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Sen. Lindsey Graham said “not one Democrat will give a damn” about the documents that could be declassified in relation to the surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.

“You’re gonna find out the mentality of the people investigating the president. You’re gonna find out exactly what they did, you’re gonna find out [George] Papadopoulos was not working with the Russians. They knew early on he had no contacts with the Russians,” Graham said during a Friday appearance on “Fox and Friends”.

BARR HAMMERED FOR STATING ‘SPYING DID OCCUR,’ DESPITE CONFIRMATION OF TRUMP TEAM SURVEILLANCE

“The bottom line is there’s gonna be a lot of information about, they were warned about still this is a bad guy you can’t trust him. They blew through every stop sign,” he added.

The senator’s comments came after President Trump on Thursday night issued a memo giving Attorney General William Barr the authority to declassify any documents related to spying on the Trump campaign.

Trump also ordered the intelligence community to cooperate with Barr. The memo read: “The heads of elements of the intelligence community… and the heads of each department or agency that includes an element of the intelligence community shall promptly provide such assistance and information as the Attorney General may request in connection with that review.”

TRUMP GIVES AG BARR AUTHORITY TO DECLASSIFY DOCUMENTS RELATED TO 2016 CAMPAIGN SURVEILLANCE

But Graham believes that while some will find the declassified documents interesting, “not one Democrat will give a damn.” Still, he believes the disclosure will warrant an action to ensure no other presidential campaign gets spied on without a good reason.

“I’m gonna look at all of it to make sure it never happens again,” the senator said. “I want to make sure we have FISA laws that can detect when somebody is giving the court a bunch of garbage.

“I wanna make sure we have rules that you just can’t open up a counterintelligence investigation on a presidential candidate without having a good reason.”

Graham added that that FISA court is important “because the people are out to get us,” but “if you can take the law into your own hands for political purposes, it is not good for democracy.”

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During the same appearance, Graham also fired back at the New Yorker magazine over its portrayal of him – together with Barr and Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell – as someone shining the shoes of Trump.

“If I’m helping the president it is good for the country, because I think I got something to offer to him,” Graham said.

“He is doing a really good job. If you want a strong military you got one. If you want a humming economy you got one. If you want to take on the enemy differently than Obama did – that’s exactly what we are doing.”

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Former ICE acting director Tom Homan slammed Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood for her “disgusting’ statement that the deaths of children in custody at the border was an “intentional” policy decision.

“It’s a disgusting comment,” Homan told “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning in response to Underwood’s remark during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, which prompted the committee to vote to expunge her comments from the record.

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

— Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood

DEM REBUKED AFTER CALLING CHILD DEATHS ‘INTENTIONAL’ IN FIERY EXCHANGE WITH DHS BOSS

Homan said the Illinois Democrat’s comments were disrespectful to the people of the Border Patrol and ignores the vital and good work the agency does.

“The men and women of border patrol, they didn’t talk about the 4,000 lives they saved last year. They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them,” he said.

They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them.”

— Tom Homan

“These men and women of the Border Patrol, they are fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, too. They don’t leave their love for life at the station when they start the shift. They do everything they can to protect these people, so to dishonor them in this way insulting.”

Homan went on to point out that what Underwood’s comments didn’t mention – the Democrats’ failure to address immigration and instead create incentives for migrants to make dangerous illegal crossings into the U.S.

ICE AGAIN SEEKS DETENTION OF MARYLAND TEENS ACCUSED IN MURDER OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

“What she didn’t mention, let’s pull the curtain back on this, when [Fiscal Year 2019] appropriations bill was signed, that committee came together after the government shut down to come up with the budget,” he said, accusing Democrats of failing to take action against parents who use “smuggler organizations” to bring their children into the U.S.

“So she and her party leaders look in the mirror because of their intentional actions they opened the groundswell and now [Unaccompanied Alien Children] are at an all-time high like I said they would be. It was their actions that caused the UACs to come to begin,” he said.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., first allowed Underwood’s words to remain on the record, stating that “the language is appropriate and that it should not be taken down.”

