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WATCH: Hur testifies about Biden’s motivation for retaining classified docs

Ex-Special Counsel Robert Hur agreed that he identified evidence that “pride and money” were “strong” motivating factors for President Biden to retain classified records, as the former vice president sought to keep materials to use for a memoir he wrote that brought him $8 million.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan questioned Hur during a public hearing Tuesday and asked him “why did Joe Biden, in your words, willfully retain and disclose classified material?” 

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“He knew the law. Been in office like 50 years, five decades in the United States Senate; chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee; eight years as vice president; he got briefed every day as vice president; he’s been in the Situation Room,” Jordan said. “In fact you know he knew the rules because you said so on page 226.” 

Jordan referred to Hur’s report, in which he stated that Biden “was deeply familiar with the measures taken to safeguard classified documents.” 

When pressed on why Biden broke those rules, Hur replied that his “conclusion as to exactly why the president did what he did is not one that we explicitly address in the report.” 

But Jordan pushed back. 

“I think he did tell us,” Jordan said. “I think you told us, Mr. Hur. Page 231. You said this: ‘President Biden had strong motivations,’ that’s a key word. We’re getting to motive now. ‘President Biden had strong motivations to ignore the proper procedures for safeguarding the classified information in his notebooks.’” 

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“Why did he have strong motivations? Because, next word, because he decided months before leaving office to write a book,” Jordan said. “That was his motive. He knew the rules. He broke them because he was writing a book.” 

Jordan reminded that Hur explained that Biden “began meeting with the ghostwriter” for that book while he was still vice president. 

“There’s the motive,” Jordan said. “How much did President Biden get paid for his book.” 

Hur noted that the figure is stated in the report, and replied: “It may be $8 million, if that’s accurate.” 

“$8 million. Joe Biden had 8 million reasons to break the rules, took classified information, and shared it with the guy who was writing the book,” Jordan said. “He knew the rules, but he broke them big for $8 million in a book advance.” 

Jordan, quoting Hur’s report, said Biden “viewed his notebooks as an irreplaceable, contemporaneous record of the most important moments of his vice presidency.” 

“He’d written this all down for the book, for the $8 million,” Jordan said, further quoting Hur’s report which stated: “Such record would buttress his legacy as a world leader.” 

Jordan said that the breaking of the rules “wasn’t just the money.” 

“It was also his ego,” Jordan said. “Pride and money is why he knowingly violated the rules — the oldest motives in the book — pride and money.” 

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Jordan added: “You agree with that, Mr. Hur? You wrote it in your report.” 

Hur replied: “That language does appear in the report. And we did identify evidence supporting those assessments.” 

Hur’s report said that Biden risked “serious damage” to America’s national security when he shared the classified information with the ghostwriter of his book. 

Hur testified that ghostwriter, Mark Zwonitzer, had audio recordings of his conversations with Biden, in which the then-vice president read information from classified records. 

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With those recordings, though, Hur testified that Zwonitzer “slid those files into his recycle bin on his computer” upon learning that a special counsel had been appointed to investigate the matter.

Jordan asked if the ghostwriter tried to “destroy the evidence.” 

“Correct,” Hur testified. 

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“The very guy who was helping Joe Biden get the $8 million, $8 million Joe Biden used — the motive for Joe Biden to to disclose classified information to retain classified information, which he definitely knew was against the law, When you get named special counsel, what’s that guy do? He destroys the evidence,” Jordan said. “That’s the key take away in my mind. That’s the key takeaway.” 

IDF confirms death of US-Israeli citizen kidnapped on Oct. 7

A U.S.-Israeli citizen who was kidnapped on Oct. 7 while Hamas terrorists invaded southern Israel and massacred hundreds has been confirmed dead, the Israel Defense Forces announced.

The Hostages and Missing Persons Families Forum headquarters said it was mourning the slaying of Sergeant Itay Chen, who served on the Gaza border and was taken hostage on what is considered in Israel as “Black Saturday.” Itay’s body “is still being held captive by Hamas,” according to Israeli officials. 

