President Trump details Soleimani strike, warns Ayatollah Khamenei to be ‘careful with his words’

President Donald Trump listens to Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe speak during their meeting, Friday, Nov. 30, 2018 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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UPDATED 10:00 AM PT — Saturday, January 18, 2020

President Trump reportedly told Republican donors that “bad things were being said” about the U.S. prior to the death of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. During a Friday fundraiser at his Mar-a-Lago Resort, the president gave a minute by minute account of the U.S. drone strike that killed the commander in Baghdad.

He described the exchange he had with military officials.

“‘They’re together sir. They have two minutes and 11 seconds to live, sir. They’re in the car, they’re in an armored vehicle. Sir, they have approximately one minute to live, sir. 30 seconds. 10, nine, eight…’ Then all of a sudden, boom. ‘They’re gone, sir, cutting off.’ I said, ‘Where is this guy?’ That was the last I heard from him.” – Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States

According to audio recordings of the event, the president said Soleimani’s prior comments incentivized his decision to authorize the strike. This validated the administration’s previous claim that an “imminent threat” against the U.S. was the reason for the strike.

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers his sermon in the Friday prayers at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

This came after the president issued a word of warning to Iran’s supreme leader amid heightened tensions between both nations. In a Friday tweet, he slammed Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, saying the nation’s economy is crashing and he should be “careful with his words.”

In a separate tweet, President Trump praised the people of Iran. He said they need a government that will help them succeed.

This followed Khamenei’s rare public address earlier in the day, in which he called Soleimani a martyr. He went on to say the general was the strongest commander in the fight against terrorism.

The supreme leader defended Iran’s armed forces and its missile strike against U.S. targets.

RELATED: Iran’s Supreme Leader Gives Historic Address, Blames The U.S. For Downing Of Ukrainian Plane

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Congress threatens to subpoena Secy. of State Pompeo

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pauses while speaking at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

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UPDATED 7:55 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

House lawmakers are pressuring Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to testify in a hearing on Iran. The House Foreign Affairs Committee extended an invitation on Friday and threatened to subpoena him if he doesn’t provide information regarding the administration’s policy in Iran.

This would also include the recent air strike that killed top Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

In a letter released on Friday, Chairman Eliot Engel detailed the committee’s need for Pompeo’s testimony.

“This hearing deals with the most weighty issues with which our country and Congress deal, including the use of force,” wrote Rep. Engel. “Therefore, I consider your testimony to be of extremely high importance and am prepared to use all legal means to ensure your attendance.”

This was the committee’s second attempt to get Pompeo to testify. The secretary missed a hearing on Iran earlier this week because he had official business in California.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, right, smiles as he is handed a San Francisco 49ers cap by Carl Guardino at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

The hearing is scheduled for the morning of Wednesday, January 29th.

RELATED: U.S. House Committee Renews Push For Pompeo Iran Testimony, Subpoena Threat

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Va. Supreme Court turns down request to overturn firearms ban

FILE – In this Jan. 8, 2020, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, center, gestures as he delivers his State of the Commonwealth address as House Speaker Eileen Filler-Corn, D-Fairfax, right, and Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax, left, listen before a joint session of the Virginia Assembly at the state Capitol in Richmond, Va. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)

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The Supreme Court of Virginia has denied a motion to overturn Governor Ralph Northam’s ban on all firearms at the state’s Capitol Square. Justices denied the petition on Friday, which was filed a day after the governor’s executive order was issued.

The lawsuit, which was brought forward by several gun rights groups and activists, argued the ban violated residents’ First and Second Amendment rights. The suit was previously turned down in a lower circuit court, which led to an appeal in the state’s highest court.

The move comes as pro-Second Amendment citizens across the state have been holding rallies in Richmond. The leader of the Virginia Citizens Defense League told One America News that tens of thousands of gun rights activists were expected to attend his rally on January 20th.

The league was founded in 1998 as a non-partisan civil rights advocacy group focused on gun rights.

