Lara Logan tells ‘Hannity’ about rampant liberal, anti-Trump bias across news media: ‘Nobody owns me’

Former CBS News foreign correspondent Lara Logan appeared on Fox News’ “Hannity” on Wednesday night to speak about what she claims is a rampant liberal and anti-Trump bias across the news media, but she proclaimed she is independent from the political spectrum.

“I want to say loudly and clearly: Nobody owns me,” she told host Sean Hannity.

She said she doesn’t pretend not to have opinions, but the former war journalist said she refuses to fall into dishonesty.

Logan noted that journalistic standards have slipped and audiences know it.

She spoke about her work covering war, living five years in Iraq and one year in Afghanistan. She said she has been on a battlefield since 9/11 and she survived the Arab Spring uprisings.

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“The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats. So that’s just a fact, right?” Logan, who is South African, previously asked on an episode of retired Navy SEAL Mike Ritland’s “Mike Drop” podcast.

“The media everywhere is mostly liberal. But in this country, 85 percent of journalists are registered Democrats.”

— Lara Logan, former correspondent for CBS News

During his show, Hannity concurred, wondering if it’s closer to 90 percent of journalists who identify as liberals.

Logan’s appearance on the Ritland podcast drew a huge backlash online.

“Unless you seek out Breitbart on your computer, you’re probably not even going to know what the other side is saying,” Logan said on the “Mike Drop” podcast.

“This is the problem that I have. There’s one Fox, and there’s many, many, many more organizations on the left,” Logan continued. “The problem is the weight of all these organizations on one side of the political spectrum. When you turn on your computer, or you walk past the TV, or you see a newspaper headline in the grocery store, if they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

“If they’re all saying the same thing, the weight of that convinces you that it’s true. You don’t question it, because everyone is saying it.”

— Lara Logan, former correspondent for CBS News

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Hannity called her brave for the interview, which may mean career suicide for her.

“I am braced for fire and fury,” she said. “I can give you the script now. … It’s the same people all the time, and who say the same thing.”

She questioned where are the independent journalists who do more than repeat the same talking points.

“They can’t take down the substance,” she noted, so the liberal media resort to attacks on personality, integrity and reputation.”

Australia to roll out emojis on license plates

Some areas of Australia will soon allow drivers to unleash their inner creativity on their license plates — with the use of emojis.

On March 1, the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads will launch “emoji Plates” to drivers for $475 for a new order.

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Drivers can customize their vanity plates online through Personalised Plates Queensland, which is offering five different designs, including the “wink” emoji, “smile” emoji and the “heart eyes” emoji.

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The plates must include three letters and two numbers, and are offered in standard or slimline sizes.

The department also offers personalized license plates for business owners, who can design their plates with their business logo.

Man who died in Democratic megadonor Ed Buck’s home called him a ‘f—ing devil,’ report says

A man who died last month at the West Hollywood home of prominent Democratic Party fundraiser Ed Buck warned his friends to steer clear of the well-connected donor and referred to him as a “f—ing devil” and “a horrible, horrible man,” according to a report Monday night.

Timothy Dean, 55, was found dead in Buck’s apartment early on Jan. 7, 17 months after 26-year-old male escort Gemmel Moore was found dead of a methamphetamine overdose. The Daily Beast reported that Dean and Buck had a relationship years before Moore’s death, but Dean’s friends claimed the relationship turned into a one-sided after — with Buck sending multiple text messages to Dean and Dean declining to respond.

One friend of Dean, DeMarco Majors, told the website that Moore told him during a November 2018 conversation: “Ed Buck hits me up all the time, and I don’t answer none of his text messages. Don’t you take your a– over there.” Majors said he told Dean that he didn’t know who Buck was, but that did not deter Dean.

Timothy Dean died at the residence of Democratic donor Ed Buck earlier this year

Timothy Dean died at the residence of Democratic donor Ed Buck earlier this year

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“Don’t you go over there,” Dean reportedly told Majors again. “I’m not going over there either. S—, I’m not trying to end up dead.”

