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Fox pundit infuriates conservative guest by comparing Bill Barr to a ‘deep state’ conspiracy theorist

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Fox News’ Jessica Tarlov on Thursday angered a conservative fellow Fox News panelist by calling out Attorney General Bill Barr for sounding like a conspiracy theorist during his Senate testimony on Wednesday.

During a debate over Democrats’ angry reaction to Barr’s accusation that the FBI improperly “spied” on Trump’s campaign, Tarlov said Democrats had a right to be upset because he sounded more like a Fox News pundit than an attorney general.

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“What Nancy Pelosi was reacting to… was the attorney general of the United States of America using right-wing talking points,” she said. “So using the term ‘spying,’ when it was a counterintelligence investigation into Trump campaign officials tied to the Russians.”

“That’s not what she said!” objected host Bill Hemmer. “She said he’s the attorney general of the United States, not the attorney general of Donald Trump.”

“That’s right,” Tarlov continued. “You could have heard Bill Barr use the term ‘spying’ and you could have heard the same thing from someone who is a ‘deep stater’ and who thinks this was a big cabal to get the president out!”

“What’s the matter if it’s true?” conservative David Asman said, trying to interrupt.

“There is a legitimate reason to investigate that — there were campaign officials with ties to Russia and they lied about it!” she replied.

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Laughter breaks out inside hearing room as Dem mocks GOP’s attempts to downplay smear campaign against Yovanovitch

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During the second public House impeachment hearing this Friday, Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL) took a dig at President Trump in light of testimony from former ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, who recounted how she became the target of a smear campaign orchestrated by Trump's personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, along with the help of the right-wing news media. After her ouster from her position, Yovanovitch returned to Washington and took up a role as a senior State Department fellow at Georgetown University’s Institute for the Study of Diplomacy.

"It's like a Hallmark movie -- you ended up at Georgetown. This is all okay," Quigley said sarcastically, prompting laughter from the room.

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Press secretary claims Trump tweet ‘not witness intimidation’ because it is ‘not a trial’ — but president says it is

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White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham says President Donald Trump did not engage in witness intimidation Friday morning when he, in real time, posted tweets attacking his former Ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovich, during her testimony before a House impeachment inquiry hearing. Trump is being accused by Democrats and Republicans alike of witness intimidation or witness tampering, with even Fox News anchors saying Trump’s tweets constitute an additional article of impeachment.

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GOP lawmaker ducks question after Yovanovitch asks why it was necessary to smear her reputation

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Rep. Brad Wenstrup (R-OH) on Friday got more than he bargained for while questioning former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Toward the end of his questioning, Wenstrup argued that President Donald Trump has the power to hire and dismiss ambassadors as he sees fit in order to enact his preferred foreign policy.

"The president has the right to make their own foreign policy and to make his own decisions, and with that I yield back," he said.

Yovanovitch, however, was unwilling to let it end there and she asked to supplement her testimony.

"While I obviously don't dispute that the president has the right to withdraw an ambassador at any time for any reason, but what I do wonder is why it was necessary to smear my reputation?" she asked Wenstrup.

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