“We are a gun rights organization. We lobby to make sure bad gun bills don’t make it through and good gun bills do. We’re a watchdog. If any local government tries to put up an illegal gun ban, we’re right there to make sure they stop doing that.” – Philip Van Cleave, President of the Virginia Citizens Defense League

Gun-rights supporters rally on the steps of the Washington Capitol, in Olympia, Wash., Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

For years, Virginia has been a safe haven for gun owners, who were unable to keep and bear arms, as the framers intended, in other states.

“Virginia has had excellent gun laws for years and years,” added Van Cleave. “Now, suddenly, with the elections that’s being threatened.”

Democrats have proposed legislation at the state’s House of Delegates that would ban all military-style long guns. They have also pushed so-called ‘red flag’ laws, which would allow local law enforcement to seize a person’s firearms.

In response to these attempts to restrict gun rights, many Virginia counties have declared themselves ‘Second Amendment sanctuaries.’

Virginia is an open carry state. Supporters of gun rights have often shown up to political events and rallies with their weapons. However, the governor’s ban will disrupt this tradition.

Van Cleave said the league’s lawyers are working against the ban in hopes of overturning it.

“We’re hoping maybe we can get rid of that ban on the capital grounds by Monday,” he said.

The Virginia state Capitol building is surrounded by fencing, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020 in Richmond, Va., in preparation for Monday’s rally by gun rights advocates. (Dean Hoffmeyer/Richmond Times-Dispatch via AP)

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5 hurt after truck plows into Illinois Starbucks

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UPDATED 4:55 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

A pickup truck slammed into an Illinois Starbucks on Thursday, injuring several people and causing the building to partially collapse. Witnesses said there were about two dozen people inside the building at the time of the crash.

The truck was reportedly heading west when the driver lost control and went airborne, plowing into the Starbucks. Witnesses said the truck took out street signs along the way and hit a car waiting in the drive-thru.

“It sounded like a big boom. We, and a lot of people, just stood there and stopped. Their hearts stopped, and (they) just couldn’t believe it.” – Brandon Chaple, witness

The driver and four people in the store were hurt in the incident. One remains in critical condition.

The road near the store was closed overnight. The crash is still under investigation.

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Kudlow: Impeachment could be Democrat effort to ‘obfuscate the economic progress’ in America

White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow speaks with reporters outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Friday, Jan. 10, 2020. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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White House Economic Adviser Larry Kudlow is accusing Democrats of using impeachment as a distraction. While speaking to reporters at the White House on Friday, Kudlow said the impeachment process has not impacted the economy or the stock market.

He attributed the strong economy to good policies and the free market’s “brilliant entrepreneurs.”

Kudlow’s comments came after House Democrats finally released the articles of impeachment to the Senate this week. The Senate trial is expected to begin next week.

Clerk of the House Cheryl Johnson, left, and House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving pass through Statuary Hall at the Capitol to deliver the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump to the Senate, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

The adviser gave his opinion about the real reason Democrats are moving ahead with President Trump’s impeachment.

“I sometimes get a little annoyed that impeachment, and all the theater going with that, could be an effort on the other side of the aisle to obstruct and obfuscate the economic progress we’re making,” said Kudlow.

The president has maintained his innocence and instead touted the economic boom under his leadership. Administration officials said the record low unemployment is just one of the achievements that will help the president win reelection this year.

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Former GOP Rep. Collins sentenced to 26 months in prison for insider trading

Former U.S. Rep. Chris Collins arrives at federal court for sentencing Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in New York. Collins pleaded guilty last fall to insider trading and lying to the FBI. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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A federal judge is handing down a stiff sentence for former GOP Congressman Chris Collins following his conviction for insider trading. On Friday, a lower Manhattan court sentenced Collins to 26 months in prison.

In October, the former New York lawmaker admitted to illegally obtaining information about a failed drug trial by a biotech firm his son Cameron was invested in. Collins tipped his son off to the information just before the company’s stock tanked by 90 percent.

During the sentencing, the presiding judge said Collins betrayed his congressional duties and left his former constituents without representation.

Prosecutors sought a five year sentence for Collins’ crime while his defense asked for one year and a $200,000 fine.

