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FBI Director Wray on IG Report: ‘We’re Going to Hold Employees Accountable’

FBI Director Christopher Wray said Thursday that the bureau has begun taking steps to address the "errors of judgment" identified in the inspector general’s new report. The report details a range of failures on the part of the FBI in investigating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and Wray said training will focus on the problems it raised. Specifically, he said employees will be "accountable for any misconduct," educated about the report’s findings, and drilled on proper procedures. He said the bureau has already targeted some of the employees whose conduct was in the report. "First, we're going to hold employees accountable for any potential misconduct," Wray said. "We've already referred conduct highlighted in the report to our disciplinary arm, OPR, which is the FBI's independent Office of Professional Responsibility." "We're going to adhere to the appropriate disciplinary process and once that process is complete we won't hesitate to hold people accountable for their actions," he added. The report showed how some FBI investigators privately shared how they wanted to "stop" President Donald Trump from being elected, along with a series of other embarrassing actions. Some employees had close relationships with members of the media, leading to leaks and fueling image problems for the bureau. Wray also said they would have training to ensure that top executives will have to undergo training to learn how to avoid mistakes the IG found. "Because change starts at the top, it starts with me, we're going to require all of our senior executives from all around the world to convene for in-depth training specifically focused on learning the lessons that we should learn from this report then we're going to train every single FBI employee, new hires and veterans alike, on what went wrong so these mistakes will never be repeated," he said. He listed a series of training goals to ensure compliance from employees: Drilling home the importance of objectivity, of avoiding even the appearance of personal conflicts or political bias in our work; ensuring that recusals are handled correctly and effectively and communicated to all the right people; making all of our employees fully aware of our new policy on media contacts, which I issued last November, and making painfully clear we won't tolerate non-compliance; ensuring that we follow all DOJ policies on public statements about uncharged conduct or ongoing investigations; and ensuring that our employees adhere strictly to all policies and procedures about the use of FBI systems, networks, and devices. He also addressed how the FBI’s handling of politically sensitive investigations led to many of the problems in the report, so he said Associate Deputy Director Paul Abbate would be reviewing procedures for such investigations. "I've also directed our associate deputy director to lead a review of how the FBI handles sensitive investigations and to make recommendations on how those should be staffed, structured, and supervised in the future so that every sensitive investigation is conducted to the FBI’s highest standards," he said. Wray was appointed to lead the FBI after Trump fired James Comey from the position, who has since become a leading critic of the president. Comey responded to the report with an opinion piece in the New York Times defending his actions. The post FBI Director Wray on IG Report: ‘We’re Going to Hold Employees Accountable’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Hillary Clinton Responds ‘But My Emails’ to Comey Using Private Email Account

Former secretary of state and 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton responded to a report that former FBI Director James Comey used a personal Gmail account at points at the FBI by saying, "But my emails." The FBI's inspector general cited Comey for using a personal email account five times while doing official FBI business. "We found that … Comey’s use of a personal email account on multiple occasions for unclassified FBI business to be inconsistent with the DOJ Policy Statement," the report states. That led to Clinton sarcastically referring to her own use of private email, which she contends critics overreacted to. But my emails. https://t.co/G7TIWDEG0p — Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 14, 2018 Comey even gave a speech in October 2016 where he specifically warned against using personal Gmail accounts for classified government business. However, the instances where Comey used Gmail were for unclassified remarks. Clinton's use of a personal email differs from Comey's in certain key ways, since Comey did not have an unsecured private email server that he conducted classified business on. Eight email chains on Clinton's private email server had "top secret" information and 36 had "secret" information. Clinton claimed not to realize they contained such information, and Comey criticized her for being "careless" but said he would not recommend charges against her. Over 14,000 emails were not originally turned over to the State Department but were uncovered by the FBI during its investigation. The emails from Clinton's server were also deleted despite orders from Congress to preserve them. Comey received no such orders from Congress. The post Hillary Clinton Responds ‘But My Emails’ to Comey Using Private Email Account appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Watchdog Files Open Records Requests Seeking Comey’s Personal Emails

