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A former state lawmaker in Colorado has been ticketed for providing alcohol to an underage campaign worker, according to reports.

Former state Rep. Rochelle Galindo, 29, a Democrat from Greeley, was elected last November but resigned May 12 amid an investigation into the allegation, which was not public at the time Galindo departed.

Galindo was also facing a recall effort, the Denver Post reported.

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In a statement accompanying her resignation, Galindo blamed “smear tactics” by political opponents, Denver’s FOX 31 reported.

“The allegations against me are false,” Galindo wrote, according to the station. “That said, they will make my fight against the pending recall effort untenable. I will not put my constituents through what will surely be a recall campaign based on political smear tactics and false allegations. Instead, I will resign my seat as the elected representative of House District 50, effective immediately.”

Former Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. (Facebook)

Former Colorado state Rep. Rochelle Galindo. (Facebook)

The probe was launched after a 19-year-old worker from Galindo’s campaign alleged that she and the then-candidate had an inappropriate sexual relationship, according to the Post.

But the younger woman ultimately declined to pursue legal action and authorities found no evidence to bring charges, the report said.

The unnamed college intern feared possible retaliation for alerting authorities, a 21-page police report says, according to the Greeley Tribune.

The report says the young woman claimed that Galindo would jokingly compare her to Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern from a scandal involving former President Bill Clinton.

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The young woman told authorities that she and other interns would consume wine while making calls to potential campaign donors. In her case, the drinking would sometimes lead to sex with Galindo, the Tribune reported, citing the police report.

Another aide to Galindo was also accused of providing alcohol to underage interns, the newspaper reported.

A vacancy committee will select a replacement for Galindo on June 2, the report said.

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The acting head of the Department of Homeland Security is disputing accusations that U.S. authorities are continuing to separate children from their families.

“First of all, that is not happening. We’re separating children in maybe one case a day out of the 3,000 families arriving,” Kevin McAleenan said Thursday in an exclusive interview on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

“It’s very rare,” he added. “It’s for the safety of the child first and foremost.”

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McAleenan, 47, a native of Hawaii, was appointed to DHS by President Trump in April, after the departure of former Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. He previously served as a commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, a unit of DHS.

On Thursday’s show, McAleenan responded to a clip of MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski talking about family separations on Thursday morning.

“This is our responsibility as a country and as a nation,” Brzezinski said. “We are not being given answers as to what is happening to small, young children, to teenagers, to girls, to boys [who were] being taken away from their families, from their parents and left alone in our custody.”

McAleenan also discussed his recent appearances on Capitol Hill asking for funding, including a hearing where Rep. Lauren Underwood, D-Ill., asked him about the effects of separating children from their families at the border. She closed by claiming that children in U.S. custody were living in poor conditions and alluded to news reports that several children in U.S. custody had died.

McAleenan told Ingraham that he objected to Underwood’s depiction of the situation.

“It’s a sad state of affairs in our politics but we have an actual crisis and we have solutions on the table and clarity of what the men and women on the border need from Congress and yet that is the kind of thing we are hearing,” McAleenan said.

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McAleenan also spoke about illnesses afflicting migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border.

“We are seeing younger children arriving sicker every single day. We had an H1N1 outbreak yesterday at McAllen [Texas] station, the infectious disease with the teenager who passed away on Monday. It looks like he had the flu, a very virulent strain of the flu, H1N1. We have seen measles, we’ve seen mumps, folks in ICE custody that are quarantined due to mumps. It’s a tremendous challenge,” McAleenan said, adding that the situation with smugglers exacerbates the illnesses.

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Democrats are “tortured” by the issue of whether to impeach President Trump, one Republican congressman said Thursday in reaction to news that Trump has given Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify documents regarding the origins of the Russia investigation.

“It’s really strange to hear the speaker of the House question the president’s mental state. What I see is the question of impeachment is torturing the Democratic Party,” U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida said on Fox News’ “Hannity.”

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“If the president needs an intervention I think Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her caucus need to go on ‘Dr. Phil’ and talk about their feelings and figure out how to deal with this question.”

“If the president needs an intervention I think Nancy Pelosi and the rest of her caucus need to go on ‘Dr. Phil’ and talk about their feelings and figure out how to deal with this question.”

— U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.

Pelosi on Thursday urged members of the Trump family, White House staff, and administration officials to stage an “intervention” for President Trump

Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr.

Gaetz said those involved in the intelligence community who began the Russia collusion narrative will begin to turn on each other.

