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Senate Dem vows filibuster of Trump’s Supreme Court nominee: ‘This is a stolen seat’

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President Donald Trump is going to announce his Supreme Court nomination on Tuesday night — but at least one Senate Democrat is vowing to do everything in his power to stop it.

Sen. Jeff Merkley (D – OR) tells Politico that he and his colleagues will filibuster Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, no matter who it is.

“This is a stolen seat,” Merkley said, referring to the Senate Republican majority’s refusal to consider the nomination of Merrick Garland, who was nominated by former President Obama to replace the deceased Justice Antonin Scalia. “This is the first time a Senate majority has stolen a seat. We will use every lever in our power to stop this.”

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If Merkley and Senate Democrats hold together and refuse to vote for cloture on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee, it could force Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R – KY) to invoke the so-called “nuclear option” that would eliminate the filibuster as a tool to block Supreme Court justices.

Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D – NV) invoked the nuclear option in 2013 for lower-level judicial appointments to help clear up a logjam of judges being blocked by Republicans.


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Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump

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President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.

As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.

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Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."

He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.

"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."

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Trump took out DNI head Dan Coats to install a new acting director in charge of whistleblowers: CIA veteran

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Appearing on MSNBC's "AM Joy," a longtime veteran CIA official said the whistleblower, who ran to the inspector general with a complaint about Donald Trump asking Ukraine's president for dirt on Joe Biden, should expect the president and his aides to come after them.

Speaking with host Joy Reid, Jonna Mendez said she saw the first warnings signs that something was up in the U.S. intelligence community when the president forced DNI head Dan Coats and his top deputy out.

"Through the lens of someone who spent 27 years at the CIA, the thing that caught my eye instantly was Dan Coats' resignation follow by Sue Gordon," Mendez explained. "The fact that Dan Coats went into a meeting and said 'Sue, you've got to resign' and that she did, truncating a career that clearly hadn't reached its zenith."

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