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Oliver North: NRA is victim of ‘civil terrorism’ and ‘cyberwar’ from gun control activists

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Oliver North has just set the tone in his new role as President of the NRA. He’s painting the gun lobby group as a victim and gun control activists as terrorists. The retired USMC Lieutenant Colonel and former Fox News pundit is tossing in a bit of racism to boot.

“Mr. North said the NRA is now the victim of ‘civil terrorism’ after vandals splashed fake blood on the Virginia home of a top NRA official and other opponents aimed personal ‘threats’ at NRA leaders and members,” The Washington Times reports after interviewing North.

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“They call them activists. That’s what they’re calling themselves. They’re not activists — this is civil terrorism. This is the kind of thing that’s never been seen against a civil rights organization in America,” he said.
That’s 100% false.

(Update: In his 1989 Iran-Contra trial prosecutors labeled North the “Joe Isuzu of government,” calling him chronic liar who refuses to accept any responsibility.)

“They can do all the cyberwar against us — they’re doing it. They can use the media against us — they are. They’ve gone after our bank accounts, our finances, our donors, and obviously individual members,” North said. “It’s got to stop. And that’s why the leadership invited me to become the next president of the NRA.”

“You go back to the terrible days of Jim Crow and those kinds of things — even there you didn’t have this kind of thing,” North continued. “We didn’t have the cyberwar kind of thing that we’ve got today.”

He also went after the Parkland High School mass shooting survivors.

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“What they did very successfully with a frontal assault, and now intimidation and harassment and lawbreaking, is they confused the American people,” he said. “Our job is to get the straight story out about what happened there, and to make sure that kind of thing doesn’t happen again because the proper things are being done with the advocacy of the NRA.”

It’s unclear who he’s accusing of illegal activity.

North says his first goal is to add one million more members to the NRA’s ranks. he says there are 100 million Americans who own guns, and the NRA has, he claims, a record number of members that is approaching 6 million.

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Trump’s hearsay defense goes out the window as House Intel releases transcripts of two first-hand witnesses

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The House Intelligence Committee released two new transcripts on Saturday from first-hand witnesses who were on the line for President Donald Trup's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

The transcripts are from the depositions of Deputy Assistant to the President Timothy Morrison and Vice President Pence’s special adviser on Europe and Russia, Jennifer Williams.

The chairs of the Intelligence, Foreign Affairs, and Oversight committees released a joint statement on the testimony.

"The testimony released today shows that President Trump’s July 25 phone call with Ukrainian President Zelensky immediately set off alarm bells throughout the White House. Both witnesses provided the Committees with first-hand accounts after personally listening to the call in the White House Situation Room," the chairs said.

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On CNN Saturday, Politico's Melanie Zanona noted that President Donald Trump's decision to attack former Ukraine Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch in a tweet while she was testifying to Congress not only risks another article of impeachment — it is also leaving his Republican allies unable to defend his behavior.

"Melanie, it's hard to know what all independent and undecided voters might be thinking, but I had a guest on earlier who made a powerful point, in that some voters might be looking at the pattern of how the president describes particularly powerful women, and he would call her bad news and she had such an esteemed reputation," said anchor Fredricka Wilson.

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‘Game over’ for Trump if Sondland confirms phone call revealed by David Holmes: ex-Watergate prosecutor

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Appearing on MSNBC on Saturday afternoon, two veterans of the Watergate hearings that led to the resignation of President Richard Nixon said the slow trickle of information coming out about Donald Trump's Ukraine dealings could lead to a sold case for his impeachment.

According to former prosecutor Nick Akerman, a lot could be riding on the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland who has been put in a precarious position after diplomat David Holmes said he overheard a conversation Sondland had with the president that would indicate the president was using foreign aid as a bribe for dirt on a political opponent.

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