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Trump Has Invited Catholic High School Students Accused of Harassing Native American Vet to White House: Report

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President Donald Trump has extended an invitation to the students from a conservative Catholic high school who stand accused of harassing and intimidating a Native American on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

Fox News’ Laura Ingraham broke the news and says they will meet with President Trump at the White House “as early as tomorrow.”

NCRM predicted Trump would invite the Covington Catholic students earlier Tuesday.

Many say the students mocked and harassed Nathan Phillips, the Native American elder and Vietnam veteran who was engaging in his First Amendment rights by practicing his religion and his free speech. The students claim they were not being disrespectful.

Monday night and Tuesday morning President Trump tweeted out support for the students – not the Vietnam Veteran – and said they “have become symbols of Fake News and how evil it can be.”

The President also claimed the teens from the all-male private Catholic high school, “had been “smeared by the media!

The teens, seemingly unsupervised as they jumped up and down, made “war whoops” and “tomahawk chops,” were in D.C. to attend a rally to strip women of their constitutional rights. The “March for Life,” an annual anti-choice rally, attracts many from the far right and the religious right.

UPDATE: 2:31 PM ET –
More controversy. A CBS News White House producer says WH is calling Ingraham’s “EXCLUSIVE” report “inaccurate”:

Editor’s note: 4:27 PM ET –
Ingraham’s reporting is being partially challenged by a CBS News producer’s reporting. As usual with this the White House, they are refusing to give a straight answer.
Ingraham reported the Covington students will be meeting with President Trump. CBS News reports that all the White House would confirm is the students are not meeting with the President this week.

NCRM has reached out to Ingraham asking if she stands by her reporting. She has yet to respond.

That is literally all we know. We have shared all the details as they have become available and will continue to update this when there are new developments.

UPDATE: 6:01 PM ET –
Ingraham did not delete her tweet but apparently she posted a separate tweet, stating: “Now White House now seems to be in flux re. Covington Catholic kids. Announced any meeting would happen after shutdown. Odd as it would be less meaningful if delayed.”

That still does not match what CBS News reported.

Bottom line: It seems no one knows when this is happening.

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‘Ethical Hemorrhagic Fever’: Experts Stunned as McConnell Brags He’s Handing Control of Impeachment Trial to Trump

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is bragging that he’s handing over control of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump to President Donald Trump.

“Everything I do during this, I’m coordinating with White House Counsel,” the Kentucky Republican Leader told Fox News’ Sean Hannity Thursday night. “There will be no difference between the President’s position and our position as to how to handle this.”

“We’ll be working through this process, hopefully in a fairly short period of time, in total coordination with the White House Counsel’s Office and the people representing the President in the well of the Senate,” he said, presumably referring to Republican Senators.

To be clear, this is effectively the jury foreman taking orders from the defendant’s attorneys to determine how the trial will play out, how long it will go on for, who – if any – the witnesses will be, and how it will end.

In short, McConnell just admitted there will not be a real trial.

NCRM was the first outlet to report earlier Thursday that White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and White House Legislative Affairs Director Eric Ueland had walked in to McConnell’s office this afternoon.

Related: Trump White House Already Scripting How Impeachment Trial Will Play Out? WH Counsel Just Walked Into McConnell’s Office

Later, NBC News reported they in fact did meet with McConnell for an hour to plan how the impeachment trial will go forward.

Legal, political, and ethics experts seeing McConnell admit to relinquishing control of a co-equal branch of government to the person who will be on trial in the Senate are expressing shock.

 

 

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Mike Pence Now All In: Defends Trump’s ‘Appropriate’ Phone Call to Ukraine

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Vice President Mike Pence insisted on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s controversial call to Ukraine’s president was “appropriate.”

During an event in Arizona, Pence was asked if it was “appropriate” for Trump to ask Ukraine’s president to investigate Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. Earlier on Thursday, Trump had also asked China to investigate Biden and his son.

“Is it appropriate, as the president did this morning and with a phone call to Ukraine, to ask foreign governments to investigate his political rivals? China, for example,” a reporter said to Pence.

“I am vice president of the United States, and I was elected to this job along with President Trump,” the vice president droned. “One of the major reasons we were elected was to drain the swamp. I think the American people have right to know if the vice president of the United States or his family profited from his position as vice president during the last administration. That is about looking backwards and understanding what really happened.”

According to Pence, Joe Biden and his son are “worth looking into.”

“And the president made it very clear that he believes our other nations around the world should look into it, as well,” he continued. “The simple fact is, when you hold the second highest office in the land, it comes with unique responsibilities. Not just to be above impropriety but to be above the appearance of impropriety. There are legitimate questions that ought to be an asked. We will continue to ask them because the American people have a right to know whether or not the vice president of United States or his family profited from his position.”

Pence also insisted that there “was no quid pro quo” offered when Trump called the president of Ukraine.

“I think that’s of the American people would expect and anticipate but this is going to continue, to advance what we were elected to advance,” he said. “That includes draining the swamp and demanding that our allies operate in an upright way, as well.”

“The president was raising issues that were appropriate that were of genuine interest to the American people,” Pence said of the Ukraine call.

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Trump Insanely Claims if Joe Biden Were a Republican He Would Have Been Executed ‘By Right Now’

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President Donald Trump just unleashed one of – if not his most – violent and vile attacks on any political opponent to date. Suggesting Joe Biden has committed a capital offense, for which there is absolutely no evidence, the president said had the former Vice President and his son Hunter Biden been Republicans they would have already been executed.

“If a Republican ever did what Joe Biden did, if a Republican ever said what Joe Biden said, they’d be getting the electric chair by right now,” Trump claimed, after telling reporters “Joe Biden and his son are corrupt,” without any evidence.

“But the fake news doesn’t want to report it, because they’re Democrats,” Trump added.

The president, who made his remarks from the United Nations, went on to call the media “crooked as hell.”

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