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Fox News’ Tucker Carlson vented his frustration on Friday with Democrats, criticizing them for their reaction to President Trump giving Attorney General William Barr authority to declassify information related to the origins of the Russia probe and accusing them of trying to “distract” Americans.

“Politicizing the Justice Department, that’s what they’re concerned about? Politicizing the Justice Department didn’t seem to be a main concern when FBI agents spied on and then slandered [former Trump campaign aide] Carter Page an entirely innocent American citizen. When another two FBI agents were caught talking about an insurance policy against trump becoming president, and then promising to stop him, that wasn’t politicizing the Justice Department either according to them,” Carlson said on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

Trump on Friday promised to uncover the origins of the Russia investigation for all to see after he approved the declassification of documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., criticized the president for allowing classified materials to be released.

“While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies.  The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase.  This is un-American,” Schiff tweeted Thursday.

Carlson called Schiff a “nut case” and accused Democrats of trying to distract Americans.

“For two and a half years we listened to their absurd theories about Russian collusion. The goal was to distract us from the implications of the 2016 election. And more broadly to keep Americans from noticing what is happening to their country. The dying small towns, the needles and garbage flooding the big cities, the overrun border, the Middle Eastern wars that persist for no reason. The grotesque and growing income inequality on the coast. The rise of China abroad, etc. these are actual problems. In some cases they are full-blown crises,” Carlson explained.

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Carlson added, “They need solutions and serious people to think about those solutions every day this farce about Russia and coverups continues is another day that America gets weaker and more divided.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Why are Obama-era intelligence officials so concerned with President’s Trump’s call to declassify information regarding the origins of the Russia probe?

“Because we don’t know exactly what they did,” Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York said Friday on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.”

Trump vowed Friday to uncover the origins of the Russia investigation for all to see after he approved the declassification of documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

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“We are exposing everything,” the president said Friday.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., blasted the president for allowing the release of classified materials, calling it a “corrupt escalation of the president’s intention” to politicize the intelligence community.

York argued that the president and Attorney General Barr are trying to get to the bottom of a story that has become a public concern.

“We are learning in dribs and drabs something we need to have a bigger picture on that’s what the president and attorney general are trying to get at,” York said.

As for concerns that confidential material will be released York says that that will be Barr’s job to ensure that what needs to remain confidential will.

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“There are a few things that need to stay secret. Most of it can be released. These are judgments that the attorney general is going to make to give the public an idea of what happened,” York said.

York added, “But, in this, especially since it’s a matter of such public concern, one party has wanted to use this Trump-Russia affair to try to remove the president from office. I mean, there is the highest need for public knowledge about this.  This is the president’s way by delegating it to the attorney general to do it a fairly orderly but fast fashion.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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Is there a double standard for President Trump in his war of words with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?

Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich says there is and criticized Democrats and the media for favoring Pelosi. Indeed, Pavlich defended the president for defending himself.

“I love how the phrase ‘getting under someone’s skin’ is now defined by simply responding to attacks. Remember how [then-Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett] Kavanaugh defended himself and everyone’s like, ‘he’s too angry to be on the Supreme Court.’ This is basically the same thing,” Pavlich said Friday while co-hosting “The Five.”

TRUMP CALLS OUT PELOSI FOR ACCUSING HIM OF A ‘COVER-UP’ DURING INFRASTRUCTURE MEETING

“She accuses him of a cover-up in front of everybody to appease her Democratic caucus after an impeachment meeting, and then wonders why the president would have something to say about her behavior and what they are doing.”

Trump and Pelosi went back and forth Thursday, with the speaker asking the president’s family to hold an intervention for Trump due to his meeting walkout Wednesday. Trump responded by saying Pelosi was “not the same person, she’s lost it.”

Pavlich called out MSNBC host Joe Scarborough for saying Friday that the president was “pre-dementia.”

“People very close to him told us that he feared he was pre-dementia, that he had changed. You watch Donald Trump in the late 1980s, even in the 90s, you watch him now, he is completely changed,” Scarborough said.

