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Senator who released Pentagon Papers taunts Republican ‘wimps and cowards’ over Nunes memo

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Former Sen. Mike Gravel, the Democratic Senator who released the Pentagon Papers, on Monday taunted Republicans’ public back-and-forth surrounding the release of Devin Nunes’ controversial FISA memo, arguing the GOP are cowards if they don’t publicize the report.

Gravel was discussing the Nunes memo, which House Intelligence Committee Republicans on Monday voted to release (against the recommendations of House Democrats and the Department of Justice). The House vote triggered a five-day waiting period during which Donald Trump can move to block the release of the memo. Gravel said Republicans would show “the height of cowardice” if they fail to do so after hyping the memo for weeks.

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“For the Congress to be a bunch of wimps and cowards and defer to the executive branch because they don’t want to take any responsibility is the height of cowardice,” he said, according to the Washington Examiner.

“The criteria for releasing anything is this: Is this something the people should know?” Gravel said. “If the Republicans feel this should be made public for the benefit of their constituents, fine, release it. The Democrats should do the same. But there is no argument to be made this stuff is secret and it’s too important for the people to know,” Gravel said.

“All this brouhaha between the executive and the legislative is ridiculous,” Gravel continued. “It’s all because these people don’t understand their responsibility under the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause. There is no legal risk on their part for releasing information they feel the public should know. No risk. Period.”

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Trump has figured out how to get taxpayers to renovate one of his golf courses: MSNBC panel

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President Donald Trump has figured out how to have taxpayers pay to renovate his Trump National Doral Miami golf course, according to an analysis by MSNBC's Stephanie Ruhle.

"Before setting himself on fire on Ukraine yesterday, Mick Mulvaney came into the White House briefing room to break to the nation the fact the that the Trump Doral golf resort turns out to be -- in his estimation, organically, just sitting there -- the best possible place to have a G-7 Summit of world leaders," MSNBC's Brian Williams reported. "That was provision number one. There’s no better place that we can find. Number two was, the president will not profit from said G-7."

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Bill Maher reveals plan to ‘bribe’ Trump with one billion dollars — for him to leave office

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The Constitution has two mechanisms to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to his term ending on January 20, 2021: impeachment and the 25th Amendment.

HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher noted that Trump could also choose to resign.

Maher waved around a $1 million check that he said he would give to Trump to quit.

He said he also knew 1,000 people who would do the same -- which would land Trump over $1 billion.

Maher said even poor people would pawn their wedding rings to add to the pot.

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Trump can’t fire Mulvaney because nobody else wants to be his chief of staff: report

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White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney will likely stay on at the White House despite his public confession of a quid pro quo in the Ukraine scandal at the center of the impeachment inquiry, The New York Times reported Friday.

"But Mr. Mulvaney’s job has been anything but normal since the news conference on Thursday at which he seemingly undermined the Trump administration’s strategy for avoiding impeachment by acknowledging that Mr. Trump had sought a quid pro quo for providing Ukraine with American aid," the newspaper reported. "In the chaotic aftermath, the president’s Republican allies are questioning Mr. Mulvaney’s savvy and intelligence even as the Trump campaign is defiantly turning one of his lines from the news conference into a T-shirt."

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