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She’s all grown up!

The youngest daughter of former President Barack Obama attended her high school prom on Friday night, the Daily Mail reports.

Sasha — who is slated to graduate from the Sidwell Friends high school next month, according to the publication — wore a black slip dress for the big event. Former first lady Michelle Obama can be seen smiling next to her daughter in some of the photos posted to Twitter, as can her older sister, Malia, who goes to Harvard University.

SASHA OBAMA REPORTEDLY DROPS HINT SHE IS HEADING TO UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN FOR COLLEGE

The former first daughter attended the event with who the Daily Mail identified as Chris Milton.

“Oh my God. She’s DIVINE!” on person said in response to the photos on Twitter.

“My God, she’s stunning,” said another.

“They both look amazing,” wrote a third.

“Boy is she gorgeous,” another commented.

Sasha Obama is reportedly attending the University of Michigan for college.

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In December, Sasha wrote on what is believed to be her Instagram account that she was excited to attend the University of Michigan, Page Six reported at the time.

“So proud to say I’m going to college with my sisters!” she allegedly captioned a photo with her two friends.

The post also had a picture of the school’s football stadium, home of the Michigan Wolverines.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce contributed to this report.

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A flamingo at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, was euthanized after a child threw a rock into its enclosure and struck the bird.

Jay Tetzloff, the city’s director of parks, recreation and cultural arts, told The Pantagraph the child, who has not been publicly identified at this time, “accidentally injured the flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat.” The rock struck one of the bird’s legs, breaking it. After examining the animal, zoo staff “determined the best course of action” was to euthanize it, he added.

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Prior to the incident, the zoo had 25 flamingos. The animals are located near the entrance of the attraction. But Tetzloff said zoo officials are not changing the layout despite what occurred.

The rock broke the bird's leg, zoo officials said.

The rock broke the bird’s leg, zoo officials said. (iStock)

“This was a truly unfortunate accident, and we are working with the juvenile’s family to move forward,” Tetzloff said.

THREE ARRESTED IN MURDER OF CHICAGO WOMAN, 19, WHO WAS 9 MONTHS PREGNANT, COPS SAY

A similar incident occurred in 2017 when a 19-year-old man threw a rock at a flamingo at an amusement park in Florida. He was later arrested on animal cruelty charges, the Tampa Bay Times reported at the time.

Jay Tetzloff did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday.

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A flamingo at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois, was euthanized after a child threw a rock into its enclosure and struck the bird.

Jay Tetzloff, the city’s director of parks, recreation and cultural arts, told The Pantagraph the child, who has not been publicly identified at this time, “accidentally injured the flamingo on Monday by skipping a rock into the habitat.” The rock struck one of the bird’s legs, breaking it. After examining the animal, zoo staff “determined the best course of action” was to euthanize it, he added.

HUGE SNAKE STRANGLES HAWK IN ‘LIFE-OR-DEATH BATTLE’ IN TEXAS, STUNNING PHOTOS SHOW

Prior to the incident, the zoo had 25 flamingos. The animals are located near the entrance of the attraction. But Tetzloff said zoo officials are not changing the layout despite what occurred.

The rock broke the bird's leg, zoo officials said.

The rock broke the bird’s leg, zoo officials said. (iStock)

“This was a truly unfortunate accident, and we are working with the juvenile’s family to move forward,” Tetzloff said.

THREE ARRESTED IN MURDER OF CHICAGO WOMAN, 19, WHO WAS 9 MONTHS PREGNANT, COPS SAY

A similar incident occurred in 2017 when a 19-year-old man threw a rock at a flamingo at an amusement park in Florida. He was later arrested on animal cruelty charges, the Tampa Bay Times reported at the time.

Jay Tetzloff did not immediately return Fox News’ request for comment on Wednesday.

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When it comes to star-studded endorsements, Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, vying for the Democratic party’s nomination to take on President Trump in the 2020 election — does not fall short.

The 37-year-old, who, if elected, would become both the nation’s first-ever openly gay president and youngest to ever lead the country, boasts big-name backers, ranging from actors to an NFL broadcaster.

Buttigieg (pronounced BOOT-edge-edge) officially launched his campaign in April. Since then, the Harvard graduate, who later attended Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, has lead political rallies across the country, slow-jammed with Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show” and graced the cover of TIME magazine alongside husband Chasten Glezman.

