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Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions posed by Democratic lawmakers– here are the key ones

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According to a report at USA Today, former White House Communications official Hope Hicks refused to answer 155 questions posed to her by Congressional lawmakers when she appeared in a closed-door appearance earlier this week.

Accompanied by a White House attorney who continually raised objections, Democratic lawmakers bitterly complained about the former aide’s obstructionism on questions as simple as where her office was located in the White House.

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According to transcripts from her appearance, “did not answer any questions regarding Trump’s effort to have White House Counsel Don McGahn remove the special counsel, the resignation of former National Security Advisory Michael Flynn and Trump’s firing of former FBI director James Comey. She also did not answer a question about the president creating a statement in response to press coverage of a June 9, 2016, meeting at Trump Tower. Top Trump officials, including the president’s son Donald Trump Jr., had a meeting with Russians offering dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton,” USA Today reports.

After being asked to read excerpts from special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Trump administration, Hicks refused to confirm or dispute any characterizations contained in it, the transcripts show.

At one point Hicks was asked if an account describing her as trying to “throw herself between the reporters and the President” in order to stop an interview Trump was having with the New York Times in which he attacked former Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation was correct, however her White House attorney objected — and her questioner was force to move on.

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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