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Sen. Lankford: Expecting Mueller's Final Report In The "Coming Days"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 23:24
In an interview on this week's edition of 'Meet the Press,' Sen. James Lankford said senators expect the final report on Russia's election interference "in the coming days." CHUCK TODD, NBC: It's still an open question of whether more Americans helped or not. Is that correct, sir? SEN. JAMES LANKFORD: It is an open question. And I hope that does get resolved quickly. That's something that we've working on in a bipartisan way. We're working on a bipartisan report to be able to come out on that. And we expect Mueller to also come out with his final report in the coming days.

Mollie Hemingway: "Disappointing" To See Joy Behar Mock VP Pence's Religious Beliefs

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:35
On Sunday's edition of FOX News Channel's "MediaBuzz," Mollie Hemingway slammed Joy Behar for her comments this week mocking Vice President Mike Pence's religious beliefs as "mental illness." "It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you," Behar said about Pence on 'The View' this week. "Christians believe that God talks to them through His word. This is a basic Christian belief and not something that really should be held up for mocking or ridicule," Hemingway explained. MOLLIE HEMINGWAY: Christians can handle this type of ridicule, they are used to it. It is something that is disappointing to see regularly in the media. This is a particularly comedic version of it, but you see this tenor of coverage. Christians, along with some people in other religious groups believe that God does speak through words. The gospel reading this week is, 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. Christians believe that God talks to them through His word. This is a basic Christian belief, and not something that really should be held up for mocking or ridicule.

'The View' Host Joy Behar Mocks VP Mike Pence's Christian Faith As "Mental Illness"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:28
In a segment on 'The View' this week, co-host Joy Behar took a shot a Vice President Mike Pence's Christian faith, saying that talking to Jesus is one thing, but hearing Jesus talk to you could be described as "mental illness." Behar made the comments in response to a clip of fired WH staffer and 'The Apprentice' star Omarosa Manigault discussing how she felt uncomfortable around Pence. "As bad as you think Trump is, you would be worried about Pence… everyone that is wishing for impeachment might want to reconsider their life," Omarosa said on 'Celebrity Big Brother' this week. "I am Christian, I love Jesus, but he thinks Jesus tells him to say things." Joy Behar then said: "It's one thing to talk to Jesus. It's another thing when Jesus talks to you." Behar said hearing voices qualifies as a "mental illness."

Sessions on Hillary Clinton Email Investigation: "We Are Going to Restore the Rule of Law"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:20
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with FOX News Channel's 'Sunday Morning Futures' hosted by Maria Bartiromo, discussed as much as he can about the Justice Department's investigation into the Hillary Clinton email case. "We're going to do our job in his department properly and correctly," he said. "We can't do that in the media we're going to restore the rule of law." Sessions also said that he has no regrets about recusing himself from investigations regarding the 2016 campaign, saying: "No one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant." MARIA BARTIROMO: So you feel there are matters you can get into, for example, there's a lot of feeling out there that the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation was a sham. Loretta Lynch told Jim Comey to call it a matter and that's exactly what he did. In fact, it was a criminal investigation; we know that he wrote an exoneration letter Jim Comey did before he even did the interview with Hillary Clinton. What have you learned in terms of the opening reopening of the Hillary Clinton e-mail investigation? Will there be charges? Will there be accountability here sir? ATTY. GEN. JEFF SESSIONS: Maria, we're going to do our job in his department properly and correctly, and I'm not going to be led into a discussion of all the details of matters that you might be interested in. We can't do that in the media we're going to restore the rule of law, we're to restore propriety in how cases are managed and that's all I can promise you. BARTIROMO: Do you regret recusing yourself from anything related to Russia sir? SESSIONS: I believe I did the right thing, they only thing I could do. I participated in this campaign and as such under explicit regulations of the Department of Justice; no one can participate in the investigation of a campaign in which they were an active participant.

