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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.”

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“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.”

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

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Why key Senate Republicans should be terrified as Trump drags the party down

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Incumbent Republican senators in swing states and blue states find themselves caught between a rock and a hard place. On one hand, criticizing President Donald Trump can result in a burdensome GOP primary battle; on the other hand, being perceived as pro-Trump can be the kiss of death in places where Trump is unpopular. And according to a report by Eli Yokley for Morning Consult’s website, things aren’t getting any better for incumbent GOP senators who are considered vulnerable in the 2020 election.

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‘It was nutso’: Devin Nunes reportedly made himself look ridiculous by obsessing over the Steele Dossier in Ukraine hearing

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While the House Intelligence Committee is spearheading impeachment with its investigation into President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal, it seems Republican Rep. Devin Nunes of California can’t stop obsessing about the Steele Dossier.

According to the Daily Beast, the ranking member of the committee launched into an exchange during the closed impeachment inquiry hearings about the dossier on Thursday with Gordon Sondland, the ambassador to the European Union who is at the center of the Ukraine scandal. He was a point person in Trump’s efforts to get the Ukrainians to announce an investigation into the 2016 election as well as former Vice President Joe Biden in exchange for favorable treatment from the White House.

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Trump was ‘yelling and screaming’: Reporter says GOP source fears Trump is ‘not in control of himself’ — and getting even worse

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CNN correspondent Jamie Gangel reported Thursday that Republicans at the contentious White House meeting the previous day featuring President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi were deeply alarmed by the GOP leader’s behavior and demeanor.

Citing a Republican source, who reportedly conferred with others who attended the meeting, said they were “completely shaken” and “shell shocked” by the president.

Pelosi and fellow Democrats had tried to make that point publicly on Wednesday, saying that Trump had a “meltdown,” went on a “diatribe,” and was insulting to the House speaker. Pelosi added that she was also concerned about the president’s “health.” But at least in public, some Republicans tried to turn the tables on Pelosi, saying it was she who behaved inappropriately by walking out of the meeting. However, even these Republicans didn’t really deny that Trump was acting bullying and insulting toward the speaker.

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