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Trump’s fragile ego is endangering national security, says ex-Russian ambassador — here’s how

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The former U.S. ambassador to Russia blamed President Donald Trump’s insecurity for his refusal to hold the Kremlin accountable for election interference.

Mike McFaul, the top U.S. diplomat in Russia under former President Barack Obama, said he had been trying to sound the alarm for years about the Kremlin’s attempts to undermine American democracy — and he said intelligence and law enforcement agencies shared his concerns.

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“It has been obvious for a long time what the Russians have been doing in terms of violating our sovereignty during elections,” McFaul told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell.

Despite the near-universal agreement that Russia had meddled in the 2016 election and planned to do so again, Trump has not taken any action — and has even refused to enforce sanctions impose by Congress.

“You know, the only explanation I have is that the president thinks that by admitting the diagnostics about what Russia is doing, it will undermine the legitimacy of his election back in 2016,” McFaul said. “Because of that tension, he refuses to treat this as a national security threat. It’s not a Republican or Democratic threat, it’s a national security threat, and I think it is because of that he refuses to talk about it in a serious way.”


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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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