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Trump ally Chris Christie shoots down president’s crazed tweets: ‘Attorney-client privilege is not dead’

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Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, a longtime political ally of President Donald Trump, shot down the president’s latest tweets about the raid on attorney Michael Cohen’s office on Monday.

Appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Christie explained there was no way this raid was approved as part of a Democratic “witch hunt” against President Donald Trump — and he noted many of the players involved in approving the raid were appointed by either Trump or Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

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“We’re looking at the U.S. District Attorney for the Southern District of New York, who I know well,” Christie said, referring to Geoffrey Berman, the official who would have had to have signed off on the raid. “This is a good guy… he’s a Boy Scout. He’ll do the right thing.”

ABC legal analyst Dan Abrams then explained all of the legal hoops that law enforcement officials had to jump through to get a warrant to raid Cohen’s office, and he said it would have been impossible to obtain such a warrant without ample evidence of probable cause to suspect a crime.

Host George Stephanopoulos then read Christie and Abrams an early morning Trump tweet declaring that “attorney-client privilege is dead” — and Christie promptly smacked it down.

“Attorney-client privilege is not dead because of the way the Justice Department is going to approach this,” Christie said. “There’s going to be a ‘taint team.’ They call it a ‘taint team’ because you don’t want to taint the prosecutors who are actually involved in investigating by seeking potentially privileged information that they have no right to see. So you bring in a whole separate team of agents and assistant U.S. attorneys.”

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‘This is not about tweets!’ GOP lawmaker deflects wildly when asked about Trump’s attacks on Yovanovitch

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) on Friday was not happy to be asked about President Donald Trump's tweets attacking former American ambassador to Ukraine Marie Yovanovitch.

During a press conference that occurred after the day's impeachment hearings, Stefanik tried to make the case that nothing in Yovanovitch's testimony provided any reason to impeach the president.

She was thrown off her game, however, when a reporter asked her whether the president's tweet harmed her party's ability to send a consistent message.

"We're not here to talk about tweets but impeachable offenses!" she angrily replied. "Let me answer your question. These hearings are not about tweets. They are about impeachment of the president of United States. This is a constitutional matter."

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‘I demand to speak!’ Republican bursts into anger over Adam Schiff’s closing remarks

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Republican Rep. Mike Conaway (TX) was not pleased that House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) got the last word at the second public impeachment hearing on Friday.

During his closing remarks, Schiff said Trump had engaged in "an effort to coerce, condition or bribe a foreign country into doing [his] dirty work."

"The fact that they failed in this solicitation of bribery doesn’t make it any less bribery. Doesn’t make it any less immoral or corrupt. It just means it was unsuccessful. And to that we owe other dedicated public servants who blew the whistle. Had they not blown the whistle we wouldn’t be here and I think it is appalling that my colleagues continue to want to out this whistleblower so that he or she can be punished by this president," Schiff said.

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‘I’m sorry — is there a question there?’ Yovanovitch snaps back at Jim Jordan’s jumbled posturing

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As questioning of former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch resumed on the second day of the House's public hearing in their impeachment inquiry, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) tried to suggest that there was a culture of anti-Trump sentiment amongst elements of the Ukrainian government and its US envoys.

Jordan then questioned Yovanovitch as to why she didn't try to intervene to make the environment less politicized.

"One of the things we've heard so much over the last six weeks in depositions, and frankly in the hearing on Wednesday, is how important bipartisan support is for Ukraine," Jordan said addressing Yovanovitch. "Democrats and Republicans agree they want to help Ukraine, in fact, [Ambassador Bill Taylor] said, 'Ukraine's most strategic asset is this bipartisan support...'"

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