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Ex-CIA officer refutes Trump on campaign informant: ‘This is what the FBI does’ if you have a Russian spy on staff

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Former CIA officer Robert Baer on Monday disputed President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after they suggested that the Obama administration had improperly used a confidential informant to spy on the Trump campaign.

Over the weekend, both Trump and Giuliani hyped the news that a confidential informant may have been used in a counter-intelligence investigation involving Trump’s campaign. Trump revealed on Sunday that he would “demand” that the Department of Justice investigate itself over “whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.”

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Baer told CNN on Monday that Trump and Giuliani were being “disingenuous” about the use of informants.

“The FBI, when it got a lead that [Trump campaign staffer] Carter Page was possibly a Russian agent, at that point was legally obligated to open an investigation, which included putting a tap on his phone,” Baer explained. “And also running a confidential informant into Carter Page and a couple of other suspect Russian moles. This is what the FBI does.”

“But I guarantee you that the president, President Obama, did not call up the FBI and say, ‘Open up a political investigation into Donald Trump,'” the former CIA officer added. “It just did not happen. He’s conflating these two things: a counter-intelligence investigation and political dirty tricks.”

Baer was also troubled by Trump’s embrace of conspiracy theories.

“You have a president that truly believes there is such a thing as a deep state, the FBI is at the center of the deep state and is out to get him,” Baer lamented. “There simply has been no evidence brought forth to support that. There is no deep state, of course, but what can you do?”

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Watergate’s John Dean thinks Trump wrote part of his legal team’s brief — because it’s so terrible

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Former White House counsel for Richard Nixon, John Dean, explained that the legal brief out of President Donald Trump's White House was so bad that it had to have been dictated by Trump himself.

Saturday evening, Trump's legal team, chaired by Trump lawyer Jay Sekulow and White House counsel Pat Cipollone, filed their own form of a legal brief that responded to the case filed by Democrats ahead of Tuesday's impeachment trial.

The document called the proceedings “constitutionally invalid” and claims House Democrats are staging a “dangerous attack” with a “brazen and unlawful attempt to overturn the results of the 2016 election and interfere with the 2020 election.”

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CNN’s Fredricka Whitfield flattens Trump apologist for hilariously bad defense of the president

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CNN host Fredricka Whitfield did battle with President Donald Trump's official apologist on the network, Jim Shultz.

Schultz quoted Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), who said that if Democrats want witnesses, then all witnesses should be available to be called. The problem is that Republicans want to call people that weren't even involved in Trump's obstructions of Congress. Republicans want to call Vice President Joe Biden and his son, there are likely some Republicans who want to call Hillary Clinton to talk about Benghazi again, and they'll likely search for reasons they can randomly call Democratic officials in Congress, who also had nothing to do with Trump's actions.

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Jeffrey Toobin accuses Dershowitz of trying to ‘elevate himself’ with Trump trial in fiery CNN confrontation

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CNN's "State of the Union" kicked off Sunday morning with a battle between one of Donald Trump's impeachment defense lawyers, Alan Dershowitz, and CNN legal contributor - and former Dershowitz student -- Jeffrey Toobin, with Toobin right away getting in a shot at his old professor for trying to elevate his profile by working for the president.

With fill-in host Brianna Keillar acting as referee and pressing Dershowitz to explain his legal case supporting the president, the conversation turned into a sparring match as Toobin disputed the Trump attorney's contention that the president did not abuse his power-- which is the centerpiece of the Senate trial.

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