Cameron will be sentenced next week for his role in the crime.

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Canada urges Iran to send black boxes from plane crash to France

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a memorial for the victims of the Ukrainian plane disaster in Iran this past week, in Edmonton, Alberta, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020. (Todd Korol/The Canadian Press via AP)

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UPDATED 3:25 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wants Iran to share the flight and cockpit data records from the Ukrainian jet that was shot down by an Iranian missile. On Friday, Trudeau stated France may be one of the few countries that can read the plane’s extremely damaged black boxes and has the technology to quickly analyze them.

The Canadian prime minster went on to say Iran does not have the knowledge to analyze the data.

“Iran does not have the level of technical expertise and, mostly, the equipment necessary to be able to analyze these damaged black boxes quickly,” he said. “France has one of the laboratories that can do it.”

Canadian officials said they need the black boxes in order to figure out exactly what happened. However, there has been uncertainty on the location of the cockpit voice recorder and the aircraft data recorder.

This undated photo provided by the Ukrainian Presidential Press Office, shows the wreckage of the Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 at the scene of the crash in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran. (Ukrainian Presidential Press Office via AP)

This came after the Iranian government officially issued an apology for the crash, which killed all 176 passengers and crew on board. They claimed the plane was “unintentionally” seen as a “hostile target.”

Russia’s foreign minister has said Iran was on the lookout for U.S. stealth fighter jets at the time it was wrongly shot down. On Friday, Sergei Lavrov said the country was under the impression at least six fighter jets were above Tehran when it struck down the civilian plane. He also claimed the country was expecting a second attack from the U.S. at the time.

Lavrov admitted some details of the situation are still murky, but added he is not excusing Iran for its actions.

“There is information that the Iranians were expecting another attack from the United States after the strike, but did not know what form it might take. There were at least six U.S. F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area (at the time). This information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations.”

– Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation

Iranian citizens have called for the resignation of those responsible for the plane strike.

In this Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020 photo, released by Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, a woman attending a candlelight vigil to remember the victims of the Ukraine plane crash, talks to a policeman, at the gate of Amri Kabir University in Tehran, Iran. (Mona Hoobehfekr/ISNA via AP)

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Kimberly Guilfoyle: Forgotten men and women ‘forgotten no more’ under Trump presidency

FILE – In this Oct. 14, 2014 file photo, Kimberly Guilfoyle arrives at the New York special screening of “Fury,” in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

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UPDATED 2:52 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Kimberly Guilfoyle is saying the forgotten men and women of America are “forgotten no more” under President Trump. She added they have their wallets and pocket books to show for it.

The senior campaign adviser made the comments on Friday during an interview, a day after the Trump campaign announced her new role. She and the girlfriend of Donald Trump Jr. will now serve as national chairwomen for the Trump Victory Finance Committee.

After stepping into her new role, Guilfoyle said she’s surprised by how eager Americans are to donate to the president’s cause.

“People come up to give checks to the president, they want to have skin in the game,” she said. “They feel engaged in the political process, they want to stand for their president, and that to me was really interesting.”

Guilfoyle added she’ll be focused on securing new donors and getting people out to vote.

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Vice President Mike Pence visits Florida for ‘Latinos for Trump’ rally

Vice President Mike Pence delivers remarks during a campaign event Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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UPDATED 2:15 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Vice President Mike Pence traveled to the battleground state of Florida to deliver the keynote speech at a ‘Latinos for Trump’ event. On Thursday, Pence appealed to evangelical Latino voters and highlighted the importance of President Trump’s reelection bid.

During the rally, he galvanized support for the president as hundreds of attendees chanted “four more years!”

“2016 was about promises made, 2020 is about promises kept. The truth is, because of the leadership of this president, our strong allies in the Congress of the United States and the strong support of Americans from every community, including the Latino community, we’re succeeding like never before. The truth is, we’ve made America great again.”

– Mike Pence, 48th Vice President of the United States

Supports cheer before a campaign rally for President Donald Trump Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Phelps)

Kissimmee has a high percentage of Puerto Rican Americans. The vice president touched on the hurricanes and recent back-to-back earthquakes that have devastated the island as it continues to rebuild.

