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Fox News analyst refuses to sugarcoat Cobb departure: Trump ‘finally recognizes how serious’ Mueller probe is

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Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday said that President Donald Trump’s decision to oust Ty Cobb as White House attorney was long overdue, because it means he’s now recognizing just how much trouble he could be in.

Napolitano started out by calling Cobb’s replacement, former Clinton impeachment lawyer Emmet Flood, a “brilliant” attorney who is widely recognized as one of the best in the country.

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That said, Napolitano warned that his presence at this stage of the investigation still might not be enough to get the president out of legal jeopardy.

“This is very late in the game for a change of this magnitude,” Napolitano said. “There is no one on the president’s team who has been there since Day One. And with the departure of Ty Cobb, there will be no one on the president’s team who’s personally familiar with the hundreds of thousands of pages of documents that the president has surrendered to special counsel.”

That said, the legal analyst said that Trump was at least finally coming around to realizing that Mueller’s probe represents a major threat to his presidency.

“The president finally recognizes how serious the Mueller probe is,” he said.

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Maddow reports on ‘a tide of major newspaper editorials’ drowning Trump’s impeachment defenses

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On Thursday, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow noted the sheer volume of editorial boards from newspapers across America calling for President Donald Trump's impeachment and removal from office.

"The editorials that Steve Cohen introduced into the record there that Doug Collins from Georgia said he wanted to read and Steve Cohen said 'I'd love for you to read them,' they're part of a tide of major newspaper editorials that have come out all of a sudden in the last few days in favor of impeachment," said Maddow. "USA TODAY's editorial board saying, quote, 'Until recently we believed impeachment proceedings would be unhealthy for an already polarized nation, rather than simply leaving Trump's fate up to voters next November. But Trump's egregious transgressions and stonewalling in his thuggish effort to trade American arms for foreign dirt on Joe Biden resembled Richard Nixon. It's precisely the type of misconduct the framers had in mind when they wrote impeachment into the Constitution."

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‘People died in Ukraine’: Democrat lectures Doug Collins for Trump’s abuse of power costing lives

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During Thursday's impeachment hearing, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) laid bare the human cost of President Donald Trump's decision to withhold military aid from Ukraine to force them to hunt for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden's family — something that ranking member Doug Collins (R-GA) spent the previous day denying.

"In my colleague's efforts to defend this president, you want him to be someone he's not. You want him to be someone he is telling you he is not," said Swalwell. "You're trying to defend the call in so many different ways, and he's saying, guys, it was a perfect call. He's not who you want him to be. And let me tell you how selfish his acts were. And ranking member Collins, you can deny this as much as you want. People died in Ukraine at the hands of Russia," said Swalwell. "In Ukraine, since September 2018 when it was voted on by Congress, was counting on our support. One year passed and people died. And you may not want to think about that, it may be hard for you to think about that, but they died when the selfish, selfish president withheld the aid for his own personal gain."

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Trump administration heavily redacted documents concerning their withholding of Ukraine aid

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The Trump administration has refused to disclose how key officials at the Department of Defense and the White House Office of Management and Budget reacted to President Trump’s decision to halt military aid to Ukraine.

On Nov. 25, federal district court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly ordered the administration to produce records reflecting what these officials said to one another about the legality and appropriateness of Trump’s order. The Center for Public Integrity sought the information in Freedom of Information Act requests filed in late September.

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