“We share in the profound grief of the Chen family. Itay Chen (19) was always surrounded by friends. A beloved individual who drew others to him with his warm presence. Itay loved the land, going on hikes, and was a senior instructor in youth movements – a salt of the earth person,” a statement in his memory read. 

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“Itay was very attached to Gucci, the family’s pet dog,” the statement continued. “He played basketball greatly enjoyed sports, good food, and listening to music. Itay was the middle child of three siblings. He had been in a relationship for over a year with Neta, whom he called the love of his life.” 

As of Tuesday, there are 134 hostages who remain held in Gaza, and 34 of them are considered dead.

President Biden issued a statement through the White House reacting to the news of Chen’s death. 

“Today, our hearts are heavy. Jill and I are devastated to learn that American Itay Chen was killed by Hamas during its brutal terrorist assault on October 7,” Biden said. 
 
“In December, Itay’s father and brother joined me at the White House, to share the agony and uncertainty they’ve faced as they prayed for the safe return of their loved one. No one should have to endure even one day of what they have gone through. At the end of our meeting, they gave me a menorah – a solemn reminder that light will always dispel the darkness, and evil will not win,” he continued. “Today, as we join Itay’s parents, brothers, and family in grieving this tragic loss, we keep this reminder close to our hearts. And I reaffirm my pledge to all the families of those still held hostage: we are with you. We will never stop working to bring your loved ones home.” 

Chen’s parents and an aunt attended Biden’s State of the Union address last week as guests of Sens. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. 

Chen was on active duty in a tank unit on Oct. 7. The Times of Israel reported that he was last heard from at 6:40 a.m. the morning of the attack.

Chen was one of six U.S. citizens who remained held by Hamas. During his State of the Union address on Thursday, Biden said he had been “working non-stop to establish an immediate ceasefire” that would last for six weeks to get all the remaining hostages released. 

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“Israel has a right to go after Hamas,” Biden said, describing how Hamas hides like “cowards” within the civilian population. 

Lady Gaga criticizes response to International Women’s Day post with Dylan Mulvaney

Singer Lady Gaga said Monday she found the response to an image of her with Dylan Mulvaney “appalling.”

On Friday, Mulvaney, a transgender woman, posted an Instagram photo with Gaga to celebrate International Women’s Day, which quickly faced blowback for a biological male claiming to honor women.

Gaga remarked on the issue Monday, specifically calling out the media’s framing with the use of the word “backlash.”

“It’s appalling to me that a post about National Women’s Day by Dylan Mulvaney and me would be met with such vitriol and hatred. When I see a newspaper reporting on hatred but calling it ‘backlash’ I feel it is important to clarify that hatred is hatred, and this kind of hatred is violence. ‘Backlash’ would imply that people who love or respect Dylan and me didn’t like something we did. This is not backlash. This is hatred,” Gaga wrote on Instagram.

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She added, “But it is not surprising given the immense work that it’s obvious we still have to do as a society to make room for transgender lives to be cherished and upheld by all of us. I feel very protective in this moment, not only of Dylan, but of the trans community who continues to lead the way with their endless grace and inspiration in the face of constant degradation, intolerance, and physical, verbal, and mental violence.”

Gaga also called on people to “be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming” and to “stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life.”

“I certainly do not speak for this community, but I have something to say. I hope all women will come together to honor us ALL for International Women’s Day, and may we do that always until THE DAY that all women are celebrated equally. That all people are celebrated equally. A day where people of all gender identities are celebrated on whichever holiday speaks to them. Because people of all gender identities and races deserve peace and dignity,” she wrote.

Gaga closed, “May we all come together and be loving, accepting, warm, welcoming. May we all stand and honor the complexity and challenge of trans life—that we do not know, but can seek to understand and have compassion for. I love people too much to allow hatred to be referred to as ‘backlash.’ People deserve better.”

Fox News Digital reached out to reps for Gaga and Mulvaney for a comment but has yet to receive a response.

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Mulvaney is no stranger to controversy. In 2023, the transgender influencer was at the center of a massive controversy after Bud Light created a can with Mulvaney’s face to celebrate the “365 days of being a girl” series. 

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Though Bud Light explained that the can was not intended to be sold, the brand faced continuous backlash with parent company Anheuser-Busch’s U.S. revenue dropping by 17.3% in fourth quarter 2023. The company stated that the decline was primarily due to Bud Light.