FOX NEWS TO HOST PETE BUTTIGIEG TOWN HALL

Buttigieg will join Fox News Channel for a town hall moderated by Chris Wallace in Claremont, N.H., on Sunday, May 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

“We’ve got to get away from this kill-switch mentality that we see on Twitter,” the former naval intelligence officer — commonly referred to as “Mayor Pete” — told TIME for the magazine’s cover story, explaining his desire to close the country’s ongoing political divide if he makes it to the White House.

BUTTIGIEG TAKES SHOT AT SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES, DESCRIBES COMING OUT DURING VEGAS LGBTQ GALA

“This idea that we just sort people into baskets of good and evil ignores the central fact of human existence, which is that each of us is a basket of good and evil,” he added. “The job of politics is to summon the good and beat back the evil.”

The presidential hopeful, however, has been knocked for his lack of policy specifics and, so far, has not gained much traction with black voters in the country — though he recently acknowledged as much at a rally in North Charleston, S.C.

Ahead of his appearance at Fox News’ town hall, read on for a look at some of Buttigieg’s most famous celebrity backers.

Mandy Moore

Actress Mandy Moore wasn’t shy to show her support for Buttigieg, tweeting on March 31 she donated to his campaign.

“I donated because I’m very excited and inspired by @PeteButtigieg’s message and everything about this campaign in general…. You guys are magic, @Chas10Buttigieg,” the “This Is Us” star tweeted in March.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow — alongside her husband Brad Falchuk, “West Wing” star Bradley Whitford and actress Amy Landecker —  reportedly co-hosted a fundraising event for Buttigieg in Los Angeles in early May, Variety reported. Tickets, according to the publication, started at $250.

Ryan Reynolds

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has also donated to Buttigieg’s campaign, according to Variety.  In fact, the actor donated $250, per Buttigieg’s finance report submitted to the Federal Election Commission in April.

Jane Lynch

Actress Jane Lynch was said to be one of the many big-names to co-host an event in New York for the White House hopeful.

The actress, who reportedly donated $2,700, per TMZ, has also shown support for Buttigieg on Twitter.

Rich Eisen

The popular NFL network broadcaster Rich Eisen gave $500 to Buttigieg’s campaign, records show.

Carolyn Strauss

“Game of Thrones” executive producer Carolyn Strauss, too, according to the candidate’s campaign finance report, chipped in $250.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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When it comes to star-studded endorsements, Pete Buttigieg — the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, vying for the Democratic party’s nomination to take on President Trump in the 2020 election — does not fall short.

The 37-year-old, who, if elected, would become both the nation’s first-ever openly gay president and youngest to ever lead the country, boasts big-name backers, ranging from actors to an NFL broadcaster.

Buttigieg (pronounced BOOT-edge-edge) officially launched his campaign in April. Since then, the Harvard graduate, who later attended Oxford on a Rhodes scholarship, has lead political rallies across the country, slow-jammed with Jimmy Fallon on the “Tonight Show” and graced the cover of TIME magazine alongside husband Chasten Glezman.

FOX NEWS TO HOST PETE BUTTIGIEG TOWN HALL

Buttigieg will join Fox News Channel for a town hall moderated by Chris Wallace in Claremont, N.H., on Sunday, May 19, from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET.

“We’ve got to get away from this kill-switch mentality that we see on Twitter,” the former naval intelligence officer — commonly referred to as “Mayor Pete” — told TIME for the magazine’s cover story, explaining his desire to close the country’s ongoing political divide if he makes it to the White House.

BUTTIGIEG TAKES SHOT AT SOCIAL CONSERVATIVES, DESCRIBES COMING OUT DURING VEGAS LGBTQ GALA

“This idea that we just sort people into baskets of good and evil ignores the central fact of human existence, which is that each of us is a basket of good and evil,” he added. “The job of politics is to summon the good and beat back the evil.”

The presidential hopeful, however, has been knocked for his lack of policy specifics and, so far, has not gained much traction with black voters in the country — though he recently acknowledged as much at a rally in North Charleston, S.C.

Ahead of his appearance at Fox News’ town hall, read on for a look at some of Buttigieg’s most famous celebrity backers.

Mandy Moore

Actress Mandy Moore wasn’t shy to show her support for Buttigieg, tweeting on March 31 she donated to his campaign.

“I donated because I’m very excited and inspired by @PeteButtigieg’s message and everything about this campaign in general…. You guys are magic, @Chas10Buttigieg,” the “This Is Us” star tweeted in March.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Actress Gwyneth Paltrow — alongside her husband Brad Falchuk, “West Wing” star Bradley Whitford and actress Amy Landecker —  reportedly co-hosted a fundraising event for Buttigieg in Los Angeles in early May, Variety reported. Tickets, according to the publication, started at $250.

