FOX NEWS FIRST: Warren's DNA reveal backfires, angers Dems; Missing Saudi activist's kin wants independent probe

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Developing now, Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018

  • Democrats are not thrilled that Sen. Elizabeth Warren has released DNA tests to prove her Native American ancestry and fear the controversy throws the party off-message before the midterm elections
  • The family of a missing Saudi activist has called for the an international, independent commission to investigate his presumed death as the Saudi government reportedly mulls issuing a statement saying Jamal Khashoggi was mistakenly killed. Secretary of State Pompeo landed in Saudi Arabia early Tuesday for talks with the Saudi king.
  • Porn star Stormy Daniels' defamation suit against President Trump was tossed by a federal judge on Monday; her lawyer Michael Avenatti has vowed to appeal
  • Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the firm behind the infamous anti-Trump dossier, will invoke the Fifth Amendment not to testify when he appears on Capitol Hill on Tuesday, his lawyer says. Two other key figures linked to the dossier also have been called to testify this week
  • TUNE IN: Pastor Andrew Brunson, freed last week after two years of imprisonment in Turkey, will sit down for an exclusive interview with FOX News' Sean Hannity Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET

THE LEAD STORY - DEMS ON WARPATH OVER WARREN'S DNA TEST: U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., might have believed that releasing DNA test results that apparently prove her Native American heritage would show up President Trump and other Republican critics and put the controversy to rest. However, it has only breathed new life into the story and angered fellow Democrats who fear a blue wave may not happen in next month's midterm elections ... President Obama's former campaign manager, Jim Messina, on Monday sharply criticized Warren, saying she was throwing the Democratic Party off-message just weeks before November's critical midterm elections. "Argue the substance all you want, but why 22 days before a crucial election where we MUST win house and senate to save America, why did @SenWarren have to do her announcement now?," Messina tweeted. ""Why can’t Dems ever stay focused???"

Meanwhile, the Cherokee Nation dismissed Warren's DNA test, saying, it "is useless to determine tribal citizenship.” Warren, considered a likely 2020 presidential contender, is an overwhelming favorite to win re-election in Massachusetts in November.

MISSING SAUDI ACTIVIST'S FAMILY WANTS INDEPENDENT PROBE: The family of missing activist Jamal Khashoggi wants an independent, international commission to investigate his disappearance and alleged killing ... "The strong moral and legal responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to call for the establishment of an independent and impartial international commission to inquire into the circumstances of his death," the family said in a statement Monday. "We are grateful to all those who have respected our privacy during these difficult times."

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia early Tuesday for talks with Saudi King Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance. Khashoggi, 59, went missing Oct. 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate to obtain documents related to his upcoming marriage to a Turkish woman. Surveillance footage captured him entering through the consulate's main entrance, but he was never seen leaving. Turkish authorities said they have evidence proving that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents. Riyadh officials have claimed the journalist was alive when he left the building, and they don't know what happened to him. Several media outlets reported on Monday that the Saudi government is considering whether to announce that rogue intelligence operatives killed Khashoggi by accident.

A BIG FOR TRUMP OVER STORMY: A federal judge in Los Angeles on Monday threw out adult-film actress Stormy Daniel’s defamation lawsuit against President Trump on free-speech grounds ... “The court agrees with Mr. Trump’s argument because the tweet in question constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ normally associated with politics and public discourse in the U.S.,” U.S. District Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said in a ruling Monday. “The First Amendment protects this type of rhetorical statement.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, sued the president in April over a tweet in which he denied her claims of being threatened by a man in a Las Vegas parking lot in 2011. Trump’s camp labeled the Monday ruling as a major win. Daniels' attorney, Michael Avenatti, vowed via Twitter to appeal. "Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected. Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance. We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal," Avenatti tweeted.

PIVOTAL WEEK IN TRUMP DOSSIER PROBE:  Glenn Simpson, the co-founder of the Fusion GPS research group that commissioned the infamous anti-Trump dossier, will invoke the Fifth Amendment right not to testify when he appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, his lawyer announced late Monday ...  The dossier, authored by former British spy Christopher Steele and commissioned by Fusion GPS, was paid for by the Democratic National Committee and Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign. It included salacious and unverified allegations about Trump's visit to Russia.

Simpson's refusal to testify will come as two other key figures connected to the dossier are expected to testify on Capitol Hill this week. A deposition is scheduled for Thursday with James A. Baker, the FBI’s former top lawyer. Baker, who had a close working relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, left the bureau earlier this year. House Republicans have also scheduled a deposition for Friday with Nellie Ohr, who helped research the dossier for Fusion GPS. Ohr is married to Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official who has also testified about his contact with Simpson during the campaign.

FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: FREED AMERICAN PASTOR ANDREW BRUNSON ON 'HANNITY' - Pastor Andrew Brunson, freed last week after two years of captivity in Turkey, will sit down with FOX News' Sean Hannity for an exclusive interview Tuesday night on "Hannity" ... Brunson had been detained in Turkey since October 2016 due to his alleged ties to an outlawed group. He was ordered freed by a judge on Friday and sentenced to time served. The Turkish judge's ruling ended a tense diplomatic standoff between the U.S. and Turkey that began after Brunson’s detention. Turkey targeted the 50-year-old pastor as part of a massive government crackdown following a failed coup months earlier. Brunson is expected to discuss his imprisonment and weekend meeting with President Trump, among other topics, on "Hannity." Tune in Tuesday at 9 p.m. ET to watch the interview.


THE 'RACHEL DOLEZAL' OF POLITICS -  "She is a white woman of vast European ancestry, who went to the buffet of identity politics [and] took seconds, then thirds."  – Greg Gutfeld, on "The Five," riffing on Sen. Elizabeth Warren's release of DNA test results that she says prove her Native American heritage. WATCH

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FOX & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Sen. Elizabeth Warren's opponent, Republican Senate candidate for Massachusetts, Geoff Diehl, responds to her DNA test reveal. Painter Andy Thomas opens up about his White House painting of President Trump. Other guests include: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; Pennsylvania Republican Senate candidate Lou Barletta.

Hannity, 9 p.m. ET: Sean Hannity conducts an exclusive interview with freed American pastor Andrew Brunson.

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Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy, R-Wis.; David Rubin, former mayor of Shiloh, Israel.

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The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The latest developments on missing activist Jamal Khashoggi, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and the midterms will be the topics of debate with the following guests: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.; U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse, R-Neb.; Doris Kearns Goodwin, presidential historian; Chris Stirewalt; Nathaniel Philbrick.

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