The watchdog group Cause of Action filed new Freedom of Information Act requests late Thursday in response to the Department of Justice inspector general’s report that revealed former FBI Director James Comey occasionally used his personal email to conduct bureau business. The long-awaited report detailed and assessed the bureau's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation beginning in 2015 and into 2016 which concluded with then-Director Comey giving a press conference in which he said the evidence against Clinton did not rise to a level requiring charges to be filed. However, among the numerous findings in the 500-page report was the note that some government business had been conducted on non-FBI email accounts. "We identified numerous instances in which Comey used a personal email account to conduct unclassified FBI business," the IG report said. "We found that, given the absence of exigent circumstances and the frequency with which the use of personal email occurred, Comey’s use of a personal email account for unclassified FBI business to be inconsistent with Department policy." The FOIAs were filed with both the FBI and DOJ and seek "all emails sent or received by former FBI Director James Comey or former FBI Chief of Staff James Rybicki on a personal email account." "The IG report raises serious questions about Director Comey’s ‘extremely careless' use of personal email for official government business while investigating Secretary Clinton for similar conduct," said Kevin Schmidt, the director of investigations at Cause of Action. "The report notes that there were ‘numerous instances' of Comey using a Gmail account for FBI business, and that’s why we have opened an investigation to uncover the full extent of his problematic use of personal email." Cause of Action specializes in government transparency through the use of the Freedom of Information Act and, when necessary, suing when documents are improperly withheld. The group has previously worked to obtain documents that originated from personal devices but dealt with government business. For example, they filed a lawsuit seeking many of the government-related emails from former secretary of state Colin Powell, emails that had gone through his AOL account. More broadly, the IG's report was highly critical of many of the actions of Comey and other high ranking officials in the bureau, but concluded that the overall investigation was not tainted by any political bias. For example, the inspector general criticized Comey's decision to hold the press conference in which he said charges would not be brought against Clinton because Comey kept the decision to make this announcement to himself. "We found that it was extraordinary and insubordinate for Comey to do so, and we found none of his reasons to be a persuasive basis for deviating from well-established Department policies in a way intentionally designed to avoid supervision by Department leadership over his actions," the report said. The White House weighed in on the report's release as well. "It reaffirms the president’s suspicions about Comey’s conduct and the bias among some of the members at the FBI," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. The post Watchdog Files Open Records Requests Seeking Comey’s Personal Emails appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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NYT Reporter Surprised by Trump Voter Who Says She’d Choose a Border Wall Over Her House

An Ohio resident who voted for President Donald Trump in 2016 surprised then-New York Times reporter Yamiche Alcindor last year when she said she would rather have a wall on the U.S. southern border than receive support from a federal government program that helped repair her home, according to a recently aired clip of the exchange. Alcindor, now a reporter for PBS, last year visited a family in Trumbull County, Ohio that benefited from the congressionally-funded HOME Investment Partnerships Program, which helps low-income families repair their homes. While Alcindor reported on her experience in April 2017, Showtimes' documentary series "The Fourth Estate" aired footage of her visit this past weekend. The series focuses on how the Times is reporting the news during the Trump presidency. "I'm going to talk to a couple that voted for Trump about the repairs that were done to their home through a program that the Trump administration wants to eliminate," Alcindor said in a voice-over as she drove to the home of Tammy and Joseph Pavlic—44 and 42, respectively. The Pavlics appear to be the typical working-class family that helped propel Trump to the presidency. The family applied to the HOME program in 2015 to help repair their home, the Times reported. By 2015, Ms. Pavlic was supporting her husband and their three children on an annual salary of $9,000, earned at a restaurant. That year, they tapped a county program funded by Congress, called the HOME Investment Partnerships Program, to help repair their house. Tammy explained to Alcindor that her income would never have covered the costs to repair their home. "Last year I made $13,000," Tammy said. "So all those repairs—the roof, and the furnace, and the windows, and I mean all of those things—there was just absolutely no way that we were going to be able to ever do it." "So the reason why I'm writing a story about the program is because in President Trump's budget he says they are low priority programs. As people who supported him, do you see these programs as low priority?" Alcindor asked. Joseph said he understood needing to make cuts in order to make a budget work. "With the rough times we've had, I understand having to look at a budget and make cuts," he said. "It's about getting the agenda done and putting America back in order again." Tammy then said that if she had to choose between getting her home repaired or the country constructing a wall along the southern border, she would choose the latter. "If today I had to make the decision, ‘OK, you can have your house done or you can, you know, are they going to cut it and put it towards a wall,' I think it's important that the wall is built," she said. "For the greater good, you have to make sacrifices." Alcindor also asked the couple how Trump can relate to a family like theirs. "He isn't a politician," Tammy said. "As rich as the man is, he can relate to the regular person. So I think we need more and more people like him." The post NYT Reporter Surprised by Trump Voter Who Says She’d Choose a Border Wall Over Her House appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption

