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‘No smoking gun’: Republican who has seen Nunes’ controversial memo blows up GOP’s talking points

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Appearing on MSNBC on Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC) admitted he has seen the memo prepared by House intel head Devin Nunes (R-CA) before downplaying conservative expectations that it will be a game-changer, saying there is no “smoking gun” revealed in the four-page document.

Speaking with host Craig Melvin, the former South Carolina governor admitted that he is not on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and so has not seen all of the documents, including the entire 40-page FISA filing.

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“Congressman Sanford, my understanding is you read the memo,” Melvin began. “On the scale of ‘FBI secret societies’ and ‘Watergate,’ where does this memo sit?”

“I’ve said all along there’s not the smoking gun that a lot of people believe that there may be,” Sanford immediately confessed. “I think that there’s very damaging information there that sets real alarm bells in terms of how we gather intelligence as to whether or not the intel that we gather is politicized. I mean, I think there’s some big questions that need to be answered.”

“I mean, you’re in the press you believe in the importance of getting information out there, so the people can make their own determinations. So I think this think that this is,” he continued, pausing for the right word,” —- it’s important. It’s big enough that people ought to decide. They ought to see it and make their own –.”

“But are you confident that the information that was used to write this memo, that this information is sound?” Melvin cut in.

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“Again, I know what I know,” Sanford replied, ducking the question. “I’m not on the intel committee either. But, again, that’s why I think it’s important. We’re going through the exact same process we went through on the Republican memo. First release it to members and let the members go down and look at it. They’ll take another vote and they can release the Democratic memo as well. If you want to view these things in entirely partisan terms, let’s treat the process the same way both times. That’s all it’s about.”

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‘Conspiracy, extortion and bribery’: Ex-prosecutor ticks off crimes Trump and Rudy may have committed with Ukraine gambit

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On MSNBC Saturday, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah laid out all the ways that President Donald Trump and his lawyer Rudy Giuliani could be breaking federal law with their apparent scheme to push Ukraine into digging up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

"Extortion, conspiracy to engage in extortion, and violating federal election law," said host Alex Witt. "Do you agree with all those premises?"

"I do, Alex, and I would add one to that, which is federal bribery," said Rocah. "Here, Trump essentially was trying to get the Ukrainian president to bribe him, give him information about his political opponent in exchange for aid to the country. So, that is soliciting a bribe. And you know, look, we can get into this more. Obviously, this is my area of expertise, whether something violates federal criminal laws, but I do worry that we're going down a path that we went down with the Mueller investigation, because for the president of the United States, that is not the standard."

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Giuliani’s public invitation to Ukraine to interfere in US elections opened the door for other countries to run to Trump

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President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani turned heads with his bizarre, unhinged rant on national television that effectively urged Ukraine to continue trying to gather dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden — and for news outlets to take whatever they find seriously.

As Casey Michel wrote in The Daily Beast, even if this effort ultimately fails to turn up useful opposition research against Biden, this is a profoundly dangerous development for American democracy.

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Trump whistleblower needs to go directly to FBI because Bill Barr can’t be trusted: Ex-FBI director

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Appearing on MSNBC with host Alex Witt, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi blew up Donald Trump's claim that he is the victim of a "Ukraine Witchhunt."

He then added that the whistleblower who went to the inspector general with a serious charge against the president should take what he has and go to the FBI within a week if nothing happens.

"We've got to get to the bottom of this, and we can't rely on leaks and certain reporters getting certain tidbits of information," the ex-FBI man explained. "This needs to be explored and it's likely this could end up in a criminal investigation."

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