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‘Bannon has to go or I’m gone:’ MSNBC’s Mika begs ‘great leaders’ to protect ‘this country from this president’

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MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski is worried President Donald Trump will lead the United States down a very dark path unless someone in his administration is willing to speak up.

She led a panel Tuesday on “Morning Joe” on the president’s latest version of his controversial travel ban, which was announced the day before by Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly.

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“Two of the three are clean and have great reputations and are great leaders and great men,” Brzezinski said, apparently leaving off the attorney general, who recused himself last week from the Russia investigation after reports showed he’d met secretly with that nation’s ambassador during the election campaign.

Brzezinski remains alarmed by Trump’s weekend tweets accusing his predecessor, Barack Obama, of ordering an illegal wiretap ahead of the election — although the president has offered no proof — and then asking Congress to investigate those baseless claims.

“I just don’t know why there’s nobody at the White House who doesn’t walk down the hall and say, ‘Mr. President, you can’t do this, this has to stop,'” she said. “Whoever this person is (should say), ‘Steve Bannon has to go or I’m gone.’ When does that happen? When does somebody do the right thing and protect their own reputation and this country from this president?”

MSNBC political analyst Mike Barnicle pointed out that Trump has always tried to manipulate facts to create his own reality to promote himself as a celebrity and to demonstrate the success of Trump Organization.

“So in this situation, given what has happened just over the past three days, who in his party comes to his defense?” Barnicle wondered. “How do they defend him when he is really creating his own separate universe that maybe they don’t even understand?”

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Jeremy Peters, the New York Times reporter, said Trump and his administration had conjured a universe of alternate facts, as White House adviser Kellyanne Conway infamously described their mistruths.

“This is one of the more troubling developments for the truth in American political discourse right now, is that even when the facts are not on Donald Trump’s side, there are people around him — in talk radio, in conservative media, on Capitol Hill, in his own West Wing offices — who will create their own set of facts to back up whatever outrageous claim he has made,” Peters said.

Brzezinski said Trump has already badly damaged the reputation of both the U.S. and the office he holds, and she’s spoken with individuals in the diplomatic community who worry the president is gathering power in dangerous ways.

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“They say we’re worried because this is how it starts, and it’s a very strong statement,” Brzezinski said. “But how when you have the president tweeting what he tweeted on Saturday morning, how do you not look at everything as perhaps marching toward an area where we don’t want to go? How do you not look at this travel ban as a part of venturing into territory that could be bleak and dangerous for our country?”


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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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Legal experts speculate Bill Barr was merely ‘nonsense posturing’ when he claimed Trump’s tweets made his job ‘impossible’

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Attorney General William Barr recently complained that President Donald Trump makes it “impossible” for him to do his job when he tweets about cases that are still making their way through the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) and the federal courts — for example, the criminal case of long-time Trump ally and veteran GOP operative Roger Stone. But Barr remains a Trump loyalist, and Law & Crime reporter Jerry Lambe notes in an article published on February 25 that Trump continues to tweet about Stone’s case.

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Adam Schiff explains how Trump just crippled US election security with appointment of ‘loyalist’ intel director

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) warned on Wednesday that election security in the United States is in jeopardy due to President Donald Trump's choice for acting director of national intelligence.

CNN's Manu Raju asked Schiff about the appointment of Richard Grenell as the nation's top intelligence coordinator.

"He has little to no relevant experience except for being a Trump loyalist," Schiff noted. "And the level of confidence that we can have that we will get fully informed of threats to our elections has just gone down to practically none."

Grenell, who currently serves as the ambassador to Germany, has come under fire from Democrats for possibly violating federal law after he "failed to inform the department about work he did for foreign entities before joining the Trump administration," according to CBS News.

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