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‘Give me a break’: Rep. Elijah Cummings slams Sessions’ recusal — and asks him to resign

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) isn’t interested in Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal. The ranking member on the Government Reform and Oversight Committee wants to see Sessions resign.

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Cummings questioned how far Sessions’ recusal will go. Sessions told reporters that he will recuse himself for anything involving Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign. He did not indicate if it would include ties that surfaced after the election or now that Trump is in the White House.

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Cummings railed against Sessions saying that Democrats have been asking that he recuse himself from the second he took the oath for his confirmation hearing.

“Suddenly, now, he says because he’s talked to his ethics people that he is going to recuse himself,” Cummings continued. “They say — they told him he should do it because he was involved in the campaign. Give me a break. He is the number one law enforcement officer in the country. He has been a U.S. Attorney for the state of Alabama, and as an attorney, he knows and I know that there are certain things that you don’t have to talk to the ethics people about.”

Cummings argued that when someone comes before a committee, every syllable stated is important.

“I found it interesting that he got a memory today,” Cummings continued. The comment is in reference to Sessions’ claim that he recalled the meeting. “That was very interesting, that he remembered some things and he didn’t remember other things.”

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He went on to say that another thing he found concerning was that when they come before the committee and say that they forgot something under sworn testimony and they want to correct it they usually do so with a written statement. That didn’t happen in Sessions’ case.

“I don’t think this would have ever come out if it were not for the drip-drab of the press bringing these things out,” he concluded. “And, so, I’m still concerned. I do not think it was enough. I think he left a lot of questions unanswered.”

Cummings is also concerned about why Sessions didn’t recuse himself well before this.

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“He’s been sitting around, I guess, talking to Comey and others,” Cummings said. “We don’t know what he knows. It’s going to be interesting what he sends to the Judiciary Committee to try to clear the record. But I can tell you that I’m still not satisfied. I’m concerned, and I think that we as a country and we as a judicial system are better than that.”

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Billionaire Trump-loving governor took $125,000 in bailouts meant for struggling farmers: report

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On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that Gov. Jim Justice (R-WV) received $125,000 in emergency stabilization payments for his farms, as part of the bailout program authorized by President Donald Trump to help farmers avoid losses due to the trade war with China.

Justice, a Trump-loving business magnate who briefly switched to the Democratic Party to run for governor of West Virginia and switched back to the GOP after the election, hardly fits the profile of a struggling farmer. He is worth $1.5 billion, and owns over 50 businesses, including a network of coal mines and the Greenbriar luxury resort, a popular gathering place for Republican officials.

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Here’s why Sondland’s testimony is devastating to Trump — whether he wants it to be or not

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Veteran Newsweek reporter Kurt Eichenwald outlined in a thread that EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered testimony to the House that was devastating for President Donald Trump whether Sondland wanted it to be or not.

"While wrapped in diplomatic-speak and hemming-and-hawing, the statement of Gordon Sondland, U.S. ambassador to European Union, is devastating to Trump and Giuliani," Eichenwald said. "Given the surrounding evidence, either Giuliani has to say he lied to Sondland, or Trump has to be impeached it is important to dig through it, because, while quite clear on most dates, it takes jumping a bit around in the statement to figure out the date of the key event."

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Trump’s EU ambassador is using the ‘Don Jr. defense’ of being too dumb to break the law: national security expert

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Gordon Sondland, the man whom President Donald Trump appointed to be his ambassador to the European Union, told congressional investigators on Thursday that he didn't understand that President Donald Trump might be holding up establishing direct contact with Ukraine's government unless the government agreed to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

However, given that the president did ask him to run all Ukraine policy through attorney Rudy Giuliani, and given that Giuliani was already publicly boasting about trying to get Ukraine to probe Biden, Sondland's testimony raises the question of what he actually believed the president's intentions were in withholding aid to the country this past summer.

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