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Rep. Jason Chaffetz tells Trump to back off ‘witch hunt’ claims: ‘He should not be weighing in’

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House Oversight Committee chairman Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) sat down with Fox News host Bill Hemmer on Friday morning, during which the two discussed retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn’s proposed immunity deal and the so-called Democratic witch hunt of the Russia investigation.

It was revealed on Thursday night that Flynn notified Congress he would be willing to testify in exchange for immunity. The action prompted concerns that Flynn was guilty of something. “Innocent people don’t ask for immunity,” Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes.

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted that Flynn was right to ask for immunity and this is a “witch hunt” by the media and the Democrats.

“No, I don’t think it’s a witch hunt,” Chaffetz said in a Friday interview with Hemmer. “It’s very mysterious to me, though, why all of a sudden Gen. Flynn is suddenly out there saying he wants immunity.” Chaffetz said he does not think Flynn should receive an immunity deal and does not think “the president should be weighing in on this.”

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“Immunity for what,” he said.

Hemmer asked about the optics of Flynn’s proposal. “Well, it doesn’t look good,” said Chaffetz. “The witch hunt — I don’t buy that, either. We’re just trying to get to the facts.” He referred back to the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails, noting that the Department of Justice gave immunity deals to five people and “suddenly then there was no case.”

“Let’s just get to the facts,” he said. “If all of a sudden you have someone saying ‘Hey, I need immunity,’ you kind of raise your eyebrows. Even General Flynn back in the day said and used that same thing against Hillary Clinton. So, it comes around to bite you.”

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BUSTED: CNN’s panel of women defending Trump’s racism were literally the ‘Trumpettes’

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CNN aired a panel that featured “Republican women” defending President Trump’s racist tweets, but failed to mention that they were actually part of a pro-Trump group whose members the network had interviewed in the past.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

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Ben Carson is Donald Trump’s faulty human shield against accusations of racism

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Ben Carson is back in the news — after another long absence — because Donald Trump has once again been accused of racism.

This article originally appeared at Salon.

The secretary of Housing and Urban Development is the only African-American member of the president’s Cabinet, and is often trotted out to clean up after Trump makes a mess too obviously problematic for the media to ignore. While Trump has tried to spin his recent racist attacks on four progressive freshman congresswomen as a strategic maneuver meant to manipulate Democratic infighting to his advantage, Carson's re-emergence from his stupor should be a clear indication that the president’s team recognizes the damage that can be caused by his unforced errors.

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An illegal trend could be emerging after Trump let Kellyanne Conway off the hook for breaking federal law

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Federal workplaces are supposed to be free of politics, but a Trump administration appointee used a government forum Wednesday to express support for the president’s reelection.

At a conference on religious freedom hosted by the State Department, an official told the crowd of several hundred people that “hopefully he will be reelected,” referring to President Donald Trump.

It’s illegal for federal employees to engage in political activities while they are on the job.

“It’s a violation of the Hatch Act for a federal official, to say in her official capacity, to hope that the president will be reelected,” said Kathleen Clark, an expert on legal ethics at the Washington University in St. Louis.

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