Jennifer Earl

Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó is now marching in the streets, alongside a small contingent of heavily armed troops, to demand the removal of Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro from office.

A furious Maduro broke diplomatic ties with the U.S. in January after tens of thousands publicly protested the socialist leader’s rule and the country’s current state, calling it a “crisis.” Maduro took his presidential oath on Jan. 10 for a second term amid an economic crisis that has forced millions to exit.

“It’s now or never!” a protester chanted Tuesday as he encouraged spectators to join him.

VENEZUELA’S GUAIDO CALLS FOR MILITARY UPRISING WHILE FLANKED BY SOLDIERS ARE CARACAS AIRBASE: ‘THE MOMENT IS NOW’

Guaidó applauded troops who joined him in the streets, adding in the coming hours he would release a list of top commanders supporting the uprising.

“The armed forces have taken the right decision,” Guaidó said. “With the support of the Venezuelan people and the backing of our constitution, they are on the right side of history.”

Earlier this year, Trump publicly declared that the U.S. would recognize Guaido as the country’s interim president — a move that infuriated Maduro, who in response said he was cutting off relations with the U.S. and gave U.S. diplomats 72 hours to leave the land.

“The citizens of Venezuela have suffered for too long at the hands of the illegitimate Maduro regime,” Trump said, adding that he would work alongside Guaido to “restore constitutional legitimacy.”

Here’s what you need to know about Maduro

He’s the successor to Hugo Chavez 

The late Hugo Chavez was Maduro’s mentor and predecessor.

Maduro was hand-picked by Chavez to take over the government. He successfully won his first election, defeating Henrique Capriles — albeit narrowly — after Chavez’s death from cancer in March 2013.

In the 1990s, Maduro turned to the Revolutionary Bolivarian Movement-200 (MBR-200), a social movement led by Chavez. During his time with the group, Maduro pushed for the release of Chavez who was jailed for attempting a coup. Clearly, Maduro earned respect for his dedication: Chavez later named him foreign minister.

“[Maduro is] a complete revolutionary, a man of great experience despite his youth, with great dedication and capacity for work, for leading, for handling the most difficult situations,” Chavez said of Maduro, while campaigning for him to take over his position, according to The Washington Post.

He was dubbed “world’s most embattled political leader”

Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro makes a victory sign during his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019. 

Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro makes a victory sign during his swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Caracas, Venezuela, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.  (AP Photo/Ariana Cubillos)

Maduro has faced opposition since he officially took office in 2013.

In 2017, Time Magazine called him the “world’s most embattled political leader,” noting how often Venezuelans take to the streets to protest his leadership. At the time, his approval rating was in the low 20s, The Washington Post reported, citing a poll.

Several countries have taken on Maduro in recent months, particularly as the country faces a historic economic crisis that has left some starving and drove at least 3 million people out of the country, according to NPR.

Seventeen Latin American countries, the U.S. and Canada denounced Maduro’s government as illegitimate when he was officially sworn-in for a second term on Jan. 10.

SPIRALING VENEZUELA CRISIS THREATENS TO INFECT ENTIRE REGION, ANALYSTS SAY

Maduro rejected the accusation, vowing to continue the legacy of the late President Hugo Chavez and accused the U.S. of trying to ignite unrest through its increasing economic sanctions.

“Venezuela is the center of a world war led by the North American imperialists and its allies,” he declared in a speech at the time. “They have tried to convert a normal inauguration into a world war.”

He’s a former bus driver

Maduro experimented with different career paths in his younger years, testing out rock music and driving a bus in Caracas.

He didn’t have a ton of experience in politics, though he did learn a lot from his leftist father, a union leader, according to The Guardian. Following in his father’s footsteps, Maduro organized a student union at his high school — which he reportedly never graduated from.

