Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, said Sunday it’d be a political “mistake” to start impeachment proceedings to remove President Donald Trump from office — though it’s likely that’s what House Democrats will do.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said “it’s time to move on” in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“I suspect that’s what the Democrats, particularly in the House of Representatives, are going to want to do,” he said of impeachment. 

“That of course, is a political question and I think politically speaking it would be a mistake for them to do it. It sounds like some of them are inclined to go down that road.”

“The number one takeaway from this report, is that there was no collusion,” he added. “We’ve got people, who for the last two years have been using the Russian’s attempt to undermine the legitimacy of our electoral process, as an effort within this country to undermine this president, and the process by which he was elected. But there was no collusion. … Not a scintilla of evidence supports that.”

Lee also said though colleague Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, was deeply critical of the Trump administration as revealed in the Mueller report, “there’s nothing in this report that changes my view of this president”

“I don’t think most Americans, I don’t think most senators, most members of Congress, I don’t think most Americans will have their view of the president of the United States changed by this report,” he asserted.

He criticized the report, however, for often being “odd” and “confusing.”

“For example, when [Mueller] talks about obstruction, I think it’s odd to say ‘I’m not going to make a recommendation, but I’m going to sound like I’m making a recommendation,’” Lee  said, adding: “It’s full of double negatives. It’s kind of confusing.”

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Tiger woods celebrates after winning the 2019 Masters
Golf – Masters – Augusta National Golf Club – Augusta, Georgia, U.S. – April 14, 2019 – Tiger Woods of the U.S. celebrates on the 18th hole after winning the 2019 Masters. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

April 16, 2019

(Reuters) – CBS Corp said on Tuesday that the broadcast of the Masters final round live coverage averaged 10.8 million viewers, making it the most-watched golf broadcast since last year’s Masters final round.

The final 18 holes, in which Tiger Woods came from behind to win his first major title in 11 years, was watched by 37.2 million viewers in total, up 41 percent from last year’s live coverage. It was the most watched Masters Sunday in six years.

The victory led to an outpouring of praise from world leaders and U.S. President Donald Trump said he would award Tiger Woods the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Broadcast of the live coverage of the final round was moved to Sunday morning due to weather, which affected its ratings. The match was the most-watched morning golf game in 32 years.

Sunday’s final round was rebroadcast in the afternoon. The live coverage peaked with 18.3 million viewers from 2:15 to 2:30 p.m. ET.

Woods’ win is seen boosting the golf business he helped transform 25 years ago.

(Reporting by Kenneth Li; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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Tiger Woods’ impressive comeback victory on Sunday at the Masters golf tournament was surely a gift for CBS Sports.

Despite his lack of major wins in recent years, Woods’ remains the biggest draw in golf when it comes to TV ratings. CBS Sports chief Sean McManus said the combination of his underdog status and the closeness of the match right up until the last hole should translate to Nielsen gold for the Eye when the overnights roll in on Monday.

“When you’re in this business, you live for moments and events like this. They’re few and far between,” McManus told Variety in a telephone interview from Augusta National Golf Club in Augusta, Ga. He praised the work of the CBS Sports production team on the ground and in the booth for complementing the compelling work on the course by Woods and other players.

CBS Sports carefully drawn plan for covering the event was shuffled early Sunday when the final day of the tournament began hours earlier than planned — at about 9 a.m. ET rather than 2 p.m. ET as planned — because of the threat of a rain storm on the horizon.

“With something that is so historic in nature, when your team steps up in the way we did today, it’s a feeling of pride and exhilaration and satisfaction,” McManus said. “It’s a great day for Augusta National, a great day for golf and a great day for CBS Sports.”

McManus noted that the presence of Woods near the top of the leaderboard is typically worth a triple-digit boost to ratings. “He really has an effect unlike any other player,” McManus said. Already, CBS’ coverage of Saturday’s third-round was up 5% from the comparable day last year. Woods’ win makes him second only to the legendary Jack Nicklaus in total Masters’ wins, with five to Nicklaus’ six. Woods’ most recently took home to a green jacket from Augusta in 2005.

McManus said he was particularly pleased that in the moment when Woods’ sealed his win, and minutes later when Woods embraced his children on the sidelines, the CBS Sports in-studio team led by Jim Nantz let the pictures do the talking.

“I give our announcers a lot of credit for letting those scenes play out with no commentary,” McManus said.