The FBI mishandled the politically charged investigation of classified information found on Hillary Clinton's private email server, and Bureau agents engaged in improper behavior including a text message threat to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president, according to a Justice Department inspector general probe. A report by Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz, however, appeared to let the FBI off the hook for allowing political biases and concerns about protecting the FBI's reputation influence its investigation of classified data found on the email server. Former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired by President Trump, came in for blistering criticism in the IG report for not informing Justice Department superiors about his decision in July 2016 to publicly exonerate Clinton in the probe—three weeks before she was named the Democratic presidential nominee. Comey and the FBI were also was criticized in the report for delaying and then re-opening the email investigation days before the November 2016 election after tens of thousands of new emails were found after the probe had been closed in July. The IG found "no evidence" Comey's July 2016 statement ending what the report called the FBI's "Midyear" probe of classified information found in the Clinton emails was the result of political bias or "an effort to influence the election." "We concluded that Comey’s unilateral announcement was inconsistent with Department policy and violated long-standing department practice and protocol by, among other things, criticizing Clinton’s uncharged conduct," the report said. "We also found that Comey usurped the authority of the attorney general, and inadequately and incompletely described the legal position of department prosecutors." Comey announced July 5, 2016, that he was recommending against prosecuting Clinton based on a lack of illegal intention and asserting that no reasonable attorney would prosecute her for the security breaches. The FBI also failed to act quickly in responding to the discovery of emails between Clinton and key aide Huma Abedin found two months later on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, Abedin's husband, as part of an investigation of Weiner sexting with a minor. The delays created the perception that the FBI was slow-rolling a decision to reopen the email probe. Comey told investigators when he learned of the Weiner laptop emails he did not know Weiner was Abedin's husband and failed to grasp the significance of the new evidence. Clinton place both "secret" and "top secret" information on emails found on the private server used while she was secretary of state to avoid triggering official records preservation rules. The FBI declined to charge her for the mishandling of classified information because classification markings had been removed from the information in the emails, the report said. The 568-page IG report, "A Review of Various Actions by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice in Advance of the 2016 Election" contains details of several FBI and Justice Department scandals that emerged since the 2016 election. The report reveals that: Obama administration Attorney General Loretta Lynch acted improperly in not cutting short a meeting aboard an aircraft with former President Bill Clinton during the investigation of Hillary Clinton. Both Lynch and Bill Clinton denied discussing the ongoing email probe during the meeting. The FBI improperly permitted two Clinton aides who were witnesses in the investigation to sit in on the FBI's questioning of Clinton Comey drafted an initial statement exonerating Clinton months before the investigation ended. The draft statement exonerating Clinton also removed the term "gross negligence"—a condition that could have been used for prosecution—and replaced with "especially concerning." An initial assessment in the Comey draft statement saying foreign spy services were "reasonably likely" to have accessed the classified data on the Clinton server was replaced with "possible." FBI ethics officials "did not fully appreciate" the potential conflict of interest by former FBI Director Andrew McCabe's wife receiving $675,288 in 2015 from Clinton associate Terry McAuliffe, then-governor of Virginia, for her political campaign for a state senate seat. McCabe became head of the email probe in early 2016. The FBI improperly regarded a parallel investigation of Russian collusion with the Trump presidential campaign in 2016 to be more important the Clinton email probe. The most damaging disclosures in the IG report relate to five FBI officials, including FBI counterintelligence official and Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok who was involved in both the email and Russia probes. Strzok was having an affair with Lisa Page, special counsel to the FBI deputy director, and the two officials exchanged thousands of emails revealing political bias against Trump and in favor of Clinton. The IG report noted "particular concern" by the apparent political bias in elevating the Russian investigation over the email probe, as revealed in text messages between Strzok and Page. The texts between the two FBI officials "potentially indicated or created the appearance that investigative decisions they made were impacted by bias or improper considerations." Most of the texts between Strzok and Page that appeared to impact investigative decisions were related to the Russian probe that was not part of the IG review. "Nonetheless, when one senior FBI official, Strzok, who was helping to lead the Russia investigation at the time, conveys in a text message to another senior FBI official, Page, ‘No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it' in response to her question, ‘[Trump’s] not ever going to become president, right? Right?!', it is not only indicative of a biased state of mind but, even more seriously, implies a willingness to take official action to impact the presidential candidate’s electoral prospects," the report said. "Under these circumstances, we did not have confidence that Strzok’s decision to prioritize the Russia investigation over following up on the Midyear-related investigative lead discovered on the Weiner laptop was free from bias," the report said. In addition to Strzok and Page, text messages also were reviewed by the IG related to two other FBI agents, one on the email probe, and another FBI lawyer. "The text messages and instant messages sent by these employees included statements of hostility toward then candidate Trump and statements of support for candidate Clinton, and several appeared to mix political opinions with discussions about the Midyear investigation,' the report said. The conduct "brought discredit to themselves, sowed doubt about the FBI’s handling of the Midyear investigation, and impacted the reputation of the FBI." No direct evidence was found that the political biases were linked to investigative decisions, the report said. But the report noted "the conduct by these employees cast a cloud over the FBI Midyear investigation and sowed doubt over the FBI's work on, and its handling of, the Midyear investigation." "Moreover, the damage caused by their actions extends far beyond the scope of the Midyear investigation and goes to the heart of the FBI's reputation for neutral fact finding and political independence." The IG finding of bias will likely fuel further criticism by President Trump of the Russia investigation that eventually was elevated into Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Trump has denounced the probe of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign as a political witch-hunt designed to discredit his presidency. Clinton, for her part, has blamed Comey for undermining her election bid by re-opening the email investigation so close the election. The IG report said Comey believed that his failure to disclose the newly found emails to Congress would be an act of concealment. The IG, however, sharply criticized Comey for saying he had only two doors to enter, one for concealment and one for publicizing the re-opened probe. "The two doors were actually labeled ‘followpolicy/practice' and ‘depart from policy/practice,'" the report said. "Although we acknowledge that Comey faced a difficult situation with unattractive choices, in proceeding as he did, we concluded that Comey made a serious error of judgment." Comey was also influenced in mishandling the case because he believed Clinton would be elected president and he feared the information would leak if the FBI failed to make it public. He also was concerned that "failing to disclose would result in accusations that the FBI had ‘engineered a cover up' to help Clinton get elected," the report said. The report said there also were "concerns about protecting the reputation of the FBI" and worries about the perceived illegitimacy of a Clinton presidency if the discovery of the emails was not made public. "We found no evidence that Comey’s decision to send the October 28 letter [to Congress] was influenced by political preferences," the report said. "Instead, we found that his decision was the result of several interrelated factors that were connected to his concern that failing to send the letter would harm the FBI and his ability to lead it, and his view that candidate Clinton was going to win the presidency and that she would be perceived to be an illegitimate president if the public first learned of the information after the election." Regarding FBI agents disclosing information to reporters, the IG stated that agents had unauthorized contacts with reporters and accepted favors and gifts in apparent exchange for details about the email investigation. "We identified numerous FBI employees, at all levels of the organization and with no official reason to be in contact with the media, who were nevertheless in frequent contact with reporters," the report said. "In addition, we identified instances where FBI employees improperly received benefits from reporters, including tickets to sporting events, golfing outings, drinks and meals, and admittance to nonpublic social events," the IG said, noting the improper activities are under investigation. The report said leaks, fear of potential leak and "a culture of unauthorized media contacts" influence FBI decisions regarding its investigations. The report recommended providing guidance to agents and prosecutors on legal actions that could impact an election. The IG also called for making an explicit rule that an investigating agency cannot announce its charging decision without consulting the attorney general or other senior Justice officials. The report also suggested developing a policy on discussing the conduct of uncharged persons in public statements. The IG also recommended improving the policy of saving of text messages from official mobile phones and devices and to include a banner on the devices warning users they have no expectation of privacy. Better education of FBI employees regarding the policy on accepting gifts is also needed, along with disciplinary action to deter improper conduct. The post Justice Department IG Reveals FBI Corruption appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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SNL Actress Calls for Next Season’s Comedy to Focus Less on Politics

