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Eric Trump praises Barr testimony, says spying ‘did occur’: ‘You finally have a grown up in the room’

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Eric Trump praises Barr testimony, says spying 'did occur': 'You finally have a grown up in the room'

Eric Trump says it is good to “finally have a grown up in the room”, as he backed up Attorney General William Barr’s testimony this week and said spying “did occur”.

Trump, joined by his wife Lara who is pregnant with their second child, made the statement in an interview on “Fox & Friends” Friday.

“The nice thing about Barr, is you finally have a grown up in the room,” Trump said. “You finally have a grown up in the room who calls out this nonsense because, you know, my father always went around during the campaign, he talked about the deep state. The deep state, guys, does exist. By the way, it still exists, but it does exist and it did exist. You see all the emails between FBI people about insurance policies and other things. You see dossiers that were paid for by political candidates, that were leaked through people’s wives. It’s really incredible.”

Lara Trump added: “But guess who the first person is who called them out? Donald Trump way back when and he’s always right. You might not like it when he says it, but he’s always right.”

Eric and Lara’s comments come two days after Barr testified that he believes “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign in 2016, as he vowed to review the conduct of the FBI’s original Russia probe — and the focus of a related internal review shifted to the role of a key FBI informant.

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Prominent Democrats lined up to hammer Barr for testifying that federal authorities had spied on the Trump campaign in 2016.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., told Fox News that Barr’s loyalties were compromised.

“He is acting as an employee of the president,” Hoyer said. “I believe the Attorney General believes he needs to protect the president of the United States.”

Added House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.”

But Eric Trump continued: “It was interesting, the day after the Barr report came out, you go on all the channels, you’re watching CNN, not that I watch CNN or MSNBC, ‘Well we don’t care about Russia. We want to talk about health care.’ I go, ‘How disingenuous is this?’ You’ve been talking about Russia for the last three years, all day, every day then all of a sudden it comes out that the whole thing is a hoax, which is what my father, and myself, and Lara, and Don, and Ivanka and everybody else have been saying and all of a sudden they want to talk about health care. “This is why they’re going to lose. This is why they’re going to lose in 2020.”

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On “Fox & Friends”, Lara Trump said Trump’s re-election campaign raised about $60 million and combined with the Republican National Committee that number is close to $200 million.

The couple also addressed the topic of Immigration Friday, one of the president’s core issues.

Pelosi stated Thursday she wants to find common ground on immigration saying, “I’m not giving up on the president on this… this has to happen. It’s inevitable.”

In response, Eric said: “That’s their M.O. (modus operandi), ‘he’s (President Trump’s) a racist, he’s a sexist,’ all the things that he’s exactly not

“Just Imagine how effective that we could be as a country, if you actually had people who are willing to work together. I know that’s a utopian view, but if you sat down and really cared about prescription drug prices, something that is on top of my father’s mind every single day, or you cared about solving the problem at the southern border, you know you see all these incredible border patrol agents, and they always invite them, ‘Ms. Pelosi, please, please come down. You keep saying there is no problem at our southern border, come down, do one shift with me. Ride in the right seat of my car for one shift, and you won’t be saying that there is not a problem.’”

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He added: “If there truly was sincerity to fix the problem, it could be done but the problem is, they just, they don’t want my father to accomplish anything.”

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Ex-Trump attorney Dowd disputes Mueller report, says president never tried to oust special counsel

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President Trump never said he wanted to “get rid” of Special Counsel Robert Mueller and instead cooperated fully with his investigation, according to one of the president’s former attorneys.

John Dowd, who served as a member of President Trump’s legal team from June 2017 until March 2018, discussed Trump’s approach to Mueller during an interview on “Fox & Friends” Monday.

Frequent media accounts prior to the release of the report suggested Trump tried to fire Mueller at times during the Russia investigation. The report itself said Trump told then-White House Counsel Don McGahn in June 2017 to tell the acting attorney general that Mueller “must be removed.” McGahn refused.

