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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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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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