VENEZUELA’S CONGRESS NAMES NEW LEADER, VOWS TO BATTLE MADURO

“He would address us during the assembly to talk about students’ rights and that sort of thing. He didn’t speak much and wasn’t agitating people into action but what he did say was usually poignant,” Grisel Rojas, a former classmate of Maduros and current principal, told The Guardian in 2013.

He’s been playing commander in chief

Maduro, who lacks the military pedigree of his mentor, Chavez, has sought to shore up support from the armed forces by doling out key posts to top generals, including heading the PDVSA oil monopoly that is the source of virtually all of Venezuela’s export earnings.

He has also been playing commander in chief, appearing last week at a military command meeting wearing camouflage fatigues and receiving the blessing of the defense minister, Gen. Vladimir Padrino Lopez.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News World

Hundreds of people paused to pray underneath a gum tree after it began leaking water on Good Friday — a mysterious occurrence many claimed to be divine intervention.

The “weeping” tree that was dubbed the “fountain of youth” was located in a suburb of Perth, Australia.

At first, many believed the large tree stump was just leaking rainwater it collected after a heavy pour last week. But when the water continued to flow nonstop through Sunday, many questioned whether it was something altogether more miraculous.

‘THANK GOD FOR THE MIRACLE’: MAN WHO SURVIVED 47-STORY FALL FROM NYC SKYSCRAPER RECOUNTS STORY

Over the course of three days, locals and tourists alike flocked to the scene on McKimmie Road to witness the overflowing tree — some even drinking and bathing in the “holy” water, according to WAtoday.

“I’ve either found the fountain of youth or a burst water main in Palmyra,” a WAtoday reporter tweeted, along with a 15-second clip of the dripping water.

Jacqui Bacich, who lives down the block from the gum tree, said she was surprised to see a man strip down to wash off in the tree water.

NEW ORLEANS CHURCH HAS GOOD FRIDAY GAS GIVEAWAY, PRAYERS AT THE PUMP

“What made it exciting yesterday a man decided to take all his clothes off and have a shower,” she told 9News. “We’ve had hundreds of people stop here, we’ve even had people try to pray here.”

But after a lengthy investigation, the Water Corporation for Western Australia discovered the true source of the leak on Tuesday: a cracked water pipe.

The roots of the gum tree were squeezing a water pipe located about a foot below the dirt, according to 9News, causing it to crack and fill the hollow tree trunk with water. It’s unclear when exactly the pipe burst, but the water didn’t stop until a construction crew dug up the roots and replaced the broken pipe.

“It’s still bizarre,” a local identified as Jason told WAtoday, joking that officials should have turned it into a “full-time venue.”

CLICK HERE FOR THE FOX NEWS APP

Local officials said they’d continue to monitor the tree to ensure it’s stable and there are no other piping issues.

Source: Fox News World

Attorney General William Barr said the “limited nature of the redactions” in the newly-released Russia investigation report drafted by special counsel Robert Mueller would allow Americans to get a clear picture of the results.

Of the nearly 500-page report, there were at approximately 865 redactions in total, according to an analysis by Fox News. Barr redacted information he deemed inappropriate or harmful to a person’s character, as well as classified information, grand jury items and closed-door testimony.

The categories were broken down into the following four categories:

  • Harm to ongoing matter
  • Personal privacy
  • Investigative technique
  • Grand jury

HIGHLIGHTS FROM MUELLER’S REPORT ON RUSSIA INVESTIGATION

The majority of blacked out content — 405 redactions — was related to harm to ongoing matters, followed by secret grand jury-related information at 307 redactions, investigative techniques at 87 and personal privacy matters at 66.

(Fox News)

Each type of redaction was labeled so readers could easily identify which redactions corresponded to which categories.

“As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing on ongoing investigations and criminal cases,” Barr said during his morning news conference.

Source: Fox News Politics

The public was able to get its first detailed look at Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s bombshell report on his years-long investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election early Thursday.

Attorney General William Barr released the 448-page “limited” redacted document after giving a brief interpretation of the findings.

