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Rep. Devin Nunes accused the FBI of having “something to hide” when it comes to Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic who became a key figure in the investigation into Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Mifsud allegedly told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that Russia had damaging information about Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

“He is the first person that we know of on earth that supposedly knows something about the Russians having Hillary’s emails,” Nunes, R-Calif., said on “Fox News @ Night.”

“He has since denied that but (Special Counsel Robert) Mueller in his report claimed that Mifsud – or insinuated that Mifsud – was some sort of Russian asset. We know that this is not the case. In fact, we know that he was in the U.S. Capitol… just steps away from an intelligence committee.”

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Republicans have been pushing for the release of key documents pertaining to the origins of the FBI counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with Russia.

Nunes, a ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, told Fox News that the has sent letters this month to the CIA, FBI, NSA and the State Department asking for documents tied to Mifsud. He said all of the agencies except one – the FBI – have cooperated with his request.

He then made the leap, “The FBI is not cooperating, per usual, which means they’ve got something to hide.”

“It is impossible that Mifsud is a Russian asset,” Nunes added. “He is a former diplomat with the Malta government. He lived in Italy. He worked and taught FBI, trained FBI officials, and worked with FBI officials.”

The Mueller report states that Mifsud traveled to Moscow in April 2016. He then met Papadopoulos in London. It was allegedly at this meeting that Mifsud told Papadopoulos that he had “dirt” on Clinton. Papadopolous repeated this claim to an Australian diplomat who in turn told the U.S. government, which prompted the investigation into Trump’s campaign.

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Papadopulos told investigators that Mifsud talked to him about Russia having thousands of Clintons emails. Mifsud denied the claims. In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Nunes, though, believes that the FBI is covering up what it knows about Mifsud and used flimsy information to go after the Trump campaign.

Nunes also weighed in on provocative comments made by former Rep. Trey Gowdy. The ex-South Carolina lawmaker and current Fox News contributor said unreleased transcripts from secretly recorded conversations between FBI informants and Papadopoulos could be “game-changing” if the public were ever allowed to see them.

Gowdy did not go into detail but Nunes believes he was talking about “exculpatory evidence on Papadopoulos.”

“That really does need to get out,” Nunes said. “It is one of many things that need to get out.”

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Nunes also said he sent eight criminal referrals to the Department of Justice concerning alleged misconduct from “Watergate wannabes” during the Trump-Russia investigation, including the leaks of the “highly classified material” and conspiracies to lie to Congress and the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court.

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report. 

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., has called on House Democrats to “move forward” with impeaching President Trump, adding that if they fail to do so it could be viewed as a “politically motivated” decision.

The freshman New Yorker issued the call to arms to members of her party shortly after White House Counsel Don McGahn defied a subpoena and skipped a committee hearing at Trump’s direction.

The move infuriated Democrats and touched off what could be another high-profile battle over holding a Trump official in contempt of Congress.

“Let me be clear, this committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, said at the beginning of the hearing which McGahn did not attend.

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Speaking to reporters from a hallway inside the Capitol, Ocasio-Cortez said members of her party must understand how the decision whether or not to impeach the president will be viewed.

“Just as impeaching without cause could be construed, and is, politically motivated choosing to not impeach when there is an abundance of cause could also be construed similarly,” she said.

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Ocasio-Cortez was also asked by CNN’s Manu Raju if Democrats should impeach Trump in the wake of McGahn’s no-show.

“You know, I trust the speaker is taking a measured approach to ensure that we’re moving everyone forward and, you know, being a speaker is hard, holding this party together is a difficult task,” the freshman congresswoman said.

“But I personally think so. I think we have to move forward.”

The development comes one day after a senior House Democrat — speaking on the condition of anonymity — told Fox News that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi could soon be left with no choice but to embrace calls from some within her party to impeach Trump.

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The official said, despite Pelosi’s repeated attempt to quell talk of impeaching the president, she “isn’t going to be able to hold off on impeachment much longer.”

“It is coming to a head,” the Democrat told Fox News, before predicting the mounting pressure from inside her own ranks could force Pelosi to change her position “within the next two weeks.”

