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Developing now, Thursday, April 26, 2018
President Trump's legal team reportedly wants to know whether
Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller has 'an open mind' as they
negotiate a possible interview between the president and Mueller's team
Trump joins 'Fox & Friends' for an exclusive interview Thursday at 8 a.m. ET
Memos that fired FBI Director James Comey leaked to the media
were more widely shared than previously believed, sources tell Fox News
Fox News’ Bret Baier will interview Comey on 'Special Report' Thursday at 6 p.m. ET
Bill Clinton 'casually encouraged' Trump to run for president before the 2016 race to disrupt the GOP, according to a new book
Dr. Ronny Jackson, Trump's pick to lead the Department of
Veterans Affairs, reportedly faces more pressure from Republicans to
withdraw his nomination amid new allegations of improper conduct
THE LEAD STORY - TRUMP'S TEAM SIZES UP MUELLER: President Trump's
revamped legal team wants to determine how much of an "open mind"
Special Counsel Robert Mueller has about the Russia investigation as
they negotiate a possible interview with Trump, according to a report
... “Does the special prosecutor really have an open mind?” former
New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said to the Wall Street Journal.
“We’re trying to assess their good faith.” Giuliani, who joined Trump's
legal team last week, met with Mr. Mueller’s team on Tuesday to discuss the possibility of an interview, sources told the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal. In
a statement to Fox News, Giuliani said his objective "is to end this
investigation and distraction from the critical issues facing our
President as quickly as possible. The President has produced 1.2
million documents that is historically unprecedented. We believe it
presents overwhelming proof that the President did not collude with
regard to the 2016 election."
WIDER COMEY LEAK: The James Comey memos that were leaked to the
media and served as a catalyst for the appointment of Special Counsel
Robert Mueller were more widely shared than previously known, three sources told Fox News ...
In addition to Columbia law professor Daniel Richman, who shared
contents with the media, sources identified former U.S. Attorney and
special counsel Patrick Fitzgerald as a likely recipient and did not
rule out a third individual. The memos documenting Comey’s private
conversations with the president are now the subject of a Justice
Department Inspector General review over the presence of classified
information. Fitzgerald is a longtime friend of Comey's and now his
lawyer, as first reported by Talking Points Memo. Fitzgerald did not
respond to emails or a voicemail seeking comment. Richman worked as a “special government employee” (SGE) for Comey’s FBI.
WILL HILLARY BLAME BILL?: Former President Bill Clinton “casually encouraged” Donald Trump to run for president
less than a year before the 2016 campaign began, according to one
reporter’s tell-all memoir detailing life as a journalist covering
Hillary Clinton ... Amy Chozick, a New York Times reporter, released
her new book, “Chasing Hillary: Ten Years, Two Presidential Campaigns,
and One Intact Glass Ceiling” on Tuesday. It's
filled with details of the drama inside the Clinton campaign during
their frustrating battle against Trump. But one chapter appears to
bolster past reports that Clinton's former president husband actually
nudged Trump toward running in the first place. “Less than a year before
the campaign started, Bill and Trump golfed together at Trump National.
Bill casually encouraged Trump to run, thinking his candidacy would
roil the Republican field,” Chozick wrote. “For all his political
foresight, Bill spent most of the primaries oblivious that this reality
TV schmo could win the Republican nomination.”
TRUMP’S DOC UNDER PRESSURE: Embattled Veterans Affairs nominee
Dr. Ronny Jackson is facing growing pressure from Republicans to
withdraw his nomination amid mounting new allegations of improper
conduct and questions about qualifications ... Democrats on Wednesday unleashed a string of new allegations against Jackson, including that he crashed a government car while drunk. Based
on conversations with 23 of Jackson’s colleagues and former colleagues,
a review by Democrats says Jackson was nicknamed “Candyman” by White
House staff because he would provide prescriptions without paperwork.
Jackson has denied the accusations. However, some Senate Republicans
told the Hill they hope Jackson withdraws his nomination to avoid a
messy Senate confirmation fight. In addition, some Republicans have
questions about the White House physician's managerial experience.
AS SEEN ON FOX NEWS 'TYRANNY OF THE JUDICIARY': "The very idea that one unelected district court judge could have this type of power should outrage any American." – Laura Ingraham, on "The Ingraham Angle," outlining how several judges have "abused power" by overturning policies otherwise deemed constitutional. WATCH THE JOY OF LYING: "There's not a single fashionable opinion
Joy Reid doesn't have or isn't happy to denounce you for not
having. But, she wasn't always that way." – Tucker Carlson, on "Tucker Carlson Tonight,"
ripping MSNBC host Joy Reid for claiming some of her years-old blog
entries rife with homophobic references, questions about whether
ideological opponents were gay, and opposition to gay marriage were a
product of Russian hackers. WATCH
STAY TUNED On Fox News: Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: President Donald Trump joins 'Fox & Friends' for an exclusive interview at 8 a.m. ET! Plus,
in the next edition of "In the FoxLight," Adam Sandler and Chris Rock
discuss their new movie, 'The Week Of.' Other expected guests include:
Diamond and Silk, Rep. Jim Jordan, and Sen. John Cornyn. Special Report, 6 p.m. ET: Don't miss Bret Baier's must-see interview with former FBI Director James Comey! On Fox Business: Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: James
Freeman, the Wall Street Journal; Pete Hegseth; Sharon Miller, head of
small business at Bank of America; Rep. John Garamendi; Rep. Cathy
McMorris Rodgers. Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: Rep.
Louie Gohmert; Rep. Tom McClintock; Jonathan Golub, Credit Suisse chief
U.S. equity strategist; Marcus Ruiz Evans, Yescalifornia.org president. Cavuto: Coast to Coast, Noon ET: David Tafuri, former State Department official under President Obama. On Fox News Radio: The Fox News Rundown podcast: President Trump’s revised travel ban was argued before the Supreme Court Wednesday.
Fox News' Jared Halpern shares what happened inside the courtroom. Jury
deliberations are underway for the sex assault retrial of legendary
comedian Bill Cosby. Fox News field producer, Tamara Gitt, has been in
the courtroom for both trials and discusses the facts of the case. Plus,
commentary from Judge Andrew Napolitano. Want the Fox News Rundown sent straight to your mobile device? Subscribe through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and Stitcher. The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET:
Why Trump appointments have lagged behind those of other presidents
will be a major topic throughout the show. Corey Lewandowski on James
Comey's book tour and the problem with his leaks; Sen. Bill Cassidy on
the Supreme Court arguments on Trump's travel ban; Maria Bartiromo on
Facebook's earnings and the Trump economy; RealClearPolitics' A.B.
Stoddard on early signs of the November midterm elections; Chris Wallace
on the takeaway from French President Macron's U.S. visit and the
debate over the Iran nuke deal. The Tom Shillue Show, 3 p.m. ET: Former
Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and Fox News contributor Katie
Pavlich sit down with Tom to discuss the most important stories and hot
topics of the day!
#OnThisDay 1994: Voting begins in South Africa's first all-race
elections, resulting in victory for the African National Congress and
the inauguration of Nelson Mandela as president 1977: The legendary nightclubStudio 54 has its opening night in New York City. 1865: John Wilkes Booth, the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, is surrounded by federal troops and killed near Port Royal, Va. Fox News First is compiled by Fox News' Bryan Robinson. Thank you
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