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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., offered up some colorful advice for top House Democrats on Wednesday.

During a speech on the Senate floor expressing his frustration at what he believed to be a fixation by the Democrats on potentially impeaching President Trump, Kennedy tweaked a widely-known expression to make it a bit more suitable to his surroundings.

“I say this gently, and I say this hopefully constructively, to my friends in the House leadership: The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot," in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, “The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“The leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted.

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“Or, they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into the court system and go back to doing the people’s business.”

Kennedy wrapped up his remarks, according to the New Orleans Advocate, by saying: “What I hope happens is that my friends in House leadership and the administration sit down and talk – not talk like eight-year-olds in the back of a minivan fighting – but talk constructively about how their behavior could impact important institutions in this country and work it out.”

The fiery speech came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies have tried to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment immediately.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

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“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

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Yet, at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that have threatened to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

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“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But, tensions between top Democrats and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies try to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment now.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to publicly accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon Impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

PELOSI SCRAMBLES TO TAMP DOWN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT FRENZY IN CAUCUS

Pelosi also said that Republicans and the president are not committed to protecting the Constitution.

“Let me just say, we take on oath of office, to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States. Democrats take that oath seriously, and we are committed to honoring our oath of office. I’m not sure our Republican colleagues share that commitment, and I’m not sure the President of the United States does.”

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Yet at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that threaten to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not begin impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

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“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up. And that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But tensions between Democratic leadership and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could soon be left with no choice but to embrace calls from some within her party to impeach President Trump, one senior Democrat told Fox News.

The Senior House Democrat — speaking on the condition of anonymity — said, despite Pelosi’s repeated attempt to quell talk of impeaching the president, “isn’t going to be able to hold off on impeachment much longer.”

“It is coming to a head,” the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change her position “within the next two weeks.”

The Democrat argued that “the vast majority of us are for impeachment.” Fox News was told there was a hearty debate in the Democratic Steering Committee today about impeachment.

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Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., who runs the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee, an arm of the Democratic leadership, is now calling for impeachment.

Cicilline told Fox News there is a “tremendous level of frustration” behind the growing impeachment efforts, adding that he believes Trump is “behaving as though he is above the law and he is not.”

However, he would not be drawn on criticizing Pelosi’s effort to avoid impeachment, saying instead: “Our Speaker is our Speaker, elected by our colleagues and we have a Caucus where we share our views… I think the Speaker is very responsive to the caucus and she’ll make judgments based on where the caucus is .”

Cicilline said Monday it is time for impeachment inquiries to be opened if former White House Counsel Don McGahn is a no-show to Tuesday’s scheduled congressional hearing.

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The Rhode Island Democrat appeared on MSNBC and offered his reaction that the White House is instructing McGahn to refuse to comply with a subpoena to appear on Capitol Hill and the assurance from the Department of Justice that McGahn has “immunity” which does not legally require him to testify before Congress, something Cicilline believed was “legally incorrect.”

“Let me be clear; if Don McGahn doesn’t testify, it is time to open an impeachment inquiry,” Cicilline said. “The president has engaged in an ongoing effort to impede our ability to find the truth, to collect evidence, to do our work, and this is preventing us really from ultimately finding the facts and doing our work in terms of oversight.

McGahn has confirmed he will skip the House hearing after President Trump directed him to do so earlier on Monday.

This declaration from Cicilline was welcomed by his freshman colleague, Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich, who has been vocal with her calls to impeach President Trump.

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Liberal billionaire activist Tom Steyer also ramped up pressure on House Democrats to impeach President Trump, releasing a scathing ad slamming the party for balking at the idea.

Steyer has been a leading advocate for beginning the impeachment proceedings against Trump, spending tens of millions on TV ads and other measures to rally the support for the drastic course of action.

But the latest ad, titled “Nothing Happened,” appears to be the most unambiguous attack on Democratic lawmakers for failing to impeach the president, assailing the party for being passive.

Democratic leadership has balked at the idea of impeaching Trump, with Pelosi dismissing the efforts by certain Democrats.

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“I’m not for impeachment,” Pelosi told the Washington Post last month. “Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country. And he’s just not worth it.”

A number of 2020 presidential hopefuls are also in support of such proceedings, including Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and Kamala Harris, D-Calif.

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Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow have dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project.

“Michael Cohen’s alleged statements are more of the same from him and confirm the observations of prosecutors in the Southern District of New York that Cohen’s ‘instinct to blame others is strong’,” a statement from Jane Serene Raskin and Patrick Strawbridge, attorneys for Jay A. Sekulow, read.

