doesn’t know medicine and anatomy,” he added.

Bevin, a Republican, pardoned 428 people, including some violent offenders, between when he lost his re-election bid on Nov. 5 and his final day in office on Dec. 9. The pardons have prompted an investigation by Sanders' office.

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The probe is expected to look into whether Schoettle's pardon is connected to his family's wealth and political connections.

Several of Bevin's other pardons have also drawn rebuke. The pardon of Patrick Baker, who was convicted of murder and other crimes, was also criticized. His family held a political fundraiser for Bevin last year that raised $21,500. Two others charged alongside Baker for the murder of Donald Mills are still in prison.

Fox News' Morgan Phillips and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Obama’s former doc says Biden ‘not a healthy guy’ after reviewing medical info: Report

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One of President Obama's former doctors reportedly disputed a letter released by former Vice President Joe Biden's campaign in which the former vice president's own doctor praised the 77-year-old presidential candidate as a "healthy, vigorous" man.

“He’s not a healthy guy,” said Dr. David Scheiner, who previously served as Obama's physician. According to the Washington Examiner, Scheiner read Biden's medical history and said the presidential candidate "has a lot of issues."

“He’s not in bad shape for his age, but I wouldn't say he’s in outstanding health. Could I guarantee he won't have issues for the next four years? He has a lot of issues that are just sort of sitting there," Scheiner said.

Scheiner previously told the Examiner that Biden "looked frail" during the first Democratic primary debate. "I sort of got the feeling he wasn’t very strong. It was similar to the feeling I got when Republicans started attacking Mueller so fiercely," he said.

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Dr. David Scheiner and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty/AP).

Dr. David Scheiner and former Vice President Joe Biden. (Getty/AP).

Questions about Biden’s health and age have repeatedly come up since even before the former vice president declared his candidacy in April. In September, Biden committed to publicly releasing his medical records before the Iowa caucuses, to try and put to rest concerns over whether he was fit enough to take on President Trump in a general election campaign — and whether he would be up to the rigors and stress of serving as president.

On Tuesday, the Biden campaign released a statement from Dr. Kevin O'Connor, who served as White House physician to Biden for several years.

"Vice President Biden is a healthy, vigorous 77-year-old male, who is fit to successfully execute the duties of the presidency, to include those as chief executive, head of state and commander in chief,” Dr. Kevin O’Connor said.

In his report, O’Connor said that Biden is currently being treated for non-valvular atrial-fibrillation, better known as Afib, which is an irregular heartbeat. He said Biden is also being treated for hyperlipidemia, which is an abnormally high concentration of fats or lipids in the blood, as well as gastroesophageal reflux, a digestive disorder that occurs when acidic stomach juices, or food and fluids, back up from the stomach into the esophagus. And he noted that Biden – as many Americans do – suffers from seasonal allergies.

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“For these, he takes three common prescription medications and two common over-the-counter medications,” O’Connor said.

His report listed Biden's weight as 178 pounds and his height as 5 feet, 11.65 inches.

Biden's campaign did not immediately respond to Fox News' request for comment.

Scheiner also commented on former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's health. Bloomberg, also 77, threw his hat into the 2020 race late and provoked speculation that he thought 2020 frontrunners like Biden couldn't cut it.

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Bloomberg previously released his medical history with his doctor describing his health as "outstanding."

“'Outstanding health'? With that history, I wouldn’t call it outstanding health,” Scheiner said, referring to the description as "hyperbole."

Bloomberg's doctor had disclosed that the former mayor was receiving treatment for arthritis and heartburn. The letter added that Bloomberg takes a blood thinner to treat atrial fibrillation and another medication to control his cholesterol.

Fox News' Paul Steinhauser and Kelly Phares contributed to this report.

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Rep. Justin Amash, former Republican, backs impeachment: Trump has ‘abused and violated the public trust’

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Rep. Justin Amash, former Republican, speaks out in favor of impeachment: Trump has 'abused and violated the public trust'

Rep. Justin Amash, I-Mich., who left the Republican Party earlier this year citing "disenchant[ment] with party politics" spoke out in support of impeaching President Trump Wednesday.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., gave Amash the floor during a House session debating the impeachment articles, and the Michigan lawmaker went on to cite the Federalist Papers and Constitution to claim Trump committed the "high crimes and misdemeanors" outlined therein.

