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Authoritarian expert demands Mueller ‘act now’ as Trump’s slow-motion ‘Saturday Night Massacre’ rolls on

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Authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior demanded immediate action from special counsel Robert Mueller after the FBI on Monday fired agent Peter Strzok.

Kendzior cited the firing as a data-point in President Donald Trump’s “slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre.”

“Now you can add Peter Strzok to the politically motivated firings of officials who spoke out about Trump’s corruption and illicit dealings with Russia,” Kendzior reported. “This is a slow-motion purge and it will not spare anyone outside Trump’s inner circle, which will become smaller over time.”

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“Trump, like any autocrat, aims to rewrite the law so that he can break it. As he purges the officials who investigate corruption, he packs courts with judges who will exonerate him regardless of evidence,” she explained.

“This erosion of justice and accountability is an entirely predictable consequence of having a crime family in the White House. This is a dynastic kleptocracy and the longer they are in, the worse it will get,” Kendzior predicted.

“Those who still have the power of the law need to use it now,” she counseled, with ‘now’ written in all capital letters.

“Spare me talk of how the Mueller probe is moving fast,” she continued. “It’s not.”

“Institutions, already very weak before Trump, are in free fall,” she noted. “Act now or likely lose the option to act at all.”

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Read the full thread by authoritarian expert Sarah Kendzior, the author of The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America:

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Trump mounts sexist attack on Pelosi during impeachment hearing: ‘I think the woman is grossly incompetent’

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President Donald Trump attacked House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) from the White House on Tuesday.

As impeachment testimony was underway in the House, Trump told reporters in a Cabinet meeting that Pelosi is "grossly incompetent."

The president also said that Republicans are "killing it" in the impeachment hearings.

But Trump took a shot at Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, an expert on Ukraine who was testifying at the time.

"I don't know him. ... I never saw the man," he said. "I understand now he wears his uniform when he goes in. No, I don't know Vindman at all. What I do know is that even he said that the transcript was correct."

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‘You ran out of a book signing!’ Donald Trump Jr torn to shreds for questioning Vindman’s heroism

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Donald Trump Jr. questioned the military service of Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, and was sprayed with venom.

The president's eldest son posted a link to a Federalist article suggesting Vindman is not a dedicated military officer and public servant, a line of questioning which Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) also pursued during an impeachment hearing.

"Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero," Trump Jr. tweeted, quoting the piece's headline.

Let’s Stop Pretending Every Impeachment Witness Is A Selfless Hero https://t.co/f2Jq7SdxO9

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‘I’m an American’: Lt Col Vindman laughs off GOP counsel’s attempts to question his loyalty

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Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman laughed off questions about an offer by a Ukrainian official to serve as that country's defense minister.

The Soviet-born Vindman, who emigrated to the U.S. as a child and later served in the Iraq War, agreed that a Ukrainian official had offered him the government position three times during an official visit for the inauguration of the country's new president, Volodymyr Zelensky.

"I don't know (why the position was offered), but every single time I dismissed it," Vindman said. "Upon returning I notified my chain of command and the appropriate counter-intelligence folks about the offer."

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