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Ex-prosecutor shames GOP for trying to use female staffers to question Kavanaugh accuser: Have ‘some guts and do it yourself’

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Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah slammed Republicans for not having the “guts” to ask questions of Christine Blasey Ford during Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the United States Supreme Court.

“I want to turn here and ask you about this moment, we’re talking about 1991, we’re talking about what happened with Anita Hill and Clarence Thomas,” MSNBC anchor David Gura noted. “How much of a historic analog do you see at this point?”

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“I think this is even bigger in a lot of ways,” Rocah suggested. “I became a lawyer in some ways because of what I saw Anita Hill go through and I’m sure that there are young women out there now being galvanized by this — and I can’t wait to see what they do with it.”

“This is more than about the Supreme Court, more than about this nominee,” she continued. “This has really become a lens and a focus on … how powerful men in this country, — not all, but certainly the ones who are empowered in the Republican Party right now — are treating women and how they view women.”

“And I think that the reason it upset so many women so much is that we see a little bit of all of us in Christine Ford,” Rocah continued.

“So I really think this may end up being a bigger moment than Anita Hill, not that it wasn’t a big moment, but now with social media you have a wider net,” she predicted.

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Later in the segment, she slammed efforts by Senate Republicans to hire a female special counsel to question Ford since there are no Republican members of the Judiciary Committee.

“David, if I can say one other thing that I failed to mention in the list of demands that now the Republicans are making, this idea they are going to have female staffers questioning Dr. Ford, I mean, look, to me that is just shameful on top of shameful,” she blasted.

“If they are going to try and question her credibility, attack her, smear her in the way they have been, they should have the guts to do it themselves and not put a front up of a woman staffer,” Rocah argued. “They should have the guts to stand up and do this themselves.”

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Former Clinton lawyer scolds Trump’s White House counsel on impeachment: ‘we never considered’ behaving this way

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On Tuesday, Lanny Breuer, a special counsel who worked for President Bill Clinton's White House, wrote an open letter in the Washington Post to President Donald Trump's White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — telling him that, while he understands an impeachment is a horrible thing for an administration to go through, Clinton and his lawyers would never have behaved the way Trump is now.

"In 1998, we felt under siege," wrote Breuer. "We argued at the time, as you do in your letter, that Congress should provide additional procedural protections to the president ... For example, instead of conducting its own investigation, the committee relied almost exclusively on [independent counsel Ken] Starr’s report, which had serious flaws. The House took only three months to adopt articles of impeachment, and we had only two days to present our witnesses. The president’s personal lawyer, David Kendall, had only 30 minutes to question Starr. We felt this was deeply unfair and a derogation of the House’s constitutional duty to investigate thoroughly whether impeachment was warranted."

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White House leaked ‘insane letter’ to Fox host — that makes Trump look ridiculously ‘dumb’

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President Donald Trump was ridiculed on Wednesday after a letter was leaked that President Donald Trump sent to Turkish President Recep Erdo?an.

The letter was sent a week ago, on October 9th.

A copy of the letter, where Trump warned Erdo?an not to be a fool, was obtained by Fox Business personality Trish Regan.

https://twitter.com/trish_regan/status/1184559361638748161

Commentary on the letter was swift -- and brutal.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/chrislhayes/status/1184570895043571713

Can’t tell if parody of dumb guy trying to cover his tracks or real dumb guy who is covering tracks

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‘You can buy the USA’ thanks to Trump: Counterintelligence expert

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Counterintelligence expert Malcolm Nance said during a political discussion Wednesday that the United States of America has clearly become a "pay-to-play" nation under President Donald Trump.

"After 2016, it became clear that the only thing we were really going to look into was Donald Trump's relationships with Moscow.," Nance said in a discussion with SiriusXM Progress host Dean Obeidallah.

"But I think it became pretty clear to the oligarchs that they weren't going after the oligarchs, they were going after Donald Trump and a very specific link to foreign intelligence," continued Nance. "And that meant their money could talk again. You have to understand, these people were doing it to lift these crippling sanctions that Trump fought tooth and nail against."

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