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Hannity: ‘We need new leadership in the Senate’

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Fox News’ Sean Hannity called for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to step down from his position as leader of the Republicans on Fox News’ “Hannity” Tuesday night.

Hannity said he had a “special message” for McConnell and any other Republican in the Senate who supports the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

“For every Republican in the Senate, let me be more clear, not one Republican Senator should be wasting a second of precious time, you’re off half the year anyway, on this post-presidential impeachment charade,” the “Hannity” host told viewers.

Earlier on Tuesday, McConnell said on the Senate floor that the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, which left five people died, was “provoked” by Trump and “other powerful people.”

“Mitch McConnell, I’m all ears,” Hannity said. “Tell the American people exactly what part of the president’s speech that you thought was violent. Was it when he urged his followers to peacefully and patriotically march to the capitol so their voices could be heard?”

Hannity then called Republicans who are in support of the impeachment “spineless.”

“Many spineless Republicans are joining forces with their Democratic friends to repudiate all things Trump,” Hannity said.

“Establishment Republicans have no backbone, no principle, no courage, no vision,” he continued. “Too many politicians in D.C. are just far too willing to go along, get along, and protect the swamp. And that is why conservatives like myself, well, we’re tired of these empty promises, and your rehearsed speeches, and had never getting anything done.”

Hannity continued, “We need new leadership in the U.S. Senate. You can represent the people of Kentucky. You’re showing basically right now that you are the king of the establishment Republicans that frankly have always had, and remain having, contempt for President Trump, but more importantly, the 75 million Americans that voted for him.”

Hannity went on to say that if the impeachment process continues, it could be the end of the Republican party.

“If the Senate, that you supposedly lead, …go along with this snap impeachment nonsense, it will be the end of the Republican party.”

Hannity reminded viewers that “freedom is a fragile thing. It’s never more than one generation away from extinction. This cannot, my fellow American citizens, happen on our watch. You know why? Because our children and our grandchildren deserve better, and Mitch McConnell, if you’re not going to fight, we deserve better.”

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Border officials find ‘sophisticated’ drug tunnel with rail system, electricity, from Tijuana to San Diego

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Earlier this week U.S. authorities announced the discovery of a “fully operational” and “sophisticated” tunnel under the U.S.-Mexico border, reaching from Tijuana to San Diego.

Authorities confirmed 1,700-foot tunnel that ends in a San Diego warehouse near the U.S. Border Protection Otay Mesa Port of Entry was used to traffic drugs.

U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of California Randy Grossman said the 61-foot deep and four feet across at the widest part was complete with “reinforced walls, a rail system, and electricity for ventilation.”

Authorities stated a whopping $25 million worth of drugs were seized form within the tunnel over the weekend. Fox News reports that among the drugs were “1,762 pounds of cocaine, 165 pounds of meth, and 3.5 pounds of heroin.”

Authorities found the tunnel after surveilling a truck that was going to and from the warehouse with large boxes. “In a span of a few hours, agents watched five vehicles come and go from the stash house and this warehouse, we allege that the defendants were driving into the garage and loading or dropping off cardboard boxes full of drugs to further the movement or distribution of drugs throughout the United States, the federal agents were watching the whole time,” Grossman said.

After raiding the warehouse, authorities found no other drugs, but did spot the tunnel opening carved onto the floor.

“There is no more light at the end of this narco-tunnel,” Grossman said. “We will take down every subterranean smuggling route we find to keep illicit drugs from reaching our streets and destroying our families and communities.”

Fox News reports six California residents, aged 21 to 55, were arrested and charged with conspiring to distribute cocaine, meth, and heroin. “Together with the Mexican government, we have been collaborating in trying to eradicate these tunnels, which should not exist because that is where a lot of crime happens, and a lot of the suffering that we see,” U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Ken Salazar told the news outlet Zeta. “This needs to stop.”

Fox News adds “authorities said that drug-smuggling tunnels are not uncommon. They are usually used by drug smugglers to evade authorities and transport a large quantity of drugs. More than 15 tunnels have been found since 2006, officials said.”

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