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Colin Powell slams ‘national disgrace’ Trump: Calling him an idiot ‘just emboldens him’

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed disdain for Donald Trump and his “birther” supporters in emails obtained by a website with purported Russian connections, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday.

As recently as last month, Powell told former aide Emily Miller, “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist. That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”

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Powell, a Republican who served under three presidents, also described Trump — his party’s current presidential nominee — as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in another email. According to Buzzfeed, Powell was averse to criticizing him in public, explaining that “To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”

Three years ago, the retired four-star general did air out his frustration with what he called the GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” during an appearance on Meet The Press.

“The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?” he asked at the time.

Powell declined to comment on the emails to Buzzfeed on Tuesday night, but did say, “I’m not denying it.”

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According to Buzzfeed, the emails first surfaced on DCLeaks.com, which has been linked to Russian intelligence agencies, though no connection has been confirmed.


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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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