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LISTEN: Huckabee Sanders stonewalls reporters on Trump Jr. email inquiries in bizarre briefing

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Deputy White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer any questions about Donald Trump Jr.’s emails that revealed he knowingly met with a Russian lawyer whom he was told was working on behalf of the Russian government to help her father’s presidential campaign.

During Tuesday’s press briefing, Sanders read out the president’s official statement that “my son is a high quality person and I applaud his transparency,” but otherwise would not get into the weeds about revelations that Trump Jr. was explicitly told that his 2016 meeting with Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya was “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.”

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For the vast majority of questions related to Trump Jr., Sanders referred reporters to Trump Jr.’s personal attorney.

“I will refer everything on this matter to Donald Trump Jr.’s outside counsel,” Sanders said shortly after reading the president’s statement about his son.

When asked later by a reporter about whether Trump Jr.’s emails showed evidence of collusion with the Russian government, she said simply that, “I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but on all questions related to this matter I would refer you to Don Jr.’s counsel.”

When asked whether Trump was being truthful when he insisted repeatedly that no one in his campaign had contact with Russian government officials, Sanders said, “To repeat myself, I will refer you to the outside counsel, and I do not have anything else to add.”

When asked to define what would constitute collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, Sanders said, “I said all we are going to say on that, anything else, you have to reach out to outside counsel.”

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Listen to the whole briefing below.

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Impeachment: Trump’s ‘hearsay’ defense just crashed and burned

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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WATCH: Dejected Devin Nunes slumps back in his chair after he fails to yield his time to Elise Stefanik

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee was visibly frustrated after once again getting shut down while attempting a parliamentary maneuver.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) has been attempting to ignore the rules governing the impeachment inquiry so that he can yield Republicans' time to fellow members of Congress, instead of just the professional GOP counsel.

Nunes has attempted to yield time to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), who has been raising re-election funds off of her outbursts in the hearings.

Once again, Nunes attempted to yield his time to a fellow Republican and once again Nunes was told that is against the rules.

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Mike Pompeo wants to run for Senate — but can’t figure out a graceful way to resign: report

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For months, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has been dogged by rumors that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is trying to recruit him to run for Senate in his home state of Kansas — a claim that he has flatly denied.

Now, Time reports that multipler Republican sources have confirmed Pompeo does in fact have a Kansas Senate run on his radar. The only problem is that he can't figure out a graceful way to exit the Trump administration.

Pompeo, who has largely remained in President Donald Trump's good graces, has come under national scrutiny for his role in the Ukraine scandal, which has seen several foreign service officers and national security officials testifying that Trump set up a backchannel with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani to Ukrainian leadership to demand political help against former Vice President Joe Biden.

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