Ryan Reynolds

“Deadpool” star Ryan Reynolds has also donated to Buttigieg’s campaign, according to Variety.  In fact, the actor donated $250, per Buttigieg’s finance report submitted to the Federal Election Commission in April.

Jane Lynch

Actress Jane Lynch was said to be one of the many big-names to co-host an event in New York for the White House hopeful.

The actress, who reportedly donated $2,700, per TMZ, has also shown support for Buttigieg on Twitter.

Rich Eisen

The popular NFL network broadcaster Rich Eisen gave $500 to Buttigieg’s campaign, records show.

Carolyn Strauss

“Game of Thrones” executive producer Carolyn Strauss, too, according to the candidate’s campaign finance report, chipped in $250.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Dr. Phil this week took to Instagram to share a brief clip from his exclusive interview with Gypsy Rose Blanchard, the Missouri woman serving 10 years in prison for second-degree murder for her role in her mother Dee Dee Blanchard’s 2015 death.

In a previously unaired moment from his 2017 interview with Blanchard, per Cosmopolitan, Dr. Phil talked to the now 27-year-old about the moment her mother was stabbed to death by her then-boyfriend Nicholas Godejohn, who is now serving a life sentence for first-degree murder. The clip was shared in light of Dr. Phil’s new podcast, “The Killer Thorn of Gypsy Rose: Analysis of a Murder by Dr. Phil.”

GYPSY ROSE BLANCHARD SAYS SHE ‘FELT LIKE A PRISONER’ BEFORE MOTHER’S FATAL STABBING

“I put my hands over my ears and then it all went quiet,” Blanchard said in the sound bite of the moment Dee Dee reportedly screamed her name as she was stabbed by Godejohn.

Dee Dee allegedly suffered from a mental illness called Munchausen syndrome by proxy (MSBP), which occurs when a person attempts to produce psychological or physical symptoms in another person. Blanchard was forced by her mother to use a wheelchair and undergo unnecessary medical procedures.

In November, Blanchard testified that she asked Godejohn, who she met on Christian dating site, to kill her mother. Blanchard said her mother physically abused her and controlled her life. She said she thought killing her mother was the only way out and she talked Godejohn into coming to Missouri to kill Dee Dee.

In the same 2017 interview with Dr. Phil, Blanchard spoke on the 10-year sentence she received.

“I believe firmly that, no matter what, murder is not okay. But at the same time, I don’t believe I deserve as many years as I got,” she said at the time. Later, in a separate ABC “20/20” interview, Blanchard said she felt “like a prisoner” before her mother was killed.

GYPSY ROSE BLANCHARD IS ENGAGED TO MAN WHO CONTACTED HER IN PRISON, REPORT SAYS

“The prison that I was living in before, with my mom, it’s, like, I couldn’t walk. I couldn’t eat. I couldn’t have friends. I couldn’t go outside, you know, and play with friends or anything,” she said. “Over here, I feel like I’m freer in prison than with living with my mom. Because now, I’m allowed to … just live like a normal woman.”

Blanchard’s story has spawned numerous TV specials, including an HBO documentary and the Hulu series “The Act,” which stars Patricia Arquette as Dee Dee and Joey King as Gypsy Rose Blanchard.

Fox News’ Kathleen Joyce and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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A woman in the Maine town of Bowdoinham was attacked by a potentially rabid fox that her neighbor later killed with a shovel, authorities say.

The woman, who has not been identified publicly at this time, told officials with the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office that the fox chased her dogs around her yard on Tuesday evening. As she attempted to get her pets inside, she claims the fox bit her, the Bangor Daily News reported. Her dogs were later taken to a veterinarian, though it’s not clear if they were also bitten.

RABID FOX ATTACKS NEW JERSEY WOMAN, DAUGHTER USES AX, SHOVEL TO KILL IT: REPORT

The fox (not pictured) was killed with a shovel, authorities said.

The fox (not pictured) was killed with a shovel, authorities said. (iStock)

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Shortly after, officials received another call from a neighbor who claimed a fox, which is believed to be the same one that bit the woman, had also chased his dog. At one point, when the fox reportedly attempted to enter the man’s home in pursuit of his dog, he claims he pinned it between the wall and the doorway. His son subsequently killed the animal with a shovel, he said. Neither the man nor his son was bitten by the fox but the man’s dog was also taken to a nearby vet.