“That this or any Committee would rely on the word of Michael Cohen for any purpose – much less to try and pierce the attorney-client privilege and discover confidential communications of four respected lawyers – defies logic, well-established law and common sense.”

Sekulow’s legal team released the statement after the House intelligence committee on Monday released two transcripts of closed-door interviews with Cohen along with some exhibits from the testimony.

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Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow has dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project.

Lawyers representing President Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow has dismissed a report claiming he instructed Michael Cohen to make false claims regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project. (Getty Images)

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According to the transcript, Cohen told the committee he was directed to lie by Sekulow on the topic of the Trump Tower Moscow project.

“To be perfectly clear about this, the statement about the Trump Tower negotiations ending in January that was part of your original draft was false, and Mr. Sekulow knew that it was false?” California Democrat Adam Schiff asked Cohen, according to the transcript.

“Yes, sir,” Cohen replied, according to the transcript.

In public testimony before a separate House committee in February, Cohen said Trump’s attorneys, including Sekulow, had reviewed and edited the written statement about the Moscow project. Cohen acknowledged in a guilty plea last year that he misled lawmakers by saying he had abandoned the Trump Tower Moscow project in January 2016, when in fact he pursued it for months after that as Trump campaigned for the presidency.

The committee’s decision to release the transcripts came two weeks after Cohen reported to federal prison for a three-year sentence. Cohen pleaded guilty last year to campaign finance violations, lying to Congress and other crimes. He is the only person charged with a crime in connection with the hush-money payments made to women who allege they had affairs with Trump.

The transcripts are from interviews the panel conducted with Cohen in February and March. The vote to release them, which was held behind closed doors, was 12-7.

Cohen became a key figure in congressional investigations after turning on his former boss and cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Mueller’s final report, released in April, examined conduct related to Cohen as one of several possible instances of obstruction of justice by the president.

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Mueller’s team wrote in its report that Cohen told one of Trump’s personal lawyers after an FBI raid on his home that “he had been a loyal lawyer and servant” and “he was in an uncomfortable position and wanted to know what was in it for him.”

The report says that Cohen was told he “should stay on message, that the investigation was a witch hunt, and that everything would be fine.” Cohen understood that to mean he would be “taken care of” if he stayed on message, whether through a pardon or by the investigation being shut down.

Fox News’ Jason Donner and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Unreleased transcripts from secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and ex-Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos could be game-changing if the public were ever allowed to see them, according to former Rep. Trey Gowdy.

The Republican made the explosive claim during an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” suggesting it is likely the FBI would have transcripts of discussions between informants and Papadopoulos.

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“If the bureau’s going to send in an informant in, the informant’s going to be wired, and if the bureau is monitoring telephone calls, there’s going to be a transcript of that,” he said.

Gowdy, without getting into specifics, seemed to acknowledge he’s at least aware of those files — suggesting they contain exculpatory information with regard to Papadopoulos (who served a brief sentence for false statements in connection with the Robert Mueller probe).

“Some of us have been fortunate enough to know whether or not those transcripts exist. But they haven’t been made public, and I think one, in particular … has the potential to actually persuade people,” he said. “Very little in this Russia probe I’m afraid is going to persuade people who hate Trump or love Trump. But there is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.”

Gowdy continued, backing concerns raised by Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, about the origins of the Russia probe.

‘There is some information in these transcripts that has the potential to be a game-changer if it’s ever made public.’

— Former congressman Trey Gowdy on “Sunday Morning Futures”

“John Ratcliffe is rightfully exercised over the obligations the government has to tell the whole truth to a court when you are speaking permission to spy or do surveillance on an American,” Gowdy said, in apparent reference to allegations that information was withheld from the surveillance court when the FBI sought to monitor another Trump aide.

“Part of that includes the responsibility of providing exculpatory information or information that tends to show the person did not do something wrong.”

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He added, “If you have exculpatory information and you don’t share it with the court, that ain’t good.”

In the same interview, the former congressman took aim at the unverified anti-Trump dossier authored by Christopher Steele.

“I mean, let’s just call it for what it is. It’s a series of rank hearsay compilations put together by an FBI source who was later defrocked. Paid for by the Democrat National Committee, then, oh by the way, Christopher Steele hated Donald Trump too so that we can call it a dossier. It sounds official,” Gowdy said.

“It’s really something the National Enquirer would blush if they printed so we know that it was used four times by the United States government.”

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Attorney General William Barr told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer in the interview aired Friday that one portion of the internal DOJ review into the Russia probe’s orgins, which he has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead, would cover the time period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, saying “some very strange developments” took place during that time.

