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Trump has invited Putin to the White House — despite furor over poisoning of ex-Russian spy

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President Donald Trump has formally invited Russian President Vladimir Putin to a meeting at the White House, despite the continued furor over Russia’s alleged poisoning of ex-Russian spy Sergei Skripal in the United Kingdom.

Agence France-Presse is reporting that Trump has proposed a White House meeting with Putin, despite the fact that the American government recently expelled dozens of Russian diplomats over that country’s alleged role in releasing a deadly nerve agent on the soil of America’s closest ally.

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Even though the American government has responded swiftly in its response to Russia’s nerve agent attack, Trump himself has been notably silent on Russia’s actions. During a recent telephone call with Putin last month, Trump ignored aides’ pleas to not congratulate the Russian president on his recent reelection, and he also neglected to mention Skripal’s poisoning.

In response to criticism over the call, Trump lashed out at the media and insisted that he still wanted to pursue stronger ties with the Russian government.

“I called President Putin of Russia to congratulate him on his election victory (in past, Obama called him also),” the president wrote on Twitter. “The Fake News Media is crazed because they wanted me to excoriate him. They are wrong! Getting along with Russia (and others) is a good thing, not a bad thing.”

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Pompeo ridiculed by CNN panel for his ‘phony mock outrage’ response after being outed as a foul-mouthed bully

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Responding to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued through the State Department accusing an NPR journalist of being "shameless" for going public with an encounter she had with him in his offices where he cursed at her, a CNN panel all but rolled their eyes at his "phony" outrage.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out the blustery Pompeo as well as many Republicans who took "umbrage" at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning a report that the Donald Trump would have their heads on "on a pike" if they crossed him.

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So much for ‘originalism’ — Trump’s impeachment defense is a constitutional dumpster fire

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In the absence of any exculpatory evidence, Donald Trump's defense against impeachment increasingly relies on arguments that fly directly in the face of the Constitution. Trump himself set the standard last July with his grandiose claim that "Article II says I can do anything I want," which encountered no serious pushback from his fellow Republicans.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump lawyer Purpura busted by MSNBC for lying on the Senate floor during impeachment trial

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Moments after the end of the Saturday's Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump concluded, MSNBC host Brian Williams pointed out that one of Donald Trump's attorney's lied on the Senate floor about the president's Ukraine scandal-- and he had a clip handy to prove it.

Sharing footage of attorney Mike Purpura stating the higher-ups in Ukraine were unaware that Donald Trump was withholding aid until after the government helped him by announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the MSNBC host called the attorney out.

To make his point that Pupura was being untruthful, Williams then showed a clip of Defense Department official Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay on the day of the Trump phone call that was the starting point of the impeachment trial.

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