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Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it “outrageous.”

“I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies,” Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “And it’s unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what’s the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information… that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”

TRUMP VOWS TO UNCOVER RUSSIA PROBE ROOTS WITH DECLASSIFICATION CALL: ‘WE’RE EXPOSING EVERYTHING’

Brennan expressed concern about exposing “sources and methods” as well as the intelligence of “partners abroad.”

“This is very serious and I know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry,” the former top Obama official stated.

He later said he hopes that DNI Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel will “stand up” to President Trump’s “unprecedented act.”

Brennan slammed President Trump on Twitter after the president shared a political cartoon mocking the former CIA Director, former DNI Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey.

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

“Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models,” the MSNBC analyst tweeted. “And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult.”

Meanwhile, Clapper told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the “bigger issue” is “what exactly is the scope” of the declassification, whether it involves all of Russia’s interference in the election or just the counter-intelligence probe. He expressed similar concerns as Brennan regarding sources and methods being exposed and putting “people’s lives at risk.”

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Clapper, now a CNN analyst, insisted that the infamous Steele dossier was not used as sourcing for the intelligence community assessment in January 2017.

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Former CIA Director John Brennan and former DNI James Clapper blasted President Trump on Friday night for directing Attorney General William Barr to declassify documents related to the surveillance of his campaign during the 2016 election, calling it “outrageous.”

“I see it as a very, very serious and outrageous move on the part of Mr. Trump, once again, trampling on the statutory authorities of the Director of National Intelligence and the heads of the independent intelligence agencies,” Brennan told MSNBC host Chris Hayes. “And it’s unclear to me what Mr. Barr is actually going to do. Is he investigating a crime? Well, what’s the predication of that crime? Or he is just going to be looking for information… that Mr. Trump can just give to his defenders on the right and cherry-pick information that could be taken out of context?”

TRUMP VOWS TO UNCOVER RUSSIA PROBE ROOTS WITH DECLASSIFICATION CALL: ‘WE’RE EXPOSING EVERYTHING’

Brennan expressed concern about exposing “sources and methods” as well as the intelligence of “partners abroad.”

“This is very serious and I know that my former colleagues in the intelligence agencies are looking upon this with great concern and worry,” the former top Obama official stated.

He later said he hopes that DNI Dan Coats and CIA Director Gina Haspel will “stand up” to President Trump’s “unprecedented act.”

Brennan slammed President Trump on Twitter after the president shared a political cartoon mocking the former CIA Director, former DNI Clapper, and FBI Director James Comey.

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

“Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models,” the MSNBC analyst tweeted. “And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult.”

Meanwhile, Clapper told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that the “bigger issue” is “what exactly is the scope” of the declassification, whether it involves all of Russia’s interference in the election or just the counter-intelligence probe. He expressed similar concerns as Brennan regarding sources and methods being exposed and putting “people’s lives at risk.”

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Clapper, now a CNN analyst, insisted that the infamous Steele dossier was not used as sourcing for the intelligence community assessment in January 2017.

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Rep. Jackie Speier, D-Calif, invoked the 25th Amendment while weighing in on the bitter feud between President Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during an appearance Friday on MSNBC.

When asked if she agreed with Pelosi that there’s “concern” about the president’s mental fitness, Speier not only agreed; she said she believes Trump should have been removed from office long ago.

HOUSE DEM SPEAKS ABOUT HER OWN ABORTION: GOVERNMENT HAS ‘NO RIGHT IN MY UTERUS’

“I have felt for some time that the mental stability of the president of the United States is in question,” Speier said. “And I suggested invoking the 25th Amendment way back when, when he was calling the leader of North Korea ‘Rocket Man,’ and trying to gin up a war with North Korea. And I think that what we have here is someone who is obsessed.”

The congresswoman went on to echo psychiatrists who’ve diagnosed Trump “from afar” and determined he is a “malignant narcissist,” which she said involves “anti-social behavior, paranoia, and sadism.”

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After she urged everyone to “put the name-calling aside,” Speier went on to call the president a “petulant child.”

“Nancy Pelosi is a mother of five and the grandmother of many more. She knows how to deal with petulant children,” Speier added.

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John Pinto, a Navajo Code Talker in World War II and a long-serving Nevada state senator, died Friday at the age of 94.

The Associated Press reported that Pinto’s Nevada Senate colleague Michael Padilla confirmed his death; Pinto reportedly suffered from various illnesses in recent years.

A Marine veteran, Pinto was elected to the state Senate in 1976 and represented his constituents, including the Navajo Nation, for over 40 years .

“Words cannot express the sadness we feel for the loss of a great Diné warrior,” Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez said. “He dedicated his life to helping others.”

Pinto was born in Lupton, Arizona on December 15, 1924 in a family of sheep herders. After having a delayed start to formal education and serving as a Code Talker,

After serving as a Code Talker, Pinto graduated University of New Mexico’s College of Education at 39 and later earned his masters to become a teacher.

