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Michael Avenatti: ‘Explosive’ new text messages reveal the desperation of Trump’s lawyer

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Adult film star Stormy Daniels is suing her former lawyer, Keith M. Davidson, for violating attorney-client privileges, reported the New York Times.

The suit, filed in California State Court claims that Davidson worked with Micahel Cohen, President Donald Trump’s lawyer in an attempt to squash Daniels’ case. A report shows that text messages were sent between the two parties.

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Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti said that Cohen’s acts were “desperate.”

In an interview with MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace, Avenatti said: “If you look at these text messages, especially the exchange relating to Sean Hannity’s show, you [will] see an absolute desperation on Michael Cohen’s part to try to get my client go with Sean Hannity on the 17th of January.”

He continued: If anybody believes that Michael Cohen is putting or attempting to put my client on Sean Hannity without the president’s knowledge, I have a bridge or perhaps other things to sell them because that just didn’t happen. If anybody thinks that Michael Cohen is meeting with the first lady to talk about stormy Daniels without the president’s knowledge, same answer. I have a bridge to sell them. This is clear — it is clear from the text messages that the prior denials by Michael Cohen and the president and what the American people have been told is a bunch of nonsense.”

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Is Trump’s base of support a cult? Ask 3 people who left it

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Critics of President Donald Trump have often accused his supporters — both in government and in the public — of essentially belonging to a cult. Their senses of identity, in many cases, have become wrapped around the president, and their primary political motivations revolve around serving his whims and interests rather than any higher policy goals.

But is the “cult” label really fair? Does it accurately describe the phenomenon we’re seeing?

In a recent article for The Conversation, Sharday Mosurinjohn, a professor of cultural and religious studies at Queen’s University, argued that calling Trump’s base of support a “cult” is unhelpful.

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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