The major takeaway, according to Barr, was that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. However, the report also noted that while it didn’t conclude Trump committed a crime, it doesn’t formally “exonerate” him.

MUELLER REPORT SHOWS PROBE DID NOT FIND COLLUSION EVIDENCE, REVEALS TRUMP EFFORTS TO SIDELINE KEY PLAYERS

But there were some key details Barr previewed that constituents and lawmakers alike were eager to learn more about, particularly President Trump’s dialogue with campaign associates and the issue of obstruction of justice.

Although Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein didn’t find sufficient evidence to reach a conclusion on that front, the report listed 10 episodes related to the allegations that piqued public interest.

Here’s a look at some of the main highlights from the report:

No evidence of collusion

As stated in Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary last month, and reiterated again at his news conference Thursday morning, the special counsel did not find evidence of collusion with members of the Trump campaign and Russia.

“[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” the report said, though it noted there were “links” between the two.

Those links included several main points of communication between Trump campaign officials and people with ties to the Russian government.

Those communication points include: Russian officials reaching out to Trump’s foreign policy advisers Carter Page and George Papadopoulos; the campaign’s interactions with the D.C.-based think tank, the Center for the National Interest (CNI), whose president and CEO, Dimitri Simes, had “connections to the Russian government,” according to the report; and the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between Donald Trump Jr., Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya, senior adviser Jared Kushner and former campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

The investigation further looked into the meetings between Trump campaign officials and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the week of the Republican National Convention and afterward; Manafort’s connections to Russia through his previous work for Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska and a pro-Russian regime in Ukraine; and the Trump Tower Moscow Project.

According to the report, Mueller’s team looked into whether the campaign intended to work with Russia to interfere in the election, but “the investigation did not establish such coordination,” the report said.

‘Catalyst’ for Comey’s firing

Trump’s abrupt firing of former FBI Director James Comey allegedly stemmed from his refusal to tell the public the president wasn’t being investigated.

“Substantial evidence indicates that the catalyst for the president’s decision to fire Comey was Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that the president was not personally under investigation, despite the president’s repeated requests that Comey make such an announcement,” the full statement reads.

In the following section, the report also notes that other evidence “indicates that the President wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign.”

“The day after learning about the FBI’s interview of (Michael) Flynn, the President had a one-on-one dinner with Comey, against the advice of senior aides, and told Comey he needed Comey’s ‘loyalty.’  When the President later asked Comey for a second time to make public that he was not under investigation, he brought up loyalty again, saying ‘Because I have been very loyal to you, very loyal, we had that thing, you know.’”

TRUMP SLAMS ‘TOTAL SLEAZE’ COMEY, ‘CORRUPT’ FBI LEADERS, AFTER REPORT BUREAU; LAUNCHED PROBE AFTER DIRECTOR’S OUSTER

Though the report claims Trump “had a motive to put the FBI’s Russia investigation behind him,” the evidence “does not establish that the termination of Comey was designed to cover up a conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia,” it reads.

Shortly after firing Comey, Trump called the former head of the FBI “crazy” and a “real nut job.”

“The President also told the Russian Foreign Minister, ‘I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off ….. I’m not under investigation.’”

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn also urged Trump not to fire Comey and suggested he let Comey resign instead.

“McGahn and [Uttam] Dhillon urged the President to permit Comey to resign, but the President was adamant that he be fired,” the report reads.

Trump’s fiery reaction to Russia probe: ‘I’m f—ed’

Trump, after learning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to lead the investigation, “slumped back in his chair and said, ‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—ed,” according to the report.

The report continues to say Trump subsequently “lambasted” then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions “for his decision to recuse from the investigation. The report states the president went on to say Sessions was “supposed to protect [him],’ or words to that effect.”

“Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency. It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me,” Trump added, according to the report.

“‘Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f—ed.'”