“After those terrible hurricanes devastated the island, the president allocated a total of $44 billion to help our fellow Americans in Puerto Rico recover,” stated Pence. “I’m proud to announce those funds have already been used to rebuild over a 100,000 homes in Puerto Rico.”

Prior to the event, President Trump signed a major disaster declaration for the island, which will allow it to collect $8.2 billion in aid.

“Our message to Puerto Rican Americans is this: we’re with you today,” said Pence. “We’ll be with you tomorrow, and we’ll be with you until the day Puerto Rico rebuilds bigger and better than ever.”

Members of the US army reserve set up tents for portable showers at a tent city set up to house hundreds of people displaced by earthquakes in Guanica, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

The Sunshine State’s Hispanic and Latino voters are particularly important to President Trump’s reelection campaign, as they make up nearly a quarter of the state’s population.

“We’re going to get four more years, and Latinos for Trump are going to lead the way,” reiterated the vice president.

Former Florida Rep. Bob Cortes, who also attended the event, said Latino support for the president stemmed from his work on the economy and his socially conservative views. He added, “Minorities like myself are benefiting from President Trump’s leadership.”

Vice President Mike Pence, right, poses for a photo with a supporter before leaving a campaign event Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Kissimmee, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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5 people injured in Chicago barbershop shooting, manhunt underway

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UPDATED 1:25 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

A manhunt is underway in Chicago for two gunmen, who have been accused of opening fire at a barbershop. Five people, including three children, were injured in the shooting, which took place at the Gotcha Faded barbershop on Thursday.

Police said the suspects entered the shop, looked around and promptly exited before opening fire into the building.

Three teenage boys were taken to the hospital with serious injuries and are now in stable condition. Two men, ages 30 and 40, were also wounded and are expected to recover.

“We have to do something about this violence. This is going to be a cooperation with the community and organizations. This will not be tolerated anymore.” – Ernest Cato, Chicago’s Deputy Chief of Patrol

Police have not determined a motive for the incident and have not yet released descriptions of the suspects.

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S.C. woman pleads guilty to poisoning husband, sentenced to 25 years

This Aug. 31, 2018, booking photo provided by the York County Sheriff’s Office, in South Carolina, shows Lana Sue Clayton. (York County Sheriff’s Office via AP)

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UPDATED 12:50 PM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Two years after the death of her husband, a South Carolina woman confessed to his murder. 53-year-old Lana Clayton pleaded guilty to manslaughter on Thursday and admitted she killed Steve Clayton back in 2018.

Prosecutors alleged she poisoned her husband’s drinks with Visine, knowing the drops were odorless and tasteless, and ignored him as he was dying. Her husband’s body was found in their home two days later.

Lana Clayton was originally charged with murder, but went on to accept a plea deal in order to receive a lesser sentence. She claimed her husband had been physically and mentally abusive. She added she had only tried to make him sick, not kill him.

“After finding out that Visine was the cause of death, I attempted to take my life as well,” said Clayton. “I couldn’t live with the thought that I did such a terrible thing.”

However, prosecutors believed she was motivated by money after discovering she had burned her husband’s will. They also found Steve’s phone in the lake, which they argued was to prevent him from calling for help.

Lana was Steve’s seventh wife. Previous reports highlighted the discord between them.

Two years prior to the poisoning, Clayton shot her husband in the back of the head with a crossbow. She initially claimed it was an accident, but later told police she was defending herself after the pair got into a heated argument.

The judge ultimately said the couple’s history was too much to ignore. Steve Clayton’s family members were relieved to hear the judge’s final verdict.

“May God be the only one who has mercy on her blackened soul,” stated one family member.

Lana Clayton will be spending 25 years behind bars.

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Secretary Pompeo denies knowledge of surveillance on former Ukraine Ambassador Yovanovitch

FILE – In this file photo dated Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, former U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch testifies before the House Intelligence Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, FILE)

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UPDATED 11:44 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he wasn’t aware of any surveillance carried out on former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch. He made the comments during an interview Friday.