But asked on Monday when Trump said to fire Mueller, Dowd said: “He never did. I was there at the same time that the report says McGahn mentioned this, and I was assigned to deal with Mueller and briefed the president every day.

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“At no time did the president ever say, ‘you know, John, I’m going to get rid of him.’ It was the opposite.

“Here’s the message the president had for Bob Mueller, he told me to carry — number one, you tell him I respect what he is doing; number two, you tell him he has my full cooperation; number three, get it done as quickly as possible; and number four, whatever else you need, let me know.

“That was always the message and that is exactly what we did.”

Dowd continued, saying he spoke to Mueller about the president’s frequent public criticism of the investigation.

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“I talked to Bob about that. I said, ‘do you understand what’s going on?’ and he said, ‘oh, it’s political, he has to do that for political reasons’.

“I said, ‘I tell you what, the president and I will make sure, we’ll say publicly cooperate with Bob Mueller’ and we did early on. So that was it.”

Host Steve Doocy then asked Dowd about “the suggestion from the report that Don McGahn, the president’s attorney, was told go out and fire him” Mueller.

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“I just I think there was a misunderstanding,” Dowd said.

“I just don’t believe it. I think the president simply wanted McGahn to call Rosenstein, have him vetted, because the president believed Mueller did have some conflicts.”

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Trump sues to block Democrats’ subpoena for financial information

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Lawyers for President Trump on Monday sued to block a subpoena issued by members of Congress that sought the business magnate’s financial records.

The complaint named Rep. Elijah Cummings, the Democratic chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, and Peter Kenny, the chief investigative counsel of the House committee, as its plaintiffs.

“We will not allow Congressional Presidential harassment to go unanswered,” said Jay Sekulow, counsel to the president.

This is a breaking news story. Check back for updates.

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Congressman Moulton enters Democratic 2020 presidential race

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Congressman Moulton enters Democratic 2020 presidential race

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Representative Seth Moulton entered the 2020 Democratic presidential race on Monday as a long-shot contender in a contest that now includes almost 20 candidates.

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Congressman Seth Moulton (D-MA) speaks at a Merrimack County Democrats Summer Social at the Swett home in Bow, New Hampshire, U.S., July 28, 2018. REUTERS/Brian Snyder/File Photo

A 40-year-old Iraq War veteran who represents a district in Massachusetts, Moulton enters the race as an underdog, with little national name recognition and a shorter track record than some rivals who have spent years in the U.S. Senate or as state governors.

Moulton has built a political career by challenging the party’s establishment. He entered Congress in 2015 after winning a Democratic primary challenge against John Tierney, who had held the seat for 18 years.

After Democrats took control of the U.S. House of Representatives in 2018, Moulton helped organize opposition to Representative Nancy Pelosi’s bid to again become Speaker of the House.

He ended his opposition to Pelosi with a statement saying: “Tough conversations make us stronger, not weaker, and we need to keep having them if we’re going to deliver on the change that we’ve promised the American people.”

In a YouTube video announcing his presidential candidacy, he said: “Decades of division and corruption have broken our democracy and robbed Americans of their voice.”

“While our country marches forward, Washington is anchored in the past,” he said.

In the video, Moulton said he wants to tackle climate change and grow the U.S. economy by promoting green jobs as well as high tech and advanced manufacturing.

Moulton served in the Marines from 2001 to 2008. During his 2014 congressional bid, he became a vocal critic of the Iraq War in which he served, saying no more troops should be deployed to the country.

He has advocated stricter gun laws, saying military-style weapons should not be owned by civilians.

Moulton supports the legalization of marijuana and told Boston public radio station WGBH in 2016 that he had smoked pot while in college.

He graduated from Harvard University with an undergraduate degree in physics in 2001 and returned to receive a master’s degree in business and public policy in 2011.

For a graphic of the 2020 presidential candidates, see: tmsnrt.rs/2Ff62ZC

Reporting by Ginger Gibson; additional reporting by Rich McKay; Editing by Colleen Jenkins, Jonathan Oatis, Kirsten Donovan and David Gregorio

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