— – President Trump, according to Mueller’s report

MUELLER REPORT REDACTION MEMES FLOOD TWITTER

Separately, after learning of the Special Counsel’s appointment, former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks “described the President as being extremely upset.”

“Hicks said that she had only seen the President like that one other time when the Access Hollywood tape came out during the campaign,” the report reads.

The report also allegedly found evidence Trump was “angered by both the existence of the Russia investigation and the public reporting that he was under investigation, which he knew was not true based on Comey’s representations.” The president also told his advisers if the public thought Russia had aided him in winning the 2016 presidential election, “it would detract from what he had accomplished,” it continues.

Trump’s call to McGahn

From the moment Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Trump complained Mueller had a conflict of interest, including being interviewed for the FBI director position, working for a law firm that represented people affiliated with the president and Mueller’s dispute of membership fees at a Trump golf course in Northern Virginia, according to the report.

The president’s advisers disputed those issues as conflicts of interest, but Trump continued to try to dismiss Mueller from the position. In June 2017, media reports were published saying that the president was under investigation and had obstructed justice. Publicly, the president tweeted criticizing the Department of Justice and the Special Counsel’s investigation, but privately he took more action.

On June 17, 2017, President Trump allegedly called White House counsel Don McGahn at his home and told him to call Sessions to say the special counsel had a conflict of interest and should be dismissed from the position.

“McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre,” the report said, in reference to the Watergate scandal.

McGahn resigned in August.

Sessions’ recusal, resignation

Trump’s rocky relationship with former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was no secret.

The president publicly blasted Sessions, voicing his frustrations after the former Alabama senator recused himself from the Russia investigation in early 2017.

“I don’t have an attorney general. It’s very sad,” Trump previously tweeted.

Mueller’s lengthy report describes Trump’s fiery reaction to Sessions’ announcement that he would remove himself from the probe following revelations he didn’t immediately tell Congress he had spoken previously with Russia’s ambassador on two separate occasions. The president allegedly tried to convince Sessions to “unrecuse” himself despite suggestions it would be a conflict of interest.

“The President continued to raise the issue of Sessions’ recusal and, when he had the opportunity, he pulled Sessions aside and urged him to unrecuse. The President also told advisers that he wanted an Attorney General who would protect him, the way he perceived Robert Kennedy and Eric Holder to have protected their presidents,” the report states.

“The President made statements about being able to direct the course of criminal investigations, saying words to the effect of, ‘You’re telling me that Bobby and Jack didn’t talk about investigations? Or Obama didn’t tell Eric Holder who to investigate?’” it continued.

When Trump learned in May 2017 that Muller was approved as special counsel, he blamed Sessions.

“How could you let this happen, Jeff?” Trump asked, adding that Sessions had “let him down,” per the report.

The report indicates Trump then suggested Sessions should resign from his post. Sessions agreed, delivering his resignation letter to Trump in the Oval Office the next day.

Trump campaign’s ‘interest’ in hacked Wikileaks emails

The Trump campaign “showed interest” in stolen emails obtained by WikiLeaks — an anti-secrecy website — that belonged to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign and Democratic groups during the 2016 election, according to the report, which added Trump’s team “welcomed their potential damage” to the then-Democratic presidential nominee.

Around the time of WikiLeaks’ first email dump in July 2016, Trump allegedly said he hoped Russia would find emails “described as missing” from a private email server Clinton used when she was secretary of state.

“[Trump] later said he was speaking sarcastically,” the report added in parenthesis.

Sections regarding WikiLeaks were heavily redacted, citing “harm to ongoing matter.” The blackouts are potentially related to the recent arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who was federally charged by the U.S. last week for conspiracy to commit computer intrusion, and ongoing legal issues facing Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone. Stone has pleaded not guilty to obstruction of justice, witness tampering and lying to Congress during the Russia probe.

WIKILEAKS FOUNDER JULIAN ASSANGE ARRESTED AFTER ECUADOR WITHDRAWS ASYLUM

Several Trump campaign aides, including Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Richard Gates, were said in the report to have “reacted with enthusiasm” to news of the email hacks.

