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Key Republicans who held dozens of Benghazi hearings now eager to sweep Flynn scandal under the rug

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Congressional Republicans who hounded the Obama administration and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks on American personnel in Benghazi are not nearly as eager to investigate the Trump administration’s handling of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.

Reporter Jamie Dupress notes that Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R – UT), who is the chairman of the United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, told reporters on Tuesday that he doesn’t see any further need for a probe of Flynn, despite the fact that the White House kept him on as national security adviser for weeks after learning he might have been compromised by Russian spies.

“It’s taking care of itself at this point,” Chaffetz replied when asked if he had concerns over whether other aides knew that Flynn had lied about talking with the Russian ambassador about sanctions imposed against the country by the Obama administration in late 2015.

Similarly, Rep. Devin Nunes (R – CA), who serves as chairman of the United States House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, told CNN’s Manu Raju on Tuesday that he doesn’t plan on probing the Flynn scandal because he believes the president could use executive privilege to block Congress from looking into it.

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Nunes put out an official statement shortly after Flynn’s resignation that praised the general for “dedicating so much of his life to strengthening our national security.”

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‘He’s lost his mind’: Lindsey Graham’s latest defense of Trump’s racist attacks leaves Americans sick to their stomach

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was dragged over the coals on Thursday morning for defending Donald Trump's increasingly racist attacks on Somalia-born Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) saying it was "love it or leave it" 1968 politics having nothing to do with race.

Speaking with reporters the morning after Trump incited rallygoers to chant "send her back" after he launched an ugly attack on the Democratic lawmakers, Graham said the president couldn't be a racist because he would never encourage the repatriation of a Somali immigrant if they were wearing a MAGA hat.

Graham's glib defense outraged Twitter users who had already thought the conservative senator had hit rock bottom when it came to defending the president.

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Jeffrey Epstein denied bail — will stay in jail until sex trafficking trial

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A federal judge denied bail bail to Jeffrey Epstein after his arrest on sex-trafficking charges.

U.S. District Judge Richard Berman heard arguments from prosecutors and Epstein's attorneys Monday but waited until Thursday to issue his ruling.

Prosecutors argued that Epstein, who has pleaded not guilty, should remain jailed because he's a danger to the public and a flight risk, pointing to a phony passport listing a Saudi Arabia residence that was found in a safe at his New York home, along with cash and diamonds.

Defense lawyers insisted Epstein would not flee the country and asked for him to be released on house arrest at his Manhattan townhouse and equipped with GPS monitoring.

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The FBI believes Donald Trump and Hope Hicks discussed silencing Stormy Daniels with payments

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New court documents released from the Southern District of New York revealed that Hope Hicks and Donald Trump were both involved with the hush-money payments given to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

The information released were documents related to the search warrant for the campaign finance violations that former Trump fixer Michael Cohen pled guilty to. They were supposed to be fully unredacted, however, dozens of pages and names remain redacted.

"The government has effectively concluded its investigation of (1) who, besides Michael Cohen, was involved in and may be criminally liable for the two campaign finance violations to which Cohen pled guilty [redacted]; and (2) whether certain individuals, [redacted], made false statements gave false testimony or otherwise obstructed justice in connection with this investigation [redacted]," the documents revealed.

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