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Bernie Bennett

Reporting from Capitol Hill, Bernie Bennett has updates on what’s going on in the House.

Media Outlets Request DOJ Documents Surrounding Mar-a-Lago Raid Unsealed

Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 4:16 am

A group of four major media companies filed a motion on Thursday to unseal all court documents related to the search warrant that the FBI executed at former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago property on Monday. Details from correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The Washington Post, CNN, NBC News and E.W. Scripps Company filed the motion in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida to ask for documents pertaining to the search warrant, including the search warrants themselves, the warrant application, “all probable cause affidavits filed in support of the search warrant” and any motion to seal the “warrant-related records”, among other things.

On Thursday, the Justice Department asked the district court to unseal a warrant authorizing the search warrant of Trump’s property in Palm Beach, Fla, that was executed on Monday.

In the court filing, the department cited “the public’s clear and powerful interest” in understanding the search.

The media organizations argued that the public interest in having access to the records outweighs any interest in them remaining private.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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DC Mayor Asks Pentagon for Help with Migrants

Fri, Aug 12, 2022 at 4:15 am

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser renews a request to the Pentagon for National Guard support to help with migrants sent to her city. More on this from reporter Bernie Bennett.

Mayor Bowser renewed her request on Thursday for the D.C. National Guard to lend support to migrants arriving in the city, after the Pentagon denied the request last week.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin turned down Bowser’s initial request last week after determining that “providing this support would negatively impact the readiness of the DCNG and have negative effects on the organization and members.”

The Democrat Mayor’s request was prompted by buses of migrants arriving in D.C. from Texas and Arizona, a program begun by Republican Govs. Greg Abbott and Doug Ducey in protest of President Biden’s border policies.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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Sen. Graham Fights Subpoena in GA Election Probe

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:25 am

South Carolina Sen. Lindsay Graham fights a subpoena in a Georgia election probe. Details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

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Prosecutors in Atlanta said they need a special grand jury to hear from U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham because he may be able to provide insight into the extent of any coordinated efforts to influence the results of the 2020 general election in Georgia.

Fulton County Chief Senior Assistant District Attorney Donald Wakeford made that argument Wednesday during a federal court hearing on a request by Graham to quash his subpoena. Graham’s attorney Brian Lea argued that Graham’s position as a senator protects him from having to appear before the special grand jury in the investigation into whether former President Donald Trump and his allies committed crimes as they sought to overturn his narrow election loss in Georgia.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Judge Denies GOP Candidate’s Election Protest

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:24 am

A Nevada judge has dismissed Republican Joey Gilbert’s lawsuit seeking to overturn his loss to Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo in the Republican gubernatorial primary. More from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

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Gilbert, a Reno lawyer who was outside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6, 2021, riot, finished second in the June primary to Lombardo by 11 percentage points, or about 26,000 votes.

He was seeking a recount of ballots by hand that he claimed would result in him winning the GOP nomination by more than 55,000 votes. Gilbert’s campaign separately had already paid for a recount that showed no change in the overall outcome.

Carson City District Court Judge James Wilson announced his decision from the bench during a status hearing Wednesday afternoon.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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House Explosion in Indiana Kills Three

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:22 am

Three people were killed Wednesday when a house exploded in the southern Indiana city of Evansville. Reporter Bernie Bennett explains.

Evansville Police Department spokeswoman Sgt. Anna Gray said at least one other injury was reported and that victim was taken to a local hospital for treatment.

Evansville Fire Department Chief Mike Connelly said a total of 39 houses were damaged by the explosion at around 1 p.m.

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The cause of the explosion has not been determined, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was investigating.

I’m Bernie Bennett.

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Apraio Loses Mayoral Election Again

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:21 am

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (are-PIE-oh) loses his 3rd comeback bid in a town mayoral race. More on this from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

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Joe Arpaio, the 90-year-old former Arizona sheriff who was a once powerful figure in Republican politics but was ousted nearly six years ago over his headline-grabbing tactics and legal troubles, was defeated Wednesday in a race for mayor of the affluent suburb where he has lived for more than two decades.

His defeat in theFountain Hills mayor’s race against two-term incumbent Ginny Dickey marks Arpaio’s third failed comeback bid since his 2016 loss after serving 24 years as the sheriff of Maricopa County.

Arpaio says he won’t concede the race and will consult with an attorney to explore whether to challenge the results.

