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Robert Reich: Sally Yates testimony points to ‘Trump ordering Flynn’ to call Russian ambassador

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Writing on Facebook, former Clinton Labor Secretary Robert Reich laid out both the timeline of allegations regarding Russia’s election hacking and those related to disgraced national security adviser Michael Flynn.

Reich starts his timeline on December 29, 2016, when President Barack Obama announced “retaliation for Russian hacking of the U.S. elections”. He then switched to uncovered phone records from Flynn, that show calling “Russian Ambassador Kislyak several times”.

Reich went on to suggest that Flynn lied publicly (and to Vice President Mike Pence) about the call, but that U.S. intelligence knew of its’ existence, and reported it to Yates. As a result, Yates would have, according to Reich, warned the White House about Flynn’s lies to the VP. She was subsequently fired, and Flynn resigned two weeks later.

According to Reich, Yates’ testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on Crime and Terrorism fills in gaps in both the timeline of her firing and Flynn’s alleged inappropriate contact with Russian officials.

“The likeliest explanation for this sequence of events is Trump ordered Flynn to call Kislyak on December 29 in order to assure the Russians that Trump was behind them and grateful for their hacking, despite Obama’s retaliation,” Reich concluded.

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Trump’s racism isn’t a grand plan to win in 2020 — he’s just a ‘blithering idiot’: GOP strategist

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President Donald Trump over the last week has made overtly racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, which has led to speculation that the president believes using racism is the key to winning reelection in 2020.

However, Republican strategist Stuart Stevens, who is currently working for Trump primary challenger Bill Weld, says it would be a mistake to confuse Trump's bigoted impulses with a well thought out battle plan.

"There is always this need to attribute this master plan to Trump because otherwise, you have to come to terms with the fact that he’s a blithering idiot," Stevens said in an interview with the Huffington Post.

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Here is why Nancy Pelosi allowed a House impeachment vote

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Admitting that he isn't privy to insider knowledge from the Democratic leadership, Bloomberg columnist Jonathan Bernstein suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi may be playing a much longer game on the possibility of impeachment hearings on Donald Trump than her detractors believe.

Wondering, "Is Nancy Pelosi closer to impeachment?' Bernstein writes, "Usually, when a regular bill or resolution has been introduced, it’s then referred to committee. If the majority party doesn’t want to consider the bill, it will die with no further action. Under House rules, however, any member can force an impeachment resolution onto the floor as pending business. That’s what [Rep. Al] Green (D-TX) did Wednesday."

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Trump falsely claims he stopped his supporters from chanting ‘Send her back!’

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On Wednesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally in Greenville, North Carolina, where he singled out Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), accusing her and the other Democratic congresswomen known as "the Squad" of not loving America.

In response, the crowd began to shout "Send her back!"

Trump allowed the crowd to continue the chant for a full 12 seconds before continuing his speech.

The next day, amidst criticism that he was riling up his fans to dangerous levels, Trump claimed that he had indeed shut down the chant, in direct contradiction to the video. New York Times journalist Peter Baker reported Trump's claim on Twitter.

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