The report is consistent with testimony Cohen provided in late February in which he alleges Stone phoned the President to warn him of the massive Democratic email release. Stone has repeatedly denied he had any communication with Assange and didn’t have any advance notice.

“There is no such evidence,” Stone told Fox News in a text message on Feb.15. Again, on Feb. 27, Stone said Cohen’s claims were “not true.”

Source: Fox News Politics

Americans are apparently having a blast killing time as they anxiously prepare for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on the Russia investigation — a moment they have been waiting for since the investigation began in May 2017.

Attorney General William Barr will deliver the nearly 400-page document to Congress via CDs between 11 a.m. ET and noon. The information will be provided to the public shortly after on the special counsel’s website.

Barr gave everyone a small preview of what’s to come during an early Thursday news conference. Once again, he stressed the special counsel found “no evidence” of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

WHAT TIME WILL THE MUELLER REPORT BE RELEASED? WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT THE DOCUMENT DUMP

But there are some key details that lawmakers and the public are eager to learn more about, particularly the issue of obstruction of justice. The Mueller probe did not reach a conclusion on whether President Trump committed this offense, but Barr and deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined there was not sufficient evidence on that front.

It’s up to Barr to determine how much information Congress will see.

He confirmed Thursday he redacted any information he deemed inappropriate or harmful to a person’s character if he or she has not been charged with a crime. Classified information, grand jury items, closed-door testimony and information that could hinder an ongoing case will also be protected.

“As you will see, most of the redactions were compelled by the need to prevent harm to ongoing matters and to comply with court orders prohibiting the public disclosure of information bearing on ongoing investigations and criminal cases,” Barr said.

BARNES & NOBLE OFFERS FREE MUELLER REPORT DOWNLOAD

Though Barr claimed the redactions would be “limited,” Twitter users had a field day envisioning what the documents would look like. Dozens of redaction memes flooded the social media site Thursday — many reposting fake documents covered in black bars.

One Twitter user posted a snippet of a redacted snippet of William Shakespeare’s Sonnet 18.

“Barr’s redacted version of Sonnet 18….,” the user wrote, along with a meme that revealed six words of the literature.

Another bleeped out the lyrics to Rick Astley’s popular song “Never Gonna Give You Up.”

“The redacted #MuellerReport is out! And this is what it reveals…,” a user tweeted.

Actor Rainn Wilson, known for his role as Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” also joked about potential redactions.

“They just released the Mueller Report!” Wilson captioned a meme of a document that only contained the phrases “moreover” and “in that same vein.”

“Full Frontal with Samantha Bee” used the hype about the release to promote the White House Correspondents’ Dinner on April 27.

A sports fanatic jokingly posted an “advanced copy” of the report that jabs the Washington Nationals baseball team.

“The Nationals Bullpen is a complete disaster,” the fake document reads.

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

Both lawmakers on Capitol Hill and members of the general public are on pins and needles as they wait for Attorney General William Barr to dump a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly 400-page report on the Russia investigation Thursday.

Google searches for “Mueller report” spiked early Thursday — just before Barr was expected to take to a podium at a scheduled 9:30 a.m. ET news conference to present his interpretation of the report’s findings before releasing the full document to Congress.

IN MUELLER REPORT’S RELEASE, TRUMP LOOKS FOR VINDICATION, BUT NEW FIGHTS LOOM

Here’s what you need to know about the expected document dump.

What time will the Mueller report be released?

Barr took the stage to discuss his views on the materials at a 9:30 a.m. ET news conference, which is available to view via live stream.

After the news conference, the report will be delivered to Congress on CDs between 11 a.m. and noon and then posted on the special counsel’s website to the wider public.

Which portions will be redacted?

It’s currently unclear what documentation will be produced, but it’s up to Barr to determine how much information Congress will see.