“Can we talk about the media again doing their own self-diagnosis of the problem? Like, you’re not allowed to make any jokes right now about Jerry Nadler having an issue, but people like Joe Scarborough are allowed to go on national television and say that people have told him without actually naming anybody, that the president is pre-dementia,” Pavlich said.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Nadler, D-N.Y., had to receive medical attention Friday after a health scare at an event in New York City.

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His office said he merely felt ill but did not faint, disputing reports. A spokesman for Nadler told Fox News that the congressman “seems to have been dehydrated.”

Pavlich criticized members of the media for speculating on the president’s health.

“I remember when … we weren’t allowed to ask about anybody’s health when it came to that, but now news anchors are diagnosing people’s mental health,” Pavlich said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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In a biting monologue Thursday night, Fox News’ Laura Ingraham went after Nancy Pelosi, saying the House speaker has an “obsession” with President Trump, calling her “the leader of the do-nothing party” and questioning her mental fitness.

“Nancy Pelosi doesn’t seem well,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle. “The Pelosi I remember was a hard-charging California congresswoman with big, bold legislative ideas. Although Republicans opposed her Obama-era tax-and-spend, the stimulus or her ObamaCare cramdown, at least she was doing something. But now she spends her days obsessed with President Trump, muttering and sputtering,”

TRUMP SLAMS DEMS AS ‘DO NOTHING PARTY,’ CALLS POST-MUELLER PROBES A ‘FISHING EXPEDITION’

Ingraham mocked Pelosi, playing clips of the lawmaker from San Francisco struggling to find her thoughts at news conferences.

The back-and-forth between Trump and Pelosi continued Thursday with the speaker asking the president’s family to hold an intervention with the president due to his meeting walkout Wednesday. Trump responded by saying Pelosi was “not the same person, she’s lost it.”

Ingraham agreed with Trump.

“Number one, when you cannot produce a coherent thought, maybe it’s time to hang it up. Number two, you’ve had the gavel for four months and you have nothing to show for it but resistance. And number three, you as leader of the Democrats are doing a grave disservice and real damage to America by repeatedly refusing to recognize the legitimacy of the duly elected president of United States and his appointed Cabinet,” Ingraham said.

Ingraham also played clips of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden struggling with his speech and implied that both Biden, 76, and Pelosi, 79, were too old to hold positions of power in the Democratic Party.

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“Both Joe Biden, the 2020 front-runner, and Speaker Pelosi are not just out of step for the American people on key issues, to watch and to observe them, we see that they have lost a step or two or three. Period,” Ingraham said.

“They look like they belong in commercials for Visiting Angels. They shouldn’t have their hands on any levers of power. Stay away. Yesterday she seemed to struggle with the whole subject-verb-direct-object thing.”

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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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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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Do some media hosts owe Americans an explanation for hosting now disgraced anti-Trump attorney Michael Avenatti?

Greg Gutfeld made that argument Thursday on “The Five,” calling out networks and shows who lauded Avenatti and saying that the lawyer explored their “weakness” for attacking the president.

“It is pathetic how quiet they are. [MSNBC host] Stephanie Ruhle should address — she called him brother. Isn’t that sweet? They embrace him. You know why? He showed everyone how easy it is to commandeer the media and exploit their weaknesses and what were their weaknesses?” Gutfeld said.

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Avenatti is facing new criminal charges and is accused of identity theft and fraud against his onetime client, adult film star Stormy Daniels, who alleged she had a sexual relationship with Donald Trump years before he took office as president.

Avenatti allegedly stole $300,000 from Daniels’ book deal advance, which prosecutors claim he used to “maintain his extravagant lifestyle, including to pay for, among other things, a monthly car payment on a Ferrari.” The disgraced attorney already faces dozens of other criminal charges and is looking at the possibility of more than 300 years in federal prison.

The Greg Gutlfeld Show” host continued to criticize the networks for hosting Avenatti, saying they used him to do their “dirty work.”

“He was there do MSNBC’s and CNN’s dirty work.  He jumped on the horse and rode it to CNN’s guest heap,” Gutfeld charged. “But they should — they have a responsibility to address the mistakes. I have done that when I make a mistake.”