Sessions: Illegal Leak Against General Mike Flynn Is Being Investigated "Aggressively"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 22:10
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with FOX News Channel's 'Sunday Morning Futures' hosted by Maria Bartiromo, said that the Justice Department is "aggressively" investigating the leak of a phone call between former national security advisor Gen. Mike Flynn and the Russian Ambassador. Background: Washington Post: How Mike Flynn Was Undone By A Phone Call "We're going after this aggressively," Sessions said about the leak of the transcript of Flynn's call. "I am directing it personally... and we're pursuing it aggressively." Sessions also said that there are currently 27 open investigations regarding leaks of classified information. "In the last two years before I became Attorney General there were each year there were three open investigations of classified leaks now we have 27," he noted. MARIA BARTIROMO: There are felonies apparently that have already taken place. I mean we had on this program just last week, the chairman of the Intel committee Devin Nunez and he said there are felonies that are going, not looked at all they're going by over and over listen to what he told me just last Sunday. REP. DEVIN NUNES: The big felony in all of this that nobody talks about from the very beginning was the leak of highly classified information when they leaked the phone call of the Russian ambassador talking to General Mike Flynn right before the inauguration. That was a felony, nothing's ever been done about it. BARTIROMO: Is your office investigating this sir? SESSIONS: That is a violation of the law, to leak classified documents and it is being investigated. I will say this, the last two years before I became Attorney General there were each year there were three open investigations of classified leaks now we have 27 we're going after this aggressively. I am directing it personally, some of the matters involve this matter and some of it is a matter I am not recused on and we're pursuing it aggressively.

Sessions: FISA Abuse in Obama Administration "Will Be Investigated... We're Not Going to Allow That to Happen"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:52
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, in an interview with FOX News Channel's 'Sunday Morning Futures' with Maria Bartiromo, promised that there would be an investigation into alleged FISA abuse by the Obama administration during the 2016 election. "Every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate. That will be investigated and looked at," Sessions said. "I'm not going to talk about the details of it, but I tell you we're not going to allow that to happen." MARIA BARTIROMO: You mentioned lawlessness. There appears to have been a lot of lawlessness going on in government over the last 8 or 10 years, and I want to ask you about the abuses of the FISA Court because any way you look at it appears the FBI and the Department of Justice were abusing their power over the election because they simply did not like Donald Trump. We know that and a number of issues. Now people wanted you to start handing down justice. Newt Gingrich joined me on this program last Sunday. Here's what he had to say about that. Listen to this, Mr. Attorney General. NEWT GINGRICH: He is not in any way recused on this information. He should be appointing an independent counsel. He should be demanding that we get to the bottom of this. I'm totally mystified because he's a great guy, he's a solid conservative, he certainly in his career has been a fighter, and this behavior is just totally unlike everything I knew about Jeff Sessions before the last six or eight months. BARTIROMO: Are you, sir, investigating the fact that the FBI used the dossier to get a wiretap against Trump associates and they did not tell the FISA Court that the Democrats and Hillary Clinton paid for that dossier? SESSIONS: Let me tell you, every FISA warrant based on facts submitted to that court have to be accurate. That will be investigated and looked at, and we are not going to participate at the Department of Justice in providing anything less than the proper disclosure to the court before they issue a FISA warrant. Other than that, I'm not going to talk about the details of it, but I tell you we're not going to allow that to happen.

'Russia Today' Touts WH Spox Hogan Gidley Telling 'Fox & Friends' The Democrats Caused "More Chaos" Than Russia

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:06
'Russia Today,' the Kremlin-backed news propaganda station, tweeted Sunday morning about an interview on Saturday morning's 'Fox & Friends' with White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley. ‘Democrats & MSM wreaked far more havoc than Russians' – White House spokesman— RT (@RT_com) February 17, 2018 "I think this is important too, [Russian meddling] did not affect the outcome of the election whatsoever. What the Russians were trying to do is outlined by Deputy Atty. Gen. Rosenstein is create chaos in the American election system. And I'll say this: There are two groups that have created chaos more than the Russians and that's the Democrats and the mainstream media,” Gidley told 'Fox and Friends' on Saturday morning. "[They] continued to push this lie on the American people for more than a year, and frankly Americans should be outraged by that," Gidley also said. RT added in their write-up of the interview: "Russia has repeatedly denied any allegations of wrongdoing, meddling and collusion in relation to the 2016 election. Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Saturday that until facts are presented by Washington, 'everything else will be just blather.'" .@hogangidley45: "There are two groups that have created chaos more than the Russians and that's the Democrats and the mainstream media.”— Fox News (@FoxNews) February 17, 2018