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FILE PHOTO: NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament First Four-Arizona State Sun Devils vs St. John's Red Storm
FILE PHOTO: Mar 20, 2019; Dayton, OH, USA; St. John’s Red Storm head coach Chris Mullin dribbles the ball down the court in the second half against the Arizona State Sun Devils in the First Four of the 2019 NCAA Tournament at Dayton Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

April 9, 2019

Chris Mullin stepped down as St. John’s head coach on Tuesday, with speculation falling on Arizona State coach Bobby Hurley as his replacement.

“We thank Coach Mullin for all of his contributions to our men’s basketball program,” athletic director Mike Cragg said in a statement.

“St. John’s basketball progressed well during his tenure, culminating with a trip to the NCAA Tournament this past season. Coach Mullin has a deep passion for this program and he has been committed to helping our student-athletes achieve their goals on and off the court, so I know this was not an easy decision. We wish him and his family nothing but the best as he begins this new chapter of his life.”

Mullin went 59-73 at his alma mater, taking the Red Storm to one NCAA Tournament — this season’s First Four, where they lost to Hurley’s Sun Devils. Hurley is “expected to be at the top of St. John’s list” of replacements, according to a Sunday report from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.

Hurley is a New Jersey native and has a background with Cragg, who spent more than 30 years in various administrative roles at Duke, his time intersecting with Hurley’s playing days with the Blue Devils from 1989-93.

Rick Pitino told the New York Post on Tuesday that he would be interested in the job, but he wants an apology and to be cleared publicly by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. Louisville fired Pitino in September 2017, in part because the government alleged Pitino was part of a play-for-pay scandal involving five-star recruit Brian Bowen.

Pitino has maintained his innocence. Now coaching in Greece, he denied to the Post that he reached out to St. John’s on Monday.

“I think the AD is a Duke man and Bobby Hurley was a great Duke player, and I think he would be an excellent choice,” Pitino said.

Hurley is 73-58 in four seasons at Arizona State and 115-78 in six years as a college head coach, including two years at Buffalo.

Mullin, a Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member, holds the St. John’s record of 2,440 points, set from 1981 to 1985. He went on to a 16-year NBA career in which he was a five-time All-Star.

St. John’s went 21-13 this season but last week lost its top recruiter, Matt Abdelmassih, who joined new Nebraska coach Fred Hoiberg. The Red Storm’s best player, junior guard Shamorie Ponds (19.7 points, 5.1 assists, 4.1 rebounds, 2.6 steals), has announced that he will enter the NBA draft.

The departures continued after Tuesday’s announcement. Junior guard Justin Simon (10.4 points per game) has plans to enter and stay in the NBA draft, according to Rothstein, while backup guard Bryan Trimble Jr. has entered his name into the NCAA transfer portal, a source told ESPN.

–Field Level Media

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FILE PHOTO: NFL: Kansas City Chiefs at Denver Broncos
FILE PHOTO: Dec 31, 2017; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Broncos running back De’Angelo Henderson (33) dives for a touchdown against Kansas City Chiefs cornerback Kenneth Acker (25) and cornerback Keith Reaser (40) in the second quarter at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

April 9, 2019

The NFL released the 65-game 2019 preseason schedule Tuesday, kicking off with the Hall of Fame game between the Denver Broncos and Atlanta Falcons on Aug. 1 in Canton, Ohio.

After the Broncos-Falcons clash (NBC, 8 p.m. ET), there are four nationally televised games scheduled for Week 2 of the preseason and three more for Week 3.

The Week 2 slate includes the Oakland Raiders at Arizona Cardinals (ESPN, 8 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 15, and the New Orleans Saints at Los Angeles Chargers (CBS, 4 p.m.) on Sunday, Aug. 18.

Week 3 action includes the Jacksonville Jaguars at Miami Dolphins (FOX, 8 p.m.) on Thursday, Aug. 22, and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Tennessee Titans (NBC, 8 pm.) on Sunday, Aug. 25.

The Dallas Cowboys will face the Los Angeles Rams in Honolulu on Aug. 17, the NFL’s first preseason contest at Aloha Stadium since 1976.

The Super Bowl LIII champion New England Patriots will square off against the New York Giants in the preseason finale for the 15th straight season.

Specific dates and times for the remaining games will be released later this offseason.