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The Democrat argued that “the vast majority of us are for impeachment.”

Fox News’ Caroline McKee, Chad Pergram, and Alex Pappas contributed to this report.

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After it was revealed on Monday that a fifth migrant child has died in the custody of US Customs and Border Protection, former ICE acting director Tom Homan argued that Congress needs to take decisive action regarding immigration laws.

Speaking to hosts on “America’s Newsroom” on Tuesday morning, Homan said that Congress’ refusal to address loopholes in the immigration system has continued to put people in harm’s way.

“This isn’t just about enforcement of law but saving lives,” the Fox News contributor argued. “As long as Congress won’t address the loopholes, people will be put in harm’s way.”

Homan also addressed the comments made by New York Senator and 2020 presidential candidate Kirsten Gillibrand, who said that should she be elected, her administration would not use the detention system at all for illegal immigrants.

Homan called Gillibrand’s statements “ridiculous and reprehensible” and said Congress needs to “wake up” and take action.

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“It is about saving lives of a vulnerable population that wants to take advantage of the enticements the Democratic leadership throw out there – like Senator Gillibrand,” Homan said.

“She believes in sanctuary cities, open borders, abolishing ICE. Now she doesn’t want to detain anybody? You think that kind of talk from a presidential candidate will help the situation?” he asked.

Furthermore, Homan argued that he predicted there would be a surge in children crossing the border because of the language added by Democrats to an appropriations bill for the Department of Homeland Security.

Congress could stem the flow of undocumented children coming into the United States first by amending the Flores settlement agreement, which would take “30 minutes,” Homan said.

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“Let us detain families in a family setting,” he argued. “We know it worked.”

Secondly, he said that undocumented children from Central America should be treated the same way that those from Mexico are.

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“Once they ascertain you aren’t a victim of trafficking we should remove them back to their families and home country the way we do Mexicans. If we fix those two things you would see the border get 75% control,” he said.

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Joe Biden’s Democratic presidential campaign announced Tuesday that they hauled in more than $1,000 per minute during the former vice president’s kickoff rally in Philadelphia this past weekend.

The campaign said the haul was “the largest hour of grassroots fundraising” since Biden announced his candidacy late last month.

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The news was part of a release from the Biden campaign on what it touted as its “robust digital fundraising operation.”

The move appears to be part of the campaign’s efforts to highlight Biden’s fundraising prowess, as the front-runner right now for the Democratic presidential nomination faces off against nearly two-dozen rivals in an historically enormous field of candidates. Fundraising was not considered one of Biden’s strengths during his unsuccessful White House bids in 1988 and 2008.

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Last month, Biden’s team announced they raised $6.3 million in the 24 hours after the former vice president jumped into the race. The campaign cash haul was slightly larger than the $5.9 million Sen. Bernie Sanders brought in during his first day as a 2020 candidate in February, and the $6.1 million former Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas raised in during his first 24 hours as a White House contender in March.

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On Tuesday, Biden’s campaign announced that approximately two-thirds of all donors are new to the campaign’s list. They also spotlighted that 97 percent of all donations are under $200, and that nearly two-thirds of campaign donors have given less than $25. Campaigns like to highlight the number of small-dollar donors, who can continue to give over and over before reaching the federal contribution limit of $2,700 per candidate for individual donors.

Biden’s team also emphasized that the campaign’s received donations from every state, territory and congressional district, and that over 8,000 teachers and educators have donated to the campaign, the largest number of any occupation.

“Our fundraising has been driven by rapid, massive growth over the last month,” Biden campaign senior adviser Brandon English said.

The announcement highlighting the former vice president’s small-dollar digital fundraising comes as Biden enters a stretch of his campaign with fewer public events and more traditional top-dollar fundraisers. He headlined fundraisers Monday in Tennessee and Coral Gables, Florida, with another finance event – in Orlando – scheduled for Tuesday.

Biden raked in big bucks earlier this month at a top-dollar Hollywood fundraiser.

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Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said former law enforcement officials are “turning on each other” amid Attorney General Bill Barr’s investigation into the potential misconduct by the FBI in its probe of the Trump campaign in 2016.