It’s likely Barr will redact any information he deems inappropriate or harmful to a person’s character if he or she has not been charged with a crime. Classified information, grand jury items and closed-door testimony will also be protected.

At a later date, the Justice Department also plans to provide a “limited number” of members of Congress and their staff access to a copy of the Mueller report with fewer redactions than the public version, according to a court filing Wednesday.

BARNES & NOBLE OFFERS FREE MUELLER REPORT DOWNLOAD

During his confirmation hearing, Barr stressed that he would be as transparent as possible while following federal laws.

“I also believe it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel’s work,” he told the Senate Judiciary Committee in January, adding that he doesn’t believe Mueller would be involved in a “witch hunt.”

Why did Barr get to view the documents first?

When the investigation — which began in May 2017 — concluded, Mueller first released his final report to Barr, who was overseeing the special counsel since he took office in February.

“At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel,” Cornell Law School explains in a blog post detailing the federal regulations.

Throughout the two-year probe, Mueller has also been required to flag any documents that detail any impending prosecutions or witness interviews, among other actions.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

Barnes & Noble is offering curious readers a chance to view special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on the Russia investigation as soon as Attorney General William Barr drops the 400-page document early Thursday.

In a tweet, the bookselling company instructed followers how to easily download the materials.

“Be the first to read THE MUELLER REPORT for free! Pre-order today and it will be delivered to your NOOK Library upon expected release,” Barnes & Noble wrote Wednesday in a tweet, which has been shared nearly 500 times.

IN MUELLER REPORT’S RELEASE, TRUMP LOOKS FOR VINDICATION, BUT NEW FIGHTS LOOM

Users who don’t have the NOOK Library can download the NOOK reading app to read a PDF or “direct replica” of the report on their smartphones.

“The Mueller Report as released by the U.S. Department of Justice, Barr redactions and all, and it is essential reading for all Americans on both sides of the aisle,” a description of the Mueller report on NOOK reads, in part. “After almost two long years, the wait is over for one of the most important investigations in the history of American politics.”

Dozens of people thanked Barnes & Noble for giving them an easy way to read the lengthy report.

The Justice Department is expected to release a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Russian election interference and the Trump campaign Thursday morning.

FOX NEWS POLL: TRUMP POPULARITY HOLDING STEADY AFTER MUELLER SUMMARY RELEASE

Barr scheduled a 9:30 a.m. news conference to present his interpretation of the report’s findings, before providing redacted copies to Congress and the public. The news conference, first announced by President Trump during a radio interview, provoked immediate criticism from congressional Democrats.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics

As President Donald Trump’s proposal to send illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities increasingly faces backlash from Democrats, Sen. Bernie Sanders admits there’s a “serious problem” at the border.

“The problem right now is that we are now seeing desperate people fleeing violence and misery in Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala. With little children walking 1,000 miles,” the 2020 presidential hopeful explained during Fox News’ town hall Monday night, claiming they’re not “trying to sneak in” but rather simply seeking asylum in the U.S.

In order to accommodate an “overflowing” immigration system, Sanders said we need “sensible immigration reform.” According to the Vermont senator, that includes recruiting hundreds of judges to help deal with these issues.

BERNIE SANDERS BLASTS CRITICS CLAIMING HE’S ‘TOO OLD’ TO RUN: ‘FOLLOW ME AROUND THE CAMPAIGN TRAIL’

“You need to have many, many more judges to expedite the process,” said Sanders, adding that he would look into tweaking asylum laws though he didn’t elaborate.

“We don’t need to demonize immigrants,” Sanders added, as the audience clapped in support.

An influx of asylum requests from immigrants facing deportation has overwhelmed U.S. courts in recent months and denial of the requests does little to keep illegal immigrants out, according to federal statistics.

Migrants are entitled under both U.S. and international law to apply for asylum. But there already is a bottleneck of would-be asylum seekers waiting at some U.S. border crossings to make their claims, some waiting as long as five weeks. For others, the process could even take years.