–Field Level Media

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Top House Democrats plan to press Attorney General William Barr on his handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian collusion during a hearing Tuesday before the House Appropriations Committee, according to CBS News.

Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., plans to tell Barr the way he handled the report was “unacceptable” and his letter about the report “raises more questions than it answers.”

Mueller completed his 22-month investigation probe into whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia on March 22. Two days later, Barr sent a four-page letter to Congress summarizing Mueller’s findings.

“I must say, it is extraordinary to evaluate hundreds of pages of evidence, legal documents, and findings based on a 22-month long inquiry and make definitive legal conclusions in less than 48 hours,” Lowey, the chairman of the committee, will say. “Even for someone who has done this job before, I would argue it is more suspicious than impressive.”

Rep. Jose Serrano, D-N.Y., will ask Barr about reports some members of Mueller’s team say the report was more damaging than Barr revealed.

“The American people have been left with many unanswered questions; serious concerns about the process by which you formulated your letter; and uncertainty about when we can expect to see the full report,” he will say.

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FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks beside Honduras' President Juan Orlando Hernandez during a multilateral meeting at the Honduran Ministry of Security in Tegucigalpa,
FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen speaks beside Honduras’ President Juan Orlando Hernandez (not pictured) during a multilateral meeting at the Honduran Ministry of Security in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, March 27, 2019. REUTERS/Jorge Cabrera/File Photo

April 7, 2019

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is expected to resign, CBS News reported on Sunday, citing two unnamed officials.

CBS said it was unclear if her departure would be voluntary.

(Reporting by Diane Bartz; Editing by Peter Cooney)

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Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen  Nielsen was meeting with President Donald Trump Sunday afternoon and is expected to resign, according to a tweet from CBS News correspondent Paula Reid:

“JUST IN: Two US officials tell @CBSNews DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen meeting with President Trump at 5pm, expected to resign.”

More to come …

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Democratic presidential primary contender, Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan, said Sunday he supports the Obamacare healthcare model, but also favors a “public option” — a government-run heath insurance agency.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Ryan said Democrats need to rally around “issues we can unify around and pass” if they want to retake the White House, suggesting healthcare as an example.

“I want more people to have more affordable coverage,” he said. “I want there to be some kind of public option where middle class people who work hard and play by the rules can get some help so they’re not getting squeezed by the pharmaceutical companies and the health care companies.”

“And so what does that look like after it goes through the process? It ended up with the Affordable Care Act, so I voted for it,” he said. “I also supported the public option in the Affordable Care Act but we couldn’t get it done. I’m saying let’s move the ball forward. President Trump and the Republicans right now want to kick people off of healthcare. That’s going in the wrong direction.”

Ryan said his other presidential platform priority is “creating an industrial policy in the United States.”

“We are getting our clocks cleaned by China right now when it comes to electric vehicles, when it comes to solar panels, when it comes to additive manufacturing,” he said.

“These are areas that are growing significantly and for electric vehicles there’s two million electric vehicle cars now, there’s going to be 30 million in 2030. Who’s going to make those cars? I want us to be making those cars in the industrial Midwest in America.”

He added it will involve “public-private partnerships.”

“The old coal community, steel communities, rubber and auto communities that have lost jobs the last 30 years, there’s been no plan to help those communities at all. That’s going to be a priority for me and we’re gonna get it done.”

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Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Sunday bitterly lashed out at Attorney General William Barr as a “biased defender” of the Trump administration, saying his summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was unreliable.

In an interview on CBS News’ “Face The Nation,” Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said the panel is “entitled” to see the full report. 

“We’re hearing leaks that Barr misrepresented in his so-called summary letter what’s in the report, that he sugar coated it, that he made it look more favorable for the president than it was,” Nadler said. 

“I dismiss what [Barr] said. He’s a biased defender of the administration and he’s entitled to be defending the administration but he is not entitled to withhold the evidence from Congress.”

Nadler indicated if necessary, lawmakers could go to court to ensure they’ll see even grand jury data in the Mueller report.

“Congress has a right to the entire report with no redactions whatsoever so we can see what’s there,” he said. “We’re entitled to see it because Congress represents the nation. And Congress has to take action on any of it. So we’re entitled to see all of it.”

“We would have to go the court to get the release of the grand jury information but that has happened successfully in every previous situation,” he added. “And it’s not up to the attorney general to decide with respect to that or with respect to other material that he decides Congress can’t see.”

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