Barr specifically was referring to the early January 2017 briefing intelligence officials gave then-president-elect Trump at Trump Tower, and “the leaking of information subsequent to that meeting.” At that meeting, Trump was briefed by intelligence and law enforcement officials on Russian election meddling — and was also informed by former FBI Director James Comey about the anti-Trump dossier which included salacious allegations against him. Details which were later leaked to the press.

Gowdy, a former House Oversight Committee chairman and House Judiciary Committee member, accused Obama-era intelligence officials Sunday of not being upfront when it comes to the dossier’s use.

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“What we’re trying to figure out is whether or not it was used a fifth time and the intelligence assessment and you got [John] Brennan, [James] Clapper and Comey, all three who know full well whether or not it was used in the intelligence assessment but … they’re giving you different versions, right,” Gowdy said.

“So there is information that exists in December of 2016 and I hope anyone who has access to it … Go look at that. And I think it will help you understand whether or not that dossier, that unverified hearsay, was used… five times or just four times by the United States government is pretty bad.”

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It’s the question that has dominated politics for more than two years — what exactly happened with counterintelligence activities conducted during the 2016 election and the Russia probe.

Now, in his first interview since joining the Trump administration, Attorney General Bill Barr detailed how he plans to get to the bottom of the origins of the probe, his thoughts on James Comey, Robert Mueller and other issues related to the special counsel’s investigation.

Barr told Fox News’ Bill Hemmer in the interview Friday that one portion of the review — which he has tapped U.S. Attorney John Durham to lead — would cover the time period between Election Day and Inauguration Day, saying “some very strange developments” took place during that time.

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Barr specifically was referring to the early January 2017 briefing intelligence officials gave then-president-elect Trump at Trump Tower, and “the leaking of information subsequent to that meeting.”

At that meeting, Trump was briefed by intelligence and law enforcement officials on Russian election meddling — and was also informed by former FBI Director James Comey about the now-infamous anti-Trump dossier which included salacious allegations against him. Details later leaked to the press.

Barr also said the country must know “exactly what happened” with counterintelligence activities conducted during the 2016 election — and he is determined to get to the bottom of the case.

In pointed terms, he fired back at Democrats who have castigated him over his handling of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report — calling Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s charge that he lied to Congress “laughable” and dismissing an attempt to hold him in contempt of Congress.

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“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said.

And the nation’s top law enforcement official provided new details about the recently announced probe into the origins of the Russia investigation, defending his decision to pursue it and stressing that many of the answers he’s gotten so far have been “inadequate.”

While the decision to look back at the origins of the investigation has prompted harsh criticism from Democrats who previously have accused him of acting as the president’s lawyer, Barr argued there’s much yet to learn.

“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he said.

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“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities. He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it — the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.”

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

Fox News’ Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., has ramped up his attack on President Trump, calling the administration “lawless”.

Nadler made the claim during a fiery interview on Wednesday night.

“This is a lawless administration. It is denying the American people the information they need by defying all subpoenas,” he told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, after his committee voted to hold the attorney general in contempt for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s unredacted Russia report and underlying documents.

“It’s the first administration you’ve ever seen where they say we’ll deny all subpoenas from Congress whether it’s on the mole investigation or on security clearances or in anything else they defy the law.

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“The law very clearly says that upon request by the ways and means committee that the IRS should turn over anybody’s taxes. They’re simply ignoring that. So they’re ignoring the law and they’re stonewalling and hoping that they can get away with it we cannot have a situation where the president becomes a king or a dictator.”

He continued: “The American people understand that no. Nobody. Not the president, nobody may be above the law. And we have to enforce that.”

The explosive assessment came after Nadler earlier told reporters the country has reached a “constitutional crisis”.

“We’ve talked for a long time about approaching a constitutional crisis. We are now in it,” Nadler told the press on Wednesday. Although he pushed back on impeachment as an option, he indicated that the United States was at a critical time of testing whether it could stay a republic or transition into a tyrannical form government.

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Nadler’s committee voted along partisan lines to hold Barr in contempt on Wednesday and angered the White House by not delaying the vote. At the same time, the president invoked executive privilege — refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas.

Nadler also compared Trump to former President Richard Nixon in that both refused to release information by citing executive privilege.

Nadler recalled the Supreme Court decision forcing Nixon to hand over tapes of his private conversations with advisers, which he said were the “most sensitive to executive privilege.”

“The Supreme Court ruled eight to nothing that the interests of the public in justice and in accountability outweighed the interest of the president in privacy,” he said.

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The White House, in asserting executive privilege, accused Nadler of engaging in a “blatant abuse of power.”

