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Arizona Republican accused of turning grade school visit into rant about young Iranian ‘suicide bombers’

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A Gilbert, Arizona man accused Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ) of leaving his daughter shaken following a visit to her charter school, KPHO-TV reported.

“The congressman chose to give an example of the current situation in Iran,” Scott Campbell said. “[He] made some inappropriate comments about ‘Do you know what a nuclear weapon is? Do you know that there are schools that train children your age to be suicide bombers?'”

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Salmon allegedly made the remarks during a speech to second and third-graders at San Tan Charter School. The congressman has not commented on the allegation. The Hill reported that he is considering a primary challenge against Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) next year.

Campbell said Salmon showed “a terrible lack of judgement” during his visit, saying he needed to console his daughter.

“After school my daughter was very concerned and said to me she actually didn’t even know what suicide was and was very afraid,” he said.

Two years ago, Salmon told Tony Perkins, head of the anti-LGBT Family Research Council, that House Republicans were “the last bastion of freedom” in the party’s efforts to block President Barack Obama’s legislative agenda.

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Watch KPHO’s report, as aired on Sunday, below.

[h/t MSNBC]

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Mnuchin admits White House has transcript of Ukraine call and ‘they’re going to be kept confidential’

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin confirmed on Sunday that the White House does have a transcript of President Donald Trump's call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

During an interview on NBC's Meet the Press, host Chuck Todd asked Mnuchin if he had an objection to Congress' request to see a transcript in which Trump allegedly asks Zelensky to open an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.

While confirming that a transcript of the call exists, Mnuchin said that House Democrats have no right to see it.

"What I have a problem with is Congress asking for a transcript between world leaders," he told Todd. "I think that those are confidential discussions and that’s a difficult precedent."

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‘Should we talk about Ivanka?’: MSNBC guest calls for Trump family investigation if Biden’s son is scrutinized

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's call for an investigation of Joe Biden's son Hunter over his Ukraine dealings, an "AM Joy" guest said if Congress is going to investigate politician's kids why not start with Ivanka Trump and her brothers Don Jr. and Eric.

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan called out President Donald Trump for his "brazenness" going after the former vice president's son.

"There's so much to say about this story, as for the Ukrainian denials, what are they going to do, come out and say, 'Yes, Donald Trump did pressure our president eight times in a single phone call'? It's absurd." Hasan began.

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Lindsey Graham drives bus over Trump kids to get to Biden: ‘You can’t investigate one family and not the other’

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) suggested on Sunday that the children of both President Donald Trump and Joe Biden should be investigated.

While speaking to Fox News host Maria Bartiromo, Graham was asked if he is calling for an investigation into Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and his son over dealings in the Ukraine. President Donald Trump allegedly also asked Ukraine's president for help with the Bidens.

"Yeah, I want the Department of Justice to appoint somebody to look at the role the Ukraine played if any in the 2016 elections," Graham told Bartiromo. "There are a lot of allegations out there how Ukraine fed information maybe to the Democrats."

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