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Green Party’s Jill Stein refuses to turn over campaign documents to Senate intel committee

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Attorneys for Former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein are submitting a letter to the Senate Intelligence Committee stating she will not supply it with all of the information they have requested about the 2016 campaign, calling the request “overbroad.”

According to The Intercept, which received a copy of the letter to be delivered on Thursday, Stein is refusing to turn over everything they have asked for as it related to their probe into Russian activities in the 2016 election.

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In the letter addressed to committee chair Richard Burr, R-N.C., and ranking member Mark Warner, D-Va., the attorneys say the campaign will agree to turn over some documents, but raised constitutional objections over the request.

Stein has been under scrutiny over her visit to Russia where she was photographed sitting at dinner prior to the election with Russian President Vladimir Putin and former White House National Security Adviser Michael Flynn who is currently being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller.

According to the Intercept report, Stein’s attorneys say they are willing to turn over “all communications between the campaign and ‘Russian media organizations, their employees, or associates’ between February 6, 2015, and the present.”

Where they are drawing the line is a request for communications and emails from the “campaign’s policy discussions regarding Russia” during the same time frame.

According to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, of the Washington-based Partnership for Civil Justice Fund,  who authored the letter, the campaign will refuse to produce those materials “on the basis of constitutional privilege arising from the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.”

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She also added that internal campaign communications are “not pertinent to the subject of Russian interference” in the elections.

You can read the whole report right here.

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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