“I think as we get closer to the target you’re going to see more of a circular firing squad start to start among those people who were so ready to derail the presidency that they took illegal action,” he said.

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Gaetz also noted that Thursday’s news meant that intelligence personnel from the Obama era who were allegedly involved in the Russia probe could soon face consequences.

“I think what’s most important from this executive order is that it shows that Comey, Clapper and Brennan are all in jeopardy,” Gaetz said. “If this was just a question of misconduct at the FBI, the president wouldn’t have given the attorney general sweeping authority to compel the production of evidence from the intelligence community.”

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The New York federal judge who ruled on Wednesday that the Trump administration must comply with two subpoenas from House Financial Services and Intelligence Committees has donated in the past to a slew of big name Democrats — including two who currently sit on those committees, according to federal election filings.

After an hour of oral arguments, Barack Obama-appointed U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos ruled the subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Capital One have “a legitimate legislative purpose,” and that Trump was unlikely to prevail in a lawsuit to quash the requests. Judges have the option to recuse themselves if there is an appearance of bias.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

U.S. District Judge Edgardo Ramos.

Federal election records show that, when he was a partner at the law firm Day Pitney LLP, Ramos sent $350 to Connecticut Democrat Rep. Jim Himes from 2007 to 2008, as well as $500 to elect New York Rep. Nydia Velazquez in 2010. Himes sits on both the Intelligence and Financial Services Committees, while Velazquez sits on Financial Services.

Ramos also contributed $1,000 to Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s Senate campaign in 2009, another $1,000 to the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and several thousand dollars over several years to Obama for America.

Trump’s lawyers had asked Ramos to temporarily block Congress from gaining access to the records. They said it was a “safe bet” they would appeal the decision.

Ramos’ ruling came two days after another federal judge in Washington upheld a congressional subpoena seeking financial documents dating back to 2011 from Trump accounting firm Mazars USA. It also comes a day after Trump blocked former White House lawyer Don McGhan from appearing before the House Judiciary Committee.

Some congressional Republicans have characterized the subpoenas as an abuse of authority and blasted the Trump-focused investigations.

Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, the ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, called the inquiry into Mazars USA “an unprecedented abuse of the Committee’s subpoena authority to target and expose the private financial information of the President of the United States.”

Fox News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and President Trump’s recent back-and-forth is making Democrats “look ridiculous,” according to Mike Huckabee.

Pelosi, D-Calif., is in a “real tough spot” but is getting bested by Trump in their disagreements, Huckabee asserted Thursday during an appearance on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.”

The Republican former governor of Arkansas told host Laura Ingraham that Trump is not allowing criticism from Pelosi to go without response.

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“He is not allowing her to go out there, call him a criminal, saying he is committing crimes by covering things up and then walk over to his house and look him in the eye and pretend that she wants to do some legislation. He is calling her out,” Huckabee said.

“[President Trump] is not allowing [Nancy Pelosi] to go out there, call him a criminal, saying he is committing crimes by covering things up and then walk over to his house and look him in the eye and pretend that she wants to do some legislation. He is calling her out.”

— Mike Huckabee

Huckabee claimed Democrats “have nothing right now” and are frustrated that the Russia investigation did not go the way they wanted.

“Now they are a bunch of kids who are looking for Easter eggs on the Fourth of July. They just won’t let this go. It’s making them look more and more ridiculous,” Huckabee charged.

Huckabee claimed Trump is not playing any “ridiculous D.C. semantics game” and instead is speaking bluntly to a leader of the opposing party.

“She’s not the same person. She’s lost it. … She is a mess,” Trump said of Pelosi at a Thursday news conference.

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The president’s remarks came after Pelosi appeared to suggest at her weekly media briefing that Trump’s family should have a frank discussion with him about his temperament.

“I wish that his family or his administration or his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country,” Pelosi said, adding she is praying for him and the nation.

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How costly would a war with Iran be for the U.S.? One 2020 presidential candidate says it would be “devastating.”

U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii, a U.S. military veteran who served in Iraq and Kuwait, laid out a bleak scenario for the U.S. if the country was to engage in military action against Iran.

“I know where this path leads us and I’m concerned because the American people don’t seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be,” Gabbard said Thursday during an appearance on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

“I know where this path leads us and I’m concerned because the American people don’t seem to be prepared for how devastating and costly such a war would be.”

