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Democrats‘ continued subpoenas for documents and witnesses pertaining to the Trump administration are a way to “inflame their base,” according to a Republican lawmaker.

Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., claimed on “Hannity” that Democrats are trying to energize their voting base with their investigations into President Trump.

Guest host Jason Chaffetz asked why Democrats would call witnesses who “can’t attend” and would subpoena documents “they know can’t be released.”

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“They are trying to inflame their base. You served on the [Judiciary] committee with me, so you know how some of the people are who we faced on a regular basis,” Biggs claimed.

“They are trying to conduct an impeachment investigation without getting to impeachment,” he added. “The Democrats are ready to rock and roll.”

Biggs claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is doing everything in her power to “pull back on the horses” and keep her caucus “in check” on impeachment.

“I don’t think she can hold them back much longer,” he said.

Biggs charged that Pelosi “put gas on the fire” by accusing Trump of a “cover-up.”

“Those are the key phrases of the Nixon impeachment and Bill Clinton’s impeachment. She has to be so careful.”

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On Thursday, Pelosi criticized Trump’s alleged behavior at a White House meeting on infrastructure that was cut short.

“The president stormed out, pounded the table, walked out the door,” Pelosi told reporters. “Another temper tantrum, again, I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family, the administration, and his staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler had to receive medical attention Friday after a health care at an event in New York City.

Despite reports that the powerful New York Democrat appeared to pass out, his office said he merely felt ill but did not faint. A spokesman for Nadler told Fox News that the congressman is “okay” and “seems to have been dehydrated,” describing the room as “very warm.”

Nadler, 71, was speaking at a press conference on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, alongside 2020 Democratic hopeful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, when the incident happened. De Blasio could be seen checking on him and patting him on the shoulder, as someone brought over a glass of water.

Fox News is told the congressman was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

“He is now responsive and receiving a check-up,” a spokesman told Fox News.

Nadler’s office noted that he was sitting down, so he “did not faint or anything.”

But local reporters on social media attending the event said that Nadler appeared to have briefly passed out.

Nadler’s committee is currently battling with the Trump administration over access to an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Earlier this month, his panel voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the full report and its underlying documents and evidence.

Nadler, as judiciary committee chairman, would also oversee any impeachment proceedings should Democrats launch them — a question that has divided the party.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler had to receive medical attention Friday after a health care at an event in New York City.

Despite reports that the powerful New York Democrat appeared to pass out, his office said he merely felt ill but did not faint. A spokesman for Nadler told Fox News that the congressman is “okay” and “seems to have been dehydrated,” describing the room as “very warm.”

Nadler, 71, was speaking at a press conference on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, alongside 2020 Democratic hopeful New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, when the incident happened. De Blasio could be seen checking on him and patting him on the shoulder, as someone brought over a glass of water.

Fox News is told the congressman was being taken to a hospital in an ambulance.

“He is now responsive and receiving a check-up,” a spokesman told Fox News.

Nadler’s office noted that he was sitting down, so he “did not faint or anything.”

But local reporters on social media attending the event said that Nadler appeared to have briefly passed out.

Nadler’s committee is currently battling with the Trump administration over access to an unredacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report. Earlier this month, his panel voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the full report and its underlying documents and evidence.

Nadler, as judiciary committee chairman, would also oversee any impeachment proceedings should Democrats launch them — a question that has divided the party.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram contributed to this report. 

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., released another joint video Thursday in which they pressed Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin over his role in Sears’ 2018 bankruptcy — implying that he made money off of American workers’ hardships.

Americans, Warren argued, deserved a “Treasury secretary who fights for them — not someone who spent a decade raking in cash for himself at the expense of hundreds of thousands of Sears employees.”

The video highlighted ties between Mnuchin and Eddie Lampert, Mnuchin’s old college roommate and the subject of a lawsuit claiming he improperly stripped Sears of its assets. Lampert, the former CEO and Chairman of Sears, appointed Mnuchin, also named in the lawsuit, to Sears’ board before driving “the company into the ground,” Ocasio-Cortez claimed.

“He is a walking example of what happens when rich and powerful people put other rich and powerful people into power,” Ocasio-Cortez said of Mnuchin.

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The progressive lawmakers implied that Lampert either intentionally or carelessly saddled the department store with debt, allowing him to make “billions” while millions of people lost their jobs.

“Instead of investing in the company, he sucked about $6 billion in value out of it,” Warren said of Lampert, “and then did stock buybacks which certainly made him a lot of money.”

