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Democrat commentator Donna Brazile said Sunday that U.S. voters should "celebrate" that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation determined "the Russians had no help from Americans” during the 2016 election.

In remarks on Fox News regarding Attorney General William Barr's release Sunday of a summary of the Mueller probe, Brazile, who has served as chair of the National Democratic Committee and now works as a Fox commentator, said she hopes, however, Americans will take time to "absorb" the news.

"We have to evaluate," she said.

"We were told just a few minutes ago what was in the report, we have not seen any of the summaries," she cautioned. "I mean, I want to believe when I heard . . . the Russians had no help from Americans. I want to believe that because I understand Mr. Mueller interviewed 500 people, had 2,900 subpoenas, I want to believe that that occurred.

"And I trust the fact because I have never spent one day on air criticizing the Justice Department, the president has," she continued.

"All I'm asking is give the American people opportunity to absorb the information."

She also said "democracy today is still on trial."

"As our president, [Donald Trump] needs to understand that this rises above just himself and his party but it calls upon us as Americans to look at ourselves and say, 'OK, the Russians were at it, they did not get us.'

"But the president of the United States now needs to understand that our democracy must be protected, if he's able to do that, then the victory, his victory, it is our victory because we have to protect our country."

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The chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Judiciary Committee, Jerry Nadler, said on Sunday his panel would call Attorney General William Barr to testify shortly, citing concerns over Barr's conclusions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe report.

"In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future," Nadler said on Twitter.

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White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said on Sunday the Department of Justice's findings on the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election were a "total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States."

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent nearly two years investigating allegations that Russia meddled in the presidential election to help Donald Trump win, found no evidence that any member of Trump's election campaign conspired with Russia during the election.

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Most voters think President Donald Trump has tried to interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller's probe of collusion between the president’s 2016 campaign and Russia, a Fox News poll found.

The survey released Sunday, showed 52 percent of respondents think Trump has tried to interfere, while 36 percent said he has not.

In other findings, the poll found:

  • 52 percent of voters approve of Mueller's investigation; 36 percent disapprove. 
  • 29 percent trust Trump to tell the truth on the Russia matter compared with 45 percent who trust Mueller.
  • 44 percent say Trump coordinated with the Russian government during the 2016 campaign; 42 percent disagreed. 
  • 80 percent of respondents say the Mueller report should be made public; 11 percent say it should not.
  • 41 percent say there is "no chance at all" Mueller's report will change their opinion of the president; 50 percent say there is at least a small chance their opinion could change.

The poll's margin of error is plus or minus 3 percentage points.

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If special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation found no collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia, House Democrats won’t either, a former campaign adviser said Sunday.

In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Michael Caputo, who served as a political adviser to Trump’s campaign in late 2015 and early 2016, said he’s “relieved” the Mueller probe is now over.

“I’m one of dozens of witnesses who have gone through this and as just a witness, I’m going to be able to press play as soon as this is all out there,” he declared.

Caputo, who angrily called for “an investigation of the investigators” last year, lamented Sunday his family “had our lives on pause for two years” — and added that he lost both his home and business.

He added that his testimony before congressional committees was nothing in comparison to with working with the Mueller’s investigators, whom he called “the most impressive array of investigatory talent the American government has assembled in the 21st century.”

“I don’t care what the House Democrats want to go after from here forward, if Mueller can’t find it, they’re not going to find it,” he said.

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President Donald Trump's tweet on withdrawal of North Korea sanctions was unprecedented and "shouldn't have happened that way," according to Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla.

"I've never seen that before from this or any administration, so something happened here," Sen. Rubio told NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday.

Undoing sanctions requires "a long interagency process," Rubio told host Chuck Todd, adding President Trump acting unilaterally is "unusual" and unprecedented.

"Frankly, look, I think people around the world would look at it and say from now on, when they hear about sanctions, they're going to ask for a double confirmation from the White House," Rubio told Todd.

"So, look, I wish it hadn't happened that way, and it shouldn't have happened that way."

The Treasury Department announced large scale sanctions against North Korea for their nuclear weapons program, but President Trump quickly tweeted a revocation of them shortly after Friday:

"It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale sanctions would be added to those already existing sanctions on North Korea. I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional sanctions!"

Rubio's rejection of President Trump's work to denuclearize North Korea, negotiating with Kim Jong Un is based on skepticism on the part of Kim, not any doubt about Trump. 

"I would love for Kim Jong Un to give up his weapons and everything else," Rubio said. "And I don't criticize the president for trying. I just never believed he would. I don't believe he ever will.

"I'm not skeptical because I want it to fail; I'm skeptical because I believe it will fail."

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The race for 5G — the next generation of broadband connection — is currently being won by China, and that could ultimately imperil America, according to commentator Newt Gingrich.

In his latest podcast, and in a commentary for Fox News, the former GOP House Speaker warns “If America does not get its act together, catch up, and do what it takes to win, we are very likely going to end up in a Chinese-dominated world.”

