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Rep. Trey Gowdy contradicts Nunes on closing of House intel Russia probe — and believes Russia helped Trump: report

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House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Tuesday that he saw evidence of Russia’s distaste for Hillary Clinton in 2016. In doing so, Gowdy broke with his fellow Republicans on the chamber’s intelligence committee, who issued a draft report effectively closing their Russia investigation with the conclusion that the Kremlin did not have a preference for Donald Trump.

CNBC reported Tuesday that Gowdy’s statement came after House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) thanked the South Carolina congressman in the report on the closure of the interview portion of the Russia probe.

In his statement, Gowdy said that it’s “clear Russia had disdain for Secretary Clinton and was motivated in whole or in part by a desire to harm her candidacy or undermine her Presidency had she prevailed.”

After issuing his press release, a source familiar with the Oversight chairman’s thinking clarified his statement, saying that “in a two person race, wishing one candidate will lose is the same as hoping the other candidate prevails.”

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On Tuesday afternoon, Rep. Mike Conaway (R-TX), the House Intelligence Committee member who has ostensibly led the panel’s Russia probe since Nunes claimed to recuse himself, also acknowledged that he’d seen evidence of the Kremlin’s desire to “hurt” Clinton.

“If the glass is half empty or the glass is half full, there’s still the same amount of water in the glass,” Conaway said. “So if Putin did things to hurt Hillary that helped Trump — ok. If he did things to hurt Hillary to make sure that if she was president, she didn’t have as effective a presidency, you can interpret it either way you want to.”

 


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‘Washington is no longer functional’: Brian Williams admits he’s sad to report that ‘our government is broken’

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MSNBC anchor Brian Williams on Tuesday reported that America's federal government is broken.

"This was day 908 of the Trump Administration and while there is no joy in it, one way of summing up today is this: Our government’s broken, our politics are broken, Washington is no longer functional, and the cracks in our society are deepening," Williams reported.

"Much of this day was taken up by the discussion of racist statements by the president. Then tonight came the news that had so many people thinking back to when we were different, the death just tonight of retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens at the age of 99," he said.

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Trump ignored being condemned by Congress and instead praised Republicans on Twitter for defending his racism

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President Donald Trump celebrated on Tuesday night despite the House of Representatives having voted earlier in the day to condemn his racist statements.

By a final vote of 240 to 187, Congress voted for a resolution saying, "Trump’s racist comments have legitimized fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color.”

The resolution said Congress “strongly condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

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The tortured madness of Donald Trump: It’s clear the president is out of his mind

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Where’s Shakespeare when we need him? Only the Bard of Avon could do literary justice to the tortured madness of Donald Trump, who fluctuates between petulant self-pity and weird self-praise.

His brags are especially weird because they usually involve achievements he hasn’t made. It’s as though his saying something makes it true — even though everyone except his most naive devotees can clearly see that he’s either hallucinating or lying. In June, for example, at a rally launching his reelection campaign, he retrumpeted an old campaign promise to “drain the swamp,” assuring the adoring crowd that “that’s exactly what we’re doing right now.”

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