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CNN walks through the damning timeline for Mike Pence’s involvement in Michael Flynn’s lies

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Vice President Mike Pence was the chair of President Donald Trump’s transition team when retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn was doing outreach to the Russians. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. will be testifying to Congress behind closed doors Wednesday.

CNN anchor Chris Cuomo noted that it’s a “bad or worse proposition for Pence,” who was either clueless or lying. New questions are surfacing about what exactly Pence knew and when he knew it. Specifically, Congress is curious about Flynn’s contacts with Russia “about the meeting that Donald Trump Jr. was so anxious to have,” Cuomo continued.

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Jeff Zeleny reported that there are new questions about Pence’s meeting with the Russian ambassador and that it’s causing “anxiety within the president’s inner circle, that he will eventually be called for an interview with the special counsel.”

Court documents that were unsealed last week revealed Trump advisors talking about Flynn’s calls with Sergey Kislyak over U.S. sanctions. While Pence’s aides have said that he was unaware of any conversations had, the special counsel is likely curious how Pence could not have known. MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow specifically noted that Flynn’s plea agreement points directly to Pence’s involvement.

According to the timeline, on Dec. 20, Pence held a national security meeting at the transition offices in Washington. On that same day, former President Barack Obama approved new sanctions against Russia for meddling int he 2016 election. Trump even addressed the sanctions. At that point Flynn called transition advisor K.T. McFarland at Mar-a-Lago with other transition officials to discuss the sanctions. Flynn then called Kislyak.

It was 16 days later when Pence called Flynn to personally ask about contacts with Kislyak. He then went on “Face the Nation” and claimed that he didn’t know of any contact.

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MSNBC conservative goes down in flames trying to separate Trump’s incompetence from his corruption

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MSNBC conservative Noah Rothman met furious pushback when he dismissed poll numbers as insignificant showing a growing majority of Americans support the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

The "Morning Joe" contributor argued that those numbers reflected the president's approval rating and would not exert any pressure on congressional Republicans, but instead place greater pressure on Democrats to make their case for impeachment.

"It's incumbent on Democrats to make this case," Rothman said. "Right now they are presenting a united front because it's still primary season. Once we get into the general (election campaign) there will be more pressure on them to explain their position, but it's incumbent on Democrats to make the case."

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The Trump murder video is no joke: It’s an encouragement to ramp up the violence

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Donald Trump is not a “friendly fascist.” Unlike Ronald Reagan, the prototype for that concept, Trump does not pretend to be harmless. He does not offer up fake smiles and a cheerful nature, or display empathy and human concern for others, feigned or otherwise.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Donald Trump is direct, obvious and public in his threats against democracy, the Constitution and the rule of law. Trump and his movement are working to destroy America’s multiracial democracy through appeals to a mythic past that will “Make America Great Again.” In practice this means undoing all the social progress and democratic reforms of the last century or more and returning to a society where white people — rich white male Christians, in particular — are fully in control over all aspects of American society for all time.

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Fox & Friends hosts deflated after legal analyst shoots down latest GOP impeachment talking point

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The hosts of "Fox & Friends" on Thursday appeared disappointed when legal analyst Andrew Napolitano gave them unfortunate news about the White House's latest objections to House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

Specifically, Napolitano addressed the letter sent to Congress by White House counsel Pat Cipollone, which claimed that the executive branch did not have to comply with any subpoenas of documents until the House formally voted to open an impeachment inquiry.

"The Republicans changed the rules when John Boehner was the Speaker of the House allowing each individual committee to issue subpoenas without a House-wide vote," he explained. "So those subpoenas are valid, and those people who resist them, ignore them, who put them in a drawer, do so at your peril."

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