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Bill Maher warns Rand Paul: Bringing up Monica Lewinsky only helps Hillary Clinton

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Real Time host Bill Maher said on Friday that he’s in no hurry to revisit any old jokes about Bill Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky — and warned Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) to do likewise.

“I want to pretend I was too young to have covered Monica Lewinsky or even know who she is,” Maher told CNN host Jake Tapper. “I heard something about it when I was in graduate school, but I’m not really sure who she is. It’s still pretty funny. Of course, it’s going to backfire, because, this is supposed to hurt Hillary [Clinton]? As I recall, Hillary was only ever abetted by the fact that her husband cheated on her.”

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Maher added that the 1998 revelations of then-President Clinton’s illicit activities with Lewinsky, then a White House intern, only turned Hillary Clinton into “the Jennifer Aniston of America.”

Paul has recently begun pushing the theory that Bill Clinton should be blamed for the “war on women” because of his actions toward Lewinsky, but Maher countered on Friday that popular opinion has been kind toward Clinton in the years after his two White House terms.

“I don’t know how Rand Paul thinks he’s going to drag Hillary into this,” Maher said. “And plus Bill Clinton. Let’s face it: if you hang around long enough, like an old building, they say, you become respectable. And that’s Bill Clinton now. Somehow the guy who the Republicans accused of everything from rape to murdering Vince Foster, the most corrupt guy, he’s great now.”

Meanwhile, Maher described Hillary Clinton as the clear Democratic Party presidential front-runner for 2016, contrasting her with a jumbled Republican field.

“For my own selfish reasons I would like to see [Sen.] Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Rand Paul and the rest of the Insane Clown Posse run,” he told Tapper. “And I’m sure there will be some people on the right who are great fodder for us. But, you know, I’m a patriot first, I like to think, so I want the most qualified people. I don’t know who that is anymore.”

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Watch Tapper’s interview with Maher, as aired Friday on CNN, below.

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Marie Yovanovitch bashes The Hill’s faulty reporting that led to Trump’s smear campaign — and impeachment

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Marie Yovanovitch knocked down the false claims peddled by The Hill's John Solomon that underpinned President Donald Trump's smear campaign against her.

The website published a Solomon interview in March with Yuriy Vitaliyovych, now the former prosecutor general in Ukraine, who said the then-ambassador had given him a “do not prosecute” list -- a claim pushed by the president, Donald Trump Jr., Rudy Giuliani and Fox News broadcasters.

Yovanovitch and the State Department denied the allegation at the time, and she flatly -- and repeatedly -- denied The Hill's reporting as inaccurate during her testimony before the House impeachment inquiry, and told lawmakers why they were so damaging.

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Fox News’ Chris Wallace: ‘If you are not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch today, you don’t have a pulse’

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During a break in the testimony of former United States ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch before a House committee holding impeachment hearings on Donald Trump, Fox News host Chris Wallace praised her poise and devastating testimony, saying viewers should be "moved" by her story.

As the House hearing chamber emptied of lawmakers, Wallace was effusive in his praise.

"I think if you are not moved, and we will have to watch what happens in the cross-examination, but if you were not moved by the testimony of Marie Yovanovitch, you don't have a pulse," he said.

"This is a woman who had served in posts for presidents of both parties for more than 30 years," he added. "Hardship posts, places like Somalia, Tashkent, and she tells a story of being a leading fighter against corruption," before he provided more details about her stellar career and noting the president had her summarily fired by a new Trump hire.

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CNN’s Wolf Blitzer astonished by Yovanovich’s ‘devastating’ testimony — and Trump’s unhinged response

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CNN's Wolf Blitzer on Friday expressed astonishment at the testimony of former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovich after she talked at length about being subjected to a smear campaign by President Donald Trump's allies.

"What a devastating bit of news we have just been hearing," Blitzer said. "Truly powerful statement by the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, Marie Yovanovitch, speaking emotionally but very, very specifically about the accusations... about inappropriate behavior not only by the president of the united states, but by his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr., and these two associates, Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman, who have both been indicted by the Southern District of New York."

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