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Sara Carter slams Samantha Power, says Biden rewarding Russia Hoax participants

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Sara Carter on Sunday criticized the Biden administration’s move to nominate former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power to head the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), saying her role in unmasking Americans make her unfit for the job.

Carter, a Fox News contributor, was speaking Sunday evening to Fox News host Steve Hilton on his program “The Next Revolution” when she noted that Power’s role will be a “very important role—very powerful role—$27 billion worth of federal funding goes into that.”

“But remember, Samantha Power, she was involved in the Russia hoax,” she continued. “As far as unmasking, she was believed to have unmasked Americans more than 260 times, and she also unmasked Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn on multiple occasions. She never once answered the questions that [former Rep.] Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) had asked her during those hearings and never explained why she was unmasking so many people so much of the time.”

It was revealed in May 2020 that Power was one of dozens of government officials who had requested the unmasking of Flynn in 2017 for a phone call he had with a Russian ambassador to the U.S. He served as national security advisor for less than a month before resigning in February 2017 after it was revealed that he misled Vice President Mike Pence and other officials about the content of the phone call. In November last year, then-President Donald Trump pardoned Flynn.

Back in 2017, when Congress was looking into unmasking concerns, Powell denied that she leaked Flynn’s name or any classified information.

“It’s a mystery, it’s a mystery to most Americans why she was doing that and now she’s being rewarded going back to the UN,” Carter added.

On January 13, then-President-elect Joe Biden announced he was nominating Power to lead USAID. Before officially stepping up to the role, she needs to be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

During the interview with Hilton, Carter also went after those the Biden administration is appointing to federal positions who, like Power, believed the 2016 Trump campaign had colluded with Russian officials to try and steal the election such as Susan Rice and Melissa Hodgman, the wife of disgraced former FBI agent Peter Strzok.

Like Power, Rice was an ambassador to the UN under President Barack Obama and was revealed to have requested Flynn’s unmasking. Currently, she is the director of the Domestic Policy Council for the Biden administration.

Since the week of Biden’s inauguration, Hodgman has served as the acting director of the Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) Division of Enforcement. Her husband, Strzok, was infamously removed in 2017 from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation and ultimately fired by the FBI a year later over anti-Trump emails and text messages he exchanged with former FBI Attorney Lisa Page.

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Cuomo says he’ll ‘fully cooperate’ with NY AG’s review of sexual harassment claims

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) said Wednesday that he will “fully cooperate” with the state attorney general’s independent review into sexual harassment allegations made against the currently scandal-ridden governor, saying, “I fully support a woman’s right to come forward.”

Last Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, who served in his administration for over three years, accused Cuomo of suggesting to her on a 2017 flight that they play strip poker, inappropriate touching, and kissing her on the lips without her consent.

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Following Boylan’s accusations, 25-year-old Charlotte Bennett alleged the governor indicated interest in having an affair with her while she was serving in his administration as a health policy adviser. In a Saturday New York Times report, Bennett told the newspaper that Cuomo asked her if she had “ever been with an older man,” adding that “age doesn’t matter” in relationships.

At Wednesday’s press briefing, the Empire State governor addressed the accusations leveled against him over the past seven days by three women and New York Attorney General Letitia James’ (D) independent review into those claims, which she announced on Monday was formally proceeding.

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“As you probably know, the attorney general is doing an independent review, and I will fully cooperate with that review,” Cuomo said at the beginning of his statement. “Now, the lawyers say I shouldn’t say anything when you have a pending review until that review is over. I understand that, I’m a lawyer, too. But, I want New Yorkers to hear from me directly on this.”

“First, I fully support a woman’s right to come forward,” the governor began. “And I think it should be encouraged in every way. I now understand that I acted in a way that made people feel uncomfortable. It was unintentional and I truly and deeply apologize for it. I feel awful about it, and frankly I am embarrassed by it, and that’s not easy to say. But that’s the truth.”

This echoes what Cuomo said in a Sunday statement about the allegations, in which he stated he “may have been insensitive” during his tenure but charged his accusers of misinterpreting his actions, saying, “I acknowledge some of the things I have said have been misinterpreted as an unwanted flirtation… I am truly sorry about that.”

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During his Wednesday remarks, Cuomo iterated “I never touched anyone inappropriately,” repeated that sentence, then said “I never knew at the time that I was making anyone feel uncomfortable” and repeated that one too.

“And I certainly never, ever meant to offend anyone or hurt anyone or cause anyone any pain. That is the last thing I would ever want to do,” he continued. “I ask the people of this state to wait for the facts from the attorney general’s report before forming an opinion. Get the facts, please, before forming an opinion.”

“I also want you to know that I have learned from what has been an incredibly difficult situation for me as well as other people, and I’ve learned an important lesson,” the governor said at the end of his statement. “I’m sorry. I’m sorry for whatever pain I caused anyone, I never intended it, and I will be the better for this experience.”

Amid Boylan and Bennett’s allegations, another report of Cuomo sexually harassing a woman has cropped up. On Monday, a woman named Anna Ruch accused the governor of placing his hands on her cheeks—without her consent—at a 2019 wedding reception and asking if he could kiss her. A photograph of the two together at the event has also been circulating on social media.

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Asked at Wednesday’s briefing about the pictures that have resurfaced of him being touchy with people, particularly that of him and Ruch, the governor claimed that it is his way of greeting people.

“I understand the opinion of—and feelings of—Ms. Ruch,” Cuomo said. “You can find hundreds of pictures of me making the same gesture with hundreds of people—women, children, men, etc. You can go find hundreds of pictures of me kissing people. […] It is my usual and customary way of greeting.”

Moreover, the governor said that his father, former Gov. Mario Cuomo, would do the same thing.

“By the way, it was my father’s way of greeting people,” Cuomo said, explaining, “You’re the governor of the state, you want people to feel comfortable, you want to reach out to them.”

He also mentioned that he kisses and hugs legislators and noted that at an event in Queens the other day he hugged pastors and state assembly members.

Furthermore, the governor said that his intent “doesn’t matter,” saying, “What it matters is if anybody was offended by it.”

“But if they were offended by it, then it was wrong,” he added, going on to say that if they were offended or hurt by it, he apologizes.

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