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House intel member demands Congress subpoena ‘stonewalling’ Hope Hicks to face contempt proceedings

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A prominent member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence blasted Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) for allowing Intel Chair Devin Nunes (R-CA) to obstruct the investigations into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.

“I believe what’s happening now is the Republicans want to shut down this investigation,” charged Congressman Mike Quigley (D-IL). “When you team it with the Nunes White House midnight excursion, the memo which wasted five weeks, and many other episodes, couple that with the president’s firing Comey, trying to fire Mueller several times and clearly now shooting up efforts to get rid of Jeff Sessions.”

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Rep. Quigley told MSNBC anchor Alex Witt that the one person who can fix the situation is Speaker Ryan.

“Today’s message must be, the one person I think who can stop this, is Speaker Ryan. This is his committee, he has control over that, he appoints Mr. Nunes committee,” Quigley explained. “Right now, I would ask the Speaker of the House — ‘do you want to be part of obstructing the most important investigation of our lifetime? Do you want that as part of your legacy?'”

Only Speaker Ryan can fix the Congressman Nunes situation, at least until the 2018 midterm elections.

“In the final analysis, he’s the one that’s initiated the rogue investigations and the memo and clearly he is controlling the subpoenas and how testimony goes,” Quigley suggested. “So to answer your question, there are no Republicans pressing anybody other than Steve Bannon. They laid a subpoena on Steve Bannon, because apparently nobody likes him and he’s a man without a country.”

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“Do you anticipate wanting to recall Hope Hicks once she departs the White House, which is supposedly happening in just a matter of a few weeks?” Witt asked.

“I think we need Ms. Hicks back, Mr. Bannon back, Mr. Lewandoski, Mr. Sessions, Eric Prince — they all refuse to answer critical questions. Most of them were not under subpoena,” Rep. Quigley noted. “So we need help, again, from the Speaker of the House, to compel the leadership of this committee to subpoena witnesses, and to press them and to force them and when they don’t answer questions, they’re going to have to face contempt proceedings.”

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‘I don’t care’: Watch Kamala Harris shut down Chris Hayes for asking a dumb question about Trump

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Sen. Kamala Harris shut down MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes during a post-debate interview on Tuesday evening.

Hayes questioned Harris about her call for Twitter to follow their terms of service and kick President Donald Trump off of the platform.

"Do you think he puts people’s lives in danger when he targets them in tweets?" Hayes asked.

"Absolutely," Harris replied.

"Do you think he knows that?" Hayes asked.

"Does it matter?" Harris replied.

"The fact is he did it. The fact is that he is irresponsible, he is erratic," she explained. "He is like a 2-year-old with a machine gun."

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Democrats blast Trump and demand his impeachment at CNN debate

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Democratic White House hopefuls united in searing condemnation of Donald Trump during their fourth debate Tuesday, saying the president has broken the law, abused his power, and deserves to be impeached.

From the opening moments, most of the dozen candidates on stage launched fierce broadsides against Trump over the Ukrainian scandal at the heart of the impeachment inquiry.

"The impeachment must go forward," said Senator Elizabeth Warren, who is neck and neck with former vice president Joe Biden at the head of the 2020 nominations race.

"Impeachment is the way that we establish that this man will not be permitted to break the law over and over without consequences," she thundered.

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Here are 3 winners and 4 losers from the CNN/NYT Democratic presidential primary debate

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Twelve Democrats took to the stage Tuesday night for yet another debate in the party's 2020 president primary hosted by CNN and the New York Times.

After only ten candidates qualified for the previous debate, an additional two — Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard and wealthy donor and former hedge fund manager Tom Steyer — made it to the stage this round for an even more crowded event.

The candidates discussed a range of important policy issues, but since the format was a debate, and they're all competing for the same nomination, it is ultimately most critical who won and who lost the night. Here are three winners and four losers — necessarily a subjective assessment, of course — from the debate:

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