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, described Dean at the time of his death as a “longtime friend” of Buck who had “reached out for his help” and had begun “acting in a bizarre way” after he arrived at Buck’s apartment the night he died. When contacted by Fox News about the Daily Beast report, Amster wrote in an email: “We are in possession of text messages from Mr. Dean to Mr. Buck that refute the picture the Daily Beast is trying to paint of the relationship between Mr. Dean and Mr. Buck. The text messages do not put Mr. Dean in a good light. We are sure that law enforcement are in possession of these texts as well.

“It seems that Mr. Dean had a secret life he was keeping from a lot of his friends,” Amster added. “That is as far as we will go with what we and law enforcement possess … If this matter ends up in a courtroom, and that is a big ‘IF’ we will then decide if it is necessary to disclose Mr. Dean’s secret life.”

Walter Harris, another friend of Dean’s, texted him an article about Moore’s July 2017 death. In response, Dean said: “This might be it for Ed Buck” and called him, “f—ing devil.” In July 2018, prosecutors declined to file charges against Buck in Moore’s death.

Still another friend, Jermaine Johnson, said Dean told him after Moore died that Buck was “a horrible, horrible man.”

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The cause of Dean’s death has not been made public. Amster told Fox News that Buck was interviewed by police on the night of Dean’s death and “disclosed all of the information law enforcement needed.

“There is no reason to have him re-interviewed,” Amster added, “there is nothing new they can obtain.”

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More than 1,500 attend vigil for Aurora shooting victims

More than 1,500 people braved snow and freezing drizzle to attend a prayer vigil for five slain co-workers Sunday, two days after they were fatally shot at a suburban Chicago manufacturing plant by a longtime employee who was fired moments earlier.

The Rev. Dan Haas told those who gathered near five white crosses erected for the shooting victims outside the Henry Pratt Co. in Aurora that Friday’s “senseless killings” left their families brokenhearted in the city about 40 miles (65 kilometers) west of Chicago.

“All of these were relatively young people — many of them were very young people. We will never know their gifts and talents. Their lives were snuffed out way too short,” he said of the victims, who included a 21-year-old university student on his first day as an intern.

Haas called on God to bring comfort to the families and Aurora. He then read the names and ages of the five shooting victims, prompting waves of sobs and cries from relatives attending the vigil.

The city of Aurora tweeted that about 1,700 people attended the vigil in a snowy lot outside the industrial valve manufacturer where several ministers and a rabbi called for healing.

Authorities said Gary Martin pulled out a gun and began shooting right after hearing that he was being fired from his job of 15 years at the plant for various workplace violations. Martin, 45, was killed in a shootout with officers, ending his deadly rampage. Five police officers and a sixth plant worker were injured in the shooting and are expected to survive.

Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin told the vigil crowd that the city’s residents feel for the victims’ families “with all our hearts.”

“When I thought about the words that I might share with our community and the families of the victims today, I thought to myself that just to simply offer condolences is not enough,” he said. “It doesn’t measure the amount of pain that we feel, for the loss that we’ve experienced in this community.”

Candid Marilyn Monroe photos revealed in new London exhibition

Candid photographs of Hollywood icon Marilyn Monroe are on display in London for a new exhibition, Fox News has learned Friday.

The collection of rare images, titled “A Week With Marilyn,” highlights images taken by then-young assignment photographer Ed Feingersh, who spent a week photographing the American star in March 1955 as she went about her daily life in New York City.

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Galerie Prints, which is hosting the exhibition, collaborated with Getty Images Archive & Gallery London to compile “rare and quite possibly never before printed nor exhibited images” of the blonde bombshell, who passed away in 1962 at age 36.

NEW YORK - MARCH 1955: Movie star Marilyn Monroe gets fitted for her costume in a dressing room before riding a pink elephant in Madison Square Garden for a circus charity event in March 1955 in New York City, New York.

