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'Growing body of evidence' James Comey lied to Congress

Rep. Mark Meadows said Thursday there's a growing body of evidence to suggest that former FBI Director James Comey lied when he told Congress that the FBI and the Justice Department were not coordinating on the investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Meadows, R-N.C., said on Fox News that his staff has more texts between FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page that show signs of coordination.

"We know because we have a number of documents, a growing body of evidence," to suggest Comey may have lied about that coordination. "Not only was that false, but we know that over and over again now, we have emails that would suggest that that testimony was false and at best misled the American public, at worst was lying to Congress," he said.

"And here we are today with emails, text messages, that says that even the 'no coordination' message that Director Comey put out on that infamous day in July was actually suggested by the Department of Justice," Meadows added.

Comey said in July 2016 that there was no coordination between the FBI and the Justice Department. But Fox News host Brian Kilmeade read out one of the texts from Strzok to Page that said the timing of Comey's announcement "looks like hell" and "will appear choreographed."

Meadows said that text is interesting, but said there are others as well.

"There's even another email from the Department of Justice that would indicate ... on how to articulate the exoneration of Hillary Clinton," Meadows said.

He said the emails also suggest that the Department of Justice suggested edits to some of the FBI's work.

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Fox News’ Judicial Analyst Absolutely Shreds Hannity’s Cohen Claim

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“He can’t have it both ways,” says Andrew Napolitano.

Fox News host Sean Hannity’s legal claim is getting torn to pieces on his own network. 

On Monday, Hannity was revealed as the “mystery client” of Michael Cohen, the personal attorney to President Donald Trump who is now embroiled in a federal investigation. 

Hannity claimed he never hired Cohen but also insisted he had a right to privacy in his conversations with him under attorney-client privilege.

Fox News senior judicial analyst Andrew Napolitano, a former judge, isn’t buying it.

“I love him and, you know, I’ve worked with him for 20 years,” Napolitano said Tuesday. “He can’t have it both ways.” 

He told “Outnumbered Overtime” host Harris Faulkner: 

“If he was a client, then his confidential communications to Mr. Cohen are privileged. If Mr. Cohen was never his lawyer, then nothing that he said to Mr. Cohen is privileged.”

Hannity had also claimed he “may have” paid Cohen $10 to get that privilege, a strategy that is often used as a plot device on shows such as “Breaking Bad.” 

But Napolitano said it doesn’t work that way in the real world.  

“I must tell you that that is a myth,” Napolitano said. “The attorney-client privilege requires a formal relationship reduced to writing for a specific legal purpose,” 

“So anything that is there regarding Sean Hannity can be revealed?” Faulkner asked.

Public figures react to the death of Barbara Bush

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Within minutes of the news that former first lady Barbara Bush had died Tuesday at the age of 92, tributes began pouring in from political figures, including those in her own family.

George H.W. Bush, her husband of 73 years, issued a statement that praised his wife as a “proponent of family literacy,” and noted that she is survived by 5 children, 17 grandchildren, 7 great grandchildren and a brother.

In a written statement released by the White House, President Trump and First Lady Melania Trump said they “join the nation in celebrating the life of Barbara Bush.”

“As a wife, mother, grandmother, military spouse, and former First Lady, Mrs. Bush was an advocate of the American family,” the statement read. “Amongst her greatest achievements was recognizing the importance of literacy as a fundamental family value that requires nurturing and protection. She will be long remembered for her strong devotion to country and family, both of which she served unfailingly well. The President and First Lady’s thoughts and prayers are with the friends and family of Mrs. Bush.”

Former president Obama and his wife, Michelle, issued a statement calling Bush “the rock of a family dedicated to public service.

“We’ll always be grateful to Mrs. Bush for the generosity she showed to us throughout our time in the White House, but we’re even more grateful for the way she lived her life — as a testament to the fact that public service is an important and noble calling; as an example of the humility and decency that reflects the very best of the American spirit. She’ll be remembered for passing these values on to her children, her grandchildren, her great-grandchildren — and to the countless citizens whom she and George inspired to become ‘points of light’ in service to others.”

Bill and HIllary Clinton also paid tribute to Mrs. Bush, calling her “a remarkable woman.”

“She had grit and grace, brains and beauty. She was fierce and feisty in support of her family and friends, her country and her causes. She showed us what an honest, vibrant, full life looks like,” the Clintons said in a written statement.

George W. Bush, the 43rd president, mourned his mother’s passing and honored her legacy.

“My dear mother has passed on at age 92. Laura, Barbara, Jenna, and I are sad, but our souls are settled because we know hers was,” the former president said in a written statement. “Barbara Bush was a fabulous First Lady and a woman unlike any other who brought levity, love, and literacy to millions. To us, she was so much more. Mom kept us on our toes and kept us laughing until the end. I’m a lucky man that Barbara Bush was my mother. Our family will miss her dearly, and we thank you all for your prayers and good wishes.”

Jeb Bush thanked those who had wished his family well as news of his mother’s failing health became public.

“Columba and I join every member of the Bush family in offering our sincere gratitude for the outpouring of love and support for my Mom in recent days, and throughout her remarkable life,” the former Florida governor said in a message posted to Facebook. “I’m exceptionally privileged to be the son of George Bush and the exceptionally gracious, gregarious, fun, funny, loving, tough, smart, graceful woman who was the force of nature known as Barbara Bush. Thank you for your prayers, and we look forward to celebrating and honoring her life and contributions to our family and great nation in the coming days.”

While dozens of tributes from politicians rolled in from around the country, there were also remembrances from those outside the political spectrum whose lives Mrs. Bush touched. One came from the Texas Rangers, in which the Bush family held an ownership stake from the mid-1980’s to the mid-1990’s.

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Our thoughts are with the Bush family as they grieve the loss of former first lady Barbara. She will forever be in our hearts.

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