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Biden orders release of Trump White House visitor logs to Congress

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President Biden has ordered the National Archives to turn over Trump White House visitor logs to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riot, despite former President Donald Trump’s claim of executive privilege.In a letter to the National Archives, counsel to the president Dana Remus said Biden is instructing the agency to give the committee the logs, which show White House visitor information for dates including the day of the riot.SUPREME COURT DENIES TRUMP REQUEST TO BLOCK JAN. 6 COMMITTEE SUBPOENAS”President Biden has considered the former President’s claims, and I have engaged in consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice,” Remus wrote. “The President has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to these records and portions of records.”
Former President Donald Trump attends a briefing with state officials and law enforcement at the Weslaco Department of Public Safety DPS Headquarters before touring the U.S.-Mexico border wall, June 30, 2021 in Weslaco, Texas.  
(Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via AP, Pool)The letter notes that the Biden administration – like the Obama administration had in the past – “voluntarily discloses” such records every month, and that the current disclosure policy would cover most of the records Trump is trying to keep under wraps.PELOSI BLASTS REPUBLICANS FOR JAN. 6 CENSURE RESOLUTION: ‘THEY SEEM TO HAVE REACHED ROCK BOTTOM’”As practice under that policy demonstrates, preserving the confidentiality of this type of record generally is not necessary to protect long-term institutional interests of the Executive Branch,” Remus wrote, adding that “[a]ccordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former President’s assertions of privilege.”Biden is now ordering the National Archives to release the logs 15 days after they notify Trump, unless a court order prohibits this.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPThe logs will not automatically be made public. While they are to be turned over to the committee, they will be designated confidential as “national-security sensitive” or “otherwise-highly sensitive,” and the committee will not be able to share them without advance consultation. Personal information such as birth dates and social security numbers will be redacted.The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Hagerty seeks GAO opinion on Biden effort to end ‘Remain-in-Mexico,' opening door for Congress to block

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FIRST ON FOX: Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., on Wednesday wrote to the Government Accountability Office (GAO) seeking an opinion on whether a memo issued by the Biden administration to end the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) is subject to the Congressional Review Act – meaning Congress could vote to block the administration.”Given the record-setting numbers of border crossings that continue and the resulting effects upon federal, state and local governments and the American people, it is important that Congress have the opportunity to timely consider the Memorandum under the provisions of the CRA, if they apply,” Hagerty wrote in a letter to GAO Comptroller General Gene Dodaro.BIDEN ADMIN ENROLLED FEWER THAN 300 MIGRANTS IN ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ IN DECEMBERMPP, known as the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy, was a Trump-era program that sent migrants who came across the southern border back to Mexico for the duration of their hearings. It was a cornerstone of the Trump administration’s efforts to end “catch-and-release” by which migrants were released into the interior.Supporters said the program, which saw the building of court tents in places along the border, restored order to the asylum process and disincentivized illegal immigration. Critics said the program was cruel and led to migrants being put in danger of violence and kidnapping as they camped out in Mexico.The Biden administration moved to unravel the policy after entering office, but a federal court found that it had done so unlawfully and ordered it restored, a ruling upheld by the Supreme Court. The administration has since been reluctantly re-establishing the program in line with the order, but has also issued a memo seeking to end the program lawfully.Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in the October memo that MPP “likely contributed to reduced migratory flows.”BIDEN ADMIN EXPANDS TRUMP-ERA ‘REMAIN IN MEXICO’ TO RIO GRANDE VALLEY SECTOR, CITING COURT ORDER”But it did so by imposing substantial and unjustifiable human costs on the individuals who were exposed to harm while waiting in Mexico,” he said.Hagerty is asking the GAO whether the memo is eligible for review under the Congressional Review Act – legislation that gives Congress the power to overturn a federal rule in certain circumstances. If the GAO finds that a rule should first have been submitted to Congress, then lawmakers can bring it up for a vote to overturn it.The CRA defines a rule as “the whole or a part of an agency statement of general or particular applicability and future effect designed to implement, interpret or prescribe law or policy or describing the organization, procedure or practice requirements of an agency.” It includes some exceptions, including rules of organization and procedure that do not substantially affect others outside the agency.Hagerty argues that it does meet the definition of a rule, and notes substantial costs associated with ending the program – including past legal findings that terminating MPP will increase health care and other such costs for states. A GAO spokesman told Fox News that the office would need time to review Hagerty’s request and, as a result, no decision had yet been made on whether it would issue an opinion.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPHagerty had written to Biden in February last year urging him not to terminate the program, and predicted that doing so, along with his other border policies, would lead to massive migrant numbers – a prediction that would come to pass as numbers surged in the spring and summer.”Once it becomes abundantly clear that the border is open, tens and hundreds of thousands more will follow,” he warned the president.