Heartwarming tale of how rock megastar reconnected with daughter after getting sober

Lucy Walsh was just 12 years old when she really got to know her biological father, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh.

At the time, the rocker had gotten sober and went back to work with the band after living in the fast lane for years.

“Before that, I didn’t know him very well,” the actress and fellow musician told Fox News Digital. “I would see him maybe once a year, and it was like Christmas. Getting to see my dad this one time of year was just so exciting. But then he would go away again, and I wouldn’t know when the next time I was going to see him was.”

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“So, when he got sober, and I was 12, my life changed,” she shared. “My dad wasn’t working that much in the music business. He’d been very famous before that. But during my young life, he wasn’t very active. And then when he rejoined the Eagles, I realized my dad is … a very big deal. And it was shocking to me. I write about it in the book as being one of the first concerts they played [at the time].”

The 41-year-old has written a new memoir, “Remember Me as Human: What Three Final Days with My Grandmother Wanda Taught Me About Truly Living.” It explores her relationship with her maternal grandmother, Wanda, before she died in 2011. The matriarch passed away four months after Walsh interviewed her in her nursing home.

In the book, Walsh reflects on her life, including her relationship with her father, 76.

“I had always heard stories about my dad from the press,” she admitted. “Kids would bring magazines to school with pretty disturbing information. And I had never spoken to him about these things. But as I got to know him as a person … it’s the same thing that I realized with my grandmother. I got to know his humanity. I got to see him as a full person, not just my dad or some guy in these magazine stories. … It’s seeing your parents as a person, as a human. Forgiving them for their trespasses is what I think becoming an adult is about. It’s about granting them empathy and mercy for things you think might’ve been mistakes in the past.”

“With Dad, it’s been a lot because he’s in the public eye,” Walsh continued. “His mistakes get printed in the news. And so, there’s been a lot of hearsay that I have been able to talk through now with him as an adult and come to terms with who he really is. And love him for who he is.”

Joe joined the Eagles after becoming friends with Don Henley and Glenn Frey, People magazine reported. As the band skyrocketed to fame, so did his dependence on drugs and alcohol. When the group broke up in 1980, Walsh’s addiction worsened. According to the outlet, he turned to alcohol to cope with severe stage fright.

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The outlet noted that in 1994, Henley and Frey had plans to get the Eagles back together, and they would only do it with a sober Walsh. The pair, as well as manager Irving Azoff, approached Walsh with their proposition, and they eventually reunited for the album “Hell Freezes Over.”

In the book, Walsh described seeing her father on stage for the first time.

“It was a live televised taping for VH1,” she recalled. “I was sitting in the audience between Whoopi Goldberg and Claudia Schiffer … the roar of that audience just brought me to tears. I was just so overwhelmed by it all. And then we spent a lot of great time together.”

“I’ve got to thank my mother,” Walsh shared. “She never spoke badly about my father to me, which a lot of women do with their children. And I’m very grateful that she gave me that gift because I didn’t have any negativity about my dad in my head. She always told him, ‘When you get sober, I’ll be right there to make sure that you and Lucy have a relationship.’ And she really did. She made it possible for my dad and I to become very close after that.”

Walsh said that her grandmother’s upbringing in Illinois changed her viewpoint on fame. Sitting down with Wanda during her final months, in particular, taught her that fame is just “smoke and mirrors.” Famous people are just people with their own problems.

“I remember when I was 12, [my dad] bought the red Mustang from one of the James Bond movies, and we would drive it around,” said Walsh. “I would think, ‘We can speed because he’s invincible. Nothing can hurt us because he’s famous.’ … But my mom’s side of the family lived such a normal life that it changed my perspective on fame.”

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Growing up with two fathers, Walsh said she was exposed to “two different worlds.” Her stepfather “was not famous” but was a stable, loving force in her life.

“When I was younger, I was very torn,” she said. “I felt guilty for wanting a relationship with my biological father, even though he wasn’t really around. … It tore me in half for a long time. The great thing about it is that both dads are very supportive of each other. That gave me the freedom to love them both without having to hang onto that guilt any longer.”