"Saturday Night Live" cast member Leslie Jones said Tuesday she hopes the show will rely less on political jokes next season. The comedian and actress told The Wrap that SNL has a responsibility to cover some political stories because of their importance to the country, but she wants more "comedy-based stuff." "I hope next year we can do more funnier stuff instead of a lot of political stuff this year, which we had to," Jones said. "But I do hope that next year will be a lot more funny-funny based stuff, more comedy based stuff instead of a lot of political stuff." She said too many comedians are making the same kind of jokes in light of President Donald Trump’s ascendence. "One thing that I always made a goal was never to talk about what everybody else is talking about, because most of the time, maybe ten comics are doing literally the same Trump joke," Jones said. "When I started, it wasn’t important about being famous or being heard of. The most important thing was if we were funny. The comics today are — it’s stressful to go to a comedy show, because that’s all they’re going to do is just talk about that. No one just gets up and does a simple joke that makes you laugh." Jones’ view of comedy is that it should not "always be serious." "Comedy is a release just like art and music. All of that is the same thing. You need that release. It can’t always be serious. You need The Three Stooges just as much as you need John Oliver," she said. SNL’s political bent has arguably been its defining feature in recent years, with politics serving as its top subject. Actor Alec Baldwin, who impersonates Trump on the show, said this week he would beat the "maniac" Trump in an election if he ran. Trump has leveled his own criticisms at the show. After Baldwin said in March it was "agony" doing an impression of Trump, the president said his acting was actually agony for viewers and that Baldwin had a "dying mediocre career." The show also drew Trump’s attention just after the 2016 presidential election. He tweeted then that it was "a totally one-sided, biased show – nothing funny at all." That led cast member Pete Davidson to respond, "Never been more proud. Fuck you bitch." Davidson also got a tattoo of Hillary Clinton’s face in December 2017, calling her "such a badass and one of the strongest people in the universe." The post SNL Actress Calls for Next Season’s Comedy to Focus Less on Politics appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Huckabee Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’

