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GOP’s Grassley explodes after Democrats demand delay on Kavanaugh following late-night document dump

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Despite a last-minute document dump, a visibly angry Charles Grassley lashed out at Democrats for demanding hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh be delayed.

With Democrats motioning repeatedly to adjourn the hearing in order to examine the latest 42,000 pages of documents regarding Kavanaugh’s record -released just hours before hearings began- Grassley grew frustrated saying “Can I ask my colleagues on the other side of the aisle how long you want to go on with this? Because I’m not going to entertain any of the motions you’re making.”

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Pointing his finger at his colleagues, Grassley’s voice grew louder and angrier as he suggested that Democrats had accused him of “having a mob rule session”, a statement that in fact had been made by Republican John Cornyn.

In what seemed to be an ineffective attack on the minority, Grassley scolded the Democrats, who he said praised “how fair I was in running” the Neil Gorsuch hearings. “I would like to run this hearing the same way if you would give me the courtesy of doing it.”

What Grassley left unsaid was the name of Obama-era SCOTUS nominee Merrick Garland, whose name had already come up several times earlier in the hearing. Garland was notoriously denied the courtesy of a hearing or a vote by the Senate Republicans, a move which led to accusations that the court seat had been stolen.

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He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing this to me?’

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President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.

"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."

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Rod Rosenstein’s legal defense in lawsuits from Strzok and Page won’t hold up under oath: legal experts

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Former Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein claimed responsibility for the release of text messages between then-FBI attorney Lisa Page and then-FBI official Peter Strzok.

Emails released in a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit by the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) revealed the highly unusual release by Sarah Isgur Flores, who at the time was the spokesperson for Trump's Department of Justice (she is now overseeing CNN's 2020 election coverage).

Flores instructed reporters to not cite the release of the documents to the Depart of Justice.

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GOP forcing Hunter Biden to testify could ‘completely backfire’ on them — here’s why

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With public pressure mounting for Senate Republicans to allow officials like former National Security Adviser John Bolton and White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney to testify at President Donald Trump's impeachment trial, some in the GOP are now suggesting a trade — allowing these witnesses in exchange for Hunter Biden, the focus of Trump's Ukraine conspiracy theories, to take the stand as well and face aggressive questioning about his role in Burisma. This is a GOP attempt to distract from the allegations against Trump by changing the subject to the Bidens.

But as CNN's Michael Smerconish noted on Saturday, this strategy might not even work.

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