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Trump surrogate says Trump’s own adviser being a Russian agent isn’t evidence of ‘collusion’

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Kayleigh McEnany went on CNN on Wednesday to defend President Donald Trump from charges that he and his presidential campaign colluded with the Russian government.

While talking about Carter Page — a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser whom the FBI is investigating for being a Russian agent — McEnany acknowledged that it seems that Page has done work for the Russian government, but countered that there’s no way Trump could have known that at the time he named him a top foreign policy adviser.

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“I don’t think it’s evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russia at all,” she said. “He was a brief adviser on the campaign, and the campaign [was] trying to distance themselves from him.”

It was then pointed out to McEnany that when Trump was asked to list his foreign policy advisers during the 2016 presidential campaign, Carter Page was one of the first names Trump mentioned.

“But look, I don’t think we have any evidence to suggest that President Trump knew that this guy was a foreign agent, and he wanted him on his campaign because he wanted to collude with Russia,” he said. “That is another step that you have to make, and I don’t think there are facts there to show that.”

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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino: John Bolton is just another ‘snake’ in the liberal ‘swamp’

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Fox News contributor Dan Bongino said that President Barack Obama had not done enough to clean the "swamp" in Washington, D.C. after reports said that former National Security Adviser John Bolton was aware of the president's Ukraine scheme.

According to portions of Bolton's new book obtained by The New York Times, Trump told him to withhold Ukraine aid to force the country to investigate Joe Biden and his son.

Bongino suggested to the hosts of Fox & Friends that Bolton, who was also a Fox News contributor at one time, could be part of a liberal conspiracy to bring down the president.

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Taliban claims American plane ‘crashed’ in eastern Afghanistan

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The Taliban claimed a US forces aircraft crashed in eastern Afghanistan Monday hours after a plane went down into an area controlled largely by the insurgents.

The militants claim comes as confusion continued to surround the incident, with Afghan officials and airliners denying that any of their aircraft are missing while NATO have yet to officially comment on the crash.

"An aircraft of American occupiers has crashed in Ghazni province," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a Pashto-language statement, adding that all the crew members onboard had been killed.

Confusion also clouded the Taliban statement, however, with one version saying the plane crashed while another version said the insurgents brought down the craft.

Large swathes of rural areas in Ghazni province are controlled or under the influence of Taliban militants, making access difficult for officials.

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Fox News guest calls for Obama testimony in Trump impeachment trial

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A Fox News guest suggested calling former President Barack Obama to testify in his successor's impeachment trial.

David Avella, chairman of the GOPPAC organization, appeared Monday morning on "America's Newsroom" to address claims by former national security adviser John Bolton, who said in his upcoming book that President Donald Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden.

Republican senators were reportedly blindsided by the revelations, which the White House knew about last month, and are signaling they may call Bolton to testify during the trial -- but Avella warned that would come at a cost to Democrats.

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