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‘LEAKER & LIAR’: Trump calls for Comey to be prosecuted in furious morning tweet

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President Donald Trump has lashed out at former FBI Director James Comey on Friday morning in an angry tweet storm.

“James Comey is a proven LEAKER & LIAR,” Trump wrote. “Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired. He leaked CLASSIFIED information, for which he should be prosecuted. He lied to Congress under OATH.”

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In fact, Comey did not leak classified information, but rather leaked out a memo that he wrote about his interactions with Trump in which Trump asked the former FBI director for his personal loyalty. As the Washington Post explains, this specific memo contained no classified material.

After calling for his own former FBI director to be prosecuted, Trump continued attacking Comey in very personal terms.

“He is a weak and untruthful slime ball who was, as time has proven, a terrible Director of the FBI,” Trump wrote. “His handling of the Crooked Hillary Clinton case, and the events surrounding it, will go down as one of the worst ‘botch jobs’ of history. It was my great honor to fire James Comey!”

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Comey has been on TV promoting his new book, “A Higher Loyalty,” which is scheduled to be released on April 17.

In the excerpts released from the book, the media has focused on a few main points. First, an indication that the so-called “Russian pee tape” of Trump with prostitutes is real. Others include Comey’s take on Trump’s smaller stature, smaller hands, orange skin and hair that seemed like it would take him a while to “do” each morning. Another allegation is that Comey and the FBI were taken aback by the Trump transition team being more interested in “spin” than the fact that Russia had attacked the United States.

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The Republican National Committee has launched a website to attack Comey and Fox News has been using the same language the president used in attacking the former FBI director.

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Texas governor busted sending racist call-to-arms a day before El Paso attack: ‘take matters into our own hands’

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On Thursday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) tweeted out a message of unity and promised to work to reduce violence in his state, in the wake of the shooting in El Paso that left 22 dead and dozens more injured:

Today we had hearings responding to the tragic shooting in El Paso.

We focused on community healing, combating domestic terrorism, reducing hateful ideologies, & keeping guns out of hands of deranged killers while respecting 2nd Amendment rights.

We’ll keep TX safe.#txlege pic.twitter.com/ymct4aiSgK

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Facebook bans far-right website from pro-Trump advertising after they try to skirt transparency rules

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On Thursday, NBC News reported that Facebook has banned the Epoch Times from placing political advertisements, after the right-wing website tried to conceal its multimillion-dollar dark money streams and get around the social network's political advertising transparency rules in its propaganda supporting President Donald Trump.

The Epoch Times had tried to skirt rules by running ads under puppet names like "Honest Paper" and "Pure American Journalism," confusing users about who was really behind the ads.

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GOP leaders are pressuring Kansas Republican to resign from Congress immediately: report

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On Thursday, the Topeka Capital-Journal reported that Republicans in Kansas and Washington are pressuring Rep. Steve Watkins (R-KS) to step down after just eight months in office.

It is currently unclear why they are calling for his resignation.

Watkins has thus far given no indications he will leave office. His spokesman Jim Joice stated that he has no plans to resign, and disputed the idea that Republican officials are pressuring him to do so, but acknowledged there have been conversations around the topic.

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