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Fox News’ Brit Hume smacks down claim Nunes memo ‘totally vindicates’ Trump

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Fox News host Brit Hume on Saturday poured cold water on Donald Trump’s claim that a memo, drafted by staffers for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA), “totally vindicates” him.

Trump on Saturday morning tweeted that the controversial memo,which discusses FISA warrant applications for onetime campaign adviser Carter Page—“totally vindicates” him in the Russia investigation.

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On Twitter Saturday, an apparent Trump-backer argued the president was referring to the bogus claim that former President Barack Obama “wiretapped” Trump Tower in 2016.

“I believe his vindication tweet was about the ‘Wiretapping.’” the user insisted. “The media went crazy and beat him in the head with that for weeks. Where are the corrections to that story?”

Trump last year claimed—without evidence—that Obama wiretapped Trump Tower during the 2016 presidential election. The president once said he felt “somewhat vindicated” for making that bogus claim after Nunes (yes, that same Nunes) publicized allegations the previous administration “unmasked” members of the Trump campaign and transition officials. Nunes’ Senate counterpart, Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), told reporters the “unmasking” scandal was “created by Devin Nunes.”

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As Hume pointed out Saturday, the “wiretapping” claim on Trump Tower and the FISA warrant on Page are two separate claims.

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GOP ex-congressman calls on Justice Roberts to override Republican effort to block witnesses

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In a column for the New York Times, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, former Rep. Mickey Edwards (R-OK) and Georgetown law professor Joshua A. Geltzer urged Supreme Court Justice John Roberts to intercede and demand Senate Republicans allow witnesses in light of the latest John Bolton bombshell.

Following a New Times report that stated "President Trump directly tied the withholding of almost $400 million in American security aid to investigations that he sought from Ukrainian officials, according to an unpublished manuscript of a book that John R. Bolton, Mr. Trump’s former national security adviser, wrote about his time in the White House," the three took to the Times editorial page to implore Roberts to step in.

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Senate GOP will be accessories to obstruction if they shoot down a move by Justice Roberts to call witnesses: Ex-prosecutor

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On Monday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said that Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) must motion for Chief Justice John Roberts to call witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial — and that if Senate Republicans vote down this decision, they will be "accessories" to obstruction of justice.

Schiff must make a motion to CJ Roberts for witnesses. As I’ve been saying all along, if Roberts grants the motion for witnesses (he will) & the Rs vote to overrule him (they might) that will (de facto) be obstruction of justice & accessory after the fact. https://t.co/yQfUTga7gd

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Trump already planning his victory lap for impeachment acquittal: report

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President Donald Trump is already planning his victory lap for his presumed acquittal in the Senate impeachment trial.

The president and his aides haven't agreed on a plan yet, and it's not clear that new revelations from John Bolton's upcoming book will force Republican senators to agree to witness testimony, but they're discussing how he should celebrate once the trial ends, reported Politico.

“The president is giving a lot of thought to where he goes when he is acquitted and vindicated,” a senior administration official told the website. “This isn’t a one-and-done moment. This will be a sustained exit from a long dreary impeachment process and a great reset to 2020 — not just the 2020 reelection but the 2020 domestic and international arena.”

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