NEW YORK – MARCH 1955: Movie star Marilyn Monroe gets fitted for her costume in a dressing room before riding a pink elephant in Madison Square Garden for a circus charity event in March 1955 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Then-Redbook editor Robert Stein teamed up with the American photographer to chronicle Monroe’s life at a pivotal moment in her career — when she was attempted to shed her dumb blonde persona and instead be taken more seriously as an actress. According to American Heritage, Monroe had fled Hollywood to pursue more dramatic roles. Her desire was specifically to play the role of Grushenka in “The Brothers Karamazov.”

In 2005, Stein told American Heritage magazine he and Feingersh wanted to capture Monroe in a completely different light. And in return, she presented two different sides of her personality.

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“Tracking Marilyn, Eddie’s camera was telling more than we knew at the time,” Stein recalled. “The public Marilyn was keeping appointments — fittings for her costume to ride a pink elephant at a charity premiere of the circus, meetings with layers and agents… a grand entrance in white furs at the opening night of Tennessee Williams’ new play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ Before going out, she put on a performance with the stopper from a bottle of Chanel No.5, stroking her skin in sensuous delight.”

NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Actress Marilyn Monroe gets ready to go see the play "Cat On A Hot Tin Roof" playfully applying her makeup and Chanel No. 5 Perfume on March 24, 1955 at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, New York.

NEW YORK – MARCH 24: Actress Marilyn Monroe gets ready to go see the play “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof” playfully applying her makeup and Chanel No. 5 Perfume on March 24, 1955 at the Ambassador Hotel in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

“But between moments of being seen, there was another Marilyn, suddenly drained of energy, like the air being let out of a balloon,” continued Stein. “She sat in a darkening hotel room with a drink in hand and went on the terrace to stare unseeing at the Manhattan skyline. Eddie’s shutter kept clicking, and rolls of 35mm film filled up with images of the Marilyn Monroe you’ve never seen: withdrawn and alone. He never asked her to pose. She hardly knew he was there.”

Stein said that while Feingersh photographed Monroe at bustling Grand Central Station, no one recognized her. However, she knew exactly when to transform into the blonde bombshell many knew and adore.

“Back up on the street, Marilyn looked around with a teasing smile,” said Stein. “’Do you want to see her?’ she asked, then took off the coat, fluffed up her hair and arched her back in a pose. In an instant, she was engulfed, and it took several shoving, scary minutes to rewrap her and push clear of the growing crowd.”

NEW YORK - MARCH 24: Actress Marilyn Monroe relaxes on a couch in her hotel room at the Ambassador Hotel on March 24, 1955 in New York City, New York.

NEW YORK – MARCH 24: Actress Marilyn Monroe relaxes on a couch in her hotel room at the Ambassador Hotel on March 24, 1955 in New York City, New York. (Photo by Ed Feingersh/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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“The two Marilyns kept fading in and out,” added Stein. “At the costume fitting, she arrived as the star, commanding a swarm of tailors, seamstresses and hangers-on until the other abruptly emerged and burst into tears of frustration over some detail of the garment. Eddie’s camera got it all, showing her rising tension against a visual jangle of wire hangers in the background.”

Feingersh passed away in 1961 and the negatives from the Monroe sessions were found in a warehouse several decades after his death.

Stein passed away in 2014 at age 90.

Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe (Photo courtesy of Galerie Prints)

“A Week With Marilyn” runs at Galerie Prints until March 30.

2020 Dems hit early voting states; Weld explores GOP bid

Several Democratic presidential candidates are spending the long holiday weekend on the campaign trail, while a Republican has announced he’s creating an exploratory committee for a possible 2020 run.

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California are visiting early voting states on Friday that will be critical to securing the Democratic nomination next year.

Former Massachusetts Gov. William Weld, who ran for vice president on the Libertarian Party ticket in 2016, said Friday that he was considering challenging President Donald Trump in a 2020 Republican primary.

