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‘It’s put up or shut up time’: Dan Rather says special counsel means Trump ‘now becomes the hunted’

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Famed journalist Dan Rather spoke with Rachel Maddow on Wednesday about the “surreal” developments in the ongoing investigations into Donald Trump campaign associates and Russian operatives, arguing the president “now becomes the hunted.”

“I do think there is something reassuring about this,” Rather said of news that a special counsel has been appointed to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation. “For most of the early stages of the Trump presidency, the question begged: are we still a country of laws or have we become, or are we becoming, a country of men and man?”

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“Today’s events with the appointment of this special counsel gives a resounding answer we’re still—this is one of the things that unites us—we’re still a nation of laws, not of men,” he added.

“Now facts are going to tell us what our destiny is and what our history will be,” Rather explained. “Not Donald Trump’s version of anything.”

Rather also praised media outlets including the New York Times and Washington Post for their efforts in exposing the Trump-Russia investigation.

“Thank god for the American press,” Rather said.

Rather said the question that arises from news the president’s transition team knew Michael Flynn was under investigation is “what is that Flynn knows about Donald Trump and his campaign that Donald Trump wants to keep hidden?”

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“Obviously, Flynn knows something,” Rather said.

“Up until today, President Donald Trump has had the ability to control almost every news cycle,” Rather said. “From this day forward, he no longer has control. And instead of being the hunter, he becomes the hunted.”

Referring Trump’s threat to former FBI Directory James Comey that he has “tapes” of their conversations, Rather said “it’s put up or shut up time for him.”

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“Either he has tapes or he doesn’t,” Rather said, “And if he has them, he’s got to come forward with them.”

“In many ways, the dam broke today,” Rather said. “Tomorrow morning is different from any morning we’ve had so far in the trump presidency. And I repeat for emphasis, he is on the defensive.”


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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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