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Joe Biden blasts Trump on Charlottesville: ‘Silence is complicity’ — and the president’s ‘was deafening’

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During a Monday evening appearance on “The Late Show,” former Vice President Joe Biden said that the uprising of white supremacists and Nazis in Charlottesville was a huge turning point for him in President Donald Trump’s White House.

“There are certain things that when they occur you just can’t remain silent,” Biden told host Stephen Colbert. “Charlottesville, for me, was a moment where I thought silence would be complicity.”

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It was at that point Biden wrote an op-ed in The Atlantic about fighting for the soul of America.

“The idea that you would see in America, in a historic city, Nazis carrying flags spouting the same exact bile about Jews that was spouted from Germany in the 1930’s and then caught these guys crawling out from under rocks with torches and to not have an outright, flat condemnation of that is…” Biden said before abruptly stopping. “You know, David Brooks talks about this invisible moral fabric that holds up society. And leaders’ impact on how that is perceived. And I thought the silence was deafening.”

Biden’s appearance came on the day his new book was released about his life as vice president and the death of his son Beau from brain cancer.

“I thought we had passed the days when it was acceptable for political leaders at local and national levels to bestow legitimacy on hate speech and fringe ideologies. But the world is changing so rapidly,” Biden said in a commencement address to Cornell University immediately following the Charlottesville protests.

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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