A look at midterm campaign activities ahead of Presidents Day weekend:

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GILLIBRAND

Gillibrand, in New Hampshire, participated in a walking tour of downtown Concord before visiting businesses in Dover and meeting members of the LGBT community in Somersworth.

On Friday, she called Trump’s decision to declare a national emergency to construct a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border “inappropriate” and said Trump manufactured a crisis to justify the move.

The only national emergency, she said, “is the humanitarian crisis that President Trump has created at our border from separating family from children and treating people who need our help inhumanely.”

Gillibrand visited a coffee shop in downtown Concord before stopping to listen to a homeless man, Kevin Clark, play a song by Cat Stevens called “Father and Son.” She praised his singing and gave him a hug before heading off to a consignment shop, where she bought a vase and a small plate.

Later Friday, Gillibrand spoke at Teatotaller, a cafe in Somersworth that refers to itself as an “oasis of queer, hipster, tea, coffee and pastry goodness.”

She told the crowd that she would advocate for the rights of the LGBTQ community and called it “an outrage” for Trump to tell transgender people what bathrooms they can use or whether they are qualified to serve in the military. She said she would support the addition of a non-binary or third gender classification.

Gillibrand also spoke out in favor of the Green Neal Deal, a set of proposed programs that aim to address climate change.

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HARRIS

Harris, who is campaigning in South Carolina, visited Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the site of the 2015 shooting that killed nine African-American churchgoers.

Speaking to reporters after a lunchtime stop, Harris said she’d visited the church, known as Mother Emanuel, earlier Friday and called it a “very tragic symbol of failure of people, in particular in the United States Congress, to pass smart gun safety laws.”

Mother Emanuel is one of the oldest black churches in the South. During her visit, Harris paid her respects and left flowers. The church has been a pillar of African-American and spiritual life in South Carolina.

At a town hall in North Charleston later Friday, the scoreboard overhead in the gymnasium was changed to reflect the date of South Carolina’s Democratic primary: Feb. 29, 2020. The crowd swelled, and some attendees climbed on top of folded bleachers for makeshift seating.

Harris talked about the bill that the Senate passed this week that would explicitly make lynching a federal crime. Harris, one of three black members of the Senate, introduced the bill with Democratic Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey and Republican Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina. Booker is also running for president.

Harris says lynchings are “a stain on America’s history.”

While in South Carolina, she received an endorsement for president from California Gov. Gavin Newsom, who said on MSNBC: “I think the American people could not do better” than Harris.

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WELD

Weld, who is little-known on the national stage but well-respected among veterans in the GOP established, announced the creation of an exploratory committee for president on Friday.

The move makes Trump the first incumbent president since Republican George H.W. Bush in 1992 to face a notable primary challenge.

Weld served as Massachusetts governor from 1991 to 1997 and was popular despite being a Republican in a heavily Democratic state. He held the line on spending and taxes but embraced liberal positions on abortion and gay rights.

Trump remains very popular with Republicans so he faces little risk of losing the GOP nomination.

But primary challenges often foreshadow trouble ahead for incumbent presidents. Bush and Democrat Jimmy Carter lost their bids for a second term after facing challenges from inside their own party.

McCabe, Rosenstein must testify to explain claim that DOJ discussed removing Trump, GOP leaders say

The top Republicans on the House and Senate Judiciary Committees are calling for former FBI Acting Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to testify before their respective panels, following McCabe’s explosive claims in an interview this week that senior Justice Department officials had considered removing President Trump using the 25th Amendment.

According to McCabe, Rosenstein offered to wear a wire to record the president, seemingly confirming reports last year. Rosenstein on Thursday again strongly denied that allegation, calling McCabe’s statements “factually incorrect.”

House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., said in a letter to the committee’s chairman, Democratic New York Rep. Jerry Nadler, that the two top officials should be asked to testify — and subpoenaed if they refuse to comply.