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS ON TRUMP TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS DURING FOX NEWS TOWN HALL

“The reality is that most people in the caravan will not be found qualified for asylum, and many of them know it. Others are encouraged to, but likely their claims will not pass muster, especially under new guidance from Jeff Sessions, to get back to a stricter adherence to the law,” Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies — a Washington, D.C.- based research institution, previously told Fox News.

As U.S. officials work on assisting migrants, Sanders suggested building proper facilities on the border for them to stay in for the time being.

“What we need is comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders said.

“We need to provide legal status to those people … We need the proper legal process at the border so that these issues can be adjudicated to determine whether or not people should be entitled to asylum,” he continued, adding that we need border security.

However, Sanders said he believes there are more “cost effective” ways to do that than building a wall, as Trump has proposed.

Source: Fox News Politics

Sen. Bernie Sanders has six words for voters who doubt he’s sprightly enough to run for president a second time: “Follow me around the campaign trail.”

The 77-year-old Vermont senator is one of the oldest candidates to enter the 2020 race, but to Sanders, age is just a number.

“It is a fair question. It is a fair question,” Sanders said during Monday night’s Fox News town hall after Martha MacCallum asked what he would tell constituents who say he’s “too old” to be president.

BERNIE SANDERS CALLS ON TRUMP TO RELEASE TAX RETURNS DURING FOX NEWS TOWN HALL

The audience applauded as Sanders stood up from his stool.

“If there was wood here, I’d knock on it,” joked Sanders. “Thank God my health is good.”

Sanders then pointed to his track record — literally — noting that he was a long distance runner as a kid and one of the “better milers” in New York City, where he grew up.

BERNIE SANDERS FAST FACTS: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VERMONT SENATOR

“I’ve continued to have my endurance,” he said.

But Sanders said his experience in government is really all that matters.

Sanders has served as Vermont’s senator since 2007. Before that, he spent 16 years as a lawmaker in the U.S. House of Representatives. His combined years of service in the government makes him the longest-serving Independent member of Congress ever, according to his official bio.

His political career started in 1981 when he was elected mayor of Burlington by just 10 votes.

“I’ve been all over the world talking to heads of state. It’s a combination of factors. But at the end of the day, it’s not whether you’re young or whether you’re old — it’s what you believe in,” argued Sanders.

“There’s too much focus on individuals and not enough focus on Americans and what their needs are,” he added.

Source: Fox News Politics

During a Fox News town hall Monday, Sen. Bernie Sanders urged President Donald Trump to release his tax returns — the same day the Vermont senator released 10 years of his tax information.

The 77-year-old’s tax documents confirmed Sanders is a millionaire, specifically showing his adjusted gross income in 2018 was $561,293 and that he paid a 26 percent effective tax rate.

“That’s a lot of money … it came from a book that I wrote. [It’s] a pretty good book, you might want to read it,” said Sanders during the opening of the town hall, adding that he wasn’t going to apologize for having a best-seller.

BERNIE SANDERS FAST FACTS: 5 THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE VERMONT SENATOR

Fox News anchor Bret Baier noted that Sanders benefited from Trump’s tax bill, while Sanders pointed out that he voted against it.

“In my view … wealthy people and large corporations that are making billions in profits should start paying their fair share of taxes,” the 2020 presidential hopeful added.

Baier asked Sanders why he doesn’t take the tax breaks that Trump’s policy offers; the Vermont senator explained that he just pays the standard amount.

WHAT IS ‘DEMOCRATIC SOCIALISM’? BERNIE SANDERS’ POLITICAL IDEOLOGY EXPLAINED

Sander then demanded that the correspondents call on Trump to release his tax returns.

“Hey, President Trump, my wife and I just released 10 years. Please do the same. Let the American people know,” he continued, as the audience applauded.

Source: Fox News Politics


Current track

Title

Artist