The decision eventually led to a vote over whether to take down Underwood’s words from the record. After a 9-7 vote, Underwood’s words were taken down.

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Underwood later took to Twitter to comment on what happened: “For over a year, it’s been clear that policies at the border have harmed the physical and mental health of migrant children.”

“I believe, at this point, failure to change these broken policies based on that knowledge is intentional and unacceptable,” she added.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Former ICE acting director Tom Homan slammed Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood for her “disgusting’ statement that the deaths of children in custody at the border was an “intentional” policy decision.

“It’s a disgusting comment,” Homan told “Fox and Friends” on Friday morning in response to Underwood’s remark during a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Wednesday, which prompted the committee to vote to expunge her comments from the record.

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

“At this point, with five kids that have died, 5,000 separated from their families, I feel like, and the evidence is really clear, this is intentional,” Underwood said. “It’s a policy choice being made on purpose by this administration, and it’s cruel and inhumane.”

— Democratic Rep. Lauren Underwood

DEM REBUKED AFTER CALLING CHILD DEATHS ‘INTENTIONAL’ IN FIERY EXCHANGE WITH DHS BOSS

Homan said the Illinois Democrat’s comments were disrespectful to the people of the Border Patrol and ignores the vital and good work the agency does.

“The men and women of border patrol, they didn’t talk about the 4,000 lives they saved last year. They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them,” he said.

They have saved over 4,000 people that were in medical distress when they found them.”

— Tom Homan

“These men and women of the Border Patrol, they are fathers and mothers and sons and daughters, too. They don’t leave their love for life at the station when they start the shift. They do everything they can to protect these people, so to dishonor them in this way insulting.”

Homan went on to point out that what Underwood’s comments didn’t mention – the Democrats’ failure to address immigration and instead create incentives for migrants to make dangerous illegal crossings into the U.S.

ICE AGAIN SEEKS DETENTION OF MARYLAND TEENS ACCUSED IN MURDER OF 14-YEAR-OLD GIRL

“What she didn’t mention, let’s pull the curtain back on this, when [Fiscal Year 2019] appropriations bill was signed, that committee came together after the government shut down to come up with the budget,” he said, accusing Democrats of failing to take action against parents who use “smuggler organizations” to bring their children into the U.S.

“So she and her party leaders look in the mirror because of their intentional actions they opened the groundswell and now [Unaccompanied Alien Children] are at an all-time high like I said they would be. It was their actions that caused the UACs to come to begin,” he said.

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., first allowed Underwood’s words to remain on the record, stating that “the language is appropriate and that it should not be taken down.”

The decision eventually led to a vote over whether to take down Underwood’s words from the record. After a 9-7 vote, Underwood’s words were taken down.

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Underwood later took to Twitter to comment on what happened: “For over a year, it’s been clear that policies at the border have harmed the physical and mental health of migrant children.”

“I believe, at this point, failure to change these broken policies based on that knowledge is intentional and unacceptable,” she added.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called the release of John Walker Lindh, dubbed the “American Taliban,” an “unexplainable and unconscionable” decision.

The captured Islamic militant, who at age 20 journeyed to Afghanistan to join the Taliban and fought alongside the terrorists in the days after 9/11, was released from a federal prison in Indiana on Thursday morning just as Pompeo was speaking on “Fox & Friends.”

Lindh was discharged several years before completing the 20-year prison sentence he received for joining and supporting the Taliban, with officials citing “good behavior” for the early release.

DAUGHTER OF AMERICAN KILLED AFTER SPEAKING WITH LINDH SLAMS UPCOMING EARLY RELEASE

The former Islamist fighter and enemy combatant, named “Detainee 001 in the war on terror,” was captured alongside a group of Taliban fighters in 2001, just months after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks and the start of the war in Afghanistan.

Lindh has been blamed for playing a role in the death of Johnny “Mike” Spann, a U.S Marine turned CIA paramilitary operative who became the first American to be killed in combat in Afghanistan. Spann’s daughter, Allison, told Fox News in March that Lindh’s early release “feels like such a slap in the face.”