But it wasn’t just the men that gave Walsh valuable lessons in living. Wanda taught her the importance of forgiving one’s parents.

“I learned a lot about my grandparents as people who were young and trying to figure out life and making mistakes and messing up,” she noted. “And you don’t think of your grandparents that way. … But they were young and vibrant once, just like us.”

“The most important thing my grandmother taught me about life became the title of my book,” she said. “She stood for embracing our humanity and our imperfections. And that’s the message I hope to pass along with this book. Let’s celebrate our humanity, the messy, contradictory, pathetic, glorious humanity that we all share, instead of trying to be so perfect and polished. Remember me as human is what my grandmother taught me, and that’s what we should all wish to be remembered as.”

Walsh said she hasn’t ruled out the possibility of collaborating with her father.

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“We have some things planned,” she teased. “[Music] is our unspoken bond. No matter what’s going on in life, we can always come together and connect through our music. … I was doing a reality show on MTV and … my dad and I got to perform together and there were women in the audience flashing their t–s. My dad has a song called ‘I Like Big T–s’ that follows him around. … But the future projects will be a little classier than that. … When you’ve got a rock star father, you just have to accept some things.”

Fisherman hospitalized after nine-foot alligator bites off body part in gruesome attack

A Florida man is in the hospital after losing his hand to an alligator bite.

The man was fishing Sunday in Lake County when the gator attacked him, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission confirmed.

“While the guy was on the ground, the gator got the guy in the hand, and the two rolled,” Ron Priest told FOX 35 Orlando. 

Priest’s wife was one of two people who called 911 for help. Lake County Fire Rescue released the calls to FOX 35, in which one of the callers can be heard saying, “Hand is gone!”

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Priest said the fisherman was reeling in a fish when the reptile opened its jaws and chomped down on the victim’s hand. 

“The gator was after [the] fish, and what we don’t know is if the guy was trying to unhook the fish,” he said, stating the gator ran back into the water without the fish and fisherman. 

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Help arrived at the scene minutes later, and a helicopter airlifted the man to a hospital in Orlando. 

“It’s my understanding that [FWC] can’t dispose of a human part. It has to be sent to a medical facility, and so, in the odd chance that it could have been re-attached, they drove it to Orlando,” Priest told FOX 35.

The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission shot what it called a “nuisance gator,” following protocol for gators that attack humans. The state agency says the male gator was nine feet, three inches long.

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“The likelihood of a Florida resident being seriously injured during an unprovoked alligator incident in Florida is roughly only one in 3.1 million,” FWC stated in a Human Alligator Incidents Fact Sheet. Most recent statistics from 2022 show 13 bites across the sunshine state: nine major, two minor and two fatal. 

Those who encounter an alligator that is believed to pose a threat to people, pets or property are asked to call FWC’s Nusiance Gator Hotline at 1866-FWC-GATOR (392-4286). 

Governor has tough message for anti-Israel protesters who blocked off interstate

Virginia’s governor has responded to a group of pro-Palestinian protesters who blocked a segment of an interstate on Monday in protest of Israel’s continued war against the Hamas terror group in Gaza.

“It is unacceptable to block interstates, endanger the lives of Virginians and cause mayhem on our roads,” Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin said in a post on X, adding that he was grateful to Virginia State Police “for their commitment to ensuring safety and quickly handling during this morning’s commute.”

The Republican governor’s comments came after Virginia State Police arrested nine protesters earlier in the day near Exit 78 near Arthur Ashe Boulevard in Richmond. The protesters had taped themselves together and positioned themselves across Interstate 95, completely blocking the roadway.

Virginia State Police said the protesters used ladders, a large metal chain and “sleeping dragon” devices. Photos taken at the scene also showed the protesters wearing sweaters that read, “STOP GENOCIDE.”

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In a statement online, Virginia State Police said they started receiving calls from multiple motorists reporting the blocked road at approximately 6:54 a.m.

“Arriving on scene, state police encountered nine individuals lying in the southbound lanes [had] linked themselves together using two ladders, a large metal chain and ‘sleeping dragon’ devices,” police said.