Introducing Fox News Power Rankings for 2022

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On Nov. 8, America will decide which party takes control of Congress. The results of 435 House races and 34 Senate races will determine whether Democrats hold on to their majorities or Republicans take power for the first time during the Biden administration. President Biden’s agenda is at stake, with a Republican victory in either chamber likely to stifle any policy accomplishments as he completes his first term in office.Midterm elections may not get the same attention as presidential races, but more Americans are voting than ever before. 53.4% of eligible voters cast a ballot in 2018, marking the highest midterm turnout in four decades. As turnout and interest reach new highs, voters are confronting a tidal wave of breaking news and data every day.Fox News’ job is to carefully analyze all those numbers to give you a clear-eyed assessment of where each race stands. With that goal in mind, we are excited to introduce you to the first Fox News Power Rankings for 2022, for the U.S. Senate and all 36 governor’s races. This first set of rankings gives Republicans a consistent edge. That is largely a reflection of the mood of the nation, which has given Biden low personal approval ratings and the Democratic Party a small deficit in generic ballot polling. Democrats have an opportunity to flip at least one Senate seat and a pair of gubernatorial races, but their prospects will depend heavily on the country’s trajectory this year. Republicans can win fewer toss-up races and still get over the 51-seat line, so they are the slight favorites to take control of the upper chamber. They are poised to win more gubernatorial races as well.These rankings combine polling data, partisan lean models, electoral performance and factors like incumbency to assess the competitiveness of each race. If you’re unfamiliar with the Power Rankings or want to know how they’re useful, find out more here.Senate

What are the Fox News Power Rankings?

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You might have questions about the Fox News Power Rankings: what they are, how they’re calculated and what each ranking means. We’ve prepared a guide to take you through everything you want to know.What are the Power Rankings and how is each rating useful?The Fox News Power Rankings provide an insight into the competitiveness and outcome of key election races. Data and information about the race are compiled into a model, which produces an estimate of the outcome of the race. These estimates are then converted into a characterization of the race (e.g. a race where the Democrat is very likely to win is labeled “Solid D,” while a highly competitive race is labeled a “Toss Up”). As the election progresses, more data and information about races become available, so expect these rankings to change throughout the year.Ratings provide a broad characterization of the race and should never be perceived as a guarantee of an outcome.What do the categories mean?There are seven Fox News Race Ratings this cycle: – Toss-Up: This race could go either way. – Lean D or Lean R: One party has a slight edge, but it remains highly competitive. – Likely D or Likely R: One party has a clear edge, but it is still competitive. – Solid D or Solid R: This race is not competitive.CLICK FOR COMPLETE FOX NEWS ELECTION COVERAGEWhat is the methodology?Fox News uses a data-driven approach for the Power Rankings. The model is composed of several relevant data points, including historical results and polling averages, and also considers the impact of factors like fundraising and incumbency. These factors and others are weighed and discussed before making a decision. They are also subject to change regularly as new data and information about races become available.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPWhere are House ratings?Once a decade, most states engage in the redistricting process, which results in newly drawn House seats. Whether a race is competitive and what rating it is assigned is dependent on the boundaries of those districts and the candidates who choose to run in them (this is why the process is often so contentious). Thirty-two states have completed this process, but others are still months away from finalizing their new maps. Expect to see House rankings later this year.

Former Rep. Max Rose claims US is the 'Saudi Arabia of White supremacist ideology'

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Former New York Rep. Max Rose, a Democrat, claimed during an online forum that the United States is “the Saudi Arabia of White supremacist ideology.”Rose, a one-term congressman from Long Island looking to win back his seat from Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, R-N.Y., made the comments during a forum on antisemitism and domestic terror hosted by the American Jewish Congress.”At this point, the United States of America is the Saudi Arabia of White supremacist ideology,” Rose said in a video from the forum.AOC CLAIMS ‘VERY REAL RISK’ AMERICA WON’T BE DEMOCRACY IN 10 YEARS, WILL ‘RETURN TO JIM CROW’”Just as Saudi Arabia exports Wahabism and other dangerous strains of jihadist terrorist ideology, as well as organizational funding, the United States of America right now is exporting the antisemitic, White supremacist ideologies that are being taken up by organizations throughout the world,” Rose continued.Rose’s campaign did not respond to Fox News Digital’s questions on why he believes the U.S. is the “Saudi Arabia of White supremacist ideology” and if he believes Saudi Arabia does more on the issue of racial equality than America.The New York Democrat is the latest to make wild claims about America’s current state of racial equality.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., talks with reporters before a House vote on creating a select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol, June 30, 2021.
(Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)”Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., turned heads on Monday when she claimed in an interview with the New Yorker that there is a “very real risk” that America will not be a democracy in 10 years and will “return to Jim Crow.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP”I think there’s a very real risk that we will not,” the New York Democrat told the New Yorker in the interview published Monday. “What we risk is having a government that perhaps postures as a democracy, and may try to pretend that it is, but isn’t.””I think we will look like ourselves. I think we will return to Jim Crow,” Ocasio-Cortez continued. “I think that’s what we risk.”

