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Devin Nunes is leading a small group of House intel Republicans to build a case against the FBI and DOJ: report

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In recent weeks, a small group of House Intelligence Committee Republicans have been meeting behind closed doors, secretly building a case against senior officials at the Justice Department and the FBI, Politico reports.

The group, headed by committee chairman Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is hoping to prove that senior leaders at the nation’s top agencies mishandled the infamous dossier alleging ties between Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. The group is functioning in tandem with the committee’s official investigation, but the GOP leaders have not yet informed Democrats of their efforts.

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According to Politico, Republicans are hoping to present a report next year that details what they see as corruption in the upper echelons of the U.S government. The GOP has long questioned the validity of the Trump dossier, and have repeatedly expressed frustration with the Justice Department’s reported use of those memos throughout the FBI’s investigation.

This isn’t the first time Nunes took his own creative liberty with the direction of the House intelligence committee’s probe. In April, Nunes—a former member of Trump’s transition team—temporarily stepped aside from leading that investigation. The House Ethics Committee had opened an investigation into the California Republican after he hastily arranged a press conference to accuse the Obama administration of improperly “unmasking” members of the Trump transition team. Despite his temporary recusal, Nunes continued to “unilaterally” issue subpoenas in the committee’s investigation.

He’s likewise publicly expressed frustration with the people running the investigation into Trump’s campaign.

“I hate to use the word corrupt, but they’ve become at least so dirty that who’s watching the watchmen?” Tunes asked on Fox News. “Who’s investigating these people?”

“I think what we are seeing in our committee … is an effort to attack the Department of Justice, an effort to attack the FBI, to attack Bob Mueller, is an effort to undermine the investigations and these institutions out of fear of what they’ll find and try to discredit them in advance,” House intel committee ranking member Adam Schiff (D-CA) told Politico. “It’s a pernicious thing to do that will ultimately inflict long-term damage on these institutions.”

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Nunes’ shadow investigation is in lock-step with the Trump orbit’s efforts to malign the FBI and special counsel investigation. Wednesday, Trump’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., told a crowd of young conservative activists there are “people at the highest levels of government that don’t want to let America be America.”

Former CIA head ret. Gen. Mike Hayden called Trump Jr.’s rhetoric “scary.”

“That is an appeal to the heart of autocracy and challenging the patriotism for the folks who work in the United States government,” Hayden told CNN’s Don Lemon. “We have good institutions in this country, they are imperfect, they make mistakes. We have imperfect people that send messages they shouldn’t send. But that doesn’t undercut the legitimacy of these institutions. We’re now seeing a constant attack, not just from the president but, as was suggested just a few minutes ago, from other members of the party, attacking institutions of the American government. It’s those institutions, the rule of law, the processes that keep us a free people.”

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Hayden later assured Lemon despite the barrage of attacks from the Trump administration and people loyal to the president, America’s institutions are “actually” holding up pretty well.

“That sound you hear from Washington is actually the sound of American institutions pushing back—whether the law enforcement, the courts, the press, American intelligence, Don we’ve even had moments we have the NFL and boy scouts of America pushing back,” Hayden said.

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‘No sound basis’: Georgetown law professor explains why Alan Dershowitz will crumble under Senate questioning

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Georgetown law professor John Mikhail suggested on Sunday that the portion of President Donald Trump's defense which is being covered by Alan Dershowitz to fail because it has "no sound basis" in history and law.

"There is no sound basis for Alan Dershowitz to claim that abuse of power is not an impeachable offense. In addition to being at odds with common sense, this claim is contradicted by a clear and consistent body of historical evidence," Mikhail stated.

The law professor cited the impeachment of Warren Hastings in the 1780s.

"Some of the best evidence comes from the case of Warren Hastings, which informed the drafting Art. II, Sec 4," Mikhail wrote. "The fact that he was not guilty of treason, but still deserved to be impeached, was a major reason 'other high crimes and misdemeanors' was added to the Constitution."

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Ex-White House aide describes Trump’s abusive tantrums when he doesn’t get his way: ‘Not normal at all’

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Appearing on MSNBC on Sunday afternoon, former Donald Trump advisor Omarosa Manigault Newman backed up assertions in the book " A Very Stable Genius" that the president is prone to tantrums when he doesn't get his way and becomes abusive to staffers and cabinet members alike.

Speaking with host Alex Witt, Omarosa -- who wrote an insider's account of life in the White House after she was unceremoniously fired -- said there was little in the new book that surprised her.

Digging into her Oval Office days, the former adviser and longtime Trump associate described the president's "zero to 200" screaming jags when displeased.

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Ex-Bush aide admits GOP would have removed Obama if he did ‘one tenth of what Trump has done’

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A former strategist for former President George W. Bush accused Republican lawmakers of hypocrisy on Sunday for for failing to honestly consider the impeachment of President Donald Trump.

Matthew Dowd, a campaign strategist-turned-media-analyst, made the remarks in a tweet on Sunday.

"Deep in their hearts the Republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what President Trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him," Dowd wrote. "And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And Trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines."

Deep in their hearts The republicans in Congress know that if Obama had done one tenth of what president trump has done they would have voted to impeach and convict him. And Fox News would have been cheering them on. And trump would have been pushing for it from the sidelines.

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