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‘Nothing supports what the president said’: Jason Chaffetz questions Trump’s wiretapping charges

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Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) -- CBS screenshot

Appearing on CBS This Morning, House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) said he had no interest in opening up an investigation of President Donald Trump’s claims that his Trump Tower offices had been bugged by former President Barack Obama prior to the election.

“I learned a long time ago, I’m going to keep my eyes wide open,” Chaffetz said when asked about Trump’s explosive Saturday morning tweets. “You never know when you turn a corner what you may or may not see. But thus far I have not seen anything directly that would support what the president has said.”

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The Utah Republican who has indicated that he will still pursue hearings into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails, said an investigation into Trump’s allegations should be led by House Intelligence Committee head Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), but that he would be happy to provide a “supporting role.”

After marveling about the fact that Trump had just come off a high after his Tuesday night speech to Congress was well received, Chaffetz said it was possible that the president was on to something, but that he needed to see some evidence.

“Look, it’s a very serious allegation. The president has at his fingertips tens of billions of dollars in intelligence apparatus,” he said. “I’ve got to believe — I think he might have something there, but if not, we’re going to find out.”

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DOJ begs for delay of hearing in Trump rape case — claims it didn’t know about COVID rules in NYC

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The United States Department of Justice was expected to attempt to intervene in a civil case involving President Donald Trump on Tuesday, but the government's attorney was apparently unable to enter the courthouse.

The case involves an allegation by longtime columnist E. Jean Carroll that Trump sexually assaulted her in a Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York City. Trump denied the accusation and lashed out at Carroll, resulting in her suing him for defamation. On Wednesday, the DOJ was expected to argue a novel legal strategy that Trump's statements against Carroll were an official presidential action. This would allow taxpayer-funded attorneys to defend Trump in his civil case.

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Trump’s legacy in the GOP is one of ‘crybaby conservatism’: conservative columnist

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Writing in the Washington Post this Wednesday, columnist George Will slammed President Trump as a "practitioner of crybaby conservatism."

Citing Trump's disputing of reports that his inauguration turnout was lower than Barack Obama's, Will says Trump's presidency began with a "wallow in self-pity" and will probably end "in ignominy when he slinks away pouting, trailing clouds of recriminations..."

According to Will, the Trump era has caused the Republican Party to "eagerly" surrender its self-respect. "And having hitched its wagon to a plummeting cinder, the party is about to have a rendezvous with a surly electorate wielding a truncheon."

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‘Don’t you dare!’ CNN’s Brian Stelter gets into shouting match with conservative over Hunter Biden story

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CNN media correspondent Brian Stelter and Washington Examiner correspondent Susan Ferrechio tangled on BBC radio on Wednesday during a discussion about how conservative media have hyped a political attack on Joe Biden's son.

During a panel discussion that included the corruption allegations against Biden and his son, Ferrechio complained that most mainstream media outlets have not publicized the report, which was first published by the New York Post.

"The bottom line is it deserves scrutiny by all media outlets," Ferrechio said. "And if they pick and choose this and decide it's not worth their time, I think that's showing real bias."

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