“Today, news broke confirming Americans’ worst fears about the highest-ranking leaders in the Department of Justice and the FBI,” Collins wrote. “In fact, we now know certain government officials plotted to investigate and undermine” the president.

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Collins continued: “We request you immediately schedule a hearing to take the testimony of former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.”

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe sits with a folder marked "Secret" in front of him while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe sits with a folder marked “Secret” in front of him while testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, May 11, 2017, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on major threats facing the U.S. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin) (The Associated Press)

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Collins also offered what he called a “non-partisan frame of reference,” urging his colleagues to “imagine if the situation were reversed and evidence showed DOJ and FBI contemplating the same actions against newly elected President Obama, including possible surveillance of President Obama and invoking the 25th Amendment against him.”

Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., echoed Collins’ sentiments on Thursday.

“Yeah, I would like to know what happened,” Graham told The Hill. “You’re having a conversation about whether or not you’re going to invoke the 25th Amendment. I imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, my Democratic colleagues would want to know about that conversation if it involved a Democrat.”

The 25th Amendment governs the succession protocol if the president dies, resigns or becomes temporarily or permanently incapacitated. While the amendment has been invoked six times since its ratification in 1967, the specific section of the amendment purportedly discussed by top DOJ officials — which involves the majority of all Cabinet officers and the vice president agreeing that the president is “unable” to perform his job — has never been invoked.

Nevertheless, McCabe told CBS’ News’ Scott Pelley an interview that senior law enforcement officials discussed that option.

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On Thursday, Pelley said McCabe described meetings at the Justice Department after former FBI Director Jim Comey’s firing, to discuss “whether the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet could be brought together to remove the president under the 25th Amendment.”

McCabe was fired last year for committing three violations of the bureau’s ethics code, investigative sources told Fox News. The violations initially were uncovered by the Justice Department’s Office of the Inspector General and confirmed by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility. They included lack of candor under oath, lack of candor when not under oath, and the improper disclosure of nonpublic information to the media about the FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation.

McCabe has denied the allegations and called his firing politically motivated.

“I was speaking to the man who had just run for the presidency and won the election for the presidency and who might have done so with the aid of the government of Russia, our most formidable adversary on the world stage. And that was something that troubled me greatly,” McCabe said in one excerpt of his “60 Minutes” interview that aired Thursday, referring to a phone call he had with Trump on May 10, 2017.

McCabe, who also detailed that phone call in his book, took the call from the president while members of the bureau’s Russia team were in the room. The call, according to an excerpt from McCabe’s book published in The Atlantic Thursday, largely focused on Trump celebrating the firing of Comey and saying he was getting positive feedback for the decision.

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Pelley went on to ask, “How long was it after that that you decided to start the obstruction of justice and counterintelligence investigations involving the president?”

“I think the next day, I met with the team investigating the Russia cases,” McCabe confirmed. “And I asked the team to go back and conduct an assessment to determine where are we with these efforts and what steps do we need to take going forward.”

Rod Rosenstein was sworn in as deputy attorney general in April 2017.

Rod Rosenstein was sworn in as deputy attorney general in April 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

He added: “I was very concerned that I was able to put the Russia case on absolutely solid ground in an indelible fashion that were I removed quickly and reassigned or fired and the case could not be closed or vanish in the night without a trace. I wanted to make sure that our case was on solid ground. And if somebody came in behind me and closed it and tried to walk away from it, they would not be able to do that without creating a record of why they’d made that decision.”

Trump fired back on Twitter, blasting McCabe as a “disgrace” and calling him Comey’s “puppet.”

In reaction to the interview, a Justice Department spokesperson told Fox News that Rosenstein “again rejects Mr. McCabe’s recitation of events as inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

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“The deputy attorney general never authorized any recording that Mr. McCabe references.  As the deputy attorney general previously has stated, based on his personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment, nor was the DAG in a position to consider invoking the 25th Amendment,” the spokesman said in a statement Thursday.

