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Biden’s former rivals face questions about Tara Reade’s assault claim from the media before he does


As the mainstream media had finally began acknowledging the sexual assault allegation that was made against former Vice President Joe Biden, a bizarre development has his former 2020 rivals being asked about the controversy before the presumptive Democratic nominee is.

Since Tara Reade, a former staffer of the then senator, spoke out about the alleged 1993 assault in her March 25 interview with podcast host Katie Halper, Biden had made ten appearances on various news networks and did not face a single question about her claims.

However, Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., and Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., who have both endorsed Biden, were asked to weigh in on the controversy during their televised interviews on Thursday.

Klobuchar, who is also on Biden’s shortlist of potential VP picks, suggested that Reade’s allegation was put to bed during her appearance on MSNBC, pointing to a report The New York Times ran on Easter Sunday.

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“He has said, and I agree with this, ‘You’ve got to get to the bottom of every case and all allegations.’ I think The New York Times — I haven’t read all the stories. I read that one,” Klobuchar told “The Beat” anchor Ari Melber. “Your viewers should read that. It was very thorough. They interviewed people. And I have done a lot of work on this. I actually led the effort to change the rules in the U.S. Senate so that it is easier to bring these cases forward and so that we have taxpayers not paying for bad conduct.”

She continued, “I think this case has been investigated. I know the vice president as a major leader on domestic abuse, I worked with him on that. And I think that, again, the viewers should read the article. It was very thorough.”

Hours earlier, Biden appeared on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” alongside his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, but was not asked about the allegation.

Sanders, who suspended his presidential campaign last week and officially endorsed Biden on Monday, was asked about remarks made by his progressive ally Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who said on Tuesday that Reade’s allegation is “legitimate to talk about.”

“Do you agree?” Tony Dokoupil of “CBS This Morning” asked.

“I think it’s relevant and to talk about anything. And I think any woman who feels that she was assaulted has every right in the world to stand up and make her claims,” Sanders responded. “I think that she has the right to make her claims and get a public hearing and the public will make their own conclusions about it. I just don’t know enough about it to comment further.”

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Katie Halper, the progressive podcast host who interviewed Reade last month, slammed the media, saying it has given Sanders a “harder time than Biden” on Biden’s own sexual assault allegation.

While Klobuchar and Sanders were asked about Reade’s allegation, Biden skated through 10 different interviews, including with CNN anchors Anderson Cooper and Brooke Baldwin, MSNBC anchors Nicolle Wallace and Brian Williams, ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, and NBC News’ Chuck Todd.

“If the liberal media think they can put to rest the calls for coverage of Tara Reade’s allegations by asking major Democratic Party figures other than Biden, they’re severely mistaken,” NewsBusters managing editor Curtis Houck told Fox News. “The person at the center of this story has yet to be asked in broadcast and cable network interviews. And for that, the liberal media will continue to beclown itself in failing to educate voters about the 2020 campaign and instead bolster the notion that they are willingly putting their thumb on the scales for Biden.”

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Progressive journalist Walker Bragman said it is “immensely revealing” that Biden has done so many interviews since Reade came forward and faced “a total of zero questions on the subject.”

“Back in January, a private dinner conversation between Senators Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren sparked a week-long news cycle. Reade’s allegation was ignored for weeks,” Bragman told Fox News, referring to the sexism-charged feud between the two candidates earlier this year. “When it was covered, it was downplayed with the New York Times stealth editing its report to remove references to the other accusation of impropriety Biden has faced from multiple other women.”

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For nearly three weeks, there was a complete media blackout of Reade’s claim. The tides began to shift following Rich McHugh’s report in Business Insider last Friday that Reade had filed a criminal complaint against Biden.

The New York Times ran its first report on the morning of Easter Sunday while The Washington Post and NBC News published theirs hours later.

ABC News republished a report from the Associated Press but has yet to mention it on-air. CBS News reported the allegation on its website on Tuesday and on-air during Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.”

CNN is the only major news outlet to have completely avoided Reade’s claims.

Reade’s story first resurfaced in an article in The Intercept. Podcast host Katie Halper then interviewed Reade, who said that in 1993, a more senior member of Biden’s staff asked her to bring the then-senator his gym bag near the Capitol building, which led to the encounter in question.

“He greeted me, he remembered my name, and then we were alone. It was the strangest thing,” Reade told Halper. “There was no like, exchange really. He just had me up against the wall.”

Reade said she tried to share her story last year, but nobody listened to her. This past Thursday, she filed a criminal complaint against Biden with police in Washington, D.C.

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The Biden campaign vehemently denied Reade’s allegation.

