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GOP Congressman demands Trump declassify any evidence that supports Obama wiretap claim

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Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) demanded that President Donald Trump declassify any evidence he has that former President Barack Obama wiretapped him at Trump Tower.

In an interview, Monday with CNN’s Erin Burnett, Stewart, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said that he knows of no evidence that this claim is true. Still, he called on Trump to provide some kind of evidence to support the claim.

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He explained that Congress began an investigation in September about the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and urged others to refrain from “political grandstanding” so that they can focus on the investigation instead of “on the cameras.”

“On the issue of wiretapping, the president could clear this up so quickly, if there’s proof he knows about it,” Burnett said. “If a request to wiretap him came, he has the ability to declassify that request, he could that right now and that would mean you, me, the if the request exists why isn’t he declassifying it and letting us all see the classified information?”

Stewart agreed with her premise, saying that he thinks the quicker the evidence comes out the better.

“If the president has information and he could declassify that without endangering national security, I would encourage him to do that,” Stewart continued. “We’re left doing our work and doing the very best we can to answer these questions for the American people.”

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Stewart also came to the defense of FBI Direct James Comey, calling him “one of the finest men in government.” If Obama ordered a wiretap it would have been through the FBI and Comey would have knowledge of it. However, Comey announced it never happened and asked the Department of Justice to come out against the claim.

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The View audience goes wild when Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman get schooled on democratic socialism

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Both conservatives on "The View" warned of the dangers of democratic socialism, but co-host Joy Behar drew a rowdy response with her impassioned defense of wealth distribution.

The panelists were discussing Sen. Elizabeth Warren's climb in the polls, and Meghan McCain speculated about the possibility of the Massachusetts Democrat heading into a contested Democratic convention with Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders.

"I happen to love Elizabeth Warren," Behar said. "I think she would make a magnificent president, and I think this whole talk about she's too far to the left is a lot of hooey, frankly."

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House GOP loses yet another incumbent as California’s Paul Cook announces retirement

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Another day, another retirement for House Republicans.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Rep. Paul Cook R-CA) is heading for the exits and retiring at the end of his term in 2020.

Instead of serving in Congress for another term, Cook will run for a seat on the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors, the congressman's chief of staff tells the Los Angeles Times.

Even though Democrats made major gains in California during the 2018 midterm elections, Cook's district will be difficult for the party to pick up. Cook last year won reelection with 60 percent of the vote and his opponent wasn't even a Democrat, but fellow Republican Tim Donnelly.

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Strike on Saudi oil field likely launched by Iranian ‘proxies’ inside Iraq

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The drone strike on an oil field in Saudi Arabia on the weekend was likely launched by Iraqi militias affiliated with Iran, said France 24’s terrorism expert Wassim Nasr.

“It’s the most plausible version,” he said.

And it wouldn’t be the first time such strikes have been launched from inside Iraq by Iranian-backed forces, Nasr explained. Between April 2018 and July 2019, three reported interceptions or strikes targeted a Saudi pipeline running from the east of the Kingdom to the Red Sea, disrupting the transport of oil.

The technology was also evidently a Houthi missile based in Iranian technology, a Quds-1 missile that is a smaller and “better” version of the Iranian Soumar missile, Nasr said.

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