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Nunes replacement on Russia probe compared Kremlin hackers to Mexican singers who backed Clinton

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) announced Thursday morning that he would step aside as head of the House investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia — but his replacement might not satisfy critics.

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee is handing over the reins to Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), with assistance from Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Tom Rooney (R-FL), while an ethics probe is conducted into his late-night visit to the White House to pick up classified documents.

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The 68-year-old is most recently known for an inscrutable college football analogy during last month’s House testimony by FBI Director James Comey — and for blowing off concerns about possible Russian interference in the election.

Conaway said in January that Russian agents acting on orders by Vladimir Putin to help elect President Donald Trump were no different than Latino entertainers who appeared at campaign events for Hillary Clinton.

“Harry Reid and the Democrats brought in Mexican soap opera stars, singers and entertainers who had immense influence in those communities into Las Vegas, to entertain, get out the vote and so forth,” Conaway told the Dallas Morning News. “Those are foreign actors, foreign people, influencing the vote in Nevada. You don’t hear the Democrats screaming and saying one word about that.”

Vicente Fernández, a Mexican singer and entertainer, recorded a campaign song for Clinton and joined the California-based band Los Tigres del Norte and American-born Mexican actress Angélica María at a “fiesta” after the third debate, in Las Vegas.

Conaway — who will now be leading the House investigation into allegations that one of his Democratic colleagues believes could land Trump associates in jail — saw no distinction between Latino entertainers making public shows of support and Russian intelligence undertaking secret efforts to tip the U.S. election.

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“It’s foreign influence,” Conaway said. “If we’re worried about foreign influence, let’s have the whole story.”

Conaway used a convoluted football analogy to illustrate his disagreement with the FBI director’s conclusion that Putin preferred Trump over Clinton due to his longstanding grudge against the former secretary of state.

“That might work on Saturday afternoon when my wife’s (Texas Tech) Red Raiders are playing the Texas Longhorns,” Conaway said. “She really like the Red Raiders. But all the rest of the time — the logic is that because he really didn’t like candidate Clinton, it automatically [meant he] liked Trump. That assessment’s based on what?

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Comey gamely tried to play along, but eventually even Conaway seemed to get confused and move on.

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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