FOX NEWS EXCLUSIVE: TRUMP VOWS TO RELEASE FISA DOCS USED IN RUSSIA PROBE - President Trump, in an exclusive wide-ranging interview Wednesday night on Fox News' "Hannity," vowed to release the full and unredacted Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and related documents used by the FBI to investigate his campaign, saying he wants to "get to the bottom" of how the long-running Russia collusion narrative began ... Trump told anchor Sean Hannity that his lawyers previously had advised him not to take that dramatic step out of fear that it could be considered obstruction of justice.
The president also accused FBI officials of committing "treason" -- slamming former FBI Director James Comey as a "terrible guy," former CIA Director John Brennan as potentially mentally ill, and Democrat House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff as a criminal.
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RAND PAUL: EX-CIA CHIEF JOHN BRENNAN PUSHED STEELE DOSSIER - Citing a "high-level source," Republican Sen. Rand Paul charged in a bombshell Twitter post late Wednesday that anti-Trump ex-CIA Director John Brennan "insisted that the unverified and fake Steele dossier" be included in a classified intelligence community report on Russian interference in the 2016 elections -- a decision that ultimately lent credibility to the dossier and may have played a key role in fomenting unfounded fears of Russia collusion for two years ... Paul called on Brennan to testify under oath immediately, as Republicans continue to aggressively seek out the origins of the collusion narrative. Fox News had not independently verified Paul's source, and Brennan has not replied to Fox News' requests for comment.
BORDER AT ‘BREAKING POINT’: During a visit to Texas on Wednesday, the nation’s top border security official said the U.S.-Mexico border was at its "breaking point," with the U.S. lacking enough agents to adequately respond ... U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin K. McAleenan said the Border Patrol is on pace for more than 100,000 apprehensions and encounters with migrants – mostly from Central America seeking asylum in the U.S. On Monday, agents encountered an estimated 4,000 migrants border-wide, he said, and faced even more Tuesday.
SCRAMBLING FOR DAMAGE CONTROL IN SMOLLETT CASE: An internal email obtained by Fox News suggests that officials in the office of Chicago's top prosecutor were looking for ways to justify the surprise decision to drop hate-crime hoax charges against "Empire" star Jussie Smollett ... An email from the office of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx asked assistant state's attorneys to dig for any examples to bolster Foxx’s claim that the dropped charges in the Jussie Smollett case weren’t as uncommon or shocking as they seemed. It was not clear who sent the email or exactly when it was sent. Foxx recused herself from the case last February but defended her office's use of an "alternative prosecution model" with Smollett in a series of interviews Wednesday.
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WINNING POWERBALL TICKET SOLD IN WISCONSIN: For the first time in three months, we have a winner in the Powerball jackpot ... A single ticket sold in Wisconsin matched all six numbers in the Powerball drawing, lottery officials confirmed early Thursday. A statement on the Powerball website says that due to strong ticket sales, the jackpot climbed from $750 million to an estimated $768.4 million at the time of the drawing with a cash option of $477 million. The winning numbers are: 16-20-37-44-62 and the Powerball is 12.
WALL-TO-WALL COVERAGE - "A lot of people don’t think we’re building walls. We’re building massive, many, many miles of walls right now and we’re gearing up to do many more." – President Trump, telling Fox News' Sean Hannity that he wants to hold a news conference from San Diego, where he said authorities have completed a stretch of wall. (Click the image above to watch the full video.)
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Fox & Friends, 6 a.m. ET: Border Patrol agent Hector Garza on the migrant crisis. "Fox & Friends" celebrates Opening Day in Major League Baseball with country singer Lucas Hoge and more!
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Mornings with Maria, 6 a.m. ET: Special guests include: U.S. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee; U.S. Rep. Doug Collins, R-Ga.; Ben Carson, secretary of HUD; Steve Forbes, chairman and editor-in-chief of Forbes Media.
Varney & Co., 9 a.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Kevin Brady, R-Texas, ranking member of the House Ways and Means Committee.
Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman, 3 p.m. ET: Stephan Paternot, co-founder & CEO of Slated.
Lou Dobbs Tonight, 7 p.m. ET: Tom Fitton, president of Judicial watch.
Kennedy, 9 p.m. ET: U.S. Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla.; Katie Pavlich, Fox News contributor
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The Fox News Rundown podcast: "Measles Outbreak Causes County's Concern" - Rockland County in New York state has declared a state of emergency over a measles outbreak and has banned unvaccinated minors from public places. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases of the National Diseases of Health, weighs in on the outbreak. It’s Opening Day 2019 and all 30 Major League Baseball teams are scheduled to take to the field Thursday. Ken Davidoff, baseball columnist for the New York Post, previews the season ahead. Plus, commentary by Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst.
The Brian Kilmeade Show, 9 a.m. ET: The Mueller report, fired former FBI Director James Comey's NBC News interview, Trump's interview on "Hannity" and the Smollett case will the leading topics of debate with the following guests: Mark Morgan, former FBI assistant director and LAPD officer; Chris Wallace, host of "Fox News Sunday"; Karl Rove, former White House deputy chief of staff under President George W. Bush. Plus, Elisabeth Hasselbeck discusses her new book, "Point of View: A Fresh Look at Work, Faith, and Freedom" and Janice Dean reveals the genesis of her new memoir, "Mostly Sunny."
The Todd Starnes Show, Noon ET: Todd discusses the importance of religious liberty with Sam Brownback, U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. He also speaks with Pennsylvania state Rep. Stephanie Borowicz about the prayer she gave before a voting session that caused an uproar.
Benson & Harf, 6 p.m. ET: Special guests include: Lanhee J. Chen, Ph.D., the David and Diane Steffy research fellow at the Hoover Institution; Mercedes Schlapp, White House director of strategic communications; Judge Andrew Napolitano, Fox News senior judicial analyst and host of the new Fox Nation show "Liberty File."
2017: Wells Fargo says it will pay $110 million to settle a class-action lawsuit over as many as 2 million accounts its employees opened for customers without getting their permission.
1979: America's worst commercial nuclear accident occurs with a partial meltdown inside the Unit 2 reactor at the Three Mile Island plant near Middletown, Pa.
1941: Novelist and critic Virginia Woolf, 59, drowns herself near her home in Lewes, East Sussex, England.
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