In a letter sent on Thursday, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez gave Mnuchin until June 13 to provide answers to questions related to his work with Lampert. It also questioned whether, as a Treasury official, he engaged in any unethical behavior related to Sears.

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“We are deeply concerned by the financial engineering and potentially illegal activity that took place at Sears Holding Corporation while you served on the company’s board,” the letter read.

“In addition, we are concerned that, as Treasury Secretary, you are in position to take actions that benefit Sears’ shareholders and owners at the expense of workers and taxpayers.”

At the end of the video, Warren and Ocasio-Cortez portrayed themselves as fighters for the American people. “We think the American people deserve answers and we’re out there to fight for them,” Warren said, as Ocasio-Cortez nodded.

The Treasury Department did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment.

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It’s unclear how Mnuchin will respond, although he’s already pushed back on another congressional demand relating to President Trump’s tax information. The lawmakers’ letter was the latest in a series of Democratic efforts to investigate the Trump administration as the 2020 election approaches.

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Warren, a 2020 hopeful, reportedly sought Ocasio-Cortez’s endorsement and has tried to highlight their relationship in joint videos. The two adopted a lighter tone when they discussed the “Game of Thrones” finale during another video released on Tuesday.

During that video, they seemed to unify behind criticism that the show missed its shot at providing viewers with a feminist ending.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said she checked to see if pigs could fly after she found a rare moment of common ground with House Republicans on Wednesday over the protection of Americans from surveillance.

During a House Oversight Committee hearing, lawmakers from both sides of the aisle expressed the need for legislation to regulate the increasingly widespread use of facial recognition software to track members of the public.

“Check the sky for flying 🐽 bc Rep. Meadows, much of the Freedom Caucus & I are in agreement on preventing total surveillance of Americans without their knowledge,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter following the hearing. “Whether it’s Amazon or Gov, no one should be tracked w/o consent or a warrant,” she wrote.

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Both law enforcement agencies and private companies have been using the technology to identify people’s faces in public and private settings. Amazon’s “Rekognition” software has been aggressively marketed to law enforcement groups, including the FBI and the Orlando Police Department, BuzzFeed News reported.

U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the Freedom Caucus, described facial recognition as a “sweet spot that brings progressives and conservatives together.”

“When you have a diverse group on this committee, as diverse as you might see on the polar ends, I’m here to tell you, we’re serious about this and let’s get together and work on legislation and it is the time is now, before it gets out of control,” Meadows said at the hearing.

“When you have a diverse group on this committee, as diverse as you might see on the polar ends, I’m here to tell you, we’re serious about this and let’s get together and work on legislation and it is the time is now, before it gets out of control.” 

— U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C.

Lawmakers argued that Americans’ civil liberties are in jeopardy, as inaccuracies in the technology could misidentify suspects and disproportionally target minorities. Republicans and Democrats agreed that Congress must draft new legislation to increase oversight and further regulate organizations that utilize the new tech.

“When government surveillance attacks civil liberties, Congress must step in and defend Americans,” U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a co-founder of the Freedom Caucus, wrote on Twitter. He included a video of himself questioning Neema Singh Guliani, a senior legislative counsel at the American Civil Liberties Union, at the hearing.

“Our concerns about privacy rights aren’t theoretical. We’ve seen it happen!” he wrote.

All five of America’s top tech companies — Amazon, Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft — are developing their own facial recognition platforms, BuzzFeed News reported. Amazon’s board voted this week to block two proposals from shareholders who wanted to curb the sale of its facial recognition technology to law enforcement and conduct a study on how the tech might infringe on a person’s right to privacy, according to Reuters.

“We’ve never seen anything like this technology before,” Guliani said during her testimony on Wednesday. “The U.S. reportedly has over 50 million surveillance cameras. This, combined with face recognition threatens, to create a near-constant surveillance state.”

“We’ve never seen anything like this technology before. The U.S. reportedly has over 50 million surveillance cameras. This, combined with face recognition threatens, to create a near-constant surveillance state.”

— Neema Singh Guliani, senior legislative counsel, American Civil Liberties Union

“It’s urgent that Congress act now,” she said.

“I just got word that the shareholders did not end up passing a ban on the sale of Rekognition,” Rep. Jimmy Gomez, D-Calif., said at the hearing. “That just means that it’s more important that Congress acts.”

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“We think it’s important for Congress to exercise oversight on this important issue and continue to support the creation of a national legislative framework covering facial recognition,” Amazon said, according to the Hill.

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Well, Nancy Pelosi sure got an explosive reaction.