“At 7:09 a.m., state police declared an Unlawful Assembly (Code of Virginia 18.2-406…§ 18.2-406. What constitutes an unlawful assembly; punishment (virginia.gov)). For the protesters’ safety and to expedite the reopening of the interstate lanes, the protesters were guided to the right, southbound shoulder of the interstate. Three of the protesters voluntarily gave up almost immediately. They were taken into custody and transported off the interstate,” the statement continued.

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About 10 minutes later, the southbound lanes were reopened to traffic, the agency said.

Additional officers assisted in the arrest and six more protesters were taken into custody.

“Specially-trained troopers arrived at scene to safely extricate the remaining six protesters from the sleeping dragon devices, which turned out to be large PVC piping wrapped in chicken wire and connected via a large metal chain. The six were then taken into custody without further incident and transported off the interstate,” VSP said.

According to the statement, the scene was cleared by approximately 10:30 a.m.

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The City of Richmond Police, City of Richmond Fire and the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) all assisted in the arrests or in relaying scene safety, traffic control and traffic advisories to residents.

The following protesters were charged with stopping the vehicle of another, obstructing free passage of others, unlawful assembly and being a pedestrian on the interstate:

  • Zayneabideen Rasul Al-Murshidi, 23, of Roanoke
  • Max Hudson Gray Holland, 24, of Henrico
  • Charles D. Caines, 23, of Round Hill
  • Kemp Walker Barber, 25, of Richmond
  • Connor Joris McCarty, 21, of Norfolk
  • Naomi Destiny Isaac, 25, of Richmond
  • Sarah Elizabeth Milkowski Dahlgren, of Henrico
  • Kenrick Keith Cameron Jr., 25, of Richmond
  • Jasmine Juliet Cuellar, 30, of Richmond

There were no injuries reported by the protesters or the law enforcement officers, police said.

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Israel continues to be at war with Hamas since the terror group carried out its Oct. 7 surprise attack, the deadliest attack on Israeli soil in its history as a country. The war has resulted in tens of thousands of deaths on both sides, with most of the casualties being Palestinian civilians.

The civilian death toll has prompted protests around the world.

Maher feels ‘vindicated’ after Katie Porter’s defeat in California Senate race

“Real Time” host Bill Maher took a victory lap at the expense of Rep. Katie Porter, D-Calif., saying he feels “quite vindicated” following her defeat in the California Senate race last week.

Porter was shut out of California’s jungle primary on Super Tuesday with her Democratic colleague Rep. Adam Schiff and former Los Angeles Dodgers player turned GOP hopeful Steve Garvey advancing to the general election. After earning just 15% of the vote, Porter claimed the race was “rigged” by “an onslaught of billionaires” who spent millions on ads attacking her. 

During the “Overtime” segment of his HBO show on Friday, Maher highlighted a viewer’s question about Porter’s claim, noting she had been a guest on his show, though “not successfully.”

“We don’t like each other,” Maher told the panel, sparking laughs from the audience. “No, it’s true. I mean, she would say the same thing. But you can’t get along [with everybody].”

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He went on to mock Porter’s claim that her race was “rigged,” invoking his impersonation of former President Trump.

“That’s why I’m always saying to the Trump people, you think he’s so macho, and you’re the big tough guys, but the basic tough thing that a tough guy would do is be able to say I lost and not pout, and not be a whiny little b—-,” Maher said.

Maher’s comments followed a couple of icy exchanges the two of them had on his show. 

Back in 2019, Maher led a panel discussion about abortion, an issue he admits to being “squishy” on, as he revealed that doctors told his mother not to have another child following the difficult birth of his older sister. 

“Look, your mom made her choice, and we’re all here with the consequences of that choice,” Porter said, roasting Maher, who appeared to take offense as the audience laughed hysterically. 

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Maher jokingly told the audience, “F— you.”

“I’m asking the hard questions,” Maher said. 

“I just want to say God bless Mrs. Maher. God bless her for having you. I’m sure it wasn’t easy,” Porter further piled on the host. “I’m a mom of three kids, it ain’t easy, but the point is she and your father- and she made her choice.”

“Again, I’m arguing what you’re pretending I’m arguing for!” Maher exclaimed before lashing out at his panel and audience for laughing. 

