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2022: GOP competitor of Sarah Huckabee Sanders drops out of Arkansas governor’s race

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One of the main competitors of Sarah Huckabee Sanders for the Republican nomination in the 2022 Arkansas governor’s race has dropped out.

On Monday, Arkansas Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin (R) ended his campaign just two weeks after Sanders, who was a White House press secretary during the Trump administration, declared her candidacy. He has served as lieutenant governor since 2014.

“Since announcing my campaign for governor last year, I’ve been overwhelmed by the incredible support I have received from all corners of the state,” Griffin said in a Monday statement. “While I believe Arkansans are ready for my message of bold, conservative leadership, my conversations with friends and supporters have persuaded me that at this time, I can do more for Arkansas in a different capacity.”

“Today I am announcing my campaign for Attorney General of Arkansas. We need an Attorney General who will back law enforcement, stand for law and order by cracking down on crime and corruption, and fight the liberal agenda of the Biden/Harris Administration in court,” he added.

Following his statement, Sanders wished Griffin and his family the best of luck.

“Tim Griffin has been a strong voice for Arkansas and I look forward to working with him to unite our party and make our state better. I wish Tim and his family the very best,” she tweeted.

Sanders’ old boss, former President Donald Trump, was quick to endorse her after she announced her campaign, saying she will “always fight” for Arkansans and “do what is right.”

“Sarah is strong on Borders, tough on Crime, and fully supports the Second Amendment and our great law enforcement officers,” Trump said in a statement on January 25. “Sarah will be a GREAT Governor, and she has my Complete and Total Endorsement!”

Since departing the White House in June 2019, Trump had urged her to run.

“She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!” the then-president wrote as she was departing, according to Fox News. “I hope she decides to run for Governor of Arkansas – she would be fantastic.”

Sanders, it should be noted, is the daughter of former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee (R).

However, Sanders still faces another competitor: Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R), who is in her second term. They are both running to replace the term-limited Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson.

Rutledge on Monday put out her own statement about Griffin exiting the race.

“Tim Griffin is a fierce advocate for Arkansas’s conservative values – our military, law enforcement, and rule of law. Having been the Attorney General for over 6 years, I personally know the importance of the role in which every decision I make impacts 3 million Arkansans daily and the enormous responsibility I have to proactively protect and defend our constitutional rights against the aggressive liberal agenda of the Biden-Harris Administration, Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi,” Rutledge said in a statement shared to Twitter. “I wish Tim and his family the best.”

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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House Republicans Subpoena DOJ for Records of Biden’s Interview with Special Counsel

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Special Counsel Robert Hur determined that President Joe Biden not only mishandled classified documents, but he also declined to press charges against him because his advanced age and declining memory would influence a potential jury.

“Mr. Biden will likely present himself to the jury, as he did during his interview with our office, as a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory,” Hur wrote.

House Republicans have subpoenaed the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the interview transcripts, audio, notes and video files from Hur’s interview with Biden which transpired during the investigation.

“The Committees further seek to understand whether the White House or President Biden’s personal attorneys placed any limitations or scoping restrictions during the interviews with Special Counsel Hur or Mr. Mark Zwonitzer precluding or addressing any potential statements directly linking President Biden to troublesome foreign payments,” the lawmakers said in a subpoena cover letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland.

“Special Counsel Hur’s report outlined that classified documents Joe Biden stashed for years relate to countries where his family cashed in on the Biden brand. We owe it to the American people to provide transparency and accountability about the extent of Joe Biden retaining sensitive materials and the concerns raised about his current mental state and fitness to be President of the United States,” Comer said in a statement. Comer, Jordan and Ways and Means Committee Chairman Jason Smith (R., Mo.) are leading the impeachment inquiry.

“Special Counsel Robert Hur’s investigation into President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents made two things clear: there’s a double standard of justice in this country and Joe Biden isn’t fit for office. The transcripts and materials from his investigation are critical to our oversight work,” Jordan stated.

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