On “America’s Newsroom” Tuesday, Huckabee reacted to the news that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch accused ex-FBI Director James Comey of mischaracterizing her statements while being under oath.

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“She basically called him a liar. That’s something that he has been called a lot over the past few months by people who have looked at what he said and how it contradicts other things he said. I think what we’re seeing is that this whole issue is now moving from a political theater to a legal theater,” Huckabee said.

“That means the rules are changed. When it was about the political rhetoric people could say whatever they want,” Huckabee continued.

“James Comey could speak politically, he could go on talk shows, promote his book. He could present himself as some big deal who knew a lot and was a little more sanctimonious than pretty much anybody else in the country.”

When it was about the political rhetoric people could say whatever they want … James Comey could speak politically, he could go on talk shows, promote his book. He could present himself as some big deal who knew a lot and was a little more sanctimonious than pretty much anybody else in the country.”

— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

Lynch testified that Comey’s claim that she privately instructed him to call the Hillary Clinton email probe a “matter” instead of an “investigation” left her “quite surprised.”

She made the dramatic remarks at a joint closed-door session of the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees last December. A transcript of her testimony was released on Monday by House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga.

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Her comments stem from Comey’s June 2017 interview under oath with the House Intelligence Committee, during which he said that Lynch had pressed him to downplay the significance of the Clinton email review in September 2015.

“The attorney general had directed me not to call it an investigation, but instead to call it a matter, which confused me and concerned me,” Comey testified. “That was one of the bricks in the load that led me to conclude, ‘I have to step away from the department if we’re to close this case credibly.’”

Comey said the moment led him to question her independence and contributed to his decision to unilaterally hold a press conference in July 2016 announcing the conclusions of the probe.

But the dynamic has changed, the former governor said, thanks to the DOJ investigation spearheaded by Barr that is reportedly looking into whether the FBI acted inappropriately in its investigation of the Trump campaign.

“Something that could cost them really their freedom. I think it’s going to be interesting as these folks are turning on each other. Out of the matter of self-preservation.”

— Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee

“Now things have changed. William Barr is gonna be looking at this not for the politics but for whether or not people broke the law, stepped over their lines and did something that was not just unethical, but was illegal,” he said.

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“Something that could cost them really their freedom. I think it’s going to be interesting as these folks are turning on each other. Out of the matter of self-preservation.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re contributed to this report.

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The top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee vowed Tuesday to go to court if necessary to seek former White House Counsel Don McGahn’s testimony, after he defied a subpoena and skipped a committee hearing at President Trump’s direction.

The move infuriated Democrats and touched off what could be another high-profile battle over holding a Trump official in contempt of Congress.

“Let me be clear, this committee will hear Mr. McGahn’s testimony, even if we have to go to court to secure it,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y, said at the beginning of the hearing which McGahn did not attend.

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Accusing Trump of witness intimidation, Nadler added, “When this committee issues a subpoena, even to a senior presidential adviser, the witness must show up. Our subpoenas are not optional.”

While he did not specifically mention contempt, Nadler told CNN on Monday night that lawmakers would pursue that route.

A day earlier, the president directed McGahn to not appear for the committee hearing, citing a Justice Department opinion that he cannot be compelled to testify about his official duties.

“In short, the president took it upon himself to intimidate a witness who has a legal obligation to be here today,” Nadler said. “This conduct is not remotely acceptable.”

But Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, the ranking member on the committee, responded to Nadler’s remarks by accusing Democrats of political theatrics, saying they are “trying desperately to make something out of nothing.”

“I cannot emphasize this enough — the chairman’s track record demonstrates he does not actually want information,” Collins said. “He wants the fight, but not the truth.”

Earlier this month, House Democrats opted to question an empty chair — alongside a prop chicken — when Attorney General Bill Barr failed to appear citing Democrats’ unusual demands.

In a statement released Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders blasted Democrats for continuing to pursue Trump investigations, saying they want a “wasteful and unnecessary do-over” in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — and describing the subpoena for McGahn as part of that.

The related DOJ memo said McGahn, like other senior advisers to a president, has “immunity” from being compelled to testify about his official duties.

