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House Intelligence Committee votes unanimously to release Democrats’ rebuttal memo

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Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told reporters Monday that the panel voted unanimously to release the Democratic rebuttal memo to their chairman’s controversial document alleging abuse at the Justice Department and FBI.

NBC News producer Alex Moe was first to flag Himes’ comments about the Democrat memo pushed by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), which you can read below.

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The committee voted last Monday to take the unusual step to release Nunes’ memo that had been touted by the GOP in right-wing media for weeks as a major exposée on bias within the FBI and DOJ, spawning the #ReleaseTheMemo campaign. During that same vote, they also decided not to release the Democratic rebuttal.

Before today’s vote, President Donald Trump blasted “Little Adam Schiff” on Twitter as House intelligence Democrats readied their memo.

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Later in the day, he attacked Democrats as a whole as “treasonous” for not clapping during his State of the Union address.

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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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GOP senators lob out excuses to avoid watching impeachment hearings: ‘Took my kid to school’

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European ambassador Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony sent shock waves through Washington D.C. on Wednesday -- but they seemingly weren't felt by Republican senators.

Per CNN's Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching Sondland's testimony, which directly implicated President Donald Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he "took my kid to school" instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy "chairing my own hearing."

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