“Finally, the deputy attorney general never spoke to Mr. Comey about appointing a special counsel,” the statement continued. “The deputy attorney general in fact appointed Special Counsel [Robert] Mueller, and directed that Mr. McCabe be removed from any participation in that investigation. Subsequent to this removal, DOJ’s inspector general found that Mr. McCabe did not tell the truth to federal authorities on multiple occasions, leading to his termination from the FBI.”

Fox News’ Catherine Herridge and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

Doug Collins: Omar offered an ‘oops,’ not a real apology

After Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., apologized for her widely condemned anti-Semitic tweets Monday, many Republicans continued to criticize the newly elected congresswoman, doubting her sincerity.

“It’s sort of interesting to me, and from a perspective of apology that I’ve never seen a true apology, for the most part ever come with a but,” Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga., said on Fox News Radio’s “Todd Starnes Show.” “‘Oh I’m sorry. I’m sorry. But you know there’s other reasons.’ That’s not an apology, that’s a ‘oops, I wish I hadn’t gotten caught.’”

Omar tweeted a statement Monday apologizing and condemning anti-Semitism. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize,” her statement read.

However, some critics still have a problem with Omar doubling down in the latter part of her apology on her tweet critical of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC).

“At the same time, I reaffirm the problematic role of lobbyists in our politics, whether it be AIPAC, the (National Rifle Association) or the fossil fuel industry. It’s gone on too long and we must be willing to address it,” Omar said in the statement.

President Trump, in a Cabinet meeting Tuesday, said that Omar’s apology was “lame” and that she should resign or at the very least be removed from committees including the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Omar responded to the president Wednesday on Twitter.

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“You have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?” Omar tweeted.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who condemned Omar’s initial tweets, defended her apology.

“They shouldn’t go down this path, they do not have clean hands,” Pelosi told CNN.

Many Democrats have said the president was being hypocritical and cited the recent controversial comments by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and the lack of condemnation from the president.

House Republican leaders responded by removing King from his committee assignments.

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Collins said there should be consequences for Omar’s tweets.

“To have her on the Foreign Affairs, representing what Foreign Affairs looks like is just an amazing thought to me,” Collins told Todd Starnes. “When things are not said properly and things that are said are hurtful there should be consequences for it.”

Republican official fights CNN panel trying to equate Trump, Omar comments

A CNN panel got heated Tuesday as anchor Erin Burnett and liberal pundit Keith Boykin tried to equate the anti-Semitic tweets from Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., and President Trump’s rhetoric — and conservative commentator Scott Jennings weighed in.

On Tuesday, Trump called on Omar to resign from Congress after she issued what he called a “lame” apology for her tweets that suggested Jewish groups such as the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) paid for Republican support.

Burnett began the panel by asking Boykin if he thought that Trump’s demand for her resignation was “hypocritical” — he did — and accused the president of having a “history of anti-Semitism,” pointing to Trump remarks from the 1990s where he once reportedly said he wanted “short guys wearing yarmulkes” to be counting his money. Also referenced: remarks he made to the Republican Jewish Coalition in 2015, when he told them he didn’t want their money.

The president was also accused of “blaming” the Pittsburgh Tree of Life synagogue after the October 2018 massacre there for not having armed guards — and assailed over his “both sides” remarks after the 2016 attack in Charlottesville, Virginia.

“Donald Trump is the one that needs to apologize and resign,” Boykin declared.

The CNN anchor then played a clip of Trump telling that Republican Jewish Coalition that he didn’t want their money and they “want to control your own politician.”

“How is that any different?” Burnett asked Jennings, a former special assistant to President George W. Bush.

Jennings responded by telling the panel that he recalled Trump telling many donors that he didn’t want their money, but that didn’t sit will with the CNN anchor.