“This immunity applies to the former White House Counsel. Accordingly, Mr. McGahn is not legally required to appear and testify about matters related to his official duties as Counsel to the President,” the memo said.

The committee announced the hearing last week, but it was initially unclear whether McGahn would appear due to the ongoing battle between congressional Democrats and the White House over his testimony.

The committee, led by Nadler, subpoenaed McGahn on April 22, days after the release of Mueller’s report, which featured McGahn prominently in its section related to the obstruction of justice inquiry. This included a claim that McGahn disobeyed Trump’s call to have him seek Mueller’s removal.

The report also revealed that when the media reported on the president’s request, the president directed White House officials “to tell McGahn to dispute the story and create a record stating he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed.” He did not.

The House committee’s subpoena, coming amid a fight over access to the unredacted Mueller report, called for McGahn to appear before the panel to testify and provide documents related to the Mueller investigation.

The battle over McGahn’s testimony is just one front in the clash between the White House and congressional Democrats.

Earlier this month, the committee voted to hold Barr in contempt for defying a subpoena for Mueller’s full and unredacted report, as well as underlying evidence and documents used in the investigation.

Trump, prior to the vote, asserted executive privilege over the materials in a bid to protect them from being turned over to the committee. The full House has yet to take a final vote on whether to hold Barr in contempt of Congress.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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After President Trump and 2020 presidential hopeful Joe Biden hosted campaign rallies in his home state of Pennsylvania, author Mark Levin slammed the former vice president, as well as mainstream media outlets and other major political players including Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Speaking with “Fox & Friends” to promote his new book ‘Unfreedom of the Press,’ Levin argued that Joe Biden’s attempt to pull blue-collar workers is hypocritical and that Biden has little to show for his 50 years spent in politics.

“This notion of blue-collar Joe, tell me what blue-collar job did Joe ever hold? What blue-collar job did Joe ever create? This is all a concoction,” he said. “Joe Biden is washed up liberal Democrat who really has very little in terms of his accomplishment in the last half-century.”

Levin also argued that Biden has a history of changing his stances on crucial issues, and hasn’t made any friends along the way in his political career.

“Joe Biden has been very, very vicious to tremendous icons in this country. He tried to destroy Bob Bork and tried to destroy Clarence Thomas,” Levin said. “He has seriously defective history.”

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Levin added that Joe Biden will end his own campaign because he is “just not that bright” and “steps on his tongue about every other speech.”

Among those who also drew Levin’s ire were 2020 Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg.

Levin slammed Bernie Sanders as an “old red” who is attempting to “redress” himself as a Democratic socialist, and questioned Pete Buttigieg’s political experience serving as the mayor of South Bend, Indiana.

“This mayor out of Indiana, can’t even pronounce his name, call him mayor Pete. Great, what has mayor Pete done?” Levin asked. “What is his position on foreign policy? Where has he been on the border? How will he create jobs? How does he view the constitution?” he continued.

“The problem, again with the mass media in this country is, this isn’t the Academy Awards. This isn’t Hollywood. This isn’t some game show,” he added. Levin also argued that mass media companies like CNN and MSNBC are “the greatest threat we have today to freedom of the press.”

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Ultimately, the author said, the Democratic party has yet to present any serious candidates for the 2020 presidential election.

“We have a conga line of newbies coming in we’ve never heard of before and we’re supposed to take the Democrat party serious,” he said.

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“I don’t take the Democrat party seriously except if they win, then I’m worried.”

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As more states across the nation advance abortion restrictions, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster told Fox News he will sign the state’s “heartbeat” abortion ban when it reaches his desk.

The Republican governor told “Fox & Friends” he pledges to put the law, which is awaiting debate in the Senate after passing in the House, into effect as soon as possible.

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“Well, I’ll sign it immediately and it will go into effect,” McMaster said. “The momentum is moving towards protecting life and South Carolina is a very pro-life state.”

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McMaster’s comments come as Alabama passed the most restrictive abortion ban in the country, putting a hard stop at six weeks and with no exceptions for rape and incest. Other states that have passed similar bills include Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, and Georgia.