“Women have a right to tell their story, and reporters have an obligation to rigorously vet those claims. We encourage them to do so, because these accusations are false,” Kate Bedingfield, the deputy campaign manager and communications director for the Biden campaign, said in a statement to Fox News.

Fox News’ Sam Dorman, Tyler Olson, and Brooke Singman contributed to this report. 



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CPAC attendees rip Democrats over reaction to coronavirus: ‘It’s their next game’


Fox News contributor and “Hannity” 2020 correspondent Lawrence Jones spoke Friday with attendees of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference who are unhappy with Democrats for their politicization of the coronavirus outbreak.

“Do you think that the Democrats are politicizing [the coronavirus]?” Jones asked attendees.

“Oh, 1,000 percent they’re politicizing it because it’s their next game,” one woman told Jones. “You know, we go from one thing to the next. This is after impeachment failed. Russia failed. So now this is what we’re doing.”

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“They’re doing that only to try to attempt to make the economy tank … to keep President Trump from being reelected,” one man said.

President Trump accused his Democratic critics Friday night of “politicizing” the coronavirus outbreak during a rally in South Carolina on the eve of the state’s Democratic presidential primary. He dismissed the complaints from Democrats about his administration’s handling of the virus as “their new hoax” and insisted “we are totally prepared.”

“There is nothing that they would not do that is not hypocritical or undermining or dishonest to undermine this administration,” another woman told Jones.

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“You can’t politicize this kind of stuff. This is ridiculous,” another man told Jones. “We got to pull together as a nation. We got to pull together as people.”

Another attendee accused Democrats of attempting to “stir the pot.”

Fox News’ Alex Pappas contributed to this report.



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Joy Behar links migrants at US-Mexico border to Holocaust during interview with Holocaust survivors


“The View” co-host Joy Behar invoked the migrants who are in detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border during an interview with a pair of Holocaust survivors.

Commemorating International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday, the ABC daytime talk show welcomed Mikhil and Millie Baran, a husband and wife who met after surviving the Holocaust. In a pre-taped interview, Millie Baran said it took her years to be granted access to the United States, which was something Behar asked her about during the live interview.

“You had to wait over four years before you could come into this country,” a somber Behar said.

“Four and a half years,” Baran specified.

“Four and a half years,” Behar responded. “You know, some people are experiencing that right now in our country. These children are at the border and they’re not letting people in. And it’s just tragic to me and to you, I’m sure. Would you like to speak to that at all?”

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Baran told the daytime host that she “couldn’t believe it” when she saw the news coverage of the migrant crisis on television and that her “heart was aching as a mother” seeing children separated from the parents. But then she quickly pivoted to how great the country is to be in.

“I realized who doesn’t want to come to America, the best land in the world?” Baran asked. “A land of opportunity, of freedom. To us, it was a dream to get here. Naturally, it was worth it to wait because when we came here, I practically kissed the earth.”

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Baran acknowledged that the United States is a “land of laws.”

“Naturally, it’s a land of laws. You cannot just come when you want to come in,” the Holocaust survivor continued, “but I’m sure that the United States will find a way how to accommodate people who want freedom, who want a good life.”

“We need to protect that,” Behar added.



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Brandon Judd: Border wall critics are ‘absolutely incorrect,’ calls court ruling ‘a great win’


Critics of President Trump’s border wall are “absolutely incorrect” and a drop in illegal immigration and drug smuggling proves it, National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said Saturday.

Judd, appearing on “Fox & Friends,” said the administration has developed a system that allows authorities to have better control of the border, preventing illegal crossings.

“Al of this new wall that we’re building is a huge deterrent and, frankly, it stops illegal drugs and criminal aliens from coming into the country,” he said.

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The administration Friday marked the 100th mile of wall construction along the southern border, describing it as a “milestone achievement.”

Building a border wall was a major Trump campaign promise in 2016. He is now pledging to build 450 miles of new wall by the end of this year.

Those efforts were boosted Wednesday by a decision from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which allows the administration to use $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall construction.

The court reversed a lower court order that had stopped Trump, who declared a national emergency along the southern border in February 2019, from diverting the Defense Department money.  Opponents argued that pulling money that was approved by Congress to pay for the border wall is an abuse of power.

“Breaking News: The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals just reversed a lower court decision & gave us the go ahead to build one of the largest sections of the desperately needed Southern Border Wall, Four Billion Dollars,” the president tweeted Thursday. “Entire Wall is under construction or getting ready to start!”

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“It’s a great win.” Judd said Saturday. “But, what’s interesting is we knew this was going to happen. We know that the lower courts are full of judicial activism. We know that the lower courts are constantly trying to stymie President Trump and all of his directives.”