However, co-host Juan Williams defended the networks for having Stormy Daniels’ lawyer on air during the coverage of that story, before adding they had no idea what Avenatti was doing.

Gutfeld used Williams’ point to give credit to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

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“He got vindicated,” Gutfeld said. “So, I think Tucker deserves a pat on the back and everybody at CNN and MSNBC they should come forward and say what they did wrong.”

Fox News’ Joseph A. Wuhlfsohn contributed to this report.

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Life, Liberty & Levin” host Mark Levin unloaded on Democrats Wednesday night and called President Trump the “most abused president in American history.”

“This president is the most abused president in American history. I could care less if they think he has abused power, you know who is abusing power? The courts that you just mentioned. Do you know who is abusing power? These chairmen who issue these outrageous subpoenas against his family for his bank accounts and all the rest. Then they pretend we’re in a constitutional crisis when the president dares to say no and take them to court to get in front of one of these Obama judges, then you see what they do,” Levin said on “Fox News @ Night with Shannon Bream.”

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Tensions between top Democrats and Trump flared Wednesday as Trump walked out of a meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. Minutes before the meeting Pelosi accused Trump of engaging in a “cover-up” prompting Trump to demand Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

If Nancy Pelosi wants to try to impeach the president of United States, half of this country will be furious at all those phony Democrats who were elected in these Republican marginal districts, I hope they enjoy their one term.

— Mark Levin

Levin not only aimed his ire at Pelosi, but also Federal judges appointed by former President Obama.

A federal judge in New York ruled Wednesday that two banks that did business with President Trump must comply with congressional subpoenas seeking access to his financial records.

Levin promised to “push back” against impeachment proceedings argued against the rulings made by “Obama judges” promising a fight from the president’s supporters.

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“Just because they issue subpoenas doesn’t mean they got to take down a president and his family. This is going to be challenged and fought and if Nancy Pelosi wants to try to impeach the president of United States, half of this country will be furious at all those phony Democrats who were elected in these Republican marginal districts, I hope they enjoy their one term. There’s going to be push back. People will make sure there is push back. I’m going to make sure there is push back,” Levin said.

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Fox News’ Laura Ingraham said Wednesday that House Speaker Nancy Peloi’s actions today proved that Democrats are “uninterested” when it comes to working with President Trump.

“I still remember, maybe some of you do, as well, when Democrats actually cared about issues like the abuse of government authority, the overreach of the surveillance state, the presumption of innocence. But all of that went out the window, all of those principles, when key figures in the Obama DOJ became obsessed to their core, every fiber of their being, with taking out Trump,” Ingraham said on “The Ingraham Angle,” referencing the investigation into the origins of the Russia probe.

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Shortly before a meeting to discuss infrastructure with Trump Wednesday Pelosi accused the president of engaging in a “cover-up” prompting the president to cut the meeting short and call for Democrats to end their investigating during a Rose Garden presser.

Ingraham says those comments by Pelosi and her actions afterwards probe that Democrats are do not plan to do anything except stall the president’s agenda.

“That move naturally infuriated the president, and it revealed once and for all that the Democrats are uninterested in actually working with the president to solve problems. Their sole goal, to stall his agenda through 2020. The people be damned,” Ingraham said.

PELOSI SCRAMBLES TO TAMP DOWN TRUMP IMPEACHMENT FRENZY IN CAUCUS

The Fox News host also called Democratic leaders “unserious.”

“I am now convinced that these are just totally unserious people up on Capitol Hill. They are more interested in grandstanding in the Democrat party than doing almost anything constructive for the people who put them there into office,” Ingraham said.

Ingraham touted the president’s work despite the opposition and criticized Pelosi for not working.

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:”Think about Trump. Despite everything he has been through, investigations, all the accusations he was a traitor, he was working with Putin, all of these ridiculous charges. He pushed through policies that have revved up this economy that have resulted in increased wages, stoking manufacturing jobs, consumer confidence way out. And meanwhile, what has Pelosi actually accomplished?” Ingraham said.

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