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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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McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump’s a Russian asset

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said in an interview Tuesday that he believes it is possible that President Trump is a Russian asset and thinks “that’s why we started our investigation.”

McCabe has said in the past that the FBI had a good reason to open up a counterintelligence investigation into whether Trump was working with Russia and a possible national security threat.

The former official was on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” when he was asked if he believes Trump may still be a Russian asset. He said he’s “anxious” to see the conclusion of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s investigation.

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He was also asked if he believes Trump is fit to serve and said it is not up to him to make the determination.

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Gowdy challenges McCabe’s claim congressional leaders didn’t object to Russia counterintelligence probe

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Former congressman and Fox News contributor Trey Gowdy disputed former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe’s claim Tuesday that congressional leaders didn’t object to the bureau’s counterintelligence investigation over President Trump’s Russia ties.

“The reason he’s doing it this way is that [Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif.] and [former House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis.] are not allowed to discuss anything that’s said in a ‘Gang of Eight’ meeting and McCabe knows that,” Gowdy said on “The Story with Martha MacCallum.” “So he can level the accusation and Devin and Paul cannot refute him.” Nunes chaired the House Intelligence Committee from 2015-19.

McCabe, in an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Tuesday morning, said no members of the “Gang of Eight,” a bipartisan group of House and Senate leaders, including Nunes and Ryan, objected to the investigation.

“I told Congress what we had done,” McCabe told Savannah Guthrie.

“Did anyone object?” Guthrie asked.

“That’s the important part here, Savannah,” McCabe replied. “No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds and not based on the facts.”

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Gowdy, formerly a member of the House Judiciary Committee, said he believed McCabe wasn’t telling the truth and that Nunes and Ryan did not know about a second investigation.

“There were three investigations into a duly elected president. The Peter Strzok one from July of 2016 and then McCabe started a counterintelligence [probe] and if he’s telling the truth, started a criminal probe into the president of the United States,” Gowdy told Martha MacCallum.

“I listened to Devin and Paul quiz the [Justice Department] and the FBI for hours on multiple occasions about the one counterintelligence investigation, we all knew about it. I find it stunning that they would know about a second one and not say a single solitary word.”

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Gowdy also addressed former FBI Director James Comey’s May 2017 firing and McCabe’s belief that the president was trying to shut down the Russia investigation.

“If thinking that Jim Comey is not a good FBI director is tantamount to being an agent of Russia then just list all the people that are agents of Russia. [Senate Minority Leader] Chuck Schumer, [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi, [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein…,” Gowdy said.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum contributed to this report.

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Trump, Giuliani deny president tried obstructing Michael Cohen investigation

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President Trump’s attorney, Rudolph Giuliani, denied a New York Times report that Trump asked then-Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker whether U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman, a presidential ally, could be put in charge of the investigation into alleged wrongdoing by Trump’s onetime personal attorney Michael Cohen.

“The president said today he had no such conversation with the acting AG, and I believe Mr. Whitaker issued a statement to the same effect,” Giuliani said in a statement late Tuesday. “The rest of the piece is just a regurgitation of previously refuted obstruction theories. They all fail as obstruction because as [Harvard Law] Professor [Alan] Dershowitz’s recent book and many other authorities make clear, all of the alleged actions were within the president’s sole discretion under Article II of the U.S. Constitution.”

The Times report said that Whitaker told Trump that he could not put Berman in charge of the Cohen investigation because he had already recused himself from that matter. The paper claimed that Trump “soured” on Whitaker and “complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away.”

Trump denied the story at the White House Tuesday afternoon, referring to the Times report as “more fake news” and saying that he had a “very good” relationship with Whitaker, who was replaced last week by William Barr.

“I have a lot of respect for Mr. Whitaker. I think he’s done a great job,” Trump said. He said Whitaker was “a very fine man, and he should be given a lot of thanks by our nation.”

Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec referred to testimony Whitaker gave to the House Judiciary Committee earlier this month.

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“Under oath to the House Judiciary Committee, then-Acting Attorney General Whitaker stated that ‘at no time has the White House asked for nor have I provided any promises or commitments concerning the special counsel’s investigation or any other investigation,'” Kupec said. “Mr. Whitaker stands by his testimony.”

Berman was named acting U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York in January 2018 by the AG at that time, Jeff Sessions. Berman was appointed to the position indefinitely by the panel’s judges three months later.

Prosecutors in the Southern District say Trump directed Cohen to make illegal hush-money payments to two women — adult film star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal — in order to keep them quiet about alleged sexual encounters with them dating back more than a decade and coming soon after he’d married his current wife, Melania. Cohen is scheduled to report to prison next month to begin a three-year sentence after pleading guilty this past August to campaign finance and other violations.

Cohen is also scheduled to appear before the House Intelligence Committee on Feb. 28. His attorney, Lanny Davis, has said that Cohen also plans to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee and the House Oversight Committee before the end of this month. In November, Cohen pleaded guilty to lying under oath to the Senate Intelligence Committee as part of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

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Fox News’ John Roberts and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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