The South Carolina leader said that the state will allow for some exceptions and the main point of the bill is that once a heartbeat is detected — which can be as early as six weeks — abortion is illegal. The state currently bans abortions after 20 weeks of gestation.

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“You got to draw the line somewhere,” he added. “There are a lot of people that say you are a person at conception.”

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“Life is precious,” McMaster said, “and we must protect it.”

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More Americans are embracing socialism.

A new Gallup poll released Monday found that 43 percent of Americans think socialism would be a good thing for the United States, while 51 percent say it would be a bad thing.

The poll is fresh evidence that attitudes toward socialism are changing, amid the popularity in the Democratic Party of democratic socialists like Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is running for president, and New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who pushes policies like “Medicare-for-all” and the Green New Deal.

DEMOCRATS VIEW SOCIALISM MORE FAVORABLY THAN CAPITALISM, GALLUP SAYS

Gallup noted that in 1942, a Roper/Fortune survey that found 40 percent of Americans described socialism as a bad thing while only 25 percent called it a good thing.

Times have changed. An August Gallup poll indicated that more Democrats view socialism positively than they do capitalism, with 57 percent of Democrats saying they have a favorable view of socialism, while just 47 percent of Democrats in the poll said they have positive feelings about capitalism.

It wasn’t long ago – in 2012, according to the poll — that Democrats viewed capitalism more favorably than socialism. But the positive feelings toward capitalism have dropped 9 points since 2016, when 56 percent of Democrats said they liked capitalism.

Republicans still overwhelmingly prefer capitalism, with 71 percent saying in the August poll they have a positive view of it and just 16 percent saying they see socialism favorably.

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The polls come as President Trump’s re-election campaign is seeking to portray the entire Democratic presidential primary field as sympathetic to socialism. The Trump re-election team sees a target-rich environment emerging, with Trump Communications Director Tim Murtaugh describing the field as “one big socialist organism with 22 heads.” He later amended that statement to “one big socialist organism with 23 heads” after New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the race.

But Democrats have dismissed the efforts to portray the party’s candidates as a socialist cabal. Brandon Gassaway, a spokesman for the DNC, recently told Fox News that Republicans “know they can’t compete in a policy debate, so they rely on tropes and misinformation.”

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In a previous bid for the presidency, then-Sen. Joe Biden‘s stance on illegal immigration sounded a lot like President Trump’s current views, the hosts of “Fox & Friends” noted Tuesday.

Steve Doocy flagged a clip from a September 2007 presidential debate, when then-candidate Biden was asked if he would allow cities to ignore federal law.

Biden answered that so-called sanctuary cities ignore federal immigration law because they lack the funding to carry out enforcement.

“Part of the problem is you have to have a federal government that can enforce laws,” he said, calling out the George W. Bush administration for being “fundamentally derelict” in providing the necessary funding.

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The Delaware Democrat was then asked, “yes or no, would you allow those cities to ignore the federal law?”

“No,” Biden responded.

The “Fox & Friends” hosts noted that “politics” and the current views of the crowded Democratic Party field have forced Biden to alter his rhetoric.

In a 2006 video that resurfaced last week, Biden is seen advocating for a southern border wall and punishment for employers who hired illegal immigrants.

Biden told a South Carolina rotary club that he voted for a border fence despite other Democrats opposing the measure.

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“Folks, I voted for a fence; I voted, and unlike most Democrats — and some of you won’t like it — I voted for 700 miles of fence,” he said, in the video unearthed by CNN.

“But, let me tell you, we can build a fence 40 stories high — unless you change the dynamic in Mexico and — and you will not like this, and — punish American employers who knowingly violate the law when, in fact, they hire illegals. Unless you do those two things, all the rest is window dressing,” he added.

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His spokesman reportedly indicated that his position hadn’t changed but that a border wall wouldn’t “address the real issues.”

“As then-Senator Biden said at the time, ‘we can build a fence 40 stories high,’ but it will not address the real issues here. Vice President Biden believes we have to stop trying to scare people and instead have an immigration discussion based on facts,” spokesman Andrew Bates said.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman contributed to this report.

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