“That was at the Republican Jewish Coalition where he was speaking! You cannot act like that’s not relevant, Scott!” Burnett pushed back.

The GOP pundit doubled down and agreed with the president that Omar should be taken off the House Foreign Relations Committee just as Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, was removed from several committees last month after his defense for terms like “white supremacist” and “white nationalist.”  He did, however, oppose Trump’s call for her to resign from Congress, saying voters “should make those decisions.”

Boykin then compared Trump’s numerous statements about how his daughter Ivanka Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner are Jewish to someone saying “some of my friends are black” to prove they aren’t a racist. And he blamed the president for “contributing to this atmosphere of hatred and division in our country.”

While Jennings conceded that Trump didn’t have a “perfect track record” when it came to his history of inflammatory rhetoric, he argued that shouldn’t mean “we can’t have a reasonable conversation about a member of the House Democratic majority.”

“She didn’t just invent this by accident. She has had anti-Semitic language associated with her since 2012,” Jennings continued. “And I know we’re gonna play whataboutism with Donald Trump and that’s fine. You can pull a lot of stuff out, you have done that, but the reality is the Republicans just dealt with a very similar situation by taking someone off committees. The fact that they’re unwilling to do that- the congresswoman you just interviewed wouldn’t even use her name!”

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“Well, that’s a lot like Steve King and the Republicans,” Burnett responded.

“They took him off of his committees!” Jennings exclaimed.

“If he’s saying she should resign for tweeting about Benjamins, Scott, then how should he not resign for saying that Republican Jewish donors buy off their candidates? What is the difference?” Burnett asked.

Boykin defended Omar by differentiating that King is a “69-year-old man” who has been in office since 2003 and that the 37-year-old congresswoman has only been in office “since last month,” an argument Jennings quickly dismissed.

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“Yes, I know she just learned about anti-Semitism. She just figured out that anti-Semitism is a thing. She just learned about it. Sure,” Jennings sarcastically shot back. “Look if you want to defend the anti-Semites in your party, go ahead… I don’t think it’s a good look for your party.”

“This is outrageous. I can’t believe the Democrats are going to the mat to defend this anti-Semitic member. I can’t believe it, but if that’s how you want to play it, go ahead,” Jennings added.

The Latest: Police: Torn letters key to 1986 killing of boy

The Latest on the arrest of a 60-year-old Florida woman accused of killing her 3-year-old son and reporting the boy missing while living in the Las Vegas area in 1986 (all times local):

5:45 p.m.

Police in Nevada say piecing together torn-up jailhouse letters yielded a possible confession that led to the arrest of a Florida woman on a murder warrant in the 1986 disappearance of her 3-year-old son — now presumed dead.

North Las Vegas Police Chief Pamela Ojeda said Monday the discovery came after detectives reopened the case in 2017 and tried unsuccessfully to trace the origin of a fraudulent birth certificate application in the name of the missing boy, Francillon Pierre.

A police affidavit says that in one letter, the boy’s mother, Amy Elizabeth Fleming, told her then-fiance that “what happened was totally unintentional” and she was sorry.

Fleming is now 60. She was arrested Jan. 29 in Boca Raton, Florida, and is being transferred in custody to Nevada to face a murder charge.

The child’s body hasn’t been found.

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10:30 a.m.

Authorities say the mother of a 3-year-old who disappeared more than 30 years ago in the Las Vegas area has been arrested in Florida on a warrant charging her with killing the boy.

Police in North Las Vegas said Monday that 60-year-old Amy Elizabeth Fleming was being transferred from Palm Beach, Florida, to Nevada to face a murder charge in Francillon Pierre’s death in 1986.

The child’s body hasn’t been found, but police say they recently obtained new witness accounts implicating Fleming in his death.

Fleming and her fiance, Lee Luster, had told police that the boy wandered away at a Saturday afternoon swap meet.

North Las Vegas police Officer Eric Leavitt says the couple married and moved to Boca Raton the following year.