Pompeo pointed out he only became aware of the possibility Yovanovitch was being watched when text messages were released describing the allegations. The messages by former Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas were released this week as part of the Democrat-led impeachment effort against President Trump.

The State Department chief said he intends to investigate the accuracy of the claims. He also denied knowing Parnas, who Democrats are pursuing for testimony in the coming impeachment trial.

“I suspect that much of what’s been reported will ultimately prove wrong, but our obligation, my obligation as secretary of State, is to make sure that we evaluate, investigate any time there is someone who posits that there may have been a risk to one of our officers,” he stated. “We’ll obviously do that.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks at a protocolary meeting of the Permanent Council at the Organization of the American States, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Michael A. McCoy)

Pompe added, Washington is working hard to stay focused on the important items on President Trump’s agenda in the middle of all the “noise” around the impeachment effort.

More recently, Parnas claimed the president previously tried to fire Yovanovitch four or five times. In a interview which aired Thursday, he said President Trump directed the State Department to fire Yovanovitch before her departure in April after he learned she had “badmouthed” him and allegedly told others he would be impeached.

Meanwhile, the White House and several GOP lawmakers have blasted Parnas’ credibility, noting he is under criminal indictment and has made several past false statements

RELATED: Conway says Parnas’ claims of Ukraine collusion make as much sense as debunked Russia hoax

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Russia claims Iran shot down civilian plane after it was alerted that U.S. fighter jets were in the region

In this photo released by Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, left, and Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, attend the talks with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, and Turkish Defense Minister Hulusi Akar, in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Jan. 13, 2020. (Russian Foreign Ministry Press Service via AP)

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UPDATED 11:58 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Russia’s foreign minister said Iran was on the lookout for stealth U.S. fighter jets at the time it wrongly shot down a Ukrainian airliner. While speaking Friday, acting Minister Sergei Lavrov claimed Iran was under the impression at least six U.S. fighter jets were above Tehran when it struck down the civilian plane.

The Russian official also claimed the country was expecting a second attack from the U.S. at the time. Lavrov admitted some details of the situation are still murky, but added that he is not excusing Iran for its actions.

“There is information that the Iranians were expecting another attack from the United States after the strike, but did not know what form it might take,” he stated. “There were at least six (U.S.) F-35 fighters in the air in the Iranian border area (at the time)…this information has yet to be verified, but I’d like to underline the edginess that always accompanies such situations.”

Mourners attend a memorial, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, to remember Canadian victims in the deadly downing of a Ukrainian airliner the week before, in Iran. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Many Iranian citizens have called for the resignation of those responsible for the plane strike, which killed all 176 passengers and crew onboard. Despite their calls and regardless of global scrutiny, Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently told his people enemies are using the downing of the plane to overshadow the death Iranian Gen. Qasem Solemani.

RELATED: Iran’s supreme leader gives historic address, blames the U.S. for downing of Ukrainian plane

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President Trump employs heavyweight defense team as GOP threatens to weaponize witnesses

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., join Congressional leadership and other members of Congress at a Congressional Gold Medal ceremony honoring amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) advocate and former National Football League (NFL) player, Steve Gleason, in Statuary Hall on Capitol Hill, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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Top Republicans in the Senate are hoping to put a stop to the push for witnesses in the impeachment trial against President Trump.

Some conservatives, including Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.), are warning both moderates in their conference and Democrats that if witnesses are called by Democrats then the president should be able to call whoever he wants. However, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has also pitched “witness reciprocity,” which would allow for an equal number of witnesses to be called from both sides.

Republican leadership, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have been against the calling of witnesses and introduction of additional evidence in an effort to hold a speedy trial.

Meanwhile, President Trump is employing some legal heavyweights on his impeachment defense team. It was confirmed Friday that Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz will present oral arguments against the president’s impeachment and removal.

According to a statement, the professor’s involvement is to fight against a potentially dangerous legal precedent and uphold the integrity of the Constitution.

