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House Republicans ‘not flinching’ on Trump-Russia investigation: ‘It’s not a story playing back home’

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House Republicans accused the Democrats of playing politics by demanding a full probe of reported communications between the Trump campaign and Russian intelligence.

Rep. Devin Nunes, chairman of the House intelligence committee, reacted angrily Wednesday to calls for an expanded probe after the New York Times and CNN reported on extensive and unexplained contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia, reported Politico.

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“The Democrats can play their politics all they want; they’re welcome to do that, this is Washington,” Nunes said. “But as far as I’m concerned, we will continue to investigate the Russian activity like we’ve done for many years.”

The House panel has been investigating the alleged ties, but Nunes refused to consider a select committee — as called for by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

“There is not going to be one; I can tell you there is absolutely not going to be one, and I am not going to be lectured by people who are speaking out of both sides of their mouths,” Nunes told Politico.

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One senior House Republican admitted “there is great angst and concern about this amongst members,” the website reported, but GOP lawmakers have so far argued the House intelligence probe was sufficient.

“We support the president and we’re not flinching on this one,” another House Republican told Politico. “It’s not a story playing back home. Our focus is on other issues — we have big agenda items we want to accomplish.”

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) said Tuesday that Republicans should remain focused on rolling back health care reform instead of investigating why Michael Flynn stepped down as national security advisor over his communications with Russia.

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“I just don’t think it’s useful to be doing investigation after investigation, particularly of your own party,” Paul told Fox News. “We’ll never even get started with doing the things we need to do like repealing Obamacare if we’re spending our whole time having Republicans investigate Republicans. I think it makes no sense.”

Nunes continues to blame any election interference on Obama, who he argues did not do enough to act on intelligence reports — but the GOP congressman sounds like the Senate majority leader, who resisted attempts to probe Russian hacks as political witch hunts.

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Senate Majority Mitch McConnell (R-KY) was briefed, along with other lawmakers from both parties and President Barack Obama in September on the alleged hacks.

According to the Washington Post, McConnell “raised doubts about the underlying intelligence and made clear to the administration that he would consider any effort by the White House to challenge the Russians publicly an act of partisan politics.”

Obama ultimately decided not to act before the election without bipartisan support to avoid the appearance of helping Hillary Clinton, his former rival and secretary of state.

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Nunes, who doubted the evidence of Russian interference in that Dec. 9 Post report, praised the FBI director’s decision to reveal a new probe of Clinton’s emails just days ahead of the election.

“FBI Director James Comey is right to reopen the investigation and pursue all leads until we know the full extent of Clinton’s misconduct and the full extent of the harm she did to our national security,” Nunes said Oct. 28. “In light of these circumstances, it’s impossible to see how Director of National Intelligence James Clapper can believe Clinton or any of her implicated staffers should ever again be provided access to classified information.”


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WATCH: John Oliver exposes Trump’s lies about vote-by-mail — and the Fox News ‘cult’ claiming the election is already ‘rigged’

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"Last Week Tonight" host John Oliver's main story Sunday refuted President Donald Trump's latest crusade against vote-by-mail. Trump announced on Twitter that the more people who vote in an election, the more Republicans tend to lose. So, he wants fewer people to have access to the ballot in November, even if people are too scared to go out during the coronavirus crisis.

Oliver called out Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R-MO), who outright told people not to vote if they were too afraid to vote in the local elections next week.

"Well, hold on there," Oliver interjected. "Voting is a right. It has to be easy to understand and accessible to anyone."

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John Oliver rips Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for urging ‘order’ from people of color — but never demanding it of police

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John Oliver opened his Sunday show, shredding Fox News host Tucker Carlson for uring "order" among protesters, but refusing to urge "order" to police and "wannabe police" who can't stop killing people.

It's a lot, Oliver explained. "How these protests are a response to a legacy of police misconduct, both in Minneapolis and the nation at large and how that misconduct is, itself, built on a legacy of white supremacy that prioritizes the comfort of white Americans over the safety of people of color."

While some of it is complicated, Oliver conceded, most of it is "all too clear."

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Cars set on fire blocks from White House as DC protests turn violent

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The Washington, D.C. protests turned violent as the city approached the 11 p.m. curfew the mayor instituted Sunday afternoon.

The policy of D.C. police is that when they are attacked, they advance forward. So, when fireworks were fired, the line of officers began pushing the protesters back further from the White House. Behind the line of police officers also stand a line of National Guard troops that President Donald Trump has demanded stand watch in the city.

Lights that normally shine on the White House have also been turned off, reporters revealed.

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