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Ex-CIA agent: Trump and Fox News twist the facts like Iranian government propagandists

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Former CIA agent John Sipher told MSNBC on Saturday that President Donald Trump and his Fox News enablers are functioning like Iranian government propagandists in their desire to create straw man enemies against which to pitch their base.

Regarding Trump’s attacks on the FBI, Sipher said, “I find those kind of statements shameful, frankly. Our public servants, they take an oath to the Constitution and they work for Democratic and Republican presidential administrations.”

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“People like the president and members of Congress and Senators, when they speak, they’re speaking to numerous audiences. They’re speaking to foreign audiences who are listening closely,” Sipher said. “They’re speaking as the head of the government to all the people who work for them.”

However, he said, Trump and people like Rep. Francis Rooney (R-FL) — who called for a “purge” of personnel from the FBI last week — are “speaking to a small base of people who want, just like the Iranians do, to create a straw man enemy.”

“They’ve tried to suggest that the FBI, CIA and the Justice Department somehow are an enemy of the administration and therefore need to be taken down,” he said. “That’s just nonsense, is what that is.”

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Chris Wallace fact-checks his own Fox News colleagues after their denials of Trump’s quid pro quo

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As US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland gave his testimony in the House impeachment hearings this Wednesday, Fox News contributor Ken Starr acknowledged that Sondland's testimony all but guarantees that articles of impeachment will be drawn up against President Trump. He also posited that Trump "gave himself enough cover" regarding Sondland's September 9 conversation with Trump where he said the President allegedly said, "I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo."

"Well, I think that Ken Starr and [Fox News contributor] Andy McCarthy are very good lawyers," Wallace said. "And like any good lawyers they can parse this, phrase this any way they want, but as a reporter it seems to me that we have to go to what the headline is today, and the headline is that Gordon Sondland, one of the three amigos, perhaps the one who had the most direct contact with Donald Trump, says in his opening statement, 'Was there a quid pro quo with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting? The answer is yes.'"

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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