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Pompeo, who previously served as CIA director under President Trump, said Spann “was one of ours” and someone of “enormous integrity and courage.”

“We’re now allowing someone who was involved in his death out of jail after what is a relatively short sentence,” said Pompeo, calling for a review of the procedures that led to Lindh’s release.

He said he cannot account for how the decision could be made when Lindh has been unrepentant about his support for terrorists.

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After House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused his father of a “cover-up,” Donald Trump Jr. said on “Fox & Friends” Thursday that Democrats are not interested in working with President Trump on infrastructure or other issues.

“They don’t want him to rack up any wins,” said the president’s oldest son on the deck of the USS New York, adding that, at the same time, Democratic presidential candidates are running on the idea of government “failing” Americans.

His comments came one day after President Trump demanded Democrats end their “phony investigations” before he’ll negotiate with them on issues like infrastructure, as he delivered a fiery statement from the Rose Garden after cutting a meeting short with Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer.

TRUMP DEMANDS END TO ‘PHONY INVESTIGATIONS’ IN FIERY ROSE GARDEN STATEMENT, AFTER MEETING WITH DEMS CUT SHORT

The president had met for mere minutes with the two Democratic leaders in a session scheduled to discuss a possible bipartisan infrastructure package. But moments before that sit-down, Pelosi accused Trump of having “engaged in a cover-up” regarding the Russia probe.

BIDEN CAMPAIGN, UNFAZED BY N. KOREA INSULTS, SAYS IT’S ‘NO SURPRISE’ ROGUE NATION PREFERS TRUMP

Trump Jr. asked how his father can deal with Democrats who accused him of collusion with Russia, obstruction of justice and now a cover-up.

“You can’t deal with someone like that. You can’t say we’re gonna deal with infrastructure, but meanwhile we’re impeaching you while that is going on,” he said.

Trump Jr. agreed last week to appear behind closed doors to give testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee concerning Russian interference in the 2016 election. He said he has already given 30 hours of testimony “about nonsense and been fully cleared.”

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He blasted committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., for being “too weak to stand up to the Democrats” and going along with their calls for him to testify again.

Trump Jr. said the committee has become more partisan after two Senate Democrats on the committee, Kamala Harris, D-Calif., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., launched their 2020 presidential campaigns.

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Judge Andrew Napolitano said New York officials cannot go after President Trump’s tax returns “based on hatred.”

Speaking on “Fox & Friends” Thursday, which was broadcasting live from the USS New York, Napolitano weighed in on the constitutionality of a new law, which could lead to the release of the president’s state taxes.

“If the statute was written because Democrats in the state of New York hate the president and want to find a way to invade his privacy or interfere with his presidency, he must challenge the statute and he will prevail,” said Napolitano, adding the Supreme Court “has never upheld a statute based on hatred.”

The New York legislation would lift an existing state restriction on revealing an individual’s tax returns. It says the state Commissioner of Taxation and Finance shall release those returns if requested by the House Ways and Means Committee, Finance Committee, or Joint Committee on Taxation.

DEM WANTS TRUMP OFFICIALS JAILED FOR NOT TURNING OVER TAX RETURNS

Earlier versions of bills in the New York State Senate and Assembly allowed for the request of any New Yorker’s tax returns, but on Wednesday, amendments passed that narrowed the scope to tax returns of certain officials including the president, vice president, members of Congress representing New York, and others.

If Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signs the bill into law, Congress would be able to request someone’s individual’s tax returns from any year, as well as business tax returns for entities in which they have at least a 10 percent voting share.

TRUMP BLASTS ‘HIT JOB’ NEW YORK TIMES REPORT ON LOSSES IN TAX RETURNS

The host of Fox Nation’s “Liberty File” said the original version of the legislation targeted Trump, but a lawyer advised lawmakers to make it broader so they could have “plausible deniability.”

“What legitimate governmental purpose is served to the state of New York by selectively exposing the private tax returns of one of its taxpayers?” he asked.

Napolitano said the state of New York will have a high legal bar to clear if the law is challenged on the basis that it targets Trump.