Fast-forward to 2023, Maher and panelist Piers Morgan were railing against young people in the era of social media, prompting Porter to say the two of them sounded “kind of old and grumpy,” while discussing 21-year-old Jack Teixeira, the National Guard Airman accused of leaking classified information to impress other young men and teenagers. 

Maher pushed back against her “bulls—.” 

“Kids are immature. That’s why they are kids” Porter said, 

“Not at 21. Not all over the world,” Maher responded. 

“Yes! 21-year-olds are immature!” Porter shouted. “That’s why we don’t let them drink until they’re 21. That’s why some of us don’t think that 20-year-olds or 19-year-olds ought to be able to get AR-15s.”

“They can go fight! They can be in the army,” Maher said. “They can vote. I thought if you vote, you should be able to have a certain level of maturity. They’re deciding whether you should be in Congress or not.”

“Well, by the way, I win those votes,” Porter touted. “I win those votes, and I’m proud of it.”

“But you just said you win the votes of the immature,” Maher shot back.

“The immature- well, first off, immaturity is not necessarily an age thing,” Porter argued. 

“You just played the age card,” Maher called her out. “You were like, our argument sucks because we’re old, which is so- that’s getting so boring.”

“Shouldn’t we critique each other on the content of our ideas, not on those identity politics?” Maher asked. 

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“But Bill, your whole complaint was that they’re young,” Porter doubled down. 

“My complaint is that our young are immature compared to other countries and other times in history,” Maher hit back. “We raise very immature people because we coddle them, we give them sense of entitlement, they don’t have to learn anything in school.”

Nancy Mace demands ABC reprimand Stephanopoulos over ‘disgusting’ on-air remark

Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., feels women’s groups and ABC executives should “demand an apology” from anchor George Stephanopoulos for trying to “shame” her for endorsing former President Trump. 

Mace, a rape survivor, says she felt personally attacked when Stephanopoulos, a former top aide to Bill Clinton, asked during a heated interview Sunday how she could support Trump when he has been accused of rape. 

“Every single group that claims to stand for women and victims of rape should demand an apology from George Stephanopoulos. There is absolutely nothing ‘valiant’ or ‘ethical’ about shaming and bullying victims rape. We hope that the female leadership at ABC demand he apologize for his blatant imprudence and disrespect,” Mace’s spokesperson, Gabrielle Lipsky, told Fox News Digital

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ABC News declined comment when asked if network leadership would ask Stephanopoulos to apologize. Disney Entertainment president of News Group and Networks Debra OConnell and ABC News president Kim Godwin oversee the division.

Some commentators and progressives praised Stephanopoulos for pressing Mace over her support of Trump, whom she once strongly criticized over the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. Trump wound up backing Mace’s unsuccessful GOP primary challenger in 2022 and called Mace an “absolutely terrible candidate,” but the two have politically reconciled.

The Disney-owned network stood by Stephanopoulos after the interview. 

“George did his job by asking meaningful questions that are relevant to our viewers,” an ABC News spokesperson told Fox News Digital.

Fox News Digital reached out to more than a dozen of the nation’s leading women’s groups. None of them called on Stephanopoulos to apologize. RAINN, which bills itself as the nation’s largest anti-sexual violence organization, is grateful Mace and others continue to speak out. 

“We are grateful that survivors who are public figures like Congresswoman Mace and E. Jean Carroll continue to speak out about their own experiences with sexual violence. Their experience will be held up against many aspects of their life for comparison, and that’s not an easy journey,” RAINN Vice President of Communications Jennifer Simmons Kaleba told Fox News Digital.

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“You’ve endorsed Donald Trump for president,” Stephanopoulos said to Mace on “This Week” after playing a past clip of her discussing being a rape victim.

“Judges and two separate juries have found him liable for rape and for defaming the victim of that rape,” the anchor told Mace. “How do you square your endorsement of Donald Trump with the testimony we just saw?” 

“Well, I will tell you, I was raped at the age of 16,” Mace said. “Any rape victim will tell you, I’ve lived for 30 years with an incredible amount of shame for being raped. I didn’t come forward because of that judgment and shame that I felt.”