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He entered Democratic politics with the agenda to tackle poverty among indigenous people and became one of Nevada’s first Native American state senators. He became an advocate for education reform and anti-poverty programs.

Every year, Pinto would sing on the Senate floor the “Potato Song” — a Navajo song about a potato, planted in the spring and visited in the summer until it is harvested. Fellow senators, staff and aides clapped along to Pinto’s rendition.

“A beautiful man is all I can say,” said the Nevada Senate’s chief clerk, Lenore Naranjo.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., took to social media on Thursday during a tornado warning in Washington, D.C., and swiftly tried to connect it to climate change — prompting one meteorologist to call her out for not knowing “the difference between weather and climate.”

The freshman congresswoman began by sharing a video on Instagram briefly showing the conditions outside, as heavy rains drenched the region and prompted a brief, and rare, tornado warning inside the Beltway.

“There’s people stuck outside. We need to get them out,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “This is crazy.”

The Green New Deal advocate then shared a story published by PBS in March questioning if climate change makes tornadoes worse and put emphasis on a quote from the piece that read, “Rather than lie squarely in the Great Plains, America’s tornadoes appear to be sliding into the Midwest and Southeast.”

The tornado warning followed a devastating tornado in Missouri’s capital of Jefferson City the night before.

“Tornadoes are challenging to link to climate change links due to their nature (geographically, limited, acute patterns, how they form, etc.),” Ocasio-Cortez told her followers as she reviewed the article. “But we DO know that tornadoes HAVE been changing. They are no longer being limited to the Great Plains, and are shifting to other regions of the country.”

“The climate crisis is real y’all … guess we’re at casual tornadoes in growing regions of the country,” she later wrote on Instagram.

Meteorologist Ryan Maue, though, argued that she was confusing climate change with “weather” in the capital region.

“The Congresswoman @AOC does not know the difference between weather and climate,” wrote Maue, who also works with the libertarian-leaning Cato Institute. “Let’s try an easy analogy: Weather is what outfit you wear heading out the door. Climate is your closet wardrobe.”

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Numerous doctored video clips of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, are spreading on social media, deceptively portraying her as if she were intoxicated.

A three-minute clip of Pelosi speaking event with the Center for American Progress from Wednesday was uploaded on Facebook by a group called “Politics WatchDog” was viewed over 1.8 million times with nearly 40,000 shares. The video shows her frequently slurring her words and her voice sounding garbled. Copies of the clip had also been found on Twitter and YouTube, which the latter had removed.

According to a report from The Washington Post, experts believed the original video was slowed down to 75 percent from the original speed and that her pitch was also manipulated in order to present her under the influence.

Computer science and digital forensics expert Berkeley Hany Farid said there was “no question” the video had been tampered with.

PELOSI HITS BACK AT TRUMP: I’LL WORK WITH HIM WHEN HE ‘STARTS ACTING MORE PRESIDENTIAL’

“It is striking that such a simple manipulation can be so effective and believable to some,” he told the Washington Post.

House Speaker Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to Fox News for comment.

During that event, Pelosi had doubled down on her claim that President Trump had “engaged in a cover-up.”

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“The fact is, in plain sight, in the public domain,” Pelosi said. “This president is obstructing justice and he’s engaged in a cover-up. And that could be an impeachable offense.”

Both Speaker Pelosi and President Trump have exchanged brutal insults at each other on Thursday. Pelosi expressed that she was “concerned” about the president’s “well-being.” Trump shot back, calling her a “mess” and claimed she was “disintegrating.”

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2020 Democratic candidate and California Sen. Kamala Harris accused President Trump of holding “America’s infrastructure hostage” after scrapping his White House meeting with Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday.

Trump cut infrastructure negotiations short after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, told the press that the president had “engaged in a cover-up” following a meeting with her caucus. In remarks from the Rose Garden, Trump urged Democrats to end their various investigations so that they can tackle infrastructure.

During her appearance on “The Late Show,” Harris assured host Stephen Colbert, as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, that their investigations will not stop.

“So he’s gonna hold America’s infrastructure hostage, right, over the issue of investigations,” Harris said.

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The 2020 candidate then told Colbert that the average cost of four car tires is about $400, which she claimed Americans are forced to pay “because our roads are falling apart.”

“If you want to talk about a representative government, shouldn’t leaders lead on behalf of the people as opposed to self-interest?” Harris continued. “We cannot abandon our democracy for the sake of appeasing somebody who is completely focused on his interests only.”

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White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, allegedly had a terse exchange after  a meeting between President Trump and Democratic lawmakers was cut short on Wednesday.

Trump scrapped the meeting, which was slated as an opportunity to discuss the country’s infrastructure, after Pelosi told reporters that the president “engaged in a cover-up” following a meeting with her caucus.