Judd said that since border wall construction began illegal immigration and drug smuggling has declined. He challenged critics to go down to the border and see the progress for themselves.

“President Trump refuses to take ‘no’ for an answer,” he said. “He continues to push forward with his agenda.”

Fox News’ Adam Shaw and Ronn Blitzer contributed to this report.



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Chuck Todd claims Republicans are doing Russia’s ‘intelligence’ work for them


Congressional Republicans are doing Russia’s dirty work by shifting the blame for the 2016 election interference onto Ukraine, NBC News’ Chuck Todd said during a Sunday interview with Sen. John Kennedy, R-Louisiana.

“U.S. Senators were briefed… that actually this entire effort to frame Ukraine for the Russian meddling of 2016, of which you just made this case that they’ve done it — that actually this is an effort of Russia propaganda,” Todd said.

“This is a Russian intelligence propaganda campaign in order to get people like you to say these things about Ukraine. Are you at all concerned you’re doing Russian intelligence work here?” he asked.

Kennedy claimed he was never briefed on the subject, but said Ukrainians were caught meddling in American elections back in December 2018. Todd accused Kennedy of falling for the bait and said he’s playing into Russia’s hands.

“You realize, the only other person selling this argument outside the United States is this man, Vladimir Putin,” Todd shot back.

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“This is what he said on November 20: ‘Thank God nobody is accusing us any more of interfering in U.S. elections. Now they’re accusing Ukraine’ …You just accused a former president of Ukraine. You’ve done exactly what the Russian operation is trying to get American politicians to do. Are you at all concerned that you’ve been duped?” he pressed.

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Kennedy claimed Todd failed to do his research and said it’s perfectly reasonable to allow President Trump to introduce evidence during the impeachment process, which may point to potential Ukranian corruption.

“Well, let me put it this way, Chuck, let’s suppose — and I don’t believe it — but you’re right and I’m wrong. Then what harm would it do to allow the president of the United States, who has a demonstrated record fighting foreign corruption, to introduce evidence?” he asked.

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“Rounds one and two by Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi and Chairman [Adam] Schiff are as rigged as a carnival ring toss and we both know that,” Kennedy added.



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Mark Levin: Ex-DNC consultant Chalupa should have been called at impeachment hearings


Mark Levin says a former Democratic National Committee consultant and onetime Clinton White House staffer should have been a key witness during the House Intelligence Committee’s impeachment hearings.

During a special solo edition of “Life, Liberty & Levin” airing Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, Levin pointed to part of a 2017 Politico report on alleged “Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump.”

“A Ukrainian-American operative who was consulting for the DNC met with top officials in the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington in an effort to expose ties between Trump, top campaign aide Paul Manafort and Russia, according to people with direct knowledge of the situation” Levin said, quoting journalist Kenneth Vogel, who now writes for The New York Times.

Levin said Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee had asked to have the operative, Alexandra Chalupa, testify during the hearings. However, the request was shot down by Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif.

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“She should have been called as a witness to figure out exactly what her role is,” he said. “There are a number of articles about this woman and what she was doing with the DNC, the Hillary Clinton campaign, the State Department and, by the way, met several times at the White House with the so-called whistleblower.”

Levin said Schiff’s reticence to hear publicly from Chalupa is a symptom of his wider refusal to hear from a number of witnesses considered key by the Republican minority.

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“We’re not allowed to ask about her,” he said. “We’re not allowed to ask about the whistleblower. We’re not allowed to ask about Hunter Biden.”

Instead, Levin remarked, Schiff’s Democratic majority was content to “bring in bureaucrats who don’t know a damn thing to begin with.”

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During the past week’s hearings, however, Chalupa came up at least once in Republican questioning of former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

Republican counsel Steve Castor asked Yovanovitch about the reports Levin referenced claiming that during the 2016 race, Chalupa had meetings with officials at the Ukrainian Embassy in Washington to discuss incriminating information about people associated with the Trump campaign.

Yovanovitch said she did not believe she knew Chalupa. Further, when asked if she tried to investigate those interactions, she maintained this would have been handled in the U.S. since the meetings took place in Washington, not in Ukraine.

The questioning drew a Twitter response from Chalupa, who said she has never been to Ukraine and was not involved in opposition research against then-candidate Donald Trump.

“For the record: I have never worked for a foreign government,” she tweeted. “I have never been to Ukraine. I was not an opposition researcher. In 2008, I knew Manafort worked for Putin’s interests in Ukraine. I reported my concerns about him to the NSC in 2014 & sounded the alarm bells in 2016.”

Fox News’ Brooke Singman contributed to this report.



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