CNN's Stelter: President Trump's Latest Tweetstorm Makes Him Appear "Deeply Troubled," "Unhinged"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 21:00
CNN's Brian Stelter called President Trump's latest tweetstorm "unhinged" and "deeply troubling" on Sunday's edition of 'Reliable Sources": BRIAN STELTER, CNN: This has been a talking point from pro-Trump media ever since Friday that there is a link between the FBI's failure and the ongoing Russia probes. This is nonsensical... The tweets have continued all weekend long. Here are just some of the tweets from the president. You look at what he is doing here. He is undercutting his own national security adviser, he is ranting and raving about the fake media, he has got tweets riddled with misspellings and profanity. I don't know. Maybe in person, President Trump is cool, calm, and collected. But on Twitter, he sounds deeply troubled. He sounds unhinged. This is why questions about his fitness for office are so urgent. This is the biggest story that I see happening right now. Very sad that the FBI missed all of the many signals sent out by the Florida school shooter. This is not acceptable. They are spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign - there is no collusion. Get back to the basics and make us all proud!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 The Fake News of big ratings loser CNN.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 If it was the GOAL of Russia to create discord, disruption and chaos within the U.S. then, with all of the Committee Hearings, Investigations and Party hatred, they have succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. They are laughing their asses off in Moscow. Get smart America!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Now that Adam Schiff is starting to blame President Obama for Russian meddling in the election, he is probably doing so as yet another excuse that the Democrats, lead by their fearless leader, Crooked Hillary Clinton, lost the 2016 election. But wasn't I a great candidate?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 Finally, Liddle' Adam Schiff, the leakin' monster of no control, is now blaming the Obama Administration for Russian meddling in the 2016 Election. He is finally right about something. Obama was President, knew of the threat, and did nothing. Thank you Adam!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 I never said Russia did not meddle in the election, I said "it may be Russia, or China or another country or group, or it may be a 400 pound genius sitting in bed and playing with his computer.” The Russian "hoax” was that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia - it never did!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018

President Trump Tweeted How Much He Liked This Interview Of Ken Starr With FNC's Maria Bartiromo

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 20:58
The president tweeted Sunday morning that Ken Starr's interview with Maria Bartiromo on 'Sunday Morning Futures' was "powerful" and "really great." Thank you to KenStarr, former Independent Counsel, Whitewater, for your insight and powerful words on FISA abuse, Russian meddling etc. Really great interview with @MariaBartiromo— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018 "We're now aiming our guns so to speak where they should be aiming. I think we should stop pointing fingers at one another in this country and realize who the real enemy is. The real enemy here is not within, it is without... These were spies," Starr said about the indictment Friday of 13 Russians for their role in the 2016 election. "It was an effort to pit us against one another and [Russian President] Vladimir Putin has succeeded." Starr also talked about the issue of FISA abuse raised in the Nunes memo, saying: "There are real issues in terms of the transparency of senior officials of US government with FISA court." "The FISA court was developed and created to be a safeguard to protect American liberty against executive branch excess," Starr said. "But there's an assumption there. That is the government—the Justice Department, or the FBI or whomever—is being honest and transparent. And there was a real breakdown there."

'Face The Nation' Panel: Retiring GOP Lawmakers Discuss The Future Of The Republican Party

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:12
Senator Jeff Flake and Representatives Charlie Dent, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ed Royce join guest host Nancy Cordes to discuss why they decided to retire from Congress and the future of their party.

McLaughlin Group: Gun Control Debate, Kelly's WH Headaches, Putin vs. YouTube, Romney For Senate

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 19:03
RCP columnist A.B. Stoddard joins 'McLaughlin Group' host Tom Rogan and panelists Pat Buchanan, Eleanor Clift, and Clarence Page.

