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Intel CEO resigns from Trump’s American Manufacturing Council — third since Charlottesville attack

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A third CEO has departed from Donald Trump’s American Manufacturing Council since the president’s sluggish disavowal of white supremacists in the aftermath of the Charlottesville attack on Saturday.

Brian Krzanich, Chief Executive Officer of the technology company Intel, stepped down from the council “to call attention to the serious harm our divided political climate is causing to critical issues,” according to a press release issued Monday.

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“I have already made clear my abhorrence at the recent hate-spawned violence in Charlottesville, and earlier today I called on all leaders to condemn the white supremacists and their ilk who marched and committed violence,” he said. “I resigned because I want to make progress, while many in Washington seem more concerned with attacking anyone who disagrees with them.”

Trump took two days to come out and unequivocally disavow white supremacy after a Nazi sympathizer drove into a crowd of counter-protestors and anti-fascists, killing 32-year old Heather Heyer and injuring 19 others. The president has received bipartisan condemnation for his slow—and seemingly forced—response.

Krzanich joins two other CEOs—Under Armour’s Kevin Plank and Merck & Co.’s Kenneth C. Frazier—in stepping down from the council following last weekend’s attack. Trump on Monday attacked Krzanich on Twitter for leaving the group of advisors.

“My request—my plea—to everyone involved in our political system is this: set scoring political points aside and focus on what is best for the nation as a whole,” Krzanich wrote in his press release. “The current environment must change, or else our nation will become a shadow of what it once was and what it still can and should be.”

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GOP counsel Steve Castor ripped for ‘drowning’ during impeachment: ‘Someone find a lifeguard’

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The Republican staffer charged with cross-examining witnesses in the televised House impeachment inquiry hearings was roundly blasted online for his incompetence in questioning Deputy Assistant Secretary of State George Kent and Ambassador Bill Taylor.

Federalist Society contributor Steve Castor, who has worked for Republicans on the Intelligence Committee since 2005, was hoped to be a hero for Republicans.

“From Tom Davis to Darrell Issa to me to Jim Jordan to Trey Gowdy, he’s always had everybody’s confidence and we are an eclectic group of oversight chairs and ranking members,” former Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) told The Daily Beast. “And the fact that he’s had all of our confidence is saying something.”

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‘It’s not working’: Ari Fleischer baffled by House GOP questions in impeachment inquiry

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George W. Bush's former press secretary Ari Fleischer was mystified by the questions House Republicans posed to the first two public impeachment inquiry witnesses.

GOP lawmakers tasked Stephen Castor with questioning Bill Taylor, the acting ambassador to Ukraine, and George Kent, a State Department deputy who covers Ukraine, and the staunch Republican Fleischer wasn't impressed.

"Whatever the GOP counsel is doing, it's not working," Fleischer tweeted. "I don't undertand where he's going."

Taylor and Kent told lawmakers that Trump and his associates set up a separate diplomatic channel that appeared to be aimed at pressuring Ukraine to assist the president's re-election campaign, but Castor's questions focused on establishing a conspiracy theory the witnesses had already debunked.

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‘Aimed squarely at Rube Nation’: Former Republican stunned by GOP lawmakers spouting Ukraine conspiracy theories

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Tom Nichols, a former Republican and a current professor at the Naval War College in Rhode Island, found himself utterly stunned by Rep. Devin Nunes's (R-CA) questioning of impeachment inquiry witnesses Bill Taylor and George Kent during Wednesday's hearings.

During his questioning, Nunes regularly befuddled both Taylor and Kent when he brought up issues related to the Crowdstrike conspiracy theory that claims that the Ukrainian government, not Russia, interfered in the 2016 presidential election.

Reacting to this, Nichols said that Nunes's performance wasn't aimed at persuading the general public, but only Fox News-watching Trump supporters.

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