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The GOP Disagrees with FBI over Mar-a-Lago Raid

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:19 am

The GOP, the traditional party of law and order, at times looks like it is in a political war with the FBI. More on this from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.), in response to the FBI seizing Rep. Scott Perry’s (R-Pa.) cell phone on Tuesday, described the situation as a “hot war between the embedded elements of big government and conservatives who threaten their existence.”

The fire has also come from Former President Donald Trump himself.

The FBI conducted a search of Trump’s winter home at Mar-a-Lago, Florida on Monday, reportedly as part of an investigation related to classified documents.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy says the Justice Department “has reached an intolerable state of weaponized politicization.”

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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Pompeo and Bolton Threatened with Assasination

Thu, Aug 11, 2022 at 6:18 am

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was targeted in an Iranian assassination plot along with former national security adviser John Bolton. Details from Bernie Bennett.

(The DOJ says Poursafi attempted to pay someone $300,000 to kill Bolton in Washington, D.C., or Maryland, while he offered a $1 million payment to kill a second individual that was not disclosed on Wednesday.)

A source close to Pompeo told Axios the former secretary of state was on Shahram Poursafi’s hit list. The Department of Justice (DOJ) formally charged Poursafi on Wednesday with planning to hire someone to kill Bolton and another unnamed individual.

The DOJ formally charged Poursafi on two counts: using interstate commerce facilities to commission a murder-for-hire scheme and attempting to provide material support for a transnational murder plot. He faces up to 25 years in prison for the combined charges.

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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Trump-Backed Candidate Wins GOP Gov. Nomination in Wisconsin

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 5:07 am

Tim Michels, a businessman endorsed by former President Donald Trump, won the Republican primary for Wisconsin governor on Tuesday and will face Democratic Gov. Tony Evers in a contest that could reshape elections in the marquee battleground. Details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Michels defeated former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who was endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence and had backing from establishment Republicans, including ex-Gov. Scott Walker.

In his victory speech, Michels promised to focus on jobs and the economy and said he would stand up for people who “have been left behind by the Democratic Party that just wants to focus on the social issues.”

Michels said, “As governor, my number one priority is to take care of the hardworking people of Wisconsin.”

Evers’ campaign called Michels “the most extreme and divisive nominee possible, one that will tell Donald Trump anything just to keep his endorsement.”

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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NRSC Chair Praises Two GOP Senate Victories

Wed, Aug 10, 2022 at 5:00 am

National Republican Senatorial Committee Chairman Rick Scott made statements about Republican Victories in two Senate Primaries. More on this from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott praises the victory of Sen. Ron Johnson in Wisconsin.

In a statement, Scott says, “Ron…is a tireless advocate for small businesses and the hardworking people of Wisconsin. Ron has won this battle twice before, and I look forward to him doing it again come November.”

He also praised Leora Levy’s victory in Connecticut, saying “She is a principled, common-sense conservative Republican who isn’t afraid to take the fight to Biden, Democrat Sen. Richard Blumenthal and D.C. Democrats.”
Former President Trump campaigned for Levy on Monday.

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Squad Member Omar Says She’ll Win Her Race

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 6:28 am

Rep. Ilhan Omar, one of the biggest stars of the left, is facing a challenge from the center in her congressional primary in Minnesota on Tuesday. Details from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

A supporter of the “defund the police” movement, Omar is facing a Democratic primary challenge in Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District from a former Minneapolis City Council member who has made rising crime an issue in the race.

Don Samuels’ north Minneapolis base suffers from more violent crime than other parts of the city, and the moderate Democrat helped defeat a ballot question that sought to replace the city police department with a new public safety unit.

Omar, who crushed a similar primary challenge two years ago from a well-funded but lesser-known opponent than Samuels, has said she expects to win easily.

Bernie Bennett reporting

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Republicans Seek House Seat in Wisconsin

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 6:25 am

Republicans see a pickup opportunity in Wisconsin’s 3rd Congressional District, the seat being vacated by Democratic incumbent Ron Kind. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has a preview.

The district covers a swath of counties along Wisconsin’s western border with Minnesota and includes La Cross and Eau Claire. Republican Derrick Van Orden is running unopposed in his primary Tuesday and has Former President Trump’s endorsement.

Van Orden narrowly lost to Kind in the 2020 general election. He attended Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House but has said he never stepped foot on the grounds of the Capitol during the riot on January 6th.