President Donald Trump speaks to attorney Alan Dershowitz, right, as he arrives for Christmas Eve dinner at Mar-a-lago in Palm Beach, Fla., Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Former Circuit Court judge and independent counsel Ken Starr, whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, will also be a part of the president’s legal team. Starr’s successor to the office of the independent counsel, Robert Ray, will also defend the president.

RELATED: Sen. Sanders admits impeachment trial may hurt his presidential campaign

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French finance minister to meet with with U.S. treasury secretary to discuss digital taxes

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire, left, and European Trade Commissioner Phil Hogan attend a media conference after their meeting in Paris, Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020. The talks are focused on U.S. tariffs on French wine and other goods. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

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UPDATED 10:45 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

French Finance minister Bruno Le Maire said he will be meeting with the U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to discuss digital taxes on U.S. companies. The minister made the comments Friday ahead of the annual World Economic Forum in Switzerland.

Over the summer, France put a tax on the digital operations of large tech companies. The move drew complaints from the U.S. as well as threats from President Trump to increase tariffs on French products like wine and cheese.

The finance minister said he wants a U.S. commitment to international tax reform and asked President Trump to not levee tariffs on the nation.

“Today there is a proposition on the table which we think is fair, efficient and that France supports,” stated Le Maire. “And, of course, we wish that our American partners support as well this international solution at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.”

President Donald Trump and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin talk before signing a trade agreement with Chinese Vice Premier Liu He, in the East Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The French minister said he will be meeting with Secretary Mnuchin on Wednesday.

France’s proposal seeks to reallocate tax revenue to the countries where international companies have “significant activities and profit-generation.” Currently, most multinational companies only pay tax in the country where they are based.

RELATED: France, U.S. set two-week target for resolving digital tax spat

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Iran’s supreme leader gives historic address, blames the U.S. for downing of Ukrainian plane

In this photo released by the official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, center, leads the Friday prayers at Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020.(Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

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UPDATED 10:10 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei recently called the U.S. an enemy while addressing his nation. During his first weekly prayer sermon in Tehran since 2012, Khameni said Iran’s missile strikes on U.S. targets in Iraq was a “slap on the face” to a world power. He also said Iran has “divine support for attacking the U.S.”

Khameni told supporters Iranian General Qasem Solemani was a martyr and the strongest commander in the fight against terrorism. This follows the death of Quds Force leader by U.S. airstrikes. Iran’s supreme leader defended Iran’s armed forces and its retaliatory missile strike against U.S. targets.

“What took place, cannot be the work of any element other than the hand of God almighty,” he stated. “That day also, when the IRGC ( Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) missiles shattered the U.S. base, that day too shows the hand of God.”

Khameni then called for national unity and told supporters that Iran’s enemies were using the downing of the Ukrainian plane to overshadow Solemani’s death.

Snow-covered flowers and candles are seen outside of the family bakery of Ayeshe Pourghadheri and her daughter Fatemah Pasavand, who were among the Canadian victims in the Jan. 8 Ukrainian plane crash in Iran, in North Vancouver, British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. Iran’s judiciary says arrests have been made over the shootdown of the plane that killed all 176 people on board. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

All 176 passengers aboard the Ukraine International Airlines flight died when the plane was shot down shortly after takeoff from Tehran’s main airport. Ukrainian officials are demanding the nation’s cooperation in a full investigation. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has also demanded Iran offer compensation for the families of the victims.

RELATED: Trump admin. stands in solidarity with Iranian protesters

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Wis. woman dies after waiting in emergency room for hours

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UPDATED 9:39 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

A 25-year-old woman recently died while on her way to Urgent Care. Milwaukee resident Tashonna Ward passed away earlier this month while she waited hours to be admitted into the emergency room at Froedtert Hospital.

“I’m sorry but I really don’t think they cared about my daughter, she should not have been waiting out there that long,” said her mother Yolanda.

Ward had arrived at the hospital for shortness of breath and chest pains. An x-ray determined it was caused by an enlarged heart. After receiving the tests, hospital staff sent Ward back into the waiting room and told her it would be an additional two to six hours before she could see a provider. She had posted a Facebook status complaining about the long wait.

