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Secret Service is asked to investigate Sen. Richard Burr after he suggests Clinton should be shot

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) has been reported to Secret Service after he was caught on tape this week joking that gun owners should think about shooting Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

In an audio tape obtained by CNN, Burr said that “nothing made me feel better” than seeing Clinton’s picture on the front of a rifle magazine during a recent visit to a gun shop.

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“I was a little bit shocked at that — it didn’t have a bullseye on it,” he quipped to supporters.

Burr later apologized and acknowledged that the remarks were “inappropriate.”

The group Democratic Coalition Against Trump on Monday asked the Secret Service to take the threat seriously.

“On Monday evening, the Democratic Coalition Against Trump reported the threats made against Secretary Clinton by Senator Richard Burr to the North Carolina Secret Service,” according to a statement from the group.

“Thanks to Donald Trump’s place at the top of the ticket, Republicans, namely Senator Richard Burr, believe that they can joke about bullseyes being placed on the back of someone running for the highest office in the country,” Democratic Coalition Against Trump Senior Advisor Scott Dworkin explained. “We cannot allow this type of rhetoric to continue in our political system- I can only hope it all will end when Trump is defeated next week.”

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Watch CNN’s report about the incident below.

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Lindsey Graham quickly scuttles press conference after being linked to Ukraine scheme

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) did not appear at a Wednesday press conference after reports linked him to a highly-controversial Ukraine scheme.

According to The Daily Beast, President Donald Trump's attorney, Rudy Giuliani, provided Graham with a letter lobbying for sanctions on Ukrainian officials. The letter was obtained through Giuliani associate Lev Parnas.

Fox News reported on Wednesday morning that Graham was expected at a press conference -- but the senator never showed.

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Trump White House sends formal threat to John Bolton — and warns him not to publish his book: CNN

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CNN is reporting that the Trump White House has sent a formal threat to former national security adviser John Bolton aimed at blocking the publication of his upcoming tell-all book about his time working for the president.

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‘The worst I’ve seen’: Conservative reacts in horror to Trump’s ‘dangerous’ abuse of executive powers

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Conservative Quin Hillyer has long been an advocate of restraining the power of the executive branch under both Democratic and Republican presidents -- and now he thinks it's time for the United States Senate to clamp down on President Donald Trump.

In his latest column for the Washington Examiner, Hillyer argues that the strongest defense of Trump's conduct lies in an expansive view of executive power that makes the president virtually unaccountable for any wrongdoing.

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