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Why is Fox News allowing Tomi Lahren to star in pro-Trump PAC’s anti-Mueller video campaign?

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A pro-Trump political action committee (PAC) is featuring right-wing talking head Tomi Lahren in its video and in call center recordings aimed at derailing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation and ultimately firing him, said Think Progress on Thursday.

The Great America PAC has launched a second set of ads featuring Lahren in local cable markets. The videos call on voters to donate to the PAC and to agitate for four attorneys to be fired from the Mueller team because they have donated to Democratic politicians or the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

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“Who does Mueller select to help lead the ‘independent’ investigation?” Lahren said in the first round of videos. “Four top lawyers, all major donors to Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, and the Democratic national party… Only in Washington could a rigged game like this be called ‘independent.’”

The new ads are reportedly very similar to those that aired last summer and offer viewers a call-in number. Think Progress’ Addy Baird called and was treated to a series of messages by Lahren calling for support for President Donald Trump and instructing callers to press “1” to donate and “2” to proceed to a second appeal by Lahren for donations.

“I understand a donation is a lot to ask for but now is our time to stand up and support President Trump,” said Lahren on tape.

When Baird reached an operator, the call center employee assured her that not only does Great America want to see the “Clinton Four” fired, they want Mueller taken off the job as well.

“They’re calling for [Mueller] to be fired as well the four,” said a Great America employee named Nancy. “We were the organization that ran all those ads for Donald Trump to help get him elected.”

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Trump supporters in the media and in Congress have been ramping up their attacks on Mueller’s objectivity and calling for an end to his investigation.

Lahren moved to Fox News after getting fired from Glenn Beck’s The Blaze.

Statements Lahren made supporting a woman’s right to reproductive choice during an appearance on ABC’s “The View” were reportedly the final straw in a long-simmering rift between Lahren and her coworkers at The Blaze in which Lahren displayed “diva” behavior and created a “toxic atmosphere” at the struggling conservative website.

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According to an FNC spokesperson, Lahren taped the ad prior to her joining Fox News.

Watch video of Great America’s ad from last summer, embedded below:

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Trump begs Louisiana for a ‘big win’ after his last-minute rally in Kentucky backfired

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At his last-ditch rally in Louisiana to help the struggling gubernatorial candidacy of GOP businessman Eddie Rispone, President Donald Trump boasted — incorrectly — that his rally in Kentucky narrowed the gap for Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost the race, by 19 points. He then begged voters to give Rispone a "big win."

"We elected everybody," said Trump. "The governor got brought up, in a few short days, 19 points. I went, we made a speech, the whole ticket was there, everybody won big. Governor's a really good guy. But 19 points is a big thing, and he lost by just a few thousand votes. And the headlines next day, Trump took a loss — I lifted him up a lot. But Trump took a loss. So you gotta give me a big win, please, okay? Okay?"

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Republicans are treating voters like ‘children’ with their defense of Trump: Ex-presidential adviser

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former presidential adviser David Gergen laid into Republican lawmakers for claiming that the impeachment probe is only based on "hearsay."

"The Republicans are treating us like idiots," said Gergen. "They just — they say you're only bringing forth hearsay. You don't have any firsthand information. We know there are three people who know exactly what happened. One is named [Rudy] Giuliani. One is chief of staff [Mick] Mulvaney and the third is [John] Bolton. And what's happened here? They all three have been called. The president said no, you must not talk. So the Republicans then come up and say, well, you only have hearsay."

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Roger Stone’s health in question as prosecutors have him ‘dead to rights’: NBC reporter

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Jurors deciding the fate of longtime Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone did not reach a verdict during their deliberations on Thursday and will reconvene on Friday morning.

But there were fascinating details from the courtroom revealed by NBC News correspondent Ken Dilanian.

"What about Roger Stone, does he look like he’s about to burn here?" MSNBC anchor Chris Matthews asked. "Does he look like he’s going down?"

"He does," Dilanian replied.

"And also, physically, he doesn't look well at this trial. He’s walking around the courthouse kind of unaccompanied, shambling around," he continued. "He doesn't look like a happy warrior, which is usually his persona."

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