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Hope Hicks ‘refused to answer’ if the president — or Don Jr or Ivanka — had ever asked her to lie: congressman

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The reasons the House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed Donald Trump confidante Hope Hicks was explained Tuesday by a former prosecutor who sits on the committee.

The committee also subpoenaed Annie Donaldson, who was chief of staff for former White House counsel Don McGahn.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) was interviewed by MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House” on Tuesday.

“These are front row witnesses to a double-digit obstructer. Bob Mueller and his team laid out at least ten instances in which the president obstructed and these two individuals were front and center,” he argued. “They have a story to tell.”

“I was part of the interview team with Hope Hicks over a year ago when she came before the House Intelligence Committee. She had a very, very deep memory and recall of everything the president had done,” he explained. “I was really struck by that. Where others who have known him for decades have said to us over and over, ‘I don’t recall, I don’t recall’ — Hope Hicks said the opposite. She did recall.”

“It would be very helpful to know what she saw,” he added.

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The host allowed Washington Post national political reporter Robert Costa to question the Judiciary Committee Democrat.

“What’s the one thing, the top-line, if you get her in front of your committee that you want to find out from Hope Hicks?” Costa asked.

“The question I asked her on the House Intelligence Committee and she refused to answer, which is, ‘Did the president ever tell you to lie for him and did you ever lie for him?’ That was a very, I would say, flash point in the interview,” Swalwell explained.

“She asked to step outside for ten minutes and then she came back inside and refused to answer the question,” he recalled.

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“I asked if Donald Trump Jr. had asked her to lie and she refused again,” he continued. “She started shaking her head and said, ‘I refuse to answer, I refuse to answer.'”

“I asked her about Ivanka Trump, whether she asked her to lie, she said I refuse to answer,” he noted. “It clearly struck a nerve.”

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WATCH: Klobuchar uses Trump’s own intel advisors to blast GOP’s inaction on election security

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Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), a 2020 presidential candidate, blasted her Republican colleagues on the Senate floor Tuesday morning over an election security bill.

Klobuchar wants to attach the legislation, known as the Secure Elections Act, to a defense spending bill. But the move faces opposition from GOP leadership and the White House.

“We know one thing, and who do we know it from? We know it from the president’s own national intelligence director, we know it from his FBI director, we know it from all of his security leaders, and that is that Russia invaded our democracy,” Klobuchar said.

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Indicted GOP lawmaker spent campaign cash on affairs with three different lobbyists and one of his own staffers: DOJ

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A new filing from the Department of Justice claims that Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) has had multiple extramarital affairs since first taking office in 2009 -- including three with registered lobbyists and one with one of his own staff members.

According to the DOJ filing, as flagged by USA Today's Brad Heath, Hunter illegally used money donated to his congressional campaign to "carry out a series of intimate relationships" with women who were all involved in politics.

The DOJ argued that it needs to be able to discuss these affairs in front of jury in order to prove Hunter deliberately misused campaign funds.

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The View erupts when Meghan McCain complains her dad suffered worse than migrant kids while held as war prisoner

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Meghan McCain tempered her outrage over the Trump administration's detention of children because she feels her father endured worse treatment as a captured Navy airman during the Vietnam War.

"The View" co-host agreed migrant children were being held in inhumane conditions along the southern border, but she found it hard to summon moral outrage.

"I just want to say one quick thing," she said. "Apparently, by the way, me saying, 'Can I say one quick thing,' is now becoming a parody -- it's just how I talk, it's one of my tics, I'm sorry.

"Calling these places torture facilities -- I understand it's a humanitarian crisis," McCain continued. "It's horrific to detain -- like you said, people in jail get soap and people in jail get toothpaste -- but I know what a torture facility looks like. I've been to one."

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