Fox News’ Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich says former Vice President Joe Biden is a “doofus” who will become a “very radical Democrat” by the time of the general election against President Trump.

Gingrich weighed in on the 2020 presidential race and Biden’s chances during a Thursday appearance on “Fox & Friends,” assuring that Trump is set to win re-election.

BIDEN CAMPAIGN, UNFAZED BY N. KOREA INSULTS, SAYS IT’S ‘NO SURPRISE’ ROGUE NATION PREFERS TRUMP

“Unless something dramatic happens the president is going to win, period,” Gingrich said, particularly pointing to the strength of the economy, which has defied experts’ expectations.

“If you remember, he is the most underestimated campaigner in modern America. He is practicing every day. And the country will have a choice between very radical Democrats whose positions are all unpopular,” he added.

The former House Speaker went on to say that Biden, who’s viewed as a moderate Democrat by some, is moving further to the left and by the time of the election he’ll no longer be a moderate.

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there,” Gingrich said, reiterating his claim that Biden is a “doofus.”

“Joe Biden will be a very radical Democrat by the time he gets there.”

— Newt Gingrich

“Of course he is a doofus. This is a guy who had to drop out of his first presidential campaign because he adopted the entire speech from Neil Kinnock about growing up in Wales,” he continued, referring to the plagiarism scandal in which Biden lifted portions of the speech by Labour Party leader Neil Kinnock who then ran against Conservative Margaret Thatcher in the 1980s.

TRUMP DEMANDS END TO ‘PHONY INVESTIGATIONS’ IN FIERY ROSE GARDEN STATEMENT, AFTER MEETING WITH DEMS CUT SHORT

During the same appearance, Gingrich said Democrats are only concerned about beating Trump, with House Democrats being forced to be confrontational with Trump to appease their base, leaving House Speaker Nancy Pelosi in a box.

“I think Pelosi is in a box because I think she went into her meeting to say, look, guys, this is really stupid and they collectively said to her, ‘we are doing it,’” Gingrich said in relation to the Democrats’ efforts to begin impeachment efforts.

“The Democrats are saying we have to do this. So, her base is so hungry to take on Trump that they would just run over her if she said no. So she is not trying to dance to a point where she can explain why her earlier no has now led to a yes,” he added.

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“Look, I think the Democrats only have one item on their agenda, that’s to beat Trump. I think they are going to run for re-election on the grounds they are not him. And that’s going to be the totality.”

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Following a discussion about a 16-year-old Guatemalan boy who died in Customs and Border Protection custody this week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Democrats need to act in order to prevent the humanitarian crisis at the border.

Hernandez Vásquez is the fifth Guatemalan child to die after being taken into custody at the border since December. During an interview with “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Sanders called Vasquez’s death an “absolutely horrible case” which is “exactly what the president … has been trying to prevent.”

“The president and his administration requested funding, supplemental funding just two weeks ago to help with the humanitarian crisis at the border,” she said. “Democrats have still failed to do that.”

BIDEN WOULD BEAT TRUMP IN PENNSYLVANIA DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S 2016 WIN: DONNA BRAZILE

Others, including former acting ICE director Tom Homan and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, have also called on Congress in recent days to “wake up” and act, and provide assistance to the “overwhelmed, overworked” border security officials.

US CLOSES TEXAS PROCESSING CENTER AMID FLU OUTBREAK FOLLOWING TEEN MIGRANT’S DEATH

“Unfortunately, this problem is going to get worse before it gets better. If members of Congress and the Democrat party continue to refuse to acknowledge the problem and start to help us fix it, they have to work with us,” Sanders said on Wednesday.

Vasquez was determined to have died from the flu after crossing the border through Texas with about 70 other people last Monday. He was prescribed Tamiflu, according to CBS, but was not brought to the hospital and information was not available on how frequently his condition was checked.

MIGRANTS DROPPED OFF AT BUS STATIONS IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AMID SWELLING BORDER DETENTIONS: REPORT

It is policy that unaccompanied minors be transferred from Border Patrol custody to the Office of Refugee Resettlement within 72 hours of their detainment, but Vasquez was held at a processing facility for six days before being transferred to the order Patrol station in Weslaco, Texas on Sunday, where he died. The center has since been temporarily closed.