The dead fox, which was embedded with porcupine quills, local Animal Control Officer Cliff Daigle told the Bangor Daily News, was later transported to the state’s Health and Environmental testing lab to be tested for rabies. Though the results are not yet available, the fox could be the eighth animal in the area since February to test positive for rabies, per the Bangor Daily News.

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A 70-year-old Connecticut man hoping to play a leisurely round of golf with some friends ended up in the hospital with bite wounds from a rabid bobcat instead.

Mike Popowski, of New London, went to the Mohegan Sun Golf Club in Sprague on April 18. Popowski and three of his friends played the course’s first six holes with no issue, but that quickly changed just as they began the seventh.

RABID FOX ATTACKS NEW JERSEY WOMAN, DAUGHTER USES AX, SHOVEL TO KILL IT: REPORT

The bobcat — which later tested positive for rabies, the state’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection (DEEP) confirmed, according to The Day — emerged near the seventh hole, charging at Popowski as his friends yelled to him to “watch out.”

Mike Popkowski recounted being attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing last week.

Mike Popkowski recounted being attacked by a rabid bobcat while golfing last week. (Erica Moser/The Day via AP)

“I think about it, and I can still see it; I can still see this miserable animal coming at me,” Popowski recalled to the publication, adding the animal smelled “faintly like a skunk” and noted it had a “guttural growl.” Other than that, the wild event is still a blur to the 70-year-old.

Later, he would learn the bobcat jumped on his back, bit his left arm and shoulder while clawing his head. One of his golf buddies, who was identified only as “John” by The Day, reportedly tried to hit the feline with a golf club while attempting to avoid Popowski.

Eventually, Popowski and the cat fell down a nearby hill and the feline relinquished its hold on him. John hit the cat with one of his irons as it stood “huffing and puffing” in a sand dune. It ran off shortly after.

The bobcat was on Popowski for a few minutes, according to The Day.

“It was surreal,” Fred Martinelli, one of Popowski’s friends who was golfing with him the day of the incident, told the publication. “You see what was taking place, going down, and you’re saying, ‘That can’t possibly be whatever it was on top of Mike.'”

“Getting my head stapled together wasn’t awful, but I’d rather do other things.” 

— Mike Popowski

Bystanders then called 911 and Popowski was taken to a local hospital, where he was treated for puncture wounds, a nearly severed earlobe and lacerations on his scalp, which required 10 staples. He’s also undergoing a series of rabies shots.

“They pull your hair apart and they crunch, crunch, crunch,” Popowski said, recalling the sound the stapler made as doctors treated his head wounds.

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“Getting my head stapled together wasn’t awful, but I’d rather do other things,” he added.

The crazed cat, which attacked a horse earlier that same day, DEEP said in a news release, was eventually tracked down and shot by members of the state’s Environmental Conservation Police, according to The Day.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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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.

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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.’”

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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

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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.

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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.”

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is back on the campaign trail.

The 77-year-old self-proclaimed Democratic socialist is once again making a bid for the White House, joining a growing number of lawmakers who plan to take on President Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

3 BERNIE SANDERS POLICIES NOW EMBRACED BY THE DEMOCRATIC FIELD

Sanders will join Fox News Channel for a town hall co-anchored by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum on Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m. ET in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

As the seasoned Vermont senator starts stumping for 2020, here’s a look at where he stands on key issues such as gun control, healthcare and the economy.

Health care

Sanders’ name has arguably become synonymous with Medicare-for-All, a bill he introduced in 2017. The goal? To achieve universal healthcare.

In a nutshell, the single-payer health insurance plan would require all U.S. residents to be covered with no copays and deductibles for medical services. The insurance industry would be regulated to play a minor role in the system.

In other words: A government-run system would replace private health insurance offered through employers, which is the mainstay of coverage some 160 million people.

Sanders recently released an updated version of the legislation, adding coverage for long-term care. Several presidential hopefuls — namely Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. and Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J. — have already endorsed the new bill.

But the program, which would likely be financed through large tax increases, has been knocked by critics for its expected cost.

Though single-payer healthcare could reportedly save taxpayers roughly $500 billion a year, according to FeelTheBern.org, the plan’s cost could up federal spending by more than $2 trillion per year, according to The New York Times, while several independent studies on the program have estimated it could increase government spending on health care to $25 trillion to $35 trillion or more over a 10-year period.

Education

Sanders is a huge proponent of tuition-free public colleges and universities.

