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‘Completely destroyed his reputation’: ‘Morning Joe’ shreds Nunes’s Trump wiretap stunt

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Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is still taking heat for his decision to reveal that members of the Trump administration may have incidentally had some of their communications monitored as part of routine intelligence gathering.

The panel on Morning Joe Friday morning said Nunes, who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, had fatally compromised himself while making it much more likely that a special prosecutor will be called in to investigate President Donald Trump’s connections with Russia.

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“What he’s saying is, ‘I’m fine with releasing classified information as long as it’s to the benefit of the president,'” said panelist Elise Jordan, a former adviser to Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY). “He’s not an impartial arbiter at all, not doing his job that he has a responsibility to the public, to his constituents to do. I think they’re making a select committee inevitable.”

Co-host Joe Scarborough was even more scathing in his analysis.

“[Nunes] has completely destroyed his reputation for being impartial over the past two or three days,” said Scarborough. “[He] basically went out and blew up the intel committee, one of the most important committees on the Hill, because the president was catching flak from the press.”

Watch the whole segment below.

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The hammer will fall during the Trump impeachment hearings — only if you believe in magic

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Whether you want the hammer to come down on Donald Trump or finally get the chance to dismiss the whole impeachment inquiry as wrongheaded, the hammer may fall this week if you believe in magic.

Wednesday is Opening Day for the Democrats’ assault on the White House, a chance for House Intelligence Committee members led by Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) to put the Ukraine impeachment case against Trump in public view.

The idea among Democrats, of course, is that because people refuse to read, public hearings will take the testimony from former ambassadors and national security people out from the shadows and into the light, where all can hear directly from these witnesses, adjudge their independence and credibility and move toward a declaration of impeachment. Schiff said public hearings will show "the most important facts are largely not contested" related to Trump's use of "illicit" means to secure damaging information on his political rivals.

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Dutch man arrested for ‘Black Pete’ suicide bomb threat

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Dutch police have arrested a man who threatened in a social media post to blow himself up over plans to sideline "Black Pete", a Christmas-time character provoking accusations of racist stereotyping.

The arrest is the latest controversy over the country's traditional Saint Nicholas side kick, portrayed in winter parades and by many Dutch children with a black face, thick red lips, woolly hair and a golden earring.

"A 49-year-old man from The Hague was arrested Monday afternoon after he threatened to blow himself up in support of the Saint Nicholas tradition," police said in a statement.

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Trump’s claim on halting Ukraine aid contradicted by Pentagon official Laura Cooper

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According to a new report from The Daily Beast, after the Pentagon's June announcement that it would give Ukraine $250 million in aid, Defense Department officials received a list of questions, seemingly originating from President Trump, seeking information about the aid.

“We got a question from my chain of command forwarded down from the chief of staff, I believe, from the Department of Defense, asking for a follow-up on a meeting with the President,” top Pentagon official Laura Cooper testified on Capitol Hill last month. “The way the email was phrased, it said follow-up from POTUS meeting, so follow-up from a meeting with the President. So, you know, I'm thinking that the questions were probably questions from the President. That's how I interpreted that subject line.”

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