Not long after the House speaker accused President Trump of a “cover-up,” the president hastily assembled reporters in the Rose Garden to forcefully deny her charge, denounce the Mueller investigation once again and rip the press as well.

He had just stormed out of a meeting with Pelosi and Chuck Schumer about pursuing an infrastructure plan. Trump, in his impromptu remarks and in response to questions, made clear that he couldn’t negotiate with the Democratic leaders in light of Pelosi’s slam and the endless investigations after the Mueller “witch hunt.”

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Chuck and Nancy promptly held a counter-news conference and talked about … infrastructure.

It was nothing short of surreal. Pelosi made no reference to her time-bomb of a comment. “We believe that no one is above the law including the president of the United States. And we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up,” she had told reporters.

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Instead, she went on about the importance of building projects, harkening back to Thomas Jefferson and Teddy Roosevelt. And Schumer said Trump had seized on a “pre-planned excuse” to blow up the meeting. They took no questions.

Pelosi doubled down at a later event with the Center for American Progress, saying “this president is obstructing justice … and that could be an impeachable offense.”

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Trump was already mad, as we can tell from a morning tweetstorm, and the “cover-up” rhetoric was the tipping point. Still, there’s no question this was a tactical misstep by Pelosi. You don’t hurl a charge against anyone you’re about to hold a business meeting with, especially a president who has built his career on counterpunching. What, did she think he wouldn’t notice? She was surrounded by cameras.

And even if Trump was looking to back out of a bipartisan building plan, she sure gave him cover.

And yet Pelosi, in her own way, was trying to find a middle ground. She is under enormous pressure from her own side to greenlight impeachment proceedings. More of her prominent members, including those on the Judiciary Committee, are coming out for the I-word. And it’s easy to pander to the three-quarters of Democrats who favor impeachment in recent polls.

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But the speaker is also savvy enough to know that actual impeachment hearings would obliterate the party’s agenda, energize the hell out of Trump’s base and ultimately fail in the Senate, just as we head into the 2020 elections.

Pelosi’s cover-up language, in my view, was an attempt to toss red meat at the left wing of her party without serving the full impeachment buffet. She’s trying to show she shares their colleagues’ concerns about the accusations against the president, yet settling for a sort of Impeachment Lite.

Trump isn’t helping himself by flatly refusing every subpoena request, including the one for Don McGahn this week. Steve Mnuchin also took a hit when The Washington Post revealed that a staff lawyer’s memo (which the Treasury boss says he never saw) said the department had no choice but to give Congress his tax returns.

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The president is doing this as part of his always-on-offense strategy, and in part because he views the Hill probes as a “do-over” for a Mueller investigation that recommended no criminal charges. He’s well aware that more Democrats are citing his lack of cooperation as a reason to pursue impeachment, which would give them broader power to obtain information. Either he’s calling their bluff or believes an actual impeachment would play out to his benefit.

What we’re left with an Impeachment in All But Name, as the president and his Democratic adversaries keep raising the stakes. The danger here is that the momentum builds to the point that the country is plunged into an actual impeachment that, in the end, would resolve nothing.

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The new catchphrase in the mainstream media this week is “cover-up,” and it comes from the mouths of Democratic lawmakers, according to Joe Concha.

Concha made the claim Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” comparing the term to other phrases used by the media that appear to come from the Democratic Party.

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“I think you’re seeing a pattern here,” Concha, The Hill media reporter, said. “Back in January, the term ‘manufactured crisis’ was used to talk about what was going on at the U.S. southern border.”

He said after the phrase was used by top Democrats, it was repeated in the media “dozens upon dozens of times.”

“It just seems to be that people are taking their cues from one party in this business and not the other, particularly from Pelosi.”

Concha added the repetition came, “not just from one network, but different networks, different anchors, or pundits, or guests.”

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Concha pointed to a study by the Media Research Center that recorded the term “constitutional crisis” being uttered by the press 386 times.

“And now, here we are with ‘cover-up’ and that will be the next new ‘constitutional crisis’ as far as terms that we hear over and over again as if its an echo chamber.”

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The new catchphrase in the mainstream media this week is “cover-up,” and it comes from the mouths of Democratic lawmakers, according to Joe Concha.

Concha made the claim Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” comparing the term to other phrases used by the media that appear to come from the Democratic Party.

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“I think you’re seeing a pattern here,” Concha, The Hill media reporter, said. “Back in January, the term ‘manufactured crisis’ was used to talk about what was going on at the U.S. southern border.”

