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WATCH: Shep Smith nails Trump for continuing to stoke questions over whether Comey tapes exist

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Fox News host Shep Smith on Friday went off on Donald Trump for continuing to stoke questions over the existence of “tapes” pertaining to his conversations with former FBI director James Comey, arguing the president “can find out for us” if there are any such recordings.

Smith started by railing into White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer for holding “another off-camera gaggle” instead of a televised press briefing.

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“The press secretary spoke about comments President Trump made on Fox and Friends this morning,” Smith said, referring to an interview Trump gave this early Friday.” The president said, ‘we’ll have to see’ as to whether the special counsel Robert Mueller should recuse himself from he Russia investigation. And he said his initial tweet about tapes may have influenced the testimony of the former FBI Director James Comey.”

Trump, Smith noted, “admitted he did not record and does not have tapes,” but again left “the door open as to whether anybody else may have tapes of those conversations.”

“He said, ‘you never know,’” Smith noted, adding the president also suggested his threat of tapes “may have forced Comey to be honest.” Trump this morning posited that his tweet in May suggesting Comey better “hope” there are no tapes led Comey to change his story about his conversations with Trump.

“He can find out for us, cause he can ask, ‘are there tapes?’” Smith said.

Watch the video below via Fox News:

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Protesters in Lafayette Park hit with gas for second night in a row: report

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On Tuesday, with just minutes before the D.C. curfew was scheduled to take effect, protesters gathered in Lafayette Park, piling up against the White House fence.

According to reporters, tear gas was released for the second night in a row — hitting some of the demonstrators.

It’s 25 minutes to curfew, and protestors are bracing for it. There’s an 8-foot fence around Lafayette Park. Most of the police are inside. Some DHS FPS are on Vermont Ave. Some DC Police are up on K. pic.twitter.com/CgOobT334H

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Protesters march on Gracie Mansion as criticism grows against NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has been highly criticized for his response to the protests against police violence.

The mayor has been criticized by protesters and the press for violence inflicted by the New York Police Department.

President Donald Trump has repeatedly blasted the city's response.

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Meanwhile, Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) also criticized the mayor, for not doing his job.

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Here are some of the scenes of protesters marching on Gracie Mansion, the official residence of the mayor of NYC. Built in 1799, NYPD is trying to protect the building.

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Cristobal forms in Gulf of Mexico as season’s third tropical storm

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Tropical Storm Cristobal's formation in the Gulf of Mexico marks a new record as the earliest that the Atlantic hurricane season has seen its third named disturbance, US meteorologists said Tuesday.

The storm is producing maximum sustained winds of 40 miles (65 kilometers) per hour with some stronger gusts, as it swirls about 140 miles from the Mexican city of Campeche on the Yucatan peninsula, according to the Miami-based National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The agency predicted the storm would move slowly, remaining in the southern Bay of Campeche until Wednesday evening.

A Tropical Storm Warning was issued from Campeche to Veracruz.

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