Limbaugh on Russia Probe: "Obama Is The Primary Person Being Protected Here"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:53
In an interview with 'Fox News Sunday' host Chris Wallace, syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh said the "primary" objective of the Mueller probe is to protect Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama from prosecution for their effort to "destroy Trump." "It hasn't changed from the get-go," Limbaugh said. "It is about protecting Hillary and Obama." "Obama is the primary person being protected here," he explained. "Because all of this spying and all of his collusion to destroy Trump happened with his knowledge and probably encouragement. And the reason Hillary isn't charged is because that would mean Obama would have to be exposed as participating in the scheme too." WALLACE: Let me pick up on that because you say that the real scandal here is the effort by the Clinton campaign and the Obama administration to try to sabotage candidate Trump and now President Trump. LIMBAUGH: Oh, there's no question about it. And if you look at this indictment -- and I've had people say, does this mean that Hillary could be indicted -- or Fusion GPS? No, because this indictment doesn't charge anybody with -- with collusion. It says they've defrauded the United States with mail fraud and wire fraud and -- you can't get the Fusion GPS or Steele people. The real collusion. And there's no question about this. This is a paid political opposition research document that was made to look like legitimate intelligence. It perhaps was used to defraud the FISA court. The real collusion -- WALLACE: You're talking about the dossier -- the Steele dossier her? LIMBAUGH: Steele dossier. And -- and pretty much everything that they've used. I mean in every story -- I -- I was on this program one year ago, one year ago, and I told you that this whole thing that Trump colluded with the Russians was bogus, that there was never going to be any evidence for it and did not happen. Every news story about it since then has included that, just like this indictment right here. No allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant, nor is there any allegation the scheme affected the outcome of the election. WALLACE: But -- but what -- LIMBAUGH: Bingo. WALLACE: But, Rush, let me ask you, I mean -- LIMBAUGH: There isn't -- WALLACE: The president's -- LIMBAUGH: There isn't going to be. WALLACE: The president's top foreign policy advisor in the campaign, in the first couple of weeks of his White House, General Michael Flynn, has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. So has another campaign advisor, George Papadopoulos. Aren't you at least curious to find out what they have to say? LIMBAUGH: Well, in the Flynn -- I'm glad you bring that up. In the Flynn episode, we have learned sense that the people that conducted the interview with Flynn, Peter Strzok, did not believe he lied. A number of other people in the FBI did not believe Flynn lied. And yet Flynn's under indictment, cops a plea for lying. WALLACE: So why -- LIMBAUGH: Was Flynn told -- WALLACE: So, wait a minute, why do you think he pleaded guilty? I mean it was an indictment. He pleaded guilty. LIMBAUGH: Maybe he wasn't told -- well, because they had run him dry. His family was being destroyed. His -- his financial net worth was destroyed. He was being broken. He had to -- he had to stop the bleeding. The question was, what was Flynn told by the FBI, by James Comey? Was Flynn told by the special counsel -- by the way, the FBI does not believe he lied in their interview, in your interview with them. That seems to me to be crucial. And the new judge in this case I think is going to take that up. So I -- I -- I think this is all politics and it's -- Chris, it hasn't changed from -- from the get-go. It is about protecting Hillary and Obama. Obama is the primary person being protected here because all of this spying and all of his collusion to destroy Trump happened with his knowledge and probably encouragement. WALLACE: All right. LIMBAUGH: And the reason Hillary isn't charged is because that would mean Obama would have to be exposed as participating in the scheme too.

Charles Lane: Russia Indictments "A Warning To The American People" About National Division

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:31
Via Fox News Sunday panel: Washington Post columnist discusses the indictment of 13 Russian nationals by special counsel Robert Mueller. CHARLES LANE, "THE WASHINGTON POST": It's a fascinating document on many levels. On the legal level, of course, none of these Russians are ever going to be prosecuted. We can forget about that. CHRIS WALLACE, "FOX NEWS SUNDAY": Because they're all in Russia and they won't be extradited? LANE: Yes. And -- but -- but to your point about the collusion, clearly they were at pains to show there's no collusion in this part of the story. Left open still is the question about the Donald Trump meeting with the people allegedly peddling dirt on Hillary. That hasn't been resolved. So that could raise collusion in some form. And then, of course, the big, open question is obstruction and whether there was anything in that regard. But what I see is Mueller sort of going piece by piece and he has sort of finished off this piece, the Russian toll farm and propaganda. Between the lines of this indictment, I -- especially since it's not going to lead to any prosecutions -- I read it almost as Robert Mueller's statement, almost like a warning to the American people, see how evident it is to our adversaries that our internal divisions are getting to the point where they can be manipulated from the outside. And he was almost, I think, in the form of this indictment, issuing a wake-up call to the American people about the need for more national unity.

'Face The Nation' Panel: Florida High School Students Push #NeverAgain Gun Control Movement

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 18:28
Marjory Stoneman Douglas students David Hogg, Alex Wind, Emma Gonzalez, and Cameron Kasky discuss what lawmakers need to do to prevent another tragedy like the one in Parkland, Florida this week.

Rep. John Ratcliffe: Mueller Indictment Clearly States No American Was Involved In Russian Conspiracy

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:31
GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe (TX-4) told 'Fox & Friends' on Sunday morning that the indictment of 13 Russians by special counsel Robert Mueller is "good news for the president." REP RATCLIFFE: Remember, the charge to Bob Mueller was to investigate whether or not the Russians interfered with the election, and whether or not there were any links to the Trump campaign. The 37-page indictment lays out for the first time how the Russians actually did interfere and meddle in the election. But very clear in Mueller's indictment and in Rod Rosenstein's press conference, it lays out how no Americans, including anyone involved with the Trump team, was wittingly involved in this particular conspiracy

Schiff: Friday Indictments Do Not Vindicate Trump, Only "One Element Of Russian Active Measures"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:21
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined Dana Bash on CNN's 'State of the Union' today to discuss the latest indictment from Special Counsel Mueller of 13 Russian nationals for 2016 election interference. Schiff also discussed President Trump's refusal to enforce sanctions on Russia passed by the Congress. "Of course not, but this is a president who claims vindication anytime someone sneezes,” Schiff said in response to the president's tweet that the indictment of 13 Russians proves he did not collude. "What this indictment sets out is information about only one element of the Russian active measures campaign that involving their use of social media to influence attitudes, to motivate people to protest, to essentially infiltrate our political system through the cyber-sphere. It doesn't contain any of the allegations that are really most known to the public, and that is the Russian hacking into the democratic institutions, the Russian publishing of stolen information."

