Giuliani tries clearing up controversial CNN interview, says idea he set out to get Biden is ‘ridiculous’

President Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani aimed to clarify what he said in a recent CNN interview about his involvement with Ukraine investigating Joe Biden’s son Hunter, after the network’s Chris Cuomo accused him of contradicting himself. Giuliani first said no when Cuomo asked if he urged Ukraine to investigate Biden, saying instead that he asked the country to investigate allegations of election interference by Ukraine for the benefit of Hillary Clinton. He later said he did ask Ukraine to investigate a newly appointed prosecutor. Cuomo replied, “So, you did ask…

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Lindsey Graham warns FISA abuse will happen again ‘if somebody’s not punished here’

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., predicts that the long-awaited Justice Department Inspector General report on possible abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) will be released in the coming weeks, and said he hopes those guilty of wrongdoing finally face consequences. “What happens to the people who mislead the court? The FISA court, it’s an important court, but if the court doesn’t take this seriously then the question for me, who will?” Graham said on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” to host Maria Bartiromo. “If somebody’s not punished here, then there’ll…

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Biden’s campaign likely coming to an end — thanks to Clinton-linked Ukraine bombshell, Nunes says

California Rep. Devin Nunes predicted on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” that Joe Biden’s campaign is likely coming to an end — all because of newly resurfaced reports about his possible misconduct in Ukraine that “first originated back when Hillary Clinton was trying to make sure Biden didn’t get in the race.” The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee made the prediction as The Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll showed Sen. Elizabeth Warren surging ahead of Biden as the first choice of 22 percent of the voters surveyed, while Biden was the first choice of…

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Trump: Conversation with Ukrainian president ‘was absolutely perfect,’ touched on corruption, other issues

President Trump answered questions Sunday morning regarding reports that a whistleblower complaint may have accused him of wrongdoing related to a July phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, and insisted that there was “absolutely nothing wrong” with the substance of the discussion. Trump reportedly has been accused of asking Ukraine’s leader multiple times to work with Rudy Giuliani in investigating former Vice President Joe Biden’s son, and using military aid as leverage. Trump denied making any improper requests. UKRAINE FOREIGN MINISTER DEFENDS TRUMP’S CALL WITH ZELENSKIY: ‘I THINK THERE WAS…

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AOC calls out Dems for caution on Trump impeachment, signaling possible renewed feud with Pelosi

U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has apparently reached a boiling point over moderate House Democrats’ caution regarding the prospect of impeaching President Trump. The go-slow approach is personified by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with whom Ocasio-Cortez has had an often contentious relationship since the freshman lawmaker arrived in Washington just eight months ago. The New York Democrat told her more than 5 million Twitter followers late Saturday that the Democrats’ “refusal” to seek the removal of the president was a “bigger national scandal” than what she alleged was the president’s “lawbreaking…

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Pro-Second Amendment lawmaker tones down ad after Dem opponent calls it ‘violent rhetoric’

A Republican state senator in Virginia changed a Facebook campaign ad Friday after her Democratic challenger called the pro-Second Amendment post “violent rhetoric,” according to a report. State Sen. Amanda Chase’s original ad showed her at a gun range and read “I’m not afraid to shoot down gun groups,” prompting her opponent Amanda Pohl to call for an apology, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported. “This kind of rhetoric and threats towards those you disagree with from my opponent is disturbing,” Pohl wrote on Twitter on Friday. “I’m ready to listen to everyone in…

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Warren takes narrow lead over Biden in new Iowa poll, Sanders slips to third

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., surged ahead of former Vice President Joe Biden in a new poll of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers released late Saturday, with Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and South Bend, Ind. Mayor Pete Buttigieg slipping into a distant third and fourth, respectively. The Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom poll showed Warren as the first choice of 22 percent of the voters surveyed, while Biden was the first choice of 20 percent of the voters. By comparison, the Register poll in June showed Biden leading with 24 percent support, nine percentage points clear…

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State Department hits Russia over jailing of Jehovah’s Witnesses for ‘peaceful religious practice’

The State Department criticized Russian authorities Saturday over this week’s jailing of six Jehovah’s Witnesses for up to three-and-a-half years. “Deeply concerned by Russian court decision to jail six Jehovah’s Witnesses in Saratov for peaceful religious practice,” spokesperson Morgan Ortagus wrote on Twitter. “We urge Russia to respect its citizens’ rights to religious freedom and stop falsely accusing Jehovah’s Witnesses of extremism.” Reuters reported that a regional court in the southwestern city of Saratov found the men guilty of taking part in activities of an extremist organization. Russia’s Supreme Court ruled in 2017 that the…

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Ukraine foreign minister defends Trump’s call with Zelenskiy: ‘I think there was no pressure’

A top Ukrainian official on Saturday defended President Trump’s July phone call with Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy, during which Trump reportedly urged authorities in Kiev to investigate dealings in the Eastern European county by the son of former Vice President Joe Biden. “I know what the conversation was about and I think there was no pressure,” Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko told the Hromadske media outlet. “There was talk, conversations are different, leaders have the right to discuss any problems that exist. This conversation was long, friendly, and it touched on many questions, sometimes requiring serious…

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Bernie Sanders releases plan to eliminate all medical debt

U.S. presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders released a plan Saturday to eliminate $81 billion in medical debt for Americans, going a step beyond his Democratic rivals who have called for a government-run health insurance program. “In America today, it is unacceptable that one out of every six Americans have past-due medical bills on their credit report, totaling $81 billion,” Sanders said in a statement. Medical costs account for 66.5 percent of all bankrupticies, Sanders added. SUPREME COURT COULD HEAR GROUNDBREAKING CASE THAT CHALLENGES UN IMMUNITY  Sanders promised to pay off overdue medical…

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