“Unfortunately, rather than allowing negotiations to continue, you scheduled an unnecessary contempt vote, which you refused to postpone to allow additional time for compromise,” Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd wrote to the committee.

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., has accused Israeli forces of targeting Palestinian children and families after a bloody weekend in the bitter conflict.

Tlaib leveled the accusation while responding to criticism of a New York Times headline that read: “Gaza Militants Fire 250 Rockets, and Israel Responds With Airstrikes.”

Yousef Munayyer, a pro-Palestinian campaigner, tweeted out a screenshot of the headline, which he called “stunningly irresponsible and misleading.”

Tlaib joined in, writing: “When will the world stop dehumanizing our Palestinian people who just want to be free? Headlines like this & framing it in this way just feeds into the continued lack of responsibility on Israel who unjustly oppress & target Palestinian children and families. #FreePalestine.”

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Reaction to the tweet was mixed, with some expressing their support of the sentiment while others critiqued the congresswoman’s language.

The comments came as the Israeli military lifted protective restrictions on residents in southern Israel on Monday, while Gaza’s ruling Hamas militant group reported a cease-fire deal had been reached to end the deadliest fighting between the two sides since a 2014 war.

The escalation had killed 23 on the Gaza side, both militants and civilians, while on the Israeli side four civilians were killed from incoming fire.

The intense fighting over the past two days came to a halt in the early morning hours and residents on both sides went back to their daily routines. The Israeli military said that as of 7 a.m., “all protective restrictions in the home front will be lifted.”

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An explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

An explosion caused by an Israeli airstrike on a building in Gaza City, Saturday, May 4, 2019. (AP Photo/Khalil Hamra)

Schools and roads had been closed, and residents had been encouraged to remain indoors and near bomb shelters as intense rocket fire pounded the area, threatening to devolve into all-out war.

Israel and Hamas are bitter enemies and have fought three wars and numerous smaller battles since the Islamic militant group seized Gaza in 2007.

In the latest fighting, which erupted over the weekend, Palestinian militants fired hundreds of rockets into Israel, while the Israeli military responded with airstrikes on some 350 militant targets inside Gaza, including weapons storage, attack tunnels and rocket launching and production facilities.

It also deployed tanks and infantry forces to the Gaza frontier, and put another brigade on standby. A Hamas commander involved in transferring Iranian funds to the group was killed in an airstrike, in an apparent return to Israel’s policy of “targeting killing” of militant leaders.

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Palestinian medical officials reported 23 deaths, including at least nine militants as well as two pregnant women and two babies. The four Israeli civilians killed were the first Israeli fatalities from rocket attacks since the 50-day war in 2014.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Hillary Clinton suggested she had the 2016 election “stolen” from her during the latest stop of her slumping speaking tour.

Taking the stage with her husband Bill in Los Angeles Saturday night as part of the couple’s “Evening with the Clintons” tour, the former Democratic presidential nominee told the crowd she has been warning potential candidates they could suffer the same fate.

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“I think it’s also critical to understand that, as I’ve been telling candidates who have come to see me, you can run the best campaign, you can even become the nominee, and you can have the election stolen from you,” the former secretary of state said.

She’s hardly the only prominent Democrat claiming to have been wrongly kept out of office. On Friday, Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams again claimed she won the state’s 2018 gubernatorial race, despite losing to now-Gov. Brian Kemp.

“I’m here to tell you a secret that makes Breitbart and [Fox News host] Tucker Carlson go crazy: We won,” Abrams said, according to The Houston Chronicle. “I am not delusional. I know I am not the governor of Georgia — possibly yet.”

Abrams justified her refusal to accept the result of the election by calling Kemp “an architect of voter suppression that spent the last eight years knitting together a system of voter suppression that is unparalleled in America.”

At the Clinton event, the crowd broke out in applause after Hillary Clinton delivered the “stolen” election line, before she continued with a jab at President Trump.

“And that, my friends, has nothing to do with the economy,” she said.

“So part of our challenge is to understand what it will take to put together not only the popular vote but the Electoral College.”

Clinton won the popular vote in her 2016 campaign against Trump, but lost the Electoral College — and with it, the race.

The declaration wasn’t the only headline Hillary Clinton made with her tour over the weekend, with the defeated 2016 candidate telling a crowd in Seattle that Attorney General William Barr would rather “be the president’s defense lawyer than the chief law enforcement officer of our country.”

The former first lady also questioned how Trump could still hold conversations with Russian President Vladimir Putin following the release of the information in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

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Mueller’s report “not only decisively proves, but goes chapter and verse about how the Russians — in the words of the report — conducted ‘a sweeping and systemic interference in our election,’ ” she said, according to the Seattle Times. “And then you wake up and your president is spending an hour on the phone with Vladimir Putin, who was the mastermind of the interference and attack on our election.”

