Trump declares 'Russia hoax' dead, rips Democrats and FBI at Michigan rally as he eyes 2020

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Developing now, Friday, March 29, 2019

TRUMP VICTORY LAP: President Trump, fired-up in his first major rally since Special Counsel Robert Mueller cleared him of any collusion with Russia, ripped the FBI and Democrats and accused his political foes of trying to defraud the public with "ridiculous bulls--t" ... Declaring the "Russia hoax" dead, Trump predicted that the former Department of Justice and FBI officials who pushed the collusion theory and authorized secret surveillance warrants against members of his campaign would soon have "big problems."

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TRUMP CAN'T WAIT TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST AOC'S GREEN NEW DEAL: At his rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., Thursday night, President Trump also took the time to mock the Democrats' Green New Deal in perhaps a preview of his 2020 re-election campaign ... "I'd rather not talk about it tonight, Trump told his audience, "because I don't want to talk them out of it too soon. Because I love campaigning against the Green New Deal. I want them to make that a big part of their platform."

RECUSAL CONFUSION IN SMOLLETT CASE: Cook County (Ill.) State’s Attorney Kim Foxx did not “formally” recuse herself from the Jussie Smollett case, her office said in a statement Thursday .... The state's attorney's office explained that Foxx used the term "recuse" in a "colloquial" sense rather than a legal sense when she left the case in February. The statement was the latest twist in the saga centering around Smollett, the "Empire" actor whom Foxx's office decided not to prosecute Tuesday for orchestrating an alleged hate-crime hoax.

In addition, the city of Chicago delivered a letter to Jussie Smollett's legal team seeking $130,000 from the actor for "expended on overtime hours in the investigation of this matter." Smollett's lawyers, in turn, have demanded an apology from Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Chicago Police Superintendent Eddie Johnson for "dragging an innocent man’s character through the mud."

PRELIMINARY FINDINGS IN BOEING 737 Max Crash: Officials investigating crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner in Ethiopia have reached a preliminary conclusion that a suspect flight-control feature automatically activated before the plane hit the ground, the Wall Street Journal reported ...  The Boeing 737 Max has been grounded worldwide since the March 10 crash, which left 157 people, including eight Americans, dead. In October, another Boeing 737 Max operated by Lion Air also crashed, plunging into the sea shortly after takeoff in Indonesia. Officials are investigating whether the same flight-control feature malfunctioned in the October crash of a Boeing 737 Max airliner.

THE SOUNDBITE

DEMS REFUSE TO GIVE UP ON COLLUSION -  "They are lying to the American people because they can’t give it up. It is outrageous and some of these people need to be held accountable. I hope the president calls a special counsel to look into this, because the American people deserve to know how they’ve been manipulated, how they have been used.”– Rush Limbaugh, syndicated radio talk show host legend, on "Special Report with Bret Baier," calling on President Trump to investigate the investigators and the mainstream media following the findings in the Mueller report. (Click the image above to watch the full video.)

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