According to Gingrich, the country that wins the 5G technology race “will dominate economically, militarily, and in sheer knowledge.“

“This next generation technology will vastly expand our connectivity and dramatically change our everyday lives,” he writes. “It is so powerful and offers so many opportunities and potential threats, it will fundamentally change the world in which we live.”

The “full deployment” of 5G is destined to be “the backbone of autonomous manufacturing, smart homes, self-driving cars, real-time virtual reality” and other “life-changing technologies,” Gingrich writes.

And that means a multitude of risks.

“If the global system that is built isn’t fully secure, the data that flows through the system will be up for grabs,” he writes, allowing “bad actors” — and governments — “to know who you call, what’s in your bank account, what’s in your health records, and where you physically are at all times.”

“Consider how radically different our lives would be if a totalitarian dictatorship had that kind of access – and control – on our economy, national security, and our daily lives,” he writes.

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A second Parkland, Fla., high school shooting survivor has reportedly committed suicide.

The Miami Herald reported Coral Springs police confirmed Sunday the “apparent suicide” of a Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student. The death occurred Saturday night, the news outlet reported.

The Herald, citing unnamed sources, reported the student was a male sophomore; his name hasn't been released.

The death comes a week after high school graduate Sydney Aiello kllled herself with a gunshot to the head after being diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, the Herald reported.

Former Stoneman Douglas high school student David Hogg, who became a gun control advocate after the Feb. 14, 2018, mass slaying that killed 17 people, lamented the inaction of the school and government.

“RIP 17+2, he tweeted. “How many more kids have to be taken from us as a result of suicide for the government/ school district to do anything?”

Ryan Petty, whose daughter Alaina was among the slaughter victims, and who has since founded the suicide prevention Walk Up Foundation, told the Herald “the issue of suicide needs to be talked about. This is another tragic example.’

A CBS affiliate reported school, police and children’s services officials were holding a public meeting at Parkland City Hall on Sunday afternoon.

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Long a critic of Democratic investigations and special counsel Robert Mueller, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., does not care about the impending report, "just burn it up," he said.

"I don't really care what the Mueller report says, because the Mueller special counsel should have never been appointed," Nunes told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" on Sunday. "And I say that and we can take any part of this investigation and we can show you how fraudulent it is."

Nunes, the former chairman of the House Intelligencer Committee when Republicans were in leadership, rejected the search for 2016 election meddling collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump's campaign as "all a lie and a myth."

"You know, we can just burn it up," he said. "I mean, it is a partisan document, so there is going to be a lot of calls for that."

Nunes also ripped Democrats for obstruction in the House investigations into the political witch hunt of the Republican president on the basis of Democratic partisanship in Obama Justice Department.

"What we really need to see is what was the FBI's involvement with Fusion GPS," Nunes said. "I don't want to gloss over this for the viewers but Fusion GPS was essentially the Hillary Clinton campaign. They were hired by the Clinton campaign, so we need to see all of that and need the FISA fully disclosed.

"We need everyone that Mueller talked to, including his interactions with Jerome Corsi who you just had on the show."

Nunes' point with Corsi was investigators were leveraging a member of the media who was supportive of the president, and had no actual campaign ties. Regardless of whether he had spoken with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, it was not a crime.

Stifling the opposing political party supporters is not rooting out collusion, but violating free speech, Nunes said.

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ATLANTA — Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris invoked the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. on Sunday during a youth day service at the civil rights icon’s pastoral home of Ebenezer Baptist Church.

The California Democrat referenced how King was only 26 at the start of the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama.

“We stand on the shoulders of great men and women who came before us and I think of it as being a relay race, young leaders, where they came before us, and they were running the relay race, and they had the baton, and then they passed that baton to us,” Harris, 54, said. “And the question for our lives will be, what do we do during that period of time?”

The former California attorney general joked that established leaders also should recognize when to hand off to the next generation, which doubled as a thinly veiled swipe at some of her top 2020 rivals: former Vice President Joe Biden, 76; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, 77; and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 69.

“And, I’ll just say to the older leaders, that it also becomes question of let’s also know when to pass the baton,” Harris said.

The daughter of Jamaican and Indian immigrants, the Oakland native touched on her parents’ active role in the civil rights movement, saying she was raised by “adults who spent full time marching and shouting.”

“We know that we still have a fight for justice in our country,” she said, alluding to economic and criminal justice issues. “We see injustice when we know in America today parents have to sit down with their son when he turns 12 years old and have the talk, and explain to him how he may be stopped, arrested, chased, or even shot because of the color of his skin.”

Harris, who announced her White House bid in January on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, repeated advice she often gives young people on the campaign trail, urging them to be “unburdened” by history.

“We are a nation that is aspirational in nature,” she said. “We are also clear-eyed. We have never yet met those ideals, but our strength is that we fight to reach them.”

Harris currently places third in the RealClearPolitics average of polls for 2020 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination. With 10 percent support, Harris trails only Biden (29.6 percent), and Sanders (24.2 percent).

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