Conservative activist David Brog to run for newly-competitive Nevada House seat against Dem Rep. Dina Titus

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FIRST ON FOX: Conservative activist David Brog is announcing Wednesday that he’s running for the House of Representatives in Nevada’s newly-competitive 1st Congressional District, where Republicans think they can unseat incumbent Democrat Rep. Dina Titus. “I’ve spent my life fighting for the conservative principles of President Donald Trump’s America First agenda, and I’m running for Congress in Nevada’s 1st District to help refocus the politicians in Washington on putting our own citizens and communities first,” Brog said in a statement. “We can no longer afford a radical rubber stamp like Dina Titus in Congress who does nothing but support Joe Biden’s inflation-boosting spending, open border policies, and economic policies that have destroyed our communities,” Brog added.
Republican congressional candidate David Brog is seeking to unseat Rep. Dina Titus, D-Nev., whose district was made significantly more competitive by redistricting. (David Brog campaign)

Trump says DOJ should 'absolutely' declassify remaining Trump-Russia probe records, after Durham filing

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EXCLUSIVE: Former President Trump, during an exclusive interview with Fox News, said the Justice Department should “absolutely” declassify remaining records related to the original Trump-Russia probe, “especially in light” of Special Counsel John Durham’s latest filing.”They have the declassification order,” Trump said of the Justice Department. “And they should declassify, absolutely, especially in light of what has just happened and what has just been revealed.”Trump was referring to Durham’s Feb. 11 court filing in which he alleged “Tech Executive-1” and his associates, including a lawyer for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, “exploited” internet traffic pertaining to a “particular healthcare provider,” Trump Tower, Trump’s Central Park West apartment building, and the Executive Office of the President of the United States in order to “establish ‘an inference’ and ‘narrative’” to then bring to federal government agencies tying Trump to Russia.EXCLUSIVE: TRUMP SAYS DURHAM PROBE EXPOSING ‘THE CRIME OF THE CENTURY,’ PREDICTS IT’S ‘JUST THE BEGINNING’Trump, in May 2019, following the completion of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, told then-Attorney General Bill Barr to begin a declassification process of records related to surveillance of the Trump campaign in 2016.Mueller’s investigation yielded no evidence of criminal conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russian officials during the 2016 presidential election.”We did declassify, and people saw them, and I think you’ll see some big stuff,” Trump told Fox News.Trump, calling on the Justice Department to release records to the public, said there is “tremendous dishonesty and corruption.””They should release them,” Trump said.A White House statement on Trump’s declassification order in 2019 said that, “at the request and recommendation of the Attorney General of the United States, President Donald J. Trump directed the intelligence community to quickly and fully cooperate with the Attorney General’s investigation into surveillance activities during the 2016 Presidential election.” The order gave the attorney general the “full and complete authority to declassify information” pertaining to the investigation, “in accordance with the long-established standards for handling classified information.” “Today’s action will help ensure that all Americans learn the truth about the events that occurred, and the actions that were taken, during the last Presidential election and will restore confidence in our public institutions,” the White House statement from May 2019 read. Trump’s comments come after Republican Sens. Chuck Grassley and Ron Johnson on Tuesday wrote a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland, saying he has “failed” to follow Trump’s order to declassify all records related to the FBI’s original Trump-Russia probe. The senators demanded that Garland “produce those records to Congress and the American people without improper redactions.”GRASSLEY, JOHNSON SAY DOJ ‘FAILED’ TO FOLLOW ORDER TO DECLASSIFY TRUMP-RUSSIA RECORDS, DEMAND PRODUCTIONGrassley and Johnson wrote that it is “incumbent upon the Department to determine which records are covered by the declassification directive,” and said it is “clear” from a letter Garland sent to the senators last month that “after more than one year” the DOJ “has yet to get the job done.””When the Department is able to (1) identify with certainty the records subject to the declassification directive; (2) confirm the records are not those that have already been reviewed by our staff; and (3) agree that no improper redactions will be placed on those records, our staff stand ready to review in camera prior to production to Congress,” they wrote. “Absent those conditions, our staff should not have to spend potentially multiple days and countless hours in the Department’s classified facility only to play a guessing game with the Department about what document may or may not be covered by the declassification directive and potentially review records that have already been produced to Congress.”They added: “Our oversight efforts are based on our unyielding belief that the American people deserve to know the complete truth about the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.”Grassley and Johnson also questioned Garland on what actions the Justice Department is taking to determine which records fall under the scope of Trump’s declassification directive, the number of records identified to-date, and the extent to which the identified records will be declassified.