According to The Hill, after Trump left the room, Conway asked the Speaker if she had a  “direct response to the president.”

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

“I’m responding to the president, not staff,” Pelosi reportedly shot back.

Conway slammed Pelosi’s dismissal of her.

“Really great. That’s really pro-woman of you,” the White House counselor is said to have responded.

PELOSI RATCHETS UP RHETORIC, SAYS TRUMP MAY HAVE COMMITTED ‘IMPEACHABLE OFFENSE’ IN ‘PLAIN SIGHT’

Fox News did not get an immediate response from Speaker Pelosi’s office or the White House.

The tense moment came before Trump blasted Democratic lawmakers with his remarks from the Rose Garden, telling reporters, “I don’t do cover-ups.”

“You can’t do it under these circumstances,” Trump said about negotiating with Democrats. “Get these phony investigations over with.”

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Pelosi doubled down on her accusation at the Center for American Progress 2019 Ideas Conference Wednesday afternoon.

“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 said.

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Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders is seemingly embracing the idea of impeaching President Trump, saying it “may well be time” for an inquiry to begin.

Appearing on CNN Wednesday afternoon following the scrapped infrastructure meeting between Trump and Democratic lawmakers, Sanders began by saying it was “outrageous” for the president to “storm out of the meeting.”

“We have a president who is so sensitive, who attacks people, who humiliates people every single day,” Sanders told CNN’s Jake Tapper. “And if he can’t take a little bit of criticism, he should think twice about being president of the United States.”

When asked if he agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif, about her claim that Trump “engaged in a cover-up,” Sanders struggled to answer with certainty, telling Tapper it’s “obviously very hard to get into the president’s mind” since he is a “pathological liar.”

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“I think if he continues to not understand the Constitution of the United States, the separation of powers, the fact that the Congress has every right to subpoena and it is the job of the administration to attend the hearings that the Congress is calling, if he doesn’t understand that, it may well be time for an impeachment inquiry to begin, where the Judiciary Committee begins to determine whether or not there are grounds for impeachment,” Sanders said.

A growing number of 2020 candidates have also expressed their support for impeachment, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif, and former congressman Beto O’Rourke.

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Former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke, a candidate for the Democratic Party’s 2020 presidential nomination, used a televised town hall event Tuesday night to spread the debunked claim that President Trump called asylum-seekers “animals.”

The remarks from the former congressman from El Paso, Texas, came in response to the first question during the CNN event, which took place in Des Moines, Iowa, capital of the state where the first caucuses of next year’s election season will be held.

Sarah Duncan, a research associate from the political organization Vote Smart, asked O’Rourke how he planned to “restore global trust in American leadership.”

BETO WHO? OPPO RESEARCHERS SAY INTEREST IN THE TEXAN HAS FIZZLED OUT

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O'Rourke of Texas speaks in Las Vegas on April 27. (Associated Press)

Democratic presidential candidate and former U.S. Rep. Beto O’Rourke of Texas speaks in Las Vegas on April 27. (Associated Press)

The candidate began by calling Trump’s domestic and foreign policy a “disaster.”

“Describing those immigrants who come into this country as rapists and criminals — though they commit crimes at a far lower rate than those who were born in this country — describing asylum-seekers as animals or an infestation. An infestation is how you might describe a termite or a cockroach — something you want to stamp out, something less than human,” O’Rourke said.

“You don’t get kids in cages at the border unless you dehumanize them in the eyes of your fellow Americans,” he added. “The day that the president signed his executive order attempting to ban Muslim travel to the United States is the day that the mosque in Victoria, Texas, was literally torched to the ground.”

“The day that the president signed his executive order attempting to ban Muslim travel to the United States is the day that the mosque in Victoria, Texas, was literally torched to the ground.”

— Beto O’Rourke, Democrat running for president

But O’Rourke’s false claim went unchallenged by CNN Town Hall moderator Dana Bash.

Trump’s “animals” remark came in May 2018, on Long Island, N.Y., at a roundtable discussion of illegal immigration and sanctuary city policies. During a discussion with law enforcement officials, a sheriff referred to members of the violent gang MS-13.

President Trump responded by slamming MS-13 gang members, not migrants in general, as “animals.”

“We have people coming into our country — trying to come into our country, we’re stopping a lot of them — but we’re taking people out of the country. You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals,” Trump said.

At the time, his comments were taken out of context as if called all migrants “animals,” a falsehood that was spread by high-profile Democrats as well as many members of the media. The video went viral again in April after a Twitter user uploaded the same clip — and falsely claimed President Trump referred to asylum seekers as “animals.”

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O’Rourke went on to slam Trump for embracing Russian President Vladimir Putin and call Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation a “hoax” during a conversation after the report’s release.

When asked about how he would address immigration if elected, O’Rourke vowed to grant citizenship to DREAMers and offer a pathway to citizenship for all other illegal immigrants in the country.

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