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‘His weakness is extraordinary’: MSNBC panel rips ‘for-profit’ Paul Ryan for ending his ‘pissing match’ with Trump

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After House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) admitted that he’s given up on his “pissing match” with President Donald Trump, an MSNBC panel that included two former GOP operatives unloaded on him for acquiescing.

“His weakness is just extraordinary,” former Republican strategist Steve Schmidt said. While Ryan is a “good” and “moral” person, he’s become “supine” in the face of Trump. 

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“He’s weak, he’s feeble, unlike anybody who has ever held the position of speaker of the house,” John McCain’s former presidential campaign manager said.

“This is a constitutional office with immense power, second in line to the presidency,” Schmidt continued. “When you see the abdication of responsibility to the country from the Republican leadership, it is galling, it is appalling, and his legacy will be a shameful one because of it.”

David Jolly, a Republican who was a representative from the state of Florida until 2017, said that he was in the room when Ryan was elected Speaker of the House — and that even then, the leader said he didn’t want it and wasn’t sure he would do a good job.

“I think what we’re seeing with his resignation is this is no longer Paul Ryan’s party and he knows it, whether he’s willing to say that or not,” the former congressman said. “This is Donald Trump’s party, not Paul Ryan’s.”

Jolly went on to call Ryan a “for-profit Republican” for his role in enacting Trump’s corporate tax bill.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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