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Trump is ‘ripping page out of Nixon playbook’: Presidential historian Michael Beschloss explains what you should expect next

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Presidential historian Michael Beschloss

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss cautioned that President Donald Trump is ripping a page right out of the Richard Nixon playbook when it comes to wanting to fire special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

According to a New York Times report Thursday, Trump wanted to fire Robert Mueller, and that White House special counsel Don McGahn instructed him not to. The discussion between the two became so heated that McGahn threatened to resign if Mueller was terminated.

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Bechloss said that Trump attacking the investigators for a partisan bent is part of a Nixonian pattern.

“In retrospect, what we know, is that [Nixon] was afraid that Cox was about to get the White House tapes — which we now know show that Richard Nixon was guilty of impeachable offenses.”

Bechloss then connected the same kind of dots to Trump’s objection to Mueller.

“We’ve got to be very much on alert about that tonight,” he warned.

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Facebook reveals how Russia is already trying to manipulate the 2020 presidential election

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On Monday, in a series of announcements by Facebook, the company revealed it had shut down four new foreign interference operations originating from Russia and Iran. According to their announcement, one appears to be linked to the Russian troll agency, the Internet Research Agency (IRA), and was targeting the U.S. 2020 presidential election.

The company removed 50 Instagram accounts and one account on Facebook that originated in Russia and focused primarily on the United States.

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Republicans’ laughable effort to attack Adam Schiff lands with a thud

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Republicans' effort to castigate California Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, the chair of the House Intelligence Committee spearheading the impeachment inquiry, met a quick and sudden defeat on Monday in a vote of 218-185.

Spurred on by President Donald Trump's attacks on the chairman, GOP House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy led an effort to censure Schiff on the House floor. On what grounds? It's almost too absurd to make up: lying.

The party of Donald Trump — who lied more times in the hours before the censure vote than Schiff even stands accused of — actually claimed that it's the California lawmaker who should be called out for dishonesty.

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Lindsey Graham leaves open the possibility of voting to impeach President Donald Trump

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., left open the possibility that he would vote to impeach President Donald Trump if he saw evidence that the commander-in-chief had engaged in a quid pro quo during an interview with "Axios on HBO" broadcast Sunday night.

After telling Axios’ Jonathan Swan that he would need to see evidence of an actual “crime,” Graham added that “if you could show me that, you know, Trump actually was engaging in a quid pro quo outside the phone call, that would be very disturbing."

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