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Fox News’ top stars had a meltdown after Mueller’s bombshell press conference

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It was a sharp contrast to the Democratic presidential candidates who lined up to call for President Donald Trump’s impeachment in the wake of special counsel Robert Mueller’s bombshell first public remarks about his investigation. On Fox News, an alternate reality seemed to exist, where many of the network’s most prominent personalities claimed the special counsel had done little more than “grandstand before the cameras.”

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This article was originally published at Salon

“It’s like, at the end of a fight, one guy takes one last kick,” said Pete Hegseth, a contributor at Fox News, during an appearance on “Fox & Friends. “Not because he won, just because he wanted to get one last in. And that feels like what Mueller tried to do here — no reason for it.”

Brian Kilmeade, a co-anchor of the show, affirmed Hegseth’s opinion.

“Well as you said, Pete, he’s saying, ‘I can’t indict, but I hope you will,'” Kilmeade said. “And to me, it shows that those — for two years the president has been saying it’s a witch-hunt — Mueller is compromised. He took it personal. My opinion? He took it personal, and that was his subtle shot trying to remain professional but saying, ‘I’ll get you in the end.'”

Laura Ingraham, the anchor of “The Ingraham Angle” on Fox News, argued that Mueller’s press conference was the result of Washington’s legal establishment disliking the president.

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“This city’s legal establishment has always hated Donald Trump. They think he’s uncouth. They think he’s not smart. They think he didn’t deserve the presidency. He didn’t check all their boxes, and they never wanted him to be president. And the fact that he managed to get through two years of this investigation and accomplish as much as he has, I think it sticks under their craw,” Ingraham explained.

She later added, “I’m hot on this, because I don’t like when prosecutors grandstand before the cameras.”

Sean Hannity, anchor of the Fox News show “Hannity,” argued this marked the beginning of the next phase in the ongoing Trump-Russia scandal.

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“We can report tonight: Act One is over, in spite of the noise. Robert Mueller is out,” Hannity told his viewers. “The witch hunt has been dissolved. He said nothing today that wasn’t already said in the Mueller report. So Act Two, which is surrounding the Deep State’s unprecedented abuse of power and corruption, that is now only beginning. That means Jim Comey, James Clapper, John Brennan and others . . . They are terrified. They know they’re in big trouble.”

He later added, “Number one: Mr. Mueller doesn’t know the law; he’s basically full of crap. And the special counsel’s regulations? They are very clear.”

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In contrast to the Fox News personalities, Democratic presidential candidates in 2020 argued that Mueller’s press conference proved the need to open an impeachment inquiry against the president.

“Mueller’s statement makes clear what those who have read his report know: It is an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts wrote on Twitter. “They should.”

Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey made a similar point, tweeting that “Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.”

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“What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable,” Sen. Kamala Harris of California wrote on Twitter, adding: “We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation.”


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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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Taylor Swift takes on former record label — and #IStandWithTaylor trends on Twitter

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Taylor Swift on Thursday publicly reignited her battle with the heads of her former label, saying it is threatening to bar her from going through with an upcoming performance and Netflix documentary over her plans to re-record her early albums.

Earlier this year the superstar began feuding with industry mogul Scooter Braun over his purchase of her former label for more than a decade, the Nashville-based Big Machine, which gave him a majority stake in the master recordings of her first six albums.

Swift said she would begin re-recording her early albums to create copies she owns herself, saying her contract allows her to begin re-doing albums one through five in November 2020, when she plans to be back in the studio doing just that.

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