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WATCH: GOP lawmaker stuns CNN host by defending Assad after hearing Syrian girl’s plea for help

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A CNN host was left speechless Wednesday morning after a Republican congressman responded to a plea from a Syrian girl for help by defending President Bashar al-Assad.

Appearing on At This Hour with Kate Bolduan, Rep. Tom Massie (R-KY) pushed back at a call from Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) to intervene in Syria after a horrific chemical weapon attack in Khan Sheikhoun.

“Well, you know, we had testimony from a military expert in front of Congress that said that’s a virtual act of war in Syria, and that we would be at war with the Russians at that point. I think it’s a bad idea,” Massie explained.

Host Bolduan then showed Massie a clip of 7-year-old Bana Alabed, who has documented the horrors of the Syrian war on Twitter, asking for help and saying, “I want to stop the war, and I want the children of Syria play and go to school, live in peace. We can — we can help them. Together, we can save them.”

“To be clear, what she said right there is that’s all she wants,” Bolduan explained. “She wants for the children of Syria to play and go to school. She’s pleading for help. What do you say to her, congressman?”

Saying “President Trump campaigned on a  more restrained foreign policy,” Massie noted that the U.S. didn’t create “a better school environment for the children in Iraq, frankly, by destabilizing that country, and I don’t think it serves the children of Syria or anybody in the United States to further destabilize Syria.”

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“So you say — you hear that plea from her, you see the images coming out of Syria and you think the best policy for the United states right now is to do nothing?” a stunned Bolduan asked.

“What I’m saying is we might end up making the situation worse if we launch air strikes,” Massie parried. “So we really need to step back and take a good look at this. The first casualty of war is the truth and it’s hard to know what’s happening in Syria right now. I would like to know how the release of gas happened, if it did occur. And frankly I don’t know if Assad had done that.

“Who do you think is behind it? You think — who do you think is behind it?” Bolduan pressed.

“You know, you’ve got a war going on over there,” Massie attempted to explain. “Supposedly the air strike was on an ammo dump, and so I don’t know if it was released because there was gas stored in the ammo dump or not. That’s plausible. I’m not saying that’s what I think happened, but –.”

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“You’re more inclined the position of what Bashar al-Assad is saying and what the Russians are saying than more inclined to believe what even your colleagues here in the United States believe is true, that this is Assad, and what human rights observers say is Assad?” an incredulous Bolduan asked as she cut him off.

“I don’t think it would have served Assad’s purposes to do a chemical attack on his own people. So, you know, it’s hard for me to understand why he would do that, if he did,” Massie explained as Bolduan was rendered speechless and shook her head as she thanked him for appearing.

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Lawrence O’Donnell aired hard-hitting expose on Trump, Jr — and the president tweets ‘presidential harassment’

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Tuesday broadcast a hard-hitting segment on Donald Trump, Jr. for defending his father against claims of rape -- despite the fact his own mom made similar allegations.

The host attempted to understand why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Trump, Jr. are so obedient to Trump when they both used to despise him.

O'Donnell noted a tweet by Trump, Jr. on the latest allegations against his father.

https://twitter.com/DonaldJTrumpJr/status/1143330206498852867

Moments after the segment ended, the president tweeted.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1143709133234954241

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Robert Mueller subpoena isn’t a ‘friendly’ one: Intelligence Committee Chair tells Maddow

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Intelligence Committee chair Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) joined with Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) in subpoenaing former special counsel Robert Mueller. But according to Schiff, this wasn't exactly an agreement the committees came to with Mueller or the special counsel's investigators.

"We consistently communicated our committees' intentions to issue these subpoenas if necessary and we now understand it is necessary to do so. Should we see this as a friendly subpoena that Robert Mueller believed had to be issued before he could accept an invitation to testify?" asked MSNBC host Rachel Maddow.

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Mueller agrees to testify in public about Russia investigation after House Democrats issue subpoena: report

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On Tuesday evening, CNN reported that former special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify in public about the Russia investigation, following subpoenas from House Democrats.

"The House Intelligence Committee and the House Judiciary Committee announced ... the special counsel has agreed to appear in public on July 17th in an open session to testify about what he found as a part of his two-year investigation into Russian interference, as well as potential obstruction of justice in the White House," said CNN reported Manu Raju. "Now, they say in this letter, both the chairmen of these committees, Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff, that they have subpoenaed Bob Mueller and he's agreed to testify under subpoena."

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