CNN contributor and Playboy White House reporter Brian Karem erupted on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over President Donald Trump's border policies Thursday, asking if she had any empathy for children and accusing the administration of throwing them "in cages." The Trump administration has come under fire for separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as part of a "zero tolerance" policy. Sanders took questions about the policy on Thursday, also sparring with CNN's Jim Acosta over it. She called on Democrats to fix "loopholes" in the law to address the problem. Although he wasn't called on, Karem—whose dramatic outbursts in the briefing room won him a role as a CNN political contributor—interrupted and berated Sanders over the Trump administration's controversial policy. "You're a parent! Don't you have any empathy? Come on, Sarah, you're a parent!" he said. "Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do. Sarah, come on, seriously. Seriously." Sanders told Karem to "settle down." "I'm trying to be serious, but I'm not going to have you yell out of turn," she said, trying to call on another reporter. Karem, with photographers clicking away as he stood at the side of the briefing room, continued on, saying "these people have nothing." "Brian, I know you want to get some more TV time, but that's not what this is about," Sanders said. Karem was undeterred, continuing to lace into Sanders while she stood silently at the podium. "It's not about that … Answer the question. It's a serious question," Karem said. "These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You're a parent. You're a parent of young children. Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?" Sanders ignored him and called on the next reporter. NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported from Brownsville, Texas, on the nation's largest detention center for illegal immigrant children and said there were no "cages," although he did liken the situation to a prison. The post Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Huckabee Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Huckabee Sanders to Acosta: ‘I Know It’s Hard for You to Understand Even Short Sentences’

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders responded Thursday to Jim Acosta's attempts to interrupt by taking a shot at the CNN correspondent's comprehension abilities. Acosta asked during the daily press briefing about comments made the same day by Attorney General Jeff Sessions about the immigration situation at the southern U.S. border. "On these children that are being separated from their families as they come across the border, the attorney general earlier today said that somehow there's a justification for this in the Bible," Acosta started. "Where does it say in the Bible that it's moral to take children away from their mothers?" Sanders said she was unaware of Sessions' comments but that "it's very biblical to enforce the law. That is actually repeated a number of times throughout the Bible." "Hold on Jim, if you'll let me finish," Sanders said as Acosta began to interject. "Again I'm not going to comment on the attorney's specific comments that I haven't seen." "You just said it's in the Bible to follow the law," Acosta replied. "That's not what I said, and I know it's hard for you to understand even short sentences I said, I guess. But, please don't take my words out of context," Sanders said. Several reporters in the room groaned or chuckled, with one saying "that's a cheap shot, Sarah." "Why is the government doing this, Sarah?" Acosta asked again in reference to the children of illegal immigrants being separated from their parents while the parents are detained and processed at the southern border. Sanders explained the administration is enforcing the current law, which she said has been on the books for years and the president is working to fix. "The separation of illegal alien families is the product of the same legal loopholes that Democrats refuse to close and these laws are the same that have been on the book for over a decade and the president is simply enforcing them," Sanders said. "It doesn't have to be the law," Acosta said. "You're right, it doesn't have to be the law. And the president has actually called on Democrats in Congress to fix those loopholes," Sanders said. "The Democrats have failed to come to the table, failed to help this president close these loopholes and fix this problem … we've laid out a proposal and Democrats simply refuse to do their job and fix the problem." Acosta also asked during the briefing why President Donald Trump saluted a North Korean general during the Singapore summit. "It's a common courtesy when a military official from another country salutes that you return that," Sanders said. The post Huckabee Sanders to Acosta: ‘I Know It’s Hard for You to Understand Even Short Sentences’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Tom Steyer Says Jacky Rosen Scared of ‘Enraging’ Republican Voters