Under the “College for All Act”, which Sanders first introduced in May 2015, per his website, the government would “provide $47 billion in federal funding to incentivize states to increase investments in their public higher education systems and eliminate tuition for undergraduate students.”

Total tuition costs at public colleges and universities totals to roughly $70 billion annually, according to Sanders’ campaign. Under the legislation, the federal government would cover $47 billion of that cost, or 67 percent, while states would shoulder $23 billion, or the remaining 33 percent.

“The legislation would eliminate tuition and fees at four-year public colleges and universities for families making up to $125,000 — about 80 percent of the population — and make community college tuition- and fee-free for all,” according to a 2017 statement on the legislation.

“College tuition is free in Germany, even for citizens of other countries. It’s also free in Denmark, Norway Sweden, Finland, Ireland, Iceland, and Mexico. If they can do it, why can’t we?” questioned Sanders in a 2015 editorial for the Huffington Post. “Why do we accept a situation where hundreds of thousands of qualified people are unable to go to college because their families don’t have enough money?”

Immigration

Sanders supports immigration reform to address the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S., but the ways in which he thinks the government should go about such a reform largely differs from his Republican and conservative-minded colleagues.

“What I do not support is, under the guise of immigrant reform, a process pushed by large corporations which result in more unemployment and lower wages for American workers,” Sanders told The Washington Post in 2013.

Sanders in 2013 voted in favor of the Senate immigration bill which “proposed a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, doubling the number of border patrol officers, and providing an additional 350 miles of border fencing,” according to PBS, which noted the bill failed to become law.

The senator has also called for the restructuring of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

In July 2018, Sanders called for the abolishment of the “cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today and pass comprehensive immigration reform.”

“That will mean restructuring the agencies that enforce our immigration laws, including ICE. We must not be about tearing small children away from their families. We must not be about deporting DREAMers, young people who have lived in this country virtually their entire lives,” he tweeted, in part, though did not detail at the time how he would plan to abolish the program.

Sanders, too, supported the 2007 Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which would grant legal status to a group of undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children. He later co-sponsored the act in 2011 when it was reintroduced, according to FeelTheBern.org.

Gun control

Sanders is a supporter of “middle-ground legislation” when it comes to gun control, according to FeelTheBern.org.

“As such, he understands that Americans in rural areas have a very different view towards guns as do those who live in densely populated urban environments. Bernie believes in a solution which promotes gun rights for those who wish to possess them while also ensuring their safe and secure use so that they cannot be used to harm fellow human beings,” reads the website, which noted the senator in the past has voted for a nationwide ban on assault weapons, expanded background checks and a ban on “high capacity magazine over ten rounds.”

In a 2016 speech, Sanders said most Americans who own and use guns are “law-abiding people” and pushed for a “common sense proposal on guns that will have the support, not of everybody, but a significant majority of American people.”

He went on to say those with criminal records or mental health issues should not own guns, echoing his comments from a 2015 NPR interview.

“We need strong sensible gun control, and I will support it,” Sanders told the news outlet at the time. “But some people think it’s going to solve all of our problems, and it’s not. You know what, we have a crisis in the capability of addressing mental health illness in this country. When people are hurting and are prepared to do something terrible, we need to do something immediately. We don’t have that and we should have that.”

Economy

Sanders has touted raising the so-called estate tax to “invest in the disappearing middle class” and close what he has said is a growing gap between the wealthy and the rest of the country.

Rather recently, in January, Sanders revealed a plan to expand the federal estate tax, which he said on Twitter would only apply to the “richest 0.2 [percent] of Americans,” or those who inherit $3.5 million or more.

That said, Sanders’ plan was largely different than a bill proposed by some a few of his Republican counterparts.

Days before, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., Sen. Charles E. Grassley, R-Iowa, and Sen. John Thune, R-S.D. introduced a plan to scrap the estate tax altogether. Sanders in a tweet slammed the bill as “absurd.”

Sanders has also made pushes throughout the years to increase the minimum wage.

He recently reintroduced legislation to increase the federal minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2024.

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“While the official unemployment rate is relatively low, too many workers in America today are making wages that don’t pay enough to make ends meet. Workers and their families cannot make it on $9 an hour or $10 an hour – or even less,” Sanders said in a statement in November, claiming it would give 40 million workers a raise. “We have got to raise the minimum wage in this country to a living wage – at least $15 an hour.”

At least 20 states increased their minimum wages since the start of the New Year, according to Fox Business.

Fox News’ Jennifer Earl and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Source: Fox News Politics


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