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Seth Meyers consoles Trump over tiny crowd size: ‘You’re still the most popular president–since Obama’

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On Monday’s Late Night, host Seth Meyers consoled Donald Trump over his objectively small inauguration crowd size, telling the newly-minted leader, “Don’t worry, you’re still the most popular president—since Obama.”

Comparing an image of Donald Trump’s 2017 inauguration with former president Barack Obama’s 2009 inauguration, Meyers joked the photos “look like shots from a Billy Joel concert before and after he played ‘Piano Man.’”

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“Now we know Donald Trump doesn’t care that much about the sizes of things, especially crowds, so it was a little surprising to hear him complain about the media coverage,” Meyers said. The host then rolled footage of a “breathless” Trump ranting about his crowd size during a speech to CIA officials on Saturday.

Noting Trump did have some high-profile attendees, like NBC’s Al Roker, Meyers offered words of encouragement to Trump:

“Here’s the thing, Mr. President, it was a perfectly respectable crowd—full of people who love you and are excited you won. It’s just not a record breaking crowd. And it’s not your fault you had to follow [Barack Obama], people just really liked him. He won the electoral college and the popular vote.”

“You’re still the most popular president since Obama,” Meyers added.

Watch the video below, via NBC:

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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