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MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson analyzes Sarah Sanders’ ‘personal and bitter’ White House attack on Comey

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President Donald Trump and his allies are mounting a “coordinated assault” on fired FBI Director James Comey, NBC News chief White House correspondent Hallie Jackson reported Friday.

“This is the end of a week with fast moving headlines surrounding President Trump and his associates, but we are really just getting started,” anchor Ali Velshi noted. “Some of the headlines have the president once again fired up.”

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“Moments ago, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had this to say about Comey and president,” Velshi said, introducing a video clip of the briefing.

“Comey will be forever known as a disgraced partisan hack that broke his sacred trust with the President of the United States, the dedicated agents of the FBI, and the American people he vowed to faithfully serve,” the press secretary claimed. “One of the president’s greatest achievements will go down as firing Director James Comey.”

“What do you take away from this?” Velshi asked the White House reporter.

“Clearly, Sarah Sanders was fired up, she was riled up, she came out ready with talking points prepared absolutely blasting James Comey in scathing and personal terms,” Jackson explained. “And questioned about the appropriateness of doing that from the White House press podium here.”

“This appears to be a coordinated assault against the fired FBI Director, you had the president kicking off the morning calling him a slime ball, you had his allies out on TV saying this is fiction, this book is not real, basically,” she continued. “You had Kellyanne Conway on the North Lawn earlier, talking about how Comey is a simply a disgruntled ex-employee.”

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“Clearly, this has turned personal and it has turned bitter,” Jackson concluded.

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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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