He said after the phrase was used by top Democrats, it was repeated in the media “dozens upon dozens of times.”

“It just seems to be that people are taking their cues from one party in this business and not the other, particularly from Pelosi.”

Concha added the repetition came, “not just from one network, but different networks, different anchors, or pundits, or guests.”

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Concha pointed to a study by the Media Research Center that recorded the term “constitutional crisis” being uttered by the press 386 times.

“And now, here we are with ‘cover-up’ and that will be the next new ‘constitutional crisis’ as far as terms that we hear over and over again as if its an echo chamber.”

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President Trump planned to cut short a meeting with top Democrats on infrastructure, and the move may play well in 2020.

The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway made the claim Wednesday on “Special Report,” saying the Russia investigation is helpful for Trump to discuss.

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“It did seem like it was planned, and it was planned probably because this is a really good issue for him right now,” Hemingway said.

“You had years of people spreading a delusional conspiracy theory of Russian collusion and at the end of that, there is no Russian collusion.”

Hemingway claimed Trump likes to mention the Russia investigation, which she said puts Democrats “in a real pickle.”

“They put all their cards on this belief that there was Russia collusion,” she said.

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Host Bret Baier said the White House denied Trump planned to walk out on Pelosi and Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y.

Baier said Trump became “livid” after hearing Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. claim he was involved in a “cover-up,” and decided to end the meeting.

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Sen. John Kennedy, R-La., offered up some colorful advice for top House Democrats on Wednesday.

During a speech on the Senate floor expressing his frustration at what he believed to be a fixation by the Democrats on potentially impeaching President Trump, Kennedy tweaked a widely-known expression to make it a bit more suitable to his surroundings.

“I say this gently, and I say this hopefully constructively, to my friends in the House leadership: The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” the Louisiana Republican said.

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, "The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot," in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Sen. John Kennedy, R-La.,. said during a Senate speech Wednesday, “The House leadership needs to urinate or get off the pot,” in regards to impeachment. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

“The leadership needs to indict the president of the United States, impeach him and let us hold a trial. He won’t be convicted.

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“Or, they need to go ahead and hold in contempt every single member of the Trump administration so we can move those issues into the court system and go back to doing the people’s business.”

Kennedy wrapped up his remarks, according to the New Orleans Advocate, by saying: “What I hope happens is that my friends in House leadership and the administration sit down and talk – not talk like eight-year-olds in the back of a minivan fighting – but talk constructively about how their behavior could impact important institutions in this country and work it out.”

The fiery speech came as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told a left-leaning audience on Wednesday that President Trump may have committed “an impeachable offense,” ratcheting up her warnings to the White House even as she and her deputies have tried to tamp down calls from the rank-and-file to press forward on impeachment immediately.

Pelosi, D-Calif., speaking at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference in Washington, D.C., outlined a potential path to impeachment — moments after a contentious meeting at the White House ended with Trump departing for the Rose Garden to accuse Democrats of a presidential “takedown.”

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“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain, this president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense,” Pelosi told the audience, which broke out in applause.

“Ignoring the subpoenas of Congress was Article 3 of the Nixon impeachment. So, it’s not just the substance that we are after, that we want to have to get the truth to the American people, but in striving to get that the intervention, the obstruction that the administration is engaged in is, as they say, the cover-up is frequently worse than the crime.”

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Yet, at the same time, Pelosi has tried to ease the pressure from members of her caucus to move on impeachment imminently. She held a closed-door meeting with Democrats earlier Wednesday morning to discuss their battles with the administration that have threatened to escalate into a politically risky drive to remove Trump from office.

Pelosi has maintained her position that Democrats should not launch immediate impeachment proceedings against Trump, but has faced pressure from members inside her caucus to reverse course — especially after former White House Counsel Don McGahn was told to defy a subpoena earlier this week.

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“We had a very productive meeting,” Pelosi told reporters after the session. “It was a respectful sharing of ideas.”

“We do believe it is important to follow the facts,” Pelosi said. “We believe that no one is above the law, including the president of the United States. And, we believe that the president of the United States is engaged in a cover-up—a cover-up, and that was the nature of the meeting.”

When asked about her success in persuading members, Pelosi said: “It’s not a question of persuasion. We were just exchanging information and points of view.”

But, tensions between top Democrats and Trump continued to build. Shortly after that meeting, Trump walked out of a meeting with Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., meant to discuss an infrastructure plan. He complained about Pelosi’s “cover-up” charge and demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations.”

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“What they’ve done is abuse,” Trump said.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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