“She didn’t even have a band on her wrist, so she was never even processed in,” explained her sister Brianna. “All they did was take her to the back, do chest x-rays, send her back in the lobby…she was never even admitted.”

Ward decided to head elsewhere seeking quicker medical attention, but collapsed just before she could make it to Urgent Care. She was pronounced dead soon after.

25-year-old Tashonna Ward of Milwaukee, Wis. is shown in a Facebook photo. (Photo/Facebook/ Tashonna Ward)

The hospital has shared their condolences, but didn’t comment on the incident. The cause of death has not yet been determined.

“I’ll miss who she was, who Tashonna was…her heart,” said her sister. “She was a beautiful person.”

A GoFundMe page was made in honor of Ward with the goal of helping out her loved ones through this difficult time. So far, it has raised more than $3,000.

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Forensic pathologist claims Epstein’s death is suspicious, believes autopsy points to murder

FILE – This March 28, 2017, file photo, provided by the New York State Sex Offender Registry, shows Jeffrey Epstein. Federal prosecutors said Thursday Jan. 9, 2020, that jailhouse video no longer exists of the area around Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell on a day he survived an apparent suicide attempt. (New York State Sex Offender Registry via AP, File)

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UPDATED 9:11 AM PT — Friday, January 17, 2020

A forensic pathologist recently spoke out about the controversial autopsy results of convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

In an exclusive interview with Dr. Oz Thursday, Dr. Michael Baden said the results point more towards homicide than suicide. This is based off of Epstein’s burst eye capillaries and pale legs.

Dr. Baden also questioned the markings on Epstein’s neck and said they are “inconsistent” with the noose found in his cell.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Virgin Islands has filed a lawsuit against Epstein’s estate, claiming the late Manhattan financier kept a virtual database to track his victims.

FILE – This July 9, 2019, file photo shows a portion of Jeffery Epstein’s estate on Little Saint James Island, in the U. S. Virgin Islands. A lawsuit filed Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, by prosecutors in the Virgin Islands says multimillionaire sex offender Jeffery Epstein used two private islands, including Little Saint James, in the U.S. territory to engage in a nearly two-decade-long conspiracy to traffic and abuse girls. (AP Photo/Gianfranco Gaglione, File)

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Sen. Sanders admits impeachment trial may hurt his presidential campaign

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., talks to reporters just after the start of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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2020 Democrat hopeful Bernie Sanders recently admitted the impeachment trial is going to negatively affect his presidential campaign. While talking to reporters in Washington on Thursday, the Vermont senator said the trial may take several weeks, which he would rather spend campaigning in Iowa and New Hampshire to win the Democrat Party nomination.

Sen. Sanders said he will have to do his job as U.S. senator instead. Despite losing the valuable time, he suggested the Senate should call new impeachment witnesses to testify.

“I would hope that Sen. (Mitch) McConnell allows us to have a full and fair trial,’ he stated. “When you have a trial you hear from witnesses, that’s what we do in the United States, and I hope McConnell will allow those witnesses to testify and give us their version of what happened.”

Political experts as well as several lawmaker have said the impeachment trial gives an unfair advantage to Democrat candidates who are not U.S. senators, such as Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg.

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Paraguay issues health emergency over dengue fever outbreak

File – Patients lie in bed as they are treated for dengue at Barrio Obrero public hospital in Asuncion, Paraguay. Paraguay has announced a health emergency due to dengue fever. (AP Photo)

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Paraguay has called for a health emergency as a dengue fever outbreak spirals out of control. The alert was issued this week after hospitals have seen an overflow of patients in the country’s capital.

500 health care workers will be sent to help assist with treatments, following the declaration. According to officials, at least 1,700 cases have been reported since October and at least one person has died.

“Why an emergency declaration? To expedite human resources and to make resources available to purchase supplies and medicine. The Health Ministry has been planning for supplies and medicines for months.”

— Julio Mazzoleni, Health Minister – Paraguay

The alert is expected to last for three months. Paraguay previously faced another dengue fever outbreak years ago that killed 17 people and affected thousands more.

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