Four Democrats are competing to succeed Kind, including state Sen. Brad Pfaff, who previously worked for the retiring lawmaker and briefly served as state agriculture secretary. Pfaff has Kind’s endorsement.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Minnesota Voters Choose Candidates in Both Parties

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 6:23 am

Voters in the 1st Congressional District in southern Minnesota will be weighing in on two races related to the seat. More from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

In the special election, voters will choose between Republican Brad Finstad, who served in the U.S. Department of Agriculture during the Trump administration, and Democrat Jeff Ettinger, a former chief executive at Hormel Foods. Both won a May 24 special primary election for Hagedorn’s seat, and Tuesday’s winner will serve until January.

Finstad and Ettinger are also running in their parties’ primaries for a full term in the district, which includes Rochester and Mankato. Ettinger faces mostly token opposition, but Finstad is expecting a strong challenge from state Rep. Jeremy Munson, whom he just narrowly defeated in the special election primary.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Republicans Choose a Nominee for Wisconsin Governor’s Race

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 4:51 am

Voters will choose a Republican nominee for Wisconsin governor on Tuesday who could reshape how elections are conducted in the marquee battleground. More from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

Former President Trump has endorsed businessman Tim Michels, a self-described outsider who has put $12 million into his own campaign, against former Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch, who has support from former Vice President Mike Pence and ex-Gov. Scott Walker. Both candidates claim the 2020 election was rigged, though Kleefisch has said decertifying the results is “not constitutional,” while Michels said “everything will be on the table.”

The primary comes a day after FBI agents searched Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate as part of an investigation into whether he took classified records from the White House to his Florida residence.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Conservatives React to FBI search of Trump’s Florida Home

Tue, Aug 9, 2022 at 12:36 am

Conservatives are reacting to the FBI’s search of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate. Details from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

In a lengthy statement, Mr. Trump asserted that agents had opened up a safe at his home and described their work as an “unannounced raid” that he likened to “prosecutorial misconduct.”

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy publicly warned Attorney General Merrick Garland that he faces an investigation over the FBI’s raid if Republicans gain the majority in the November elections.

CPAC Chairman Matt Schlapp said in a statement, “The Deep State will do anything in its power to slime President Trump. We must defend the country and the Constitution from this coup.”

Former Presidential Candidate Gary Bauer says the raid on the former President’s Mar-a-Lago estate is outrageous.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Lake Wins GOP Nomination in Arizona

Fri, Aug 5, 2022 at 4:21 am

Kari Lake wins the Republican nomination for governor, completing a sweep for Trump-backed candidates in Arizona. Reporter Bernie Bennett has this story.

Former television news anchor Kari Lake has won the Republican nomination for Arizona governor, climbing past her opponent’s early lead and rounding out the victory for Trump-backed candidates in the swing state. Wednesday, Lake thanked her opponents.

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The Associated Press called the race for Lake just after 7 p.m. Thursday. Lake won with a narrow advantage, just shy of 3 percentage points over opponent Karrin Taylor Robson.

Having never held elected office before, Lake turned her more than two-decade career as a newscaster for Fox 10 in Phoenix into political success in part by attacking the news industry that made her locally famous.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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DeSantis Calls Foul on MonkeyPox Reaction By Democrats

Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 3:28 am

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) rejected growing concerns over monkeypox during a press conference Wednesday, arguing that the media and politicians were unnecessarily stoking fear about the illness. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more.

DeSantis, who has been a vocal critic of the Biden administration’s response to COVID-19, also slammed states imposing emergency measures in regard to monkeypox. The Republican Governor said, “I’m so sick of politicians… trying to sow fear into the population.”

New York Democrat Gov. Kathy Hochul declared a disaster in her state last weekend over the outbreak. California Gov. Gavin Newsom and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker, both Democrats, also declared states of emergency over the virus Monday.

Florida Democrat Rep. Charlie Crist, who is running against DeSantis in the Florida gubernatorial race, criticized the governor’s comments on Twitter.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Senate Votes to Add Two Countries to NATO

Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 3:23 am

The Senate votes 95-1 to add Sweden and Finland to NATO. Capitol Hill Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more.

The Senate on Wednesday voted overwhelmingly to approve a resolution ratifying Sweden’s and Finland’s accession to NATO, sending another signal that Congress remains unified in opposing Russian aggression toward Ukraine and Europe.

The Senate voted 95 to 1 to approve the resolution, with every member of the Democratic caucus and most Republicans voting in support. It ratifies protocols of accession that NATO allies signed on July 5.

