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Even these Republicans think Comey made the wrong call disclosing Clinton email probe

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Since James Comey’s decision Friday to inject the FBI into the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton and her supporters have blasted the director’s “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling” disclosure. But while the Clinton campaign’s indignation over Comey’s letter may seem like politics-as-usual, a surprising number of Republicans are likewise angry over the director’s move.

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1. Joe Walsh

Ex-Congressman Joe Walsh is a far cry from a Clinton fan—he is, after all, the same former Republican representative who last week insisted he’s “grabbing [his] musket” if Donald Trump loses on November 9th.

But in a series of tweets Sunday, Walsh called Comey’s decision “wrong and unfair” to Clinton.

Monday, Walsh continued his Twitter rant against Comey, joining the chorus of calls for more  information from the FBI director.

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2. Jim Jordan

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Ohio Republican Jim Jordan Monday blasted Comey for mishandling the Clinton investigation, arguing it was “probably not the right thing” for the FBI directory to do “this close to the election.”

“I think this was probably not the right thing for Comey to do, the protocol here, to come out this close to an election,” Jordan said in Kilmeade and Friends. “But this whole case has been mishandled and now it is what it is.”

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Jordan noted that considering Comey hosted a July press conference where he effectively closed the case on Clinton’s emails, the FBI directory “probably did have to send a letter to Congress,” but he also argued “all of this has been wrong from the get go in the way it’s been handled.”

3. Newt Gingrich

In one of the most startling twists of the 2016 election, longtime Clinton critic Newt Gingrich said “John Pedestal and Hillary Clinton are right” in calling on the FBI director to release more information on the Clinton investigation, insisting “Americans have a right to know.”

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4. Jeanine Pirro

Vocal Trump supporter Judge Jeanine Pirro Saturday blasted Comey for violating “the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

“One of the most revered agencies in our nation’s history—now seen as putting its finger on the scales of justice—should not now be front and center,” Pirro said Saturday on her Fox News show Justice. ”You know I support Donald Trump and want him to win, but whether it’s Hillary Clinton or anyone else, Comey’s actions violate not only longstanding Justice Department policy…but the most fundamental rules of fairness and impartiality.”

Pirro even related Comey’s Clinton announcement to her own 2006 run for New York State Attorney General.

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“In the home stretch of a statewide campaign, the Justice Department and the FBI violated their own policy against making public statements that could affect an election, and announced to the press they were opening an investigation of me,” Pirro said.

“It was mean-spirited and nothing came of it, except the adverse publicity cost me at the polls.”

5. William Weld

Former Republican Mass. governor William Weld, who is currently running as the Libertarian vice presidential candidate, called Comey’s decision to disclose to the probe to Congress “disgraceful.”

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“I think it’s disgraceful. Ten days to go — I think it’s disgraceful,” Weld said on New Day Monday.

“I do not have my candidate hat on here,” Weld continued. “I have on my former Justice Department hat — honest. And I’m outraged by what’s going on here, because it’s such a violation of Justice Department policies, procedures, whatever.”

“They’re playing hit and run,” he added.. “There’s no way for Mrs. Clinton to know what the evidentiary basis is on which they made this update to their investigation, and they’ve said themselves they don’t know.”


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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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