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Montana Republican blasts wildlife agency as ‘deep state’ for investigating his alleged hunting violations

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A Republican candidate for U.S. Senate denounced the Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks as “deep state” for investigating his alleged hunting violations.

Troy Downing, who’s seeking the GOP nomination, issued a statement Wednesday accusing the department of conducting a “witch hunt” against him, reported the Independent Record.

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“It’s unfortunate the liberal Montana FWP deep state is on a witch hunt,” the Downing campaign said.

The statement came in response to a report this week by the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, which revealed Downing was charged with seven misdemeanor violations for buying or applying for resident hunting licenses as a non-resident and cited an eighth time for a similar violation.

Authorities say Downing, whose income tax returns identify him as a non-resident, illegally purchased licenses every year between 2011 and 2016.

An application for a search warrant cites several posts on Downing’s personal blog, “Troy’s World-Random Rants and Related Run-On Retarded Rhetoric,” that suggest his time spent in Montana was “seasonal at best” while living most of the time in California.

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Downing, who hopes to unseat Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT), is due back in court Nov. 15.

He also blasted Gallatin County District Court Judge John Brown, who unsealed the records last month, as a “Democrat,” although judicial positions are non-partisan.

“This is nothing more than an orchestrated attack on a combat veteran by Senator Tester’s allies who are desperate to stay in power,” Downing’s campaign said. “These moves are obviously politically motivated and makes a mockery of the judicial process.”

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The campaign said Downing’s Air Force service, which ended with an honorable discharge in 2009, and businesses in 35 states kept him out of Montana for much of the year.

Non-residents must pay a higher licensing fee to hunt in Montana.

Downing’s campaign used language popularized on the campaign trail by President Donald Trump, and the GOP candidate posed for a photo with Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump when they visited Montana.

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But he criticized Trump the candidate as “either a liar or an idiot” on his since-deleted Twitter account, and he said the GOP nominee was unelectable.

Lola Zinke, wife of Trump’s Interior Secretary and former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, is Downing’s campaign chairwoman.


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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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