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New US attorney general likely after elections: Senator Lindsey Graham

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Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said on Thursday it was likely President Donald Trump would pick a new U.S. attorney general in his first term but warned him against doing so until after November congressional elections.

Graham, who is close to Trump, has been a fierce defender of Attorney General Jeff Sessions against criticism from the president and said in July there would be “holy hell to pay” if Sessions were fired.

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On Thursday, the Republican from South Carolina said Trump clearly does not have confidence in Sessions.

“The president’s entitled to an attorney general he has faith in, somebody that’s qualified for the job, and I think there will come a time, sooner rather than later, where it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” Graham told reporters at the U.S. Capitol.

“The idea of having a new attorney general in the first term of President Trump’s administration I think is very likely, Graham said.

He said replacing Sessions before the November election would be a “non-starter.”

Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Susan Thomas

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‘Shame on her!’ Conservatives howl in rage after Marie Yovanovitch invokes diplomats killed at Benghazi

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Former Ukraine ambassador Marie Yovanovitch invoked the names of diplomats killed during a raid at Benghazi -- and online conservatives were furious.

The former ambassador testified in the second public hearing of the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump, and she invoked the memory of her slain colleagues to describe the sacrifices made by officials in the State Department.

"We honor these individuals," Yovanovitch testified. "They represent each one of you here and every American. These courageous individuals were attacked because they symbolized America. What you need to know, what Americans need to know, is that while thankfully most of us answer the call to duty in far less dramatic ways, every foreign service officer runs the same risks, and very often so do our families."

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Trump’s White House quickly caught in another lie after releasing second Ukraine call memo

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This Friday, the White House released a transcript of President Trump's first phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

According to the readout of the call that was given to reporters back in April, the White House claimed that among other things, Trump "expressed his commitment" to "root out corruption" in the country.

But upon the release of the rough transcript this Friday, various reporters noted that there is no mention of rooting out corruption as the White House claimed back in April.

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GOP lawmakers will turn on Trump the moment the public leans a few more points towards impeachment: conservative

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According to Bulwark columnist Philip Rotner, GOP lawmakers for the moment are parroting Donald Trump's insistence that he is innocent of any wrongdoing with regard to withholding aid to Ukraine's president unless he was given political dirt on his political opponent, but that could quickly come to an end if certain key witnesses are allowed to testify.

As the conservative columnist noted, he previously said that the president would base his defense on the simple phrase "I didn't do it," and -- now that the impeachment hearings have started -- it appears the GOP is running with the president's spin.

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