Amash said he is supporting impeachment not because of partisanship, but because in his view Trump has objectively abused his office.

"I come to the floor not as a Democrat, not as a Republican, but as an American who cares deeply about the Constitution, the rule of law, and the rights of the people," Amash said.

"Under our system of government, impeachment is not about policy disagreements or ineffective governance, nor is it about criminality based on statutes that did not exist at the time our Constitution was written."

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He said that instead, impeachment is about maintaining the "integrity of the office of the presidency" and ensuring presidential power is used properly and lawfully.

"The Constitution describes such conduct as high crimes and misdemeanors because it pertains to high office and it relates to the misuse of that office," Amash continued.

He quoted Alexander Hamilton's Federalist Paper 65, noting that Hamilton defined 'high crimes and misdemeanors' as offenses related to misconduct by public officials that violate the public trust.

"President Donald J. Trump has abused and violated the public trust by using his high office to solicit the aid of a foreign power," Amash claimed. "Not for the benefit of the United States of America, but instead for his personal and political gain."

The Michigan lawmaker closed by claiming Trump's actions in regard to Ukraine were exactly the offenses Hamilton had warned about.

"It is our duty to impeach him," he said.

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Amash, a libertarian and a critic of President Trump, announced in July via a The Washington Post op-ed that he was leaving the GOP.

In the column, he said he had once run as a Republican due to the GOP’s belief in limited government, economic freedom and individual liberty.

"In recent years, though, I’ve become disenchanted with party politics and frightened by what I see from it,” he said in the op-ed. “The two-party system has evolved into an existential threat to American principles and institutions.”

At the time, Trump responded with a parting shot at the lawmaker on Twitter:

"[O]ne of the dumbest & most disloyal men in Congress is 'quitting' the Party," the president quipped, later calling Amash a "loser."

Just before yielding the floor to Amash, Schiff responded to Republicans who criticized the impeachment process as a "Star Chamber."

"My Democratic colleagues claimed the Russians influenced the outcome of the 2016 election — but based on their corrupt impeachment proceedings it appears my colleagues have been influenced by how Russia conducts political trials," Rep. Gary Palmer, R-Ala., had remarked. "No real evidence, no crime, no due process, and no justice."

"The repetition of this falsehood does not make it true," Schiff responded.

Fox News' Adam Shaw contributed to this report.

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Ronny Jackson, former White House doctor and VA nominee, running for Congress in Texas

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A former chief White House physician and one-time troubled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is running for a congressional seat in Texas.

Retired Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson filed candidate paperwork in Austin to replace outgoing Rep. Mac Thornberry hours before the Monday deadline, The Texas Tribune reported. He will face 13 other candidates for the Republican nomination.

Thornberry's 13th Congressional District in the Texas Panhandle overwhelmingly voted for President Trump in 2016. The Republican Party of Texas did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Fox News.

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In this April 2, 2018, file photo, then-White House physician and nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. Ronny Jackson arrives at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Jackson is running as a Republican in 2020 for a rural congressional seat in Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

In this April 2, 2018, file photo, then-White House physician and nominee for Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. Ronny Jackson arrives at the annual White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. Jackson is running as a Republican in 2020 for a rural congressional seat in Texas. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Jackson, a Texas native, had worked as a White House physician since 2006 and was Trump's surprise choice last year to head the VA. He retired from the Navy last week.

His nomination ran into trouble when allegations of drinking on the job, creating a hostile work environment and overprescribing medications surfaced. He denied any wrongdoing and eventually withdrew his name from consideration.

Trump re-nominated Jackson earlier this year for a second star amid a Pentagon investigation into his conduct.

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Trump called him "one of the finest men I've ever met," noting that he received good evaluations from his predecessor, former President Barack Obama. The promotion was not approved by the Senate.

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In January 2018, Jackson gave Trump a glowing report on his physical and mental well-being in his first medical checkup since taking office, saying Trump was "in excellent health" at the time.

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