The charge came after president and Putin on Friday discussed what Trump again dismissed as the “Russian Hoax” in their first known phone call since the release of Mueller’s report.

Trump said that, at no point, did he warn Putin not to meddle in the next election.

“We discussed it,” Trump said of the report. “He actually sort of smiled when he said something to the effect that, ‘It started off as a mountain and it ended up being a mouse,'” Trump said of Putin. “But he knew that because he knew there was no collusion whatsoever. So pretty much that’s what it was.”

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Tickets for the Clintons’ speaking tour have gone for as little as $20 on the secondary market, The New York Post reported.

Official prices for the Seattle event ranged between $66.50 and $519, according to the Seattle Times.

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Andrew O’Reilly contributed to this report.

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The coming weeks will expose the true genesis of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation — and just how it is tied to some of the highest Obama-era officials, according to former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy.

McCarthy made the ominous prediction on Fox News host Bill Hemmer’s “Hemmer Time” podcast and said he expects the answer to what really spurred the investigation to be revealed when the Department of Justice’s Inspector General releases his much-anticipated report.

“We’re going to start getting the answers in the next four to six weeks when we can expect that Inspector General [Michael] Horowitz’s reports are going to start flowing out,” McCarthy told Hemmer.

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“There are some factors involved that we don’t have enough information on. We know that Attorney General Barr has said that he personally is looking into this and that he has a team of people in the Justice Department that are helping him.”

The former assistant U.S. attorney, who prosecuted blind sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman for masterminding the 1993 terror attack on the World Trade Center, continued: “The inspector general is a very thorough meticulous guy who served one with him in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in New York he’s terrific lawyer good investigator.”

After pointing out some of the limitations the Inspector General faces, McCarthy called for a dramatic next step.

“This has to be looked at by prosecutors who have the full array of prosecutorial authority including Grand Jury power,” he said.

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Hemmer then asked McCarthy if he believes Barr has been under such intense fire from some corners in an attempt to “dent his credibility”.

McCarthy agreed, saying: “This is what these guys are good at. To explain what I mean by that — when Trump won, nobody expected Trump to win.

“I think a large part of the reason they did a lot of the things they did, everybody knew Hillary was going to win. And in addition to that, they did everything by counterintelligence so it was all under the code of classification. So they figured this was never going to get out.

“When Trump won, what that meant was in 10 weeks he was going to be president and he was going to have access to all of the intelligence files of the executive branch all of the top secret information in government.

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“So, if you’re sitting there and you’re the Obama administration you have a choice, right? You can say well you know Trump’s a kind of a calm guy, right? We don’t need to worry too much about him, we’ll be able to explain to him that there was a good reason to do the investigation and I’m sure it’ll all blow over.

“Or, down here on planet Earth, you could say, ‘Trump is going to go crazy when he finds out about this so it’s inevitably going to come out anyway.’

“We have ten weeks while we’re still in charge of the government and I think they spent those 10 weeks projecting that there was a profound threat of a Trump-Russia conspiracy that made for a worthy investigation.

McCarthy continued: “In other words they they tried to, between leaks and information that got put out, and the way that they structured this investigation including continuing the Carter Page FISA surveillance, and giving Trump only partial information about what they were actually doing, but especially the leaking the classified leaking, they created an impression that there was a big Trump-Russia thing to be worried about.

“And the reason they did that was that they knew that this was eventually going to come out and they needed to justify why they used the government’s extraordinary counterintelligence powers to investigate the opposition presidential campaign.”

Hemmer asked McCarthy if he was suggesting those in the highest levels were trying to “cover their tracks,” to which the former U.S. attorney replied: “They were trying to justify their tracks.”

McCarthy also agreed with Michael Mukasey, a former federal judge and President George W. Bush’s attorney general, who criticized Mueller for not telling the public earlier there was no collusion between Trump and Russia.

“When did Bob Mueller know, or when did the people who worked with him know, that there was no coordination, which is what they were looking for?” the ex-AG told Hemmer last month.

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“When did they realize that and whenever they realized that shouldn’t they have told the rest of us?”

McCarthy agreed, saying he believes Mueller must have known there was no collusion “sometime between September and the end of 2017.”

“If you read Mueller’s indictments that he filed especially the ones against the two groups of Russians they preclude the possibility that there was collusion between the Russians and anyone on the American side, not just Trump,” he said.

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

Source: Fox News Politics


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