Sanders argued that the Trump administration needs funding to be approved and loopholes in immigration law to be addressed by Congress so incidents like this can be avoided in the future.

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“We need that funding, we need to fix our laws and a broken system,” she said.

“We have to take away magnets that are putting people through this treacherous journey.”

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Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer argued that 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden has historically missed the mark on key issues and alienated crucial voter bases.

During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” on Wednesday morning, Fleischer prefaced his statements by saying that he knows Joe Biden well but the former vice president is “always wrong.”

“He is an affable, enjoyable fellow but is he always wrong,” Fleischer said. “You can look at his voting record for the last 40 years, he gets almost every big issue backwards.”

His comments came in light of a 2007 clip shown on “Fox & Friends” that shows Biden expressing resistance to sanctuary cities. Biden has also been criticized in recent months for his role in developing the 1994 crime bill, which many believe increased rates of mass incarceration, particularly for people of color.

JOE BIDEN THE SUBJECT OF CRITICAL EDITORIAL PUBLISHED BY NORTH KOREA’S STATE-OWNED MEDIA AGENCY

Fleischer also argued that Biden has been divisive especially in regard to race, condemning a speech Biden gave in 2012 attended by a large number of African-Americans in which he said that Mitt Romney’s policies would allow banking and finance companies to “put y’all back in chains.”

“This man who is supposed to be a moderate, who is supposed to be a unifier said the most divisive thing you can possibly imagine,” Fleischer said. That I and other Republicans want to recreate slavery, put blacks back in chains? You cannot call him a unifier when he speaks like that. I will never forgive him for it,” he continued.

BIDEN WOULD BEAT TRUMP IN PENNSYLVANIA DESPITE THE PRESIDENT’S 2016 WIN: DONNA BRAZILE

Whether Biden’s intent was to make the comment about slavery or directed towards a specific race is unclear, but the phrasing was widely condemned by both Republicans and Democrats.

Fleischer added that Biden “can be beaten” for the Democratic nomination, despite his lead in the polls.

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One person in a “strong position” to jump Biden is Bernie Sanders, Fleischer said.

“He has so much support from liberals,” he said.

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Michael Knowles said Wednesday the number of high school students pretending to have disabilities in order to get more test-taking time has skyrocketed, arguing it’s created a “cultural problem” that’s hurting the students it was intended to protect.

“The issue is not students who do need extra time because they have learning disabilities, the issue is all of the other kids pretending to have disabilities to cheat the system,” he said on “Fox & Friends.”

Knowles, host of The Daily Wire’s “The Michael Knowles Show,” added, “The broader cultural problem is that we have transformed from a society that rewards real accomplishment into a society that values victimhood.”

COLLEGE BOARD PRESIDENT PUSHING ADVERSITY SCORE IS SAME MAN BEHIND DISASTRUS COMMON CORE PROGRAM

The Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday that the surging number of public high school students who are being granted  special allowances during test-taking, such as extra time.

Students in affluent neighborhoods are more likely than students in other areas to get special allowances known as “504s,” according to a WSJ analysis of data from 9,000 public schools.

The 504 designation is for students who have learning or attention difficulties such as ADHD or anxiety and allows them to do their work at their own pace.

Sometimes, students are allowed to go into a separate room take a test and are afforded much more time than other students. However, some claim that students are claiming disabilities even though they don’t have any so they can take advantage of the system and unfairly boost their own scores.

The WSJ analysis also found that public schools in wealthier districts have an average of 4.2% of students with 504 designations while in poorer areas the percentage drops to 1.6%.

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“There have always been ways to game the system,” Knowles said.

“We saw that with the last college scandal. We see that when people donate a building or make a rightly-timed donation around college admissions. The people who get hurt are the people who can’t afford it. The people who get hurt are at the lower end of the socioeconomic spectrum and in this case the people who are hurt are people who legitimately have learning disabilities. When there is a privilege opened up for certain people, it can get abused and in this case it’s being encouraged to be abused.”

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