Billionaire activist Tom Steyer criticized Democratic representative Jacky Rosen (Nev.) for being too afraid of Republican voters to back his campaign to impeach President Donald Trump. Steyer has already contributed the maximum allowed $5,400 contribution to Rosen's Senate campaign and pledged to spend an additional $2 million in support of the effort. Rosen, however, was not in attendance for Steyer's Wednesday night town hall in Reno, where the billionaire was asked whether Rosen has committed to impeaching Trump. Steyer said Rosen still hasn't committed to joining the impeachment fight and indicated it was because she was afraid it would hurt her chances to win in November. "I think there is a concern amongst elected officials that talking about impeachment, what we're doing today, is going to enrage Republicans and drive them to the ballot box in November," Steyer replied. Rosen's congressional office did not respond to a request for comment on Steyer's accusation. Steyer, in an exchange that can be heard in full below, went on to criticize Rosen and other Democrats for being too afraid to discuss impeachment on the campaign trail. "We cannot allow ourselves to be censored by what we think Republican voters want," Steyer said. "We have got to tell the truth and live with it and let the chips fall where they may." "If we're going to do only the things Republican voters permit us to do then we're not going to talk about gun safety, we're not going to talk about racism, we're not going to talk about the need to deliver health care to every American because they don't like it," he said. Democratic leadership has been critical of Steyer's push for impeachment, arguing that it will have a negative impact on their chances to win congressional races in November. Steyer has responded by saying House minority leader Nancy Pelosi was "normalizing" Trump's presidency and comparing her and other Democrats to people "who told civil rights activists to be patient." "If you look at the civil rights movement, the pushback was not, ‘You're not telling the truth,' the pushback was, ‘We're dealing with it in time. Stand down so we can deal with it in time,'" Steyer told Politico last month. In a move that many are viewing as an olive branch, Steyer announced on Thursday that he was launching a "Blue Wave" program to help engage Democratic voters across the country. Rosen won this week's primary and will face Republican senator Dean Heller in November. The race is viewed as a toss-up. The post Tom Steyer Says Jacky Rosen Scared of ‘Enraging’ Republican Voters appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Sarah Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’

CNN contributor and Playboy White House reporter Brian Karem erupted on Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders over President Donald Trump's border policies Thursday, asking if she had any empathy for children and accusing the administration of throwing them "in cages." The Trump administration has come under fire for separating illegal immigrant children from their parents as part of a "zero tolerance" policy. Sanders took questions about the policy on Thursday, also sparring with CNN's Jim Acosta over it. She called on Democrats to fix "loopholes" in the law to address the problem. Although he wasn't called on, Karem—whose dramatic outbursts in the briefing room won him a role as a CNN political contributor—interrupted and berated Sanders over the Trump administration's controversial policy. "You're a parent! Don't you have any empathy? Come on, Sarah, you're a parent!" he said. "Don't you have any empathy for what these people are going through? They have less than you do. Sarah, come on, seriously. Seriously." Sanders told Karem to "settle down." "I'm trying to be serious, but I'm not going to have you yell out of turn," she said, trying to call on another reporter. Karem, with photographers clicking away as he stood at the side of the briefing room, continued on, saying "these people have nothing." "Brian, I know you want to get some more TV time, but that's not what this is about," Sanders said. Karem was undeterred, continuing to lace into Sanders while she stood silently at the podium. "It's not about that … Answer the question. It's a serious question," Karem said. "These people have nothing. They come to the border with nothing, and you throw children in cages. You're a parent. You're a parent of young children. Don't you have any empathy for what they go through?" Sanders ignored him and called on the next reporter. NBC News correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported from Brownsville, Texas, on the nation's largest detention center for illegal immigrant children and said there were no "cages," although he did liken the situation to a prison. The post Playboy White House Reporter Erupts on Sarah Sanders: ‘You Throw Children in Cages!’ appeared first on Washington Free Beacon.

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