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Hoekstra: ‘Fair’ to hold Obama responsible for terror attack

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Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) told Fox News’ Chris Wallace Sunday that it is “fair” to hold the Obama administration responsible for the a failure to detect an attempted terror attack. Friday, Hoekstra told the Detroit Free Press that the Obama administration needed to “connect the dots.”

“You were quoted in the Detroit Free Press this morning as saying that, you know, the key is to connect the dots and maybe the Obama administration will now realize that. Is it really fair to hold the Obama administration responsible here?” asked Wallace.

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“Yeah, I think it really is,” replied Hoekstra. “Connecting the dots here is not really on this particular case. It’s connecting the dots that we’ve seen over the last 11 months, over the last eight years.”

As Raw Story reported yesterday, Hoekstra followed-up his initial comments with a post to his Twitter account: “Administration says attempted terrorist attack. No. It was a terrorist attack! Just not as successful as they (AQ) planned.”

This video is from Fox’s Fox News Sunday, broadcast Dec. 27, 2009.



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GOP senators only have three options for Trump’s impeachment trial: conservative Naval War College professor

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Naval War College Prof. Tom Nichols broke down the only three ways Republican senators will come off if they vote against removing President Donald Trump from office following the Senate's impeachment trial.

Nichols, an undefeated five-time "Jeopardy!" champion, praised House impeachment manager Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) for his success in prosecuting the commander-in-chief.

As one of America's top Russia experts, Nichols has been closely following the proceedings, and concluded that the political perception of the trial was incredibly damning for Republicans.

"Schiff is laying out a narrative that is so clear - and undeniable, because it is rooted in a huge amount of documents and testimony - that the President’s defenders only have the choice now of looking complicit, stupid, or immoral (or all three) in rejecting it," he wrote.

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GOP senator asks if he can use the decorative spittoons on the Senate floor during impeachment trial

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On the second day of the Senate impeachment trial, Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) caused a slight stir when the Sergeant at Arms requested he put away a pouch of chewing tobacco on his desk.

Sasse reportedly responded by asking the Sergeant at Arms whether the spittoons on the Senate floor are decorative.

A bit of color from Senate floor, per a Sasse aide:

"At about 5:00pm the Sergeant at Arms asked Sasse to put away a pouch of Red Man chewing tobacco that was on his desk. Sasse asked whether or not the four remaining spittoons are decorative. We’ll see.”

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Adam Schiff trapped the GOP — by challenging them to refute documents Trump is blocking: Attorney

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In a thread on Twitter, The Nation justice correspondent Elie Mystal broke down the ingenious argument that House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) used to trap the GOP with President Donald Trump's own obstruction — by laying out the case against Trump that witnesses said were in documents the president is blocking, and then challenging them to compel Trump to produce those documents if they don't believe the evidence.

Bad faith actors like @LindseyGrahamSC will not care, but what @RepAdamSchiff is doing here is brilliant. He's referencing docs he doesn't have, reminding the Senate that they can demand those docs, and then explaining what *other witnesses under oath* have said about those docs.

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