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Chris Christie: Trump should ‘keep the closest eye’ on Biden, Schultz run ‘will guarantee’ re-election

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Chris Christie: Trump should 'keep the closest eye' on Biden, Schultz run 'will guarantee' re-election

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told Fox News Monday that former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz “will guarantee a Trump victory in 2020 if he gets into the race as an independent.”

“I want to get a Howard Schultz T-shirt that says ‘Run Howard, Run,'” Christie told “The Story with Martha MacCallum” while handicapping the Democratic contenders for the White House. “Get in the race, be an independent … It is a fool’s errand, but we welcome him to do it.”

Schultz publicly mulled a run for president as a “centrist independent” last month but was met with backlash from Democrats worried that his candidacy would split the anti-Trump vote and ruin the chances of the party’s nominee.

On Monday, Christie said the biggest threat to President Trump’s re-election stems from a candidate who has not yet entered the race: former Vice President Joe Biden.

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“The one thing I will say about Biden is that because he has the ability, coming from Scranton, Pennsylvania, to appeal in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin, he could peel off some of those white, working-class voters,” Christie said. “I know the president’s keeping an eye on Joe Biden. Now, can Joe stay on the rails? Can he keep his mouth appropriate? … So we gotta see how he performs, but right now if I were Donald Trump, I’d keep the closest eye on Joe Biden.”

Christie was dismissive of Democratic proposals such as the “Green New Deal” and Medicare-for-All, which has been championed by Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., among others.

“What won’t resonate is when they start putting price tags on all the things they’re promising and the American people hear about Medicare for All and realize that it’s going to bankrupt them and bankrupt our country and take away their private health insurance. 185 million Americans have private health insurance. They don’t want to give that up, and that’s Elizabeth Warren is for,” he said. ” … I’ll be you a lot of Middle America’s gonna hear this for a little while and once they get a bellyful of it, they’re not going to like it.”

He also criticized Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., who called for the legalization of marijuana Monday, saying that it “gives a lot of people joy.”

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“Studies show that marijuana, especially for young people, is a gateway drug into other drugs,” Christie said. “It’s wrong to do it. Kamala Harris can laugh all she wants, but she should go to some of these funerals that are happening around the country. I wonder if she’s ever done that – gone to a funeral and looked in the eyes of parents who had a child who died of an opioid overdose and have those parents tell them the story of how it started for that child with marijuana.

“I’ve gone and done that and maybe Senator Harris should do that,” he added. “She wouldn’t be chuckling about joy.”

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

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Top Congressional Democrats call for Mueller to testify publicly

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller arrives at his office in Washington, U.S., April 15, 2019. REUTERS/Joshua Roberts

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The top Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate on Thursday called on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify publicly about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer criticized Attorney General William Barr for writing what they called a “slanted” summary letter and for planning a press conference before the expected release of the report detailing the probe’s findings on Thursday.

“We believe the only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony in the House and Senate as soon as possible,” Pelosi and Schumer said in a statement.

(This story has been refiled to correct the sequence of events of press conference and report.)

Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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Left will continue to ‘believe in Russia collusion’ even after Mueller report release, Byron York says

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Left will continue to 'believe in Russia collusion' even after Mueller report release, Byron York says

The Russia collusion narrative is unlikely to go away even after the Robert Mueller report is released later today, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York predicts.

“A lot of Democrats have invested the last two years of their life in believing that there was collusion between Russia to fix the 2016 election. Don’t think they gonna give it up just because of this,” York told “Fox and Friends”.

“A lot of Democrats have invested the last two years of their life in believing that there was collusion between Russia to fix the 2016 election. Don’t think they gonna give it up just because of this.”

— Byron York

The prediction comes as Washington, D.C. is bracing for the release of the Mueller report that according to Attorney General William Barr didn’t establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

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York pointed out that after Barr outlined the report’s conclusions in a letter and quoted Mueller stating that the evidence didn’t establish a conspiracy or coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign, many Democrats began doubling-down on the collusion charges.

“Immediately people on the left said maybe he couldn’t prove a criminal conspiracy but maybe there was some other sort of conspiracy. Or maybe he couldn’t prove to beyond a reasonable doubt but maybe there is evidence that the rest of us can believe,” York said.

“I really think we have already seen and they already tipped their hands that they are going to continue to believe in collusion.”

“I really think we have already seen and they already tipped their hands that they are going to continue to believe in collusion.”

— Byron York

On the obstruction of justice charges, York says those opposing President Trump will have even more to talk about after the report release as Mueller himself didn’t reach a conclusion about obstruction charges.

“If the Barr summary is pretty accurate, Mueller did not reach a conclusion about obstruction. That’s a question right there. He is a prosecutor. He has all the evidence. Why didn’t he reach some sort of conclusion?” he said.

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“There will be a lot of ammunition, we know that already for Trump’s critics who say that firing James Comey or the Lester Holt interview or something else was proof of obstruction right there in front of our eyes. So I don’t think that argument is going to go away at all.”

Lastly, even if the Mueller report doesn’t find wrongdoing by Trump, it’s unlikely to end the talk of impeachment by Democrats even as the 2020 election nears.

“If you believed in impeachment before the Mueller report, why would you stop believing in it now?,” York said, pointing that there’s a conflict within the Democratic Party on how to proceed with this.

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“You have a lot of the leadership like Nancy Pelosi wanting to move on, these are the more senior people wanting to move on, wanting to focus on the legislative agenda,” he continued.

“But you are going to have the investigative committees, the judiciary committee, the intelligence committee investigating this stuff all the way until the next election.”

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Fox Nation takes you behind the scenes of Bernie Sander’s Fox News town hall

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Bernie Sanders' plans will cost $20G per taxpayer, blow hole in budget, nonpartisan group's president says

2020 Democratic presidential frontrunner Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.,  told voters and Fox News viewers why they should vote him into the White House in a special town hall event Monday night.

Sanders spent an hour answering questions from potential voters and Fox News hosts Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, before thanking the audience and viewers.

WATCH: FOX NATION’S BEHIND THE SCENES LOOK AT BERNIE SANDERS’ TOWN HALL

The senator defended his wealth, outlined his health care plan, and critiqued President Trump in what was the most watched town hall event so-far this election season.

But that wasn’t the whole story…

HOW BERNIE WENT FROM SOCIALIST GADFLY TO FRONTRUNNER

Fox Nation took a behind the scenes look at Monday’s Town Hall as Fox News crews worked tirelessly setting up the event and reaching out to the local community about the important issues that Sanders needed to address.

The crew even dealt with a weather situation that threatened the event.

“Due to the weather conditions in the area they’re worried about a power cut from the local utility,” Roger Germinder, Coordinator Operations and Engineering for Fox News revealed in the Fox Nation special.

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To see how the Town Hall was put together, how the anchors prepared and more go to FoxNation.com.

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