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‘An American was assassinated!’: Van Jones smacks down ex-Trump adviser defending president’s comments

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A State of the Union panel went off the rails Sunday morning when a former Donald Trump adviser attempted to defend the President’s “both sides” comment over the Charlottesville attack.

Former Trump adviser Michael Caputo claimed that he deplored the attack that killed one woman and injured 19, before saying he “understood the president’s point” and that “America is being destroyed by people on both sides thinking that the other side destroying the world. America is being moved into chaos by people on both sides who think that they’re better than anyone else on the other side.”

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CNN regular Van Jones was not having it.

“You know, I see it very differently,” Jones began. “It’s almost painful to have to point this out. You are correct that there is a problem of extremism in this country that cuts across, but this is a day in which after an American citizen was assassinated in broad daylight by a Nazi.”

“A Nazi who the day before had been marching with torches down American streets saying anti-Jewish, anti-black stuff,” he continued as his voice rose. “This not a time to talk about both sidesm both sides are not using ISIS tactics, mowing people down with cars in the streets of America. Grandparents, great grandparents, people watching this show gave their lives to stop Nazism. Dr. King gave his life to stop the klan.”

“This is not the time to talk about both sides< h said as he turned and pointed at Caputo. “Maybe tomorrow or the day after. The president of the United States needs to come out and say, ‘my daughter is Jewish.’ Go off script and say ‘my daughter is Jewish, my son-in-law is Jewish, I don’t want this in my country.”

“So don’t talk about sides,” he concluded. “That sends a signal to people, this is on purpose.”

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Trump ignored aides’ advice before first Ukraine call — and it destroyed his impeachment defense: report

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President Donald Trump has repeatedly referred to himself as his own top advisor and a political "genius." But his interactions with Ukraine at the heart of the impeachment inquiry could demonstrate the limitations of such an approach to governing.

Friday's bombshell, behind-closed-door testimony from David Holmes has made White House aides unhappy, but the bad news for the administration did not stop there.

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‘Aides to the president are not happy’ Gordon Sondland held the phone up in restaurant: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported on Friday that White House aides are unhappy with Ambassador Gordon Sondland for holding up a call with Trump in a restaurant for multiple witnesses to listen.

The details were revealed in bombshell closed-door testimony before Congress on Friday.

Acosta noted the administration was trying to downplay the significance of the call.

"But I will tell you, that the aides of the president are not happy that Gordon Sondland apparently held the phone up so other aides could hear what was going on and the words of the source familiar with the conversations inside the White House, the president speaks loudly, Sondland should know that," Acosta reported.

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David Holmes’ opening statement to Congress directly implicated Donald Trump: report

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Congress will hear first-hand testimony of President Donald Trump's involvement in the Ukraine scandal.

"David Holmes, the state department aide who overheard President Donald Trump's conversation with the US ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, said that Sondland told Trump that the Ukranian President would do 'anything you ask him to,' and that he confirmed the Ukrainians were going to 'do the investigation,'" CNN reported Friday.

""Sondland told Trump that (Ukrainian President Volodymyr) Zelensky 'loves your ass,'" Holmes testified. "I then heard President Trump ask, 'So, he's gonna do the investigation?' Ambassador Sondland replied that 'he's gonna do it,' adding that President Zelensky will do 'anything you ask him to.'"

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