Missouri Republican Sen. Josh Hawley, who argued in a recent op-ed that the United States should focus on containing China instead of expanding NATO, was the only Republican to vote “no.”

Bernie Bennett in Washington.

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Republican Elected AZ Secretary of State

Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 3:21 am

A loyalist to former President Trump wins the GOP nod to oversee Arizona’s elections. More on this from Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

An Arizona lawmaker who was endorsed by former President Donald Trump won the Republican primary Tuesday for the top elections post in the presidential battleground.

Mark Finchem beat out three other GOP candidates in the race for secretary of state. His challengers included another candidate who repeated the President’s claims of election fraud, a longtime state lawmaker and a businessman endorsed by Republican Gov. Doug Ducey.

Finchem says he only intends to ensure that election laws are followed to address concerns by many Republicans about how elections are run.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Tennessee Republicans Want Congressional Seat

Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 3:19 am

Tennessee Republicans are set to settle a nine-way primary in a reconfigured congressional district in Nashville they are hoping to flip. More details from Congressional Correspondent Bernie Bennett.

The longtime Democratic incumbent, Rep. Jim Cooper, is retiring after GOP state lawmakers carved the city into three districts, favoring their party in each seat.

Also on Thursday, Democrats will choose their nominee for governor in a potentially history-making bid to topple Republican Gov. Bill Lee. Either JB Smiley Jr. or Carnita Atwater would be the state’s first Black nominee for the office if either wins. It will be an uphill battle, however, because Tennessee hasn’t elected a Democrat to statewide office since 2006.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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A New Poll Shows Democrats Are Blamed for Recession

Thu, Aug 4, 2022 at 3:16 am

A new poll shows most voters blame Democrats for the recession. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has this report.

Despite denials from the White House, most voters think the American economy is in a recession – and agree that Democrats are to blame for it.

A new national telephone and online survey by Rasmussen Reports finds that 62% of Likely U.S. voters believe the U.S. economy is currently in a recession, while 23% think it’s not. Another 15% are not sure.

The survey of 1000 potential voters was conducted on July 28th and 31st. The margin of sampling error was plus or minus 3% with a 95% level of confidence.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Trump-Endorsed Candidate Wins in Michigan

Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 4:58 am

Businesswoman and conservative commentator Tudor Dixon has won the Republican primary for Michigan governor. Reporter Bernie Bennett has details.

The win Tuesday sets up a tough general election race against Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who has millions in her campaign fund. Dixon defeated four male candidates in a race between little-known Republicans.

Dixon was endorsed by former President Donald Trump and the family of former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, as well as the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and several pro-life organizations.

The mother of four made education a top issue of her campaign, saying she wants to keep drag queens and talk of sex and gender out of elementary schools. She opposes abortion, except to save the life of the mother.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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GOP Member Who Voted to Impeach Trump Loses Election

Wed, Aug 3, 2022 at 4:57 am

Michigan Republican Rep. Peter Meijer lost Tuesday to a primary challenger backed by former President Donald Trump as he and two other Republican U.S. House members who voted to impeach Trump fought to hang onto their seats. Correspondent Bernie Bennett has more.

The primaries for the other two House Republicans who voted for impeachment, Washington state Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse, were too early to call Wednesday morning. The three races were the biggest test yet for GOP incumbents who broke with Mr. Trump after the January 6 Capitol attack. Mt. Trump campaigned against the 10 House Republicans who crossed party lines for the impeachment vote, and he endorsed GOP challengers to them in the midterm elections.

In other races, Rep. Haley Stevens ousted Rep. Andy Levin from Congress after prevailing in their Democratic primary in Michigan.

Bernie Bennett reporting.

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Primary Challenges for Republicans Who Voted to Impeach Trump

Tue, Aug 2, 2022 at 6:13 am

Three of the 10 Republicans who voted to impeach former President Trump last year face tough primaries on Tuesday, competing against Trump-endorsed challengers in crowded fields. Correspondent Bernie Bennett reports.

Since leaving office, Mr. Trump has spoken out against the Republicans he thinks crossed him.

Tuesday’s races feature two lawmakers from Washington and one from Michigan and are expected to be closely watched as yet another test of Mr. Trump’s influence with GOP voters.

Congressman Peter Meijer is facing off against Trump-endorsed John Gibbs in Michigan’s 3rd Congressional District, was the only first-term Republican to vote to impeach the former president.

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler of Washington faces four Republicans and three Democrats in what’s known as a jungle primary, in which the top two vote-getters of any party advance to the general election.

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