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Fox News military analyst slams GOP for ‘reflexive’ defense of ‘egregious’ Trump actions

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Fox News military analyst Ralph Peters published a column on Tuesday in which he called out Republican lawmakers for showing “blind loyalty” to President Donald Trump.

Peters, who in the past was temporarily suspended from Fox for calling former President Barack Obama a “p*ssy” on air, wrote that he’s been sickened by the GOP’s total lack of interest in getting to the bottom of what Russia did to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.

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“Republicans, who long claimed to be the Constitution’s defenders and champions of national security, shrug off Russian penetration of our political system and justify the reckless use (following Obama’s precedent) of executive orders by their president — whose behavior would excite outrage if the fingers on the keypad  belonged to a Democrat,” thundered Peters. “And a flatulent Congress cringes and points at the other guy.”

Later in the column, Peters savaged Trump supporters who turn a blind eye to all his transgressions just because they like him better than Democrats.

“Presidents are not idols to be worshiped,” he wrote. “We should praise them when they do well and criticize them when they err. To reflexively defend egregious behaviors and abuses of power because the transgressor is “our guy” is un-American: Refusing to think for ourselves and act with integrity ignores our essential right and duty as citizens.”

Read the whole column here.

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CNN fact checker busts Trump for sharing out-of-context video intended to smear Vindman

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CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Tuesday caught President Donald Trump sharing an out-of-context video that was intended to smear Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, who testified earlier in the day about his concerns regarding the president's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

A tweet sent out by Trump social media director Dan Scavino showed a video of Vindman's testimony in which he acknowledged being approached by Ukrainian government officials multiple times and being offered a job as the country's defense minister.

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Ex-FBI official mocks GOP defenses of Trump: ‘No one says I’ll walk through the terms of our bribery!’

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Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday roasted Republicans who claimed that President Donald Trump must be innocent because no witnesses so far have explicitly said that the president is guilty of bribery.

After watching a clip of Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) asserting that neither Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman nor State Department official Jennifer Williams had used the word "bribery" in their testimonies, McCabe mocked the GOP lawmaker for apparently believing that the only way to prove bribery occurred was to have someone admit to the bribe.

"Over the course of many years investigating organized crime, and listening to many conversations in which organized crime figures would try to bend inferiors or victims to their will, no one ever says, 'I'm going to offer you a quid pro quo,' or 'Here's how I'll walk you through the terms of our bribery.' What you have, the person with the power uses that power to coerce the subservient person to do or produce whatever it is they want."

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FBI investigating possible ‘criminal enterprise’ in Jeffrey Epstein’s jailhouse death

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The director of the Federal Bureau of Prisons confirmed that the FBI was investigating whether Jeffrey Epstein's death was related to a criminal enterprise.

Two correctional officers, Tova Noel and Michael Thomas, were arrested and charged Tuesday with falsifying prison records to cover up their lapses in their official duties, which included checking on Epstein every half hour, reported the Miami Herald.

The officers instead remained at their desk, browsing the internet and moving around the common area.

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