Politics & Prose: David Frum Discusses His New Book "Trumpocracy: The Corruption Of The American Republic"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:13
David Frum, former White House speechwriter and senior editor at The Atlantic, discusses his book, "Trumpocracy", at Washington D.C. bookstore Politics and Prose, on 2/7/18. Via Politics and Prose: Frum's ninth book expands on his eye-opening March 2017 Atlantic column, "How to Build an Autocracy,” which argued that Trump is leading the nation into authoritarianism. An experienced Washington insider and one of the country's leading conservative commentators, Frum examines the implications of Trump's behavior as well as his policies. From Trump's admiration for strongmen such as the Philippines' Roderigo Duterte and Turkey's Tayyip Erdoğan to the president's threats against the media, his impulsive decision-making, and flouting of tradition and even law, Frum sees evidence that Trump's presidency, if left unchecked, will seriously damage America's democratic future.

Podesta: Russia "Could Have Tilted The Election in Donald Trump's Favor"

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 17:02
John Podesta, the chairman of Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign, suggests that the indictments of 13 Russian nationals for waging an "information warfare" campaign against Clinton show that the Russians could have "tilted the election in Donald Trump's favor." "If this is information warfare, then I think he's the first draft-dodger in the war," Podesta said about Trump. JOHN PODESTA: We had more staff in Wisconsin than even President Obama had in 2012. But, but I think that begs the question, I think we, we focused on the places we thought were that were you know in contest, and at the end of the day, we fell short in those states. And I think that this active measures effort by the Russians could have tilted the election in, in Donald Trump's favor. But I think what the real issue is, is how he's reacted to that. And in that context, if we're - if this is information warfare, then I think he's the first draft-dodger in the war. I mean, he has done nothing but tried to undermine the Mueller investigation, he hasn't implemented the sanctions that he -- was passed by the congress and that he signed in reaction to the, to the activities in the 2016 election. We learned this week, he's ordered no effort to try to get the intelligence community to get together to try to prevent further activities in the 2018 election. NANCY CORDES: Why do you think that is? Do you think it's because to do so would be to admit that somehow the Russians might have influenced this election? JOHN PODESTA: Well, you know, I think that Mr. Trump's psyche is complicated and people have said a lot, a lot about it, but he certainly can't accept that this activity may have helped him, and I think he just constantly tries to move the ball away, including what was, I think, really a despicable tweet about the fact that he's blaming the FBI for investigating the Russia investigation and somehow relating that to the tragic killings in Florida. But you know who knows with Mr. Trump? But he clearly, I think, has failed in carrying out his duty as president of the United States, which is to protect our democracy. NANCY CORDES: Midterm elections are coming up, and it's been reported that Democrats are telling your former boss, Bill Clinton, that in light of the Me Too movement, they, they think he should sit it out, he should be benched, and they're not looking for him to actively campaign for them. Is that true? And do you think that that's the right call? JOHN PODESTA: Look, I think he remains, I think, a figure who is popular with a lot of Democrats across the country. And I think that people are calling him, candidates are calling him and asking for advice. But whether he's going to be an active participant, I think that's not you know really on the top of his mind right now. I think he's doing other things, and, and people make their own judgments about whether he can be helpful in the campaign. NANCY CORDES: Do you think it's a good idea, very quickly, for him to sit it out? JOHN PODESTA: Well, you know, look, I think that, that if I was advising a campaign and a candidate about what to do, I would, I would sort of judge whether he can be helpful. And I think some places he can be, and probably some places he's more of a lightning rod. Watch Podesta's full interview on Sunday's edition of CBS's 'Face The Nation':

'Fox News Sunday' Panel: Will Washington Respond To FL Shooting? Has Trump Been Cleared In Russia Probe?

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:42
FNC's Chris Wallace hosts Michael Needham, Charles Lane, Julie Pace, and Mark Lotter to discuss the shooting this week at a Florida high school and the indictments of 13 Russians in the Mueller probe.

'Meet the Press' Roundtable: Another School Shooting, Another Debate About Guns

Sun, 02/18/2018 - 16:38
Hallie Jackson, Carol Lee, Rick Santelli and Cornell Belcher discuss the fallout from the latest mass shooting, and why Washington still seems unable to respond.