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‘I’m not aware of that’: DHS secretary claims she hasn’t seen intelligence assessment that Russia helped Trump

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Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Tuesday insisted that she had not seen the intelligence community’s assessment which concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. election in order to help President Donald Trump.

Following a classified election security briefing for Congress, Nielsen spoke to reporters, including CNN’s Manu Raju.

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“Do you have any reason to doubt the Jan. 17th [2017] Intelligence Committee assessment that said it was [Russian President] Vladimir Putin who tried to meddle in this election to help President Trump?” Raju asked.

“I do not believe that I’ve seen that conclusion that specific intent was to help President Trump win,” Nielsen insisted. “I am not aware of that.”

The DHS secretary added: “But I have no reason to doubt any intelligence assessment.”

Watch the video below from CNN.

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White House lawyers’ defense of Trump was ‘grossly misleading and a violation of ethical duties’: Preet Bharara

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On CNN Tuesday, former Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara pointed out that if White House lawyers had any advance knowledge of former National Security Adviser John Bolton's testimony, they had an ethical obligation not to hide it from the Senate.

"There is ... an ethical question," said Bharara. "They were asked today in a briefing, where they had a source, who was asked the question, did you review the manuscript, and they said no, we didn't review the manuscript. They were then asked where you briefed on the contents of the manuscript and they said, that's all we're going to say."

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‘You are wrong!’ CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin obliterates Alan Dershowitz for insisting presidents can abuse power

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin confronted former Harvard Law professor Alan Dershowitz with more evidence against his assertions that presidents cannot be impeached for abuse of power.

"I mean, Alan, you are equating maladministration with the abuse of power," said Toobin. "You are the only scholar who does that."

"Again, you're wrong," said Dershowitz. "Let me give you a cite. Today's New York Times," Professor Nicholas Bowie says that almost exactly. He says that maladministration, abuse of office, abuse of power — read it in The New York Times."

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White House lawyers ‘failed wholeheartedly’ to address the obstruction charge: Ex-prosecutor

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On CNN Tuesday, former federal prosecutor Laura Coates broke down a critical flaw in the White House legal team's argument in defense of President Donald Trump.

"The defense team's job was essentially to [say], on the one hand, it was insufficient, there was not enough here to show the president had actually done what they said," said Coates. "And when that was really unsatisfying, given all the breadth of information, they pivoted in a way to turn to why this is a problem for the future administrations, prospectively, would be a problem for a future administration."

Coates continued: "And the big thing they are hanging their hats on now is this concept of vagueness, the idea of, look, if you're going to look at impeachment as this extraordinary power, it's got to have the power to deter. Well, it can't do that if it's a general concept of wrongdoing, or if you're using the phrase of, you can't have the president above the law, well then Congress, you can't be above the law and not give some enumerated factors to show how someone could violate abuse of power or concepts in that."

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