“It’s a shame that you will never feel, George,” she said. “I’m not going to sit here on your show and be asked a question meant to shame me about another potential rape victim. I’m not going to do that.” 

“It’s actually not about shaming you,” Stephanopoulos said, arguing that his question was about the allegations of rape against Trump in the E. Jean Carroll case. Carroll is a former columnist who alleges that Trump raped her in a New York City department store dressing room in the 1990s.

“It’s not a criminal court case, No. 1,” Mace said in return. “No. 2, I live with shame. And you’re asking me a question about my political choices trying to shame me as a rape victim and I find it disgusting.” 

A federal jury in New York City decided last year that Trump was not liable for rape but was liable for sexual abuse and defamation. ABC News did not immediately respond when asked if Stephanopoulos would correct the difference. 

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Mace appeared on “The Faulkner Focus” to discuss the incident on Monday. 

“I was so shocked and dismayed by the line of questioning. George Stephanopoulos tried to bully me and shame me as a rape survivor over my support for Donald Trump, which is insane to me,” Mace told Fox News’ Harris Faulkner. 

“He wasn’t found guilty of rape anywhere. But the other thing is that George Stephanopoulos… he has never felt the shame of rape. He doesn’t know what this journey is like. It’s a journey of healing over a lifetime,” Mace added.

Mace said that many women don’t come forward because of the “judgment and the shame” that follows.

“Here he was, judging me, bullying me, and shaming me as a rape victim, for my political choices. And it’s wrong but it’s almost like, ‘Rape is wrong unless you’re a Republican,’” Mace told Faulkner. 

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Independent Women’s Forum senior fellow Beverly Hallberg was appalled by the line of questioning from Stephanopoulos, who rose to fame as a senior communications adviser to President Clinton.

“To surprise your guest with a clip of them sharing something as hard and personal as rape – especially when it took 25 years for them to summon the courage – is flat out wrong. Plenty of people are pointing out the hypocrisy of George Stephanopoulos asking this question when he worked for and defended accused rapist Bill Clinton, but beyond that it is appalling that a woman would be forced to talk about her rape on national TV without warning, compassion, and at length,” Hallberg told Fox News Digital. 

Ahead of the 2016 election, Stephanopoulos pulled out of moderating debates after his $75,000 donation to the Clinton Foundation drew criticism.

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Fox News Digital’s Jeffrey Clark and Joseph A. Wulfsohn contributed to this report.

Andrew Cuomo blasts NYC gov over ‘absurd’ migrant policy — but he supported it

Former New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo heavily criticized the government of New York City in an op-ed Monday, accusing officials of trying to make citizens pay for the migrant crisis.

Cuomo centered his complaints on the implementation of “congestion pricing” – a $15 charge for motorists driving into Lower Manhattan – despite having supported the state law himself while in office.

“Congestion pricing is a policy designed to incentivize people to use mass transit,” Cuomo wrote in the New York Post op-ed. “It is an important goal; we passed it in 2019 but implementation has been delayed until now.”

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While the policy was intended to coerce New York City residents to use public transportation such as the subway, rising fear of violent crime has made New Yorkers double down on avoiding the system.

Cuomo claimed in his piece that an increased police presence and crackdown on crime would be necessary to restore trust in the city’s public transportation – but blamed “progressives” for inaction.

“That simple logic is impolitic with today’s self-defined ‘progressives.’ Cries to ‘defund, disband and disarm’ the police are politically powerful, and many politicians are intimidated,” Cuomo wrote. “While certainly police reform was and is necessary as evidenced by the George Floyd murder, the answer is not to abandon public safety.”

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“Just think of the absurdity: The plan is for city taxpayers to pay for the MTA and for the migrant crisis! It’s outrageous. Then we wonder why we are losing population to Florida and other states,” the former governor concluded. “I understand these are difficult political issues that politicians would rather avoid, but democracy dies in silence and it can kill New York City in the process.”

Cuomo was the governor of New York from 2011 until 2021 – he submitted his resignation after several women accused him of sexual harassment.

He was a Democratic Party heavyweight throughout his time in office and rose to national prominence during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Fox News Digital’s Jamie Joseph contributed to this report.