— U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii

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The 38-year-old former member of the National Guard, who has been a member of the U.S. House since 2013 after serving as a Hawaii state lawmaker, told host Tucker Carlson that a war with Iran would embolden the Islamic State and other terrorist groups and put American military personnel at odds with the very militias they are training now.

“So, what we are facing is, essentially, a war that has no frontlines, total chaos, engulfs the whole region, is not contained within Iran or Iraq but would extend to Syria and Lebanon and Israel across the region, setting us up in a situation where, in Iraq, we lost over 4,000 of my brothers and sisters in uniform,” Gabbard said. “A war with Iran would take far more American lives, it would cost more civilian lives across the region.”

Gabbard also said a U.S.-Iran war would likely send millions of refugees fleeing into Europe, further destabilizing that continent.

“Not to speak of the fact that this would cost trillions of taxpayer dollars coming out of our pockets to go and pay for this endless war that begs the question as a soldier, what are we fighting for? What does victory look like? What is the mission?”

The Pentagon on Thursday presented proposals to the White House for sending military reinforcements to the Middle East to beef up defenses against Iran as tensions heighten in the region, Fox News learned.

Meanwhile, in comments aired by Iranian state-run media, Maj. Gen. Mohammad Hossein Baqeri, chief of staff of the Iranian Armed Forces, declared that the U.S. was an “arrogant and pharaonic threat” that invited “all Iranians to enter the fields of jihad, full alert, and the mobilization of more power.”

During his conversation with Gabbard, Carlson asserted that President Trump is not interested in a war with Iran but national security adviser John Bolton “clearly is.”

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Gabbard then criticized Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and reiterated that a war with Iran would not benefit the U.S.

“How does a war with Iran serve the best interest of the American people of the United States? And the fact is it does not,” Gabbard said. “It better serves the interest of people like [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin] Bibi Netanyahu and Saudi Arabia who are trying to push us into this war with Iran.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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Democrats critical of President Trump would prefer to hurl insults and launch investigations instead of passing meaningful laws, a Republican congressman claimed Thursday.

Rep. Lee Zeldin, R-N.Y., charged on “Hannity” that Democrats would rather investigate Trump.

He said they would rather seek impeachment proceedings than legislate to the benefit of the American people.

“They have pledged to resist oppose, impeach, everything and anything,” he claimed. “They would prefer to insult, incite and investigate rather than legislate and it’s unfortunate.”

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The Long Island lawmaker claimed Democrats believed they could “obstruct and investigate” enough to lead America toward “greater prosperity [and] greater freedoms.”

Zeldin said such a thought was absurd.

He also claimed some Democrats engaged in a “double standard” and were practicing “moral equivalency” when speaking about abortion rights.

Zeldin pointed to comments from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., who said on the House floor she was “frustrated” with the abortion debate.

Omar claimed, “when it comes to [some politicians’] life and their choices, they want to talk about freedom, but when it comes to other people’s lives and other people’s choices, they want to talk about religion.”

Zeldin said people instead should be “speaking up against abortions and standing firm.”

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Earlier this month, Omar defended abortion access as multiple states — particularly Alabama — passed laws imposing abortion restrictions. “Women’s rights are human rights,” she previously tweeted.

“No child or woman should be forced to have pregnancy against her own will. These laws do not protect women’s rights, it protects the violator committing these crimes,” she said alongside an article about Alabama’s ban.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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Los Angeles County’s Board of Supervisors voted this week to enact a one-year ban on official travel to Alabama over that state’s controversial abortion law, which all but outlaws the procedure.

Supervisor Hilda L. Solis, who co-authored the motion with Supervisor Sheila Kuehl, called the law an “attack not only confined to the residents of those states but an act of aggression upon all of us.”

The motion prohibits officials conducting business on behalf of the county from traveling to Alabama except for emergency response, training or assistance or “legally required matters where the failure to authorize such travel would seriously harm the County’s interests,” Solis said in a statement.

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This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor's Office via AP)

This photograph released by the state shows Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signing a bill that virtually outlaws abortion in the state on Wednesday, May 15, 2019, in Montgomery, Ala. (Hal Yeager/Alabama Governor’s Office via AP)

“We must stand in solidarity and in opposition against extremist and unconstitutional laws that put the health and wellbeing of families at risk,” she added. “The constitutional and human right to a safe and legal abortion is part of the very fabric of the United States. As such, Los Angeles County will stand against all attempts to dismantle the protections afforded by Roe v. Wade and the U.S. Constitution.”

