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‘No spying occurred’: Fox News host fact checks Trump and Bill Barr for lying about FBI surveillance

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Fox News on Thursday reported that there was no so-called spying on President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign by the FBI even though the president and his supporters have insisted otherwise.

During a segment on Fox News, host Arthel Neville revealed details of an Inspector General’s report that is expected to say the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign was not politically motivated. Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr have both claimed that the FBI is guilty of “spying” on the campaign.

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“[The inspector general] will say that the surveillance of Carter Page was legal and that there was no evidence the FBI tried to place undercover agents inside the Trump campaign to see if they conspired with Russia’s interference operation,” Neville reported.

The Fox News host asked USA Today correspondent Courtney Subramanian if she expect Trump or Barr to recant their earlier claims about FBI “spying.”

“He was out there loud and very public,” Neville explained. “He even claimed that former President Obama was spying on him in the White House.”

Subramanian said that the president would likely complain about smaller grievances now that his primary talking point has been ruled out. As for Barr, Subramanian expected that the attorney general would “keep quiet” now that his conspiracy theories have been debunked.

“No spying occurred,” Neville repeated. “Both sides will definitely latch on to this report and try to use it to their advantage… We keep hearing the Republicans talk about process. Is that going to be the defense every step of the way when President Trump is not back by some of the factual findings?”

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“That appears to be the case,” Subramanian agreed.

Watch the video below from Fox News.

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‘Comparing yourself to terrorists?’ Internet cracks up at Trump saying dead 9-11 hijackers got more justice than him

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President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Mark Levin that left many scratching their heads. Levin, who has a show on Sunday evenings, claimed that the terrorists from Sept. 11 got more due process than the president.

The claim was a curious one because, as many on Twitter noted, it's not often that the president of the United States compares himself to a terrorist. Secondly, the 9-11 hijackers all died in the attack, as they were on the planes that crashed into the buildings and into a Pennsylvania field.

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Farmers refuse to cheer for Trump as he lies that he’s fighting for them to keep their land

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President Donald Trump appeared in Texas Sunday to speak to the Farm Bureau conference. Among the things he promised was that he was fighting for them to have their water rights and rights to control their own land usage.

As one viewer noted, there was noticeable silence when Trump mentioned land usage. It could be due to the fact that Trump is suing in court to take the land of farmers and ranches so he can build his border wall. For some, the land has been in their family since the founding of the state of Texas.

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