FILE – In this Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018 file photo, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, speaks during a Senate Judiciary Committee markup meeting on Capitol Hill, in Washington. Senate Republicans are bringing in Arizona prosecutor Rachel Mitchell to handle questioning about Christine Blasey Ford’s allegations of sexual assault against Kavanaugh at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday, Sept. 27, 2018. A news release from Grassley’s office describes Mitchell as “a career prosecutor with decades of experience prosecuting sex crimes.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
(Copyright 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)”We request a detailed response with respect to those questions and a commitment to the aforementioned conditions no later than March 1, 2022,” they wrote.It is unclear how many records could be left to be declassified and produced to Congress. The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment. DECLASSIFIED TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE DOCS TO DATE: WHAT TO KNOW Declassification of Trump-Russia origins documents ramped up in 2020 when Ric Grenell served as acting Director of National Intelligence, and continued when John Ratcliffe was confirmed and sworn in as DNI.Documents declassified to-date included more than 6,000 pages of transcripts of interviews from the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, which revealed, among other things, that top Obama officials acknowledged they had no “empirical evidence” of collusion or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016. Fox News first reported on the transcripts.Another declassified document was an email that then-National Security Adviser Susan Rice sent to herself on Trump’s inauguration day, documenting a Jan. 5, 2017, Oval Office meeting with Obama and others, during which the former president provided guidance on how law enforcement needed to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race.The declassified email revealed that former FBI Director James Comey suggested to Obama that the National Security Council might not want to pass “sensitive information related on Russia” to former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn, due to the fact that he had been “speaking frequently” with the Russian ambassador.The Trump administration also declassified a list of Obama-era officials who requested to unmask the identity of Flynn in intelligence reports during the presidential transition period.Unmasking occurs after U.S. citizens’ conversations are incidentally picked up in conversations with foreign officials who are being monitored by the intelligence community. The U.S. citizens’ identities are supposed to be protected if their participation is incidental and no wrongdoing is suspected.Officials, however, can determine the U.S. citizens’ names through a process that is supposed to safeguard their rights. In the typical process, when officials are requesting the unmasking of an American, they do not necessarily know the identity of the person in advance.The Trump administration also declassified a 2017 Intelligence Community Assessment footnote, which showed the anti-Trump dossier created by Christopher Steele and paid for by the Clinton campaign through law firm Perkins Coie, had “limited corroboration.” That dossier helped serve as the basis for Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants obtained against former Trump campaign aide Carter Page.DURHAM PROBE HAS ‘ACCELERATED,’ WITH MORE PEOPLE ‘COOPERATING,’ COMING BEFORE GRAND JURYMeanwhile, Ratcliffe, in October 2020, declassified a CIA memo sent to then FBI Director James Comey and then-Deputy Assistant Director of Counterintelligence Peter Strzok referring Clinton’s “plan” to the FBI for potential investigative action.”The following information is provided for the exclusive use of your bureau for background investigative action or lead purposes as appropriate,” the CIA memo to Comey and Strzok stated.”Per FBI verbal request, CIA provides the below examples of information the CROSSFIRE HURRICANE fusion cell has gleaned to date,” the memo continued. “An exchange [REDACTED] discussing US presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s approval of a plan concerning US presidential candidate Donald Trump and Russian hackers hampering US elections as a means of distracting the public from her use of a private email server.”Despite its declassification, the memo is heavily redacted.CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPRatcliffe also declassified then-CIA Director John Brennan’s handwritten notes that suggested he briefed then-President Obama on Hillary Clinton’s purported “proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.” “We’re getting additional insight into Russian activities from [REDACTED],” Brennan’s declassified notes, which were first obtained by Fox News in October 2020, read. “CITE [summarizing] alleged approved by Hillary Clinton a proposal from one of her foreign policy advisers to vilify Donald Trump by stirring up a scandal claiming interference by the Russian security service.”Fox News first reported in October 2020 that Ratcliffe provided nearly 1,000 pages of material to the Justice Department to support Special Counsel John Durham’s investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.