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Alabama’s anti-abortion law makes performing one a felony in nearly all cases except for when the mother’s life is at risk. It does not make exceptions for rape and incest. Republican Gov. Kay Ivey signed the legislation earlier this month, prompting protests and calls from pro-choice advocates to boycott the state.

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“Everyone knows that banning abortion won’t stop women from accessing abortion services even when it puts them in unsafe medical situations,” Kuehl said.

Solis said a letter will be sent to Ivey and other Alabama state lawmakers notifying them of the travel restriction. Another letter will be sent to governors of other states — Arkansas, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Utah – that have passed or floated similar anti-abortion bills.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claim of a presidential “cover-up” is the second generation of the Russia collusion “witch hunt,” according to a White House spokesman.

Deputy Press Secretary Hogan Gidley made the claim Thursday on “The Story,” describing the continuing Democrat push for further investigations as “the Russia collusion hoax witch hunt 2.0.”

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Gidley claimed Democrats first accused President Trump of, “colluding with a foreign power without proof or evidence,” but have been forced to move on to another charge.

“Now, Nancy Pelosi is saying the president is engaged in a cover-up without proof and without evidence,” he said.

Gidley implored the media to ask Democrats to prove their probes into the Trump administration are valid, adding that Democrats should show their cards.

“If you have all of this proof, why are we going through with the investigations?” Gidley asked. “It’s not the president who’s suffering here. He’s doing well.”

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He said he believes the American people want their government to, “roll up their sleeves and get to work,” but Democrats “refuse to do that.”

The comments came after Trump on Wednesday demanded Democrats end what he called their “phony investigations” before he’ll negotiate with them on issues like infrastructure, as he delivered a fiery statement from the Rose Garden after cutting a meeting short with Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

The flare-up comes as top Democrats have steadily ramped up pressure on the Trump administration. On Tuesday, the Justice Department reached an agreement with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., to turn over some documents related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, in a rare de-escalation. But it only came after Democrats issued a subpoena, one of many that congressional Democrats have approved for Trump-related investigations. They’ve also pursued a contempt citation against Attorney General Bill Barr and could do the same for former White House counsel Don McGahn.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released another joint video Thursday in which they pressed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin over his role in Sears’ 2018 bankruptcy — implying that he made money off of American workers’ hardships.

Americans, Warren argued, deserved a “Treasury secretary who fights for them — not someone who spent a decade raking in cash for himself at the expense of hundreds of thousands of Sears employees.”

The video highlighted ties between Mnuchin and Eddie Lampert, Mnuchin’s old college roommate and the subject of a lawsuit claiming he improperly stripped Sears of its assets. Lampert, the former CEO and Chairman of Sears, appointed Mnuchin, also named in the lawsuit, to Sears’ board before driving “the company into the ground,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

“He is a walking example of what happens when rich and powerful people put other rich and powerful people into power,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Mnuchin.

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The progressive lawmakers implied that Lampert either intentionally or carelessly saddled the department store with debt, allowing him to make “billions” while millions of people lost their jobs.

“Instead of investing in the company, he sucked about $6 billion in value out of it,” Warren said of Lampert, “and then did stock buybacks which certainly made him a lot of money.”

In a letter sent on Thursday, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez gave Mnuchin until June 13 to provide answers to questions related to his work with Lampert. It also questioned whether, as a Treasury official, he engaged in any unethical behavior related to Sears.

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“We are deeply concerned by the financial engineering and potentially illegal activity that took place at Sears Holding Corporation while you served on the company’s board,” the letter read.

“In addition, we are concerned that, as Treasury Secretary, you are in position to take actions that benefit Sears’ shareholders and owners at the expense of workers and taxpayers.”

At the end of the video, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez portrayed themselves as fighters for the American people. “We think the American people deserve answers and we’re out there to fight for them,” Warren said, as Ocasio-Cortez nodded.

The Treasury Department did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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It’s unclear how Mnuchin will respond, although he’s already pushed back on another congressional demand relating to President Trump’s tax information. The lawmakers’ letter was the latest in a series of Democratic efforts to investigate the Trump administration as the 2020 election approaches.

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Warren, a 2020 hopeful, reportedly sought Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement and has tried to highlight their relationship in joint videos. The two adopted a lighter tone when they discussed the “Game of Thrones” finale during another video released on Tuesday.

During that video, they seemed to unify behind criticism that the show missed its shot at providing viewers with a feminist ending.

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