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‘A fight for the soul of our democracy’: Dem Rep. Cummings shames GOP for silence on ‘Trump tapes’

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Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) is no shrinking violet, and appearing on MSNBC Sunday morning, he made clear that Congress will get to the bottom of whether or not President Donald Trump was taping his own calls.

Speaking with “AM Joy” host Joy Reid, Cummings asserted that any recordings Trump may have made as president would become public record.

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“If there are tapes, clearly they would come under the Presidential Records Act,” said Cummings, a ranking member of the House Oversight Committee of the act passed in the wake of the Watergate scandal. “When you have recordings like this, you have to preserve them and they become a part of the presidential records. And we should have access to them as the Congress.”

Along with Rep. John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI), the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, Cummings authored a letter to the White House that not only demanded Trump turn over “copies of all recordings in possession of the White House regarding this matter,” but also indicting the president for potentially intimidating a witness via a seemingly threatening tweet directed at James Comey, the former FBI director he fired last week.

“The President’s actions this morning — as well as his admission yesterday on national television that he fired Director Comey because he was investigating Trump campaign officials and their connections to the Russian government — raise the specter of possible intimidation and obstruction of justice,” Conyers’ and Cummings’ statement reads. They also state that under Section 1512 of Title 18 of the US Code, “it is a crime to intimidate or threaten any potential witness with the intent to influence, delay, or prevent their official testimony.”

Addressing actions the House is taking to uncover the truth behind the so-called “Trump tapes,” Reid also asked Cummings if his Republican colleagues were more outraged behind the scenes about the president’s behavior than they appear to be in public.

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In response, Cummings said that while he thinks there is “some outrage,” many GOP congresspeople are either too scared of losing their seats or invested in the Comey firing scandal blowing over to speak out.

“I told them over and over again that this is a fight for the soul of our democracy,” Cummings said. “The question is going to become, when all of this is over, what kind of country are we going to have?”

Watch Cummings discuss the potential Trump tapes and his colleagues across the aisle below, via MSNBC.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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