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Sen. Cotton: House Democrats going the extra mile to protect Biden

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Republican Sen. Tom Cotton sounds off on the Biden family being protected in the Ukraine investigation. #FoxNews

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House Democrats subpoenaed the White House for documents related to President Donald Trump's phone call with Ukraine's president.
Speaking at a special meeting on Africa, UN chief António Guterres said, "the best way to protect refugees and displaced people is to prevent them from having to leave their homes. That means tackling root causes: poverty, conflict, discrimination and exclusion of all kinds."

At the opening of the Africa Dialogue Series today (21 May), the UN Secretary-General António Guterres commended Africa's generosity towards people seeking safety from war and persecution.

According to the UN, countries such as Uganda and Ethiopia have opened their doors in record numbers. However, an increasing number of forcibly displaced persons—by the end of 2017 the number of displaced people in Africa stood at 24.2 million, an increase of 4.6 million from 2016—has become a burden on the continent's economy, the environment and the way of life of host communities.

Guterres said, "the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the African Union's Agenda 2063 are our roadmap. Both agendas are aligned around a people-centred and planet-sensitive transformation. Eradicating poverty is their overriding priority."

He also reiterated, "climate change jeopardizes all our plans for inclusive and sustainable development, and many African countries are particularly vulnerable despite contributing little to global warming. Rising sea levels, droughts, floods, the spread of tropical diseases and the loss of biodiversity could be devastating."

Guterres continued, "climate change also multiplies other challenges, other threats, including poverty, conflict and particularly displacement, and slows economic growth, reducing opportunities for inclusive, sustainable development in Africa and beyond."
Opening remarks by H.E. Mr. António Guterres (United Nations Secretary-General) at the Global Call to Protect Religious Freedom.

Secretary-General António Guterres said, "it is totally unacceptable in the 21st century for people to face discrimination and intimidation for their beliefs. And the persecution of religious minorities is utterly intolerable."

He said, "the full scope of their human rights is guaranteed, and States have an obligation to implement policies that ensure their identities are respected and that they feel fully part of society as a whole."
House Democrats took their first official step towards forcing Attorney General William Barr to release Special Counsel Robert Mueller's full report into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

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STEVE: WELL, THAT MAN RIGHT
THERE HOUSE INTEL COMMITTEE
CHAIR ADAM SCHIFF RAMPING UP
HIS IMPEACHMENT INQUIRY BY
ISSUING A NEW SET OF RULES.
PETE: IN A LETTER TO THE
REPUBLICAN MINORITY SCHIFF
UNVEILS A LIST OF QUESTIONS
THAT G.O.P. WITNESSES MUST
ANSWER IN ORDER TO BE
CONSIDERED RELEVANT TO
IMPEACHMENT HEARING.
IS THIS ANOTHER WAY TO
RESTRICT REPUBLICANS IN THIS
IMPEACHMENT PROCESS?
STEVE: IT LOOKS LIKE IT TO
US.
WHAT'S IT LOOK LIKE TO
SENATE INTEL COMMITTEE
MEMBER AND ARKANSAS SENATOR
TOM COTTON WHO JOINS US
RIGHT NOW FROM D.C.?
SENATOR, GOOD MORNING TO
YOU.
>> GOOD MORNING, STEVE, GOOD
MORNING, PETE, GOOD MORNING,
AINSLEY.
STEVE: IT SOUNDS LIKE ADAM
SCHIFF IS JUST TRYING TO TIE
THE HANDS OF THE REPUBLICANS
SO THAT THEY CAN ONLY ASK A
CERTAIN NUMBER OF WITNESSES
TO COME UP AND SIT BEFORE
THE COMMITTEE.
>> YEAH, STEVE.
IT LOOKS LIKE SHIFTY ADAM
SCHIFF HAS GONE FROM HAVING
A STARR CHAMBER OR KANGAROO
COURT IN SECRET LAST MONTH
TO HAVING PUBLIC SHOW TRIALS
NEXT WEEK.
THESE SAY THAT THE
REPUBLICANS CAN ONLY HAVE
WITNESSES IF THEY WILL PLAY
INTO HIS STORY LINE.
NOTHING THAT WOULD ACTUALLY
PORTRAY WHAT TRULY HAPPENED.
CERTAINLY NOTHING THAT WOULD
ALLOW THE CALLING OF WHAT
MAY BE THE MOST IMPORTANT
WITNESSES IN THIS MATTER,
HUNTER BIDEN TO EXPLAIN WHAT
HE WAS DOING FOR UKRAINIAN
OLIGARCH UNDER INVESTIGATION
FOR 50 TO $80,000 A MONTH OR
FOR THAT MATTER JOE BIDEN TO
EXPLAIN WHY HE DIDN'T RECUSE
HIMSELF FROM ALL MATTERS
RELATED TO UKRAINE GIVEN
THIS OBVIOUS CONFLICT OF
INTEREST WITH HIS SON.
PETE: SENATOR, DO YOU THINK
THAT'S WHAT IT IS ALL ABOUT,
SOMEONE LIKE HUNTER BIDEN
NOT BEING CALLED TO THE
STAND?
PROTECTING HIM?
>> I THINK SHIFTY ADAM
SCHIFF AND NANCY PELOSI ARE
GOING THE EXTRA MILE TO
PROTECT JOE BIDEN.
YOU KNOW, NANCY PELOSI HAS
STARTED TO INTIMATE THAT SHE
IS WORRIED THAT RADICAL LEFT
WINGERS LIKE BERNIE SANDERS
OR ELIZABETH WARREN MAY WIN
THE PRESIDENTIAL NOMINATION.
THAT LEAVES ALL THE CHIPS
LEFT ON JOE BIDEN AND HIS
FALTERING CAMPAIGN.
I CAN'T IMAGINE THAT SHE
WANTS TO SEE JOE BIDEN OR
HUNTER BIDEN CALLED TO
ACCOUNT FOR THIS OBVIOUS
CONFLICT OF INTEREST DURING
THE OBAMA ERA.
STEVE: WELL, YOU KNOW, IN
READING THE THREE QUESTIONS,
SENATOR, MAYBE YOU WOULDN'T
BE ABLE TO CALL JOE BIDEN OR
HUNTER BIDEN BUT THEY WOULD
BE ABLE TO CALL THE
WHISTLEBLOWER.
AND I KNOW SOME REPUBLICANS
HAVE WANTED TO HEAR FROM THE
WHISTLEBLOWER ANYWAY.
ANY POSSIBILITY THAT ADAM
SCHIFF WOULD SAY, YOU KNOW
WHAT?
YOU ARE RIGHT.
THAT PERSON DOES QUALIFY
UNDER MY RULES.
>> WOULD ADAM SCHIFF SAY
THAT?
NO.
OF COURSE NOT, STEVE.
EVEN IF HE DID QUALIFY UNDER
THOSE RULES AS WRITTEN.
LOOK, OUR WHISTLEBLOWER
PROTECTION STATUTES ARE
DESIGNED TO PROTECT
GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES FROM
RETALIATION AT WORK FROM
REPORTING MISCONDUCT IN
THEIR AGENCY OR THEIR
DEPARTMENT.
THEY ARE NOT ALLOWED -- THEY
ARE NOT THERE TO ALLOW TO
YOU LAUNCH IMPEACHMENT
PROCEEDINGS AGAINST THE
PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
STATES WHILE COLLUDING WITH
DEMOCRATIC OPERATIVES IN
CONGRESS AND THROUGHOUT THE
GOVERNMENT.
PETE: DOESN'T FEEL LIKE
SINCE IT'S GONE PUBLIC IT'S
GOTTEN ANY BETTER.

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