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CNN’s Don Lemon addressed a controversial clip that went viral Monday showing him and a panel mocking a group of Trump supporters, blaming his guests for the comments made.

Lemon, political consultant Rick Wilson and New York Times op-ed writer Wajahat Ali began to mock a group of Trump’s supporters during the segment, which aired Saturday. Wilson called them the “boomer rube” demographic and then began to fake a Southern accent as the others joined in.

Lemon had to pause the segment as he tried to regain control of his laughter.

Many conservatives criticized the clip after it went viral a few days later, and Lemon spoke about it on “CNN Tonight With Don Lemon” Tuesday evening. The CNN host appeared to blame his guests Wilson and Ali for the incident.

“During an interview on Saturday night, one of my guests said something that made me laugh,” Lemon said. “And while in the moment, I found that joke humorous. And I didn’t catch everything that was said. Just to make this perfectly clear, I was laughing at the joke and not at any group of people.”

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President Donald Trump even addressed the clip, calling Lemon the “dumbest man on television.” Wilson and Ali doubled down on their comments after the segment went viral.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Don Lemon Blames Guests For Segment Ridiculing Trump Supporters

A Manhattan judge dropped state charges against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort Wednesday.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance Jr. brought charges of mortgage fraud and over a dozen other New York state felonies against Manafort in March. The charges came shortly after judges sentenced Manafort to over seven years in prison for tax fraud and conspiracy related to the special counsel’s report.

This move marks a setback for Vance, as the charges could have kept Manafort in prison if President Donald Trump pardons him, The New York Times reported.

The indictment accused Manafort of faking business records to get loans. The investigation began in 2017 and the indictment is similar to the charges he was convicted of in federal court.

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort leaves his arraignment in Manhattan Criminal Court, on June 27, 2019 in New York City. (Yana Paskova/Getty Images)

Justice Maxwell Wiley of State Supreme Court dismissed the indictment on the grounds of double jeopardy, which ensures that a defendant can’t be tried more than once for the same crime.

Manafort, 70, was hospitalized for a cardiac event amid his prison sentence since Dec. 12, according to sources, ABC News reported Tuesday.

Manafort has appeared to be in worsening condition over the past year and showed up to court in 2018 in a wheelchair. He said he had serious medical conditions because of his diet and asked for a lesser sentence because of these alleged health problems.

Manafort is set to be released from prison Christmas Day in 2024, according to ABC News.

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: State Charges Dropped Against Paul Manafort

Former national security adviser Michael Anton suggested Wednesday the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump looks “like an inside job” lawmakers unhappy with the president manufactured.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff interrupted Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman’s testimony during an impeachment hearing Tuesday and cited an effort to protect a whistleblower.

“It looks like an inside job of a bunch of career bureaucrats getting together and saying, ‘We’ve wanted to impeach this guy for three years. How do we do it? Oh wait, I think we’ve found a way,’” Anton, a former National Security Council (NSC) spokesman, said to WMAL’s “Mornings on the Mall” co-hosts Vince Coglianese and Mary Walter Wednesday. “Here’s the issue.”

“It just looks phony, and that’s what they’re trying to avoid coming out,” he added.

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“I think the reason they don’t want him to say it is not so much to protect the whistleblower’s identity, whoever it is, it’s to protect the phony veneered process that they used to get this impeachment hearing going,” Anton said.

Schiff, a California Democrat, interrupted Vindman Tuesday after the latter said he told an “unnamed official” within the intelligence community about Trump’s July phone call with Ukraine’s president. GOP California Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the intelligence committee, was questioning Vindman at the time.

After Schiff’s interruption, Vindman refused to “answer specific questions about members of the intelligence community,” the NSC aide said. The interruption caused a stir in the day’s impeachment testimony, as many people could be heard vocally protesting Schiff’s actions.

Many questioned Schiff’s move, particularly after the whistleblower’s lawyer Mark S. Zaid tweeted Tuesday, “#ProtectTheWhistleblower,” ahead of Vindman’s testimony. The tweet came alongside a CNN comment noting there could be a “contentious flareup” during Vindman’s testimony when Republicans ask him about the Ukraine phone call.

The Daily Caller News Foundation journalist Chuck Ross noted that Zaid’s tweet “suggests” the person Vindman spoke to on the call could be the whistleblower.

Schiff did not allow Republicans to establish if Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, a move that Ross added could be an issue. He tweeted Tuesday that it is “circular reporting.” Walter echoed this Wednesday and noted the moment suggested Vindman had spoken to the whistleblower and had given the person information.

“Seems pretty important to establish whether Vindman was a source for the whistleblower, especially since Dems are holding Vindman out as independent corroboration of the whistleblower,” Ross wrote. “This is circular reporting. Reminiscent of the Steele dossier.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: ‘Looks Like An Inside Job’: Former National Security Official Says Impeachment Is Manufactured By Permanent Washington

2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton responded Tuesday to President Donald Trump’s Twitter invite for her to jump into the 2020 presidential race.

Trump tweeted Tuesday that “Crooked Hillary Clinton” should join the race “to try and steal it away from Uber Left Elizabeth Warren.” He added that she could only re-enter after explaining “her high crimes and misdemeanors,” including “how & why she deleted 33,000 Email AFTER getting ‘C’ Subpoena!”

Clinton responded to Trump’s invite on Twitter later in the day, writing “Don’t tempt me.”

Don’t tempt me. Do your job.

— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) October 8, 2019

The House of Representatives opened up an official impeachment inquiry into Trump on Sept. 24, a move that the former secretary of state has come out in support of. Clinton said last month that Trump is an “illegitimate president.”

She added that she refuses to accept another four years with Trump in office as president.

“I don’t accept that or believe that [re-election] will happen,” Clinton said during an interview with “CBS Sunday Morning” Sept. 29. “I believe there were many funny things that happed in my election that will not happen again, and I’m hoping that both the public and the press understand the way that Trump plays this game.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Hillary Tells Trump: ‘Don’t Tempt Me’ To Run In 2020

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said Monday that he has “a lot more evidence” on Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden’s dealings with Ukraine, adding in that Biden’s son Hunter is “drug challenged.”

After telling CNN’s Chris Cuomo on Thursday that he asked Ukraine to look into Biden,Trump’s personal lawyer went after Biden for multiple alleged offenses related to Ukraine. He tweeted Monday that Ukraine paid Hunter $3 million in laundered money while his father and Obama looked the other way.

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Giuliani told Fox Business anchor Maria Bartiromo on Monday that he would continue to unearth evidence against the Bidens.

“There’s a lot more evidence I’m going to put out,” Giuliani said on “Mornings with Maria.” “I put one out today — money-laundering. I’ve got a bigger one for tomorrow, a bigger one for the day after.”

Trump’s personal attorney added that the situation is a positive for Trump because it puts the spotlight on Biden.

“It’s the only way you can get this out,” Giuliani said. “The only way that they [the media] would cover this story is by punching the president in the face, and then the president deflects the punch — which he’s done — the story’s come way down from where it was, and then he hits ’em with a right hand that’s more powerful.”

During the conversation about Biden’s alleged conversations with Ukraine, Giuliani took a hit at Hunter, saying he is “drug challenged,” adding in that Joe Biden “fails at everything.” Hunter has struggled with drug and alcohol addiction throughout his life, according to an interview published in The New Yorker in July.

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“The vice president did take Hunter Biden on Air Force Two to China,” Giuliani said. “The vice president flies his son — the guy that’s drug challenged — flies him to China.”

Author: Shelby Talcott

Source: Daily Caller: Giuliani Promises To Release Incriminating Evidence On Biden

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