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Jeff Flake plays down Kavanaugh’s lies about drinking in exchange with CNN reporter: ‘Exaggerating your success or failures is something a lot of people do’

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Arizona Senator Jeff Flake played down embattled Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s demonstrable untruths about his drinking habits in an exchange with CNN reporter Manu Raju, saying no one is honest about their high school years.

“You said that if there are demonstrable falsehoods and lies, that would be disqualifying,” said Raju. “There have been instances where it appears [Kavanaugh] was not fully forthcoming with the Senate Judiciary Committee about his past, his antics during college. Does that bother you?” Numerous friends and former classmates have undermined Kavanaugh’s claims of sobriety, saying he was often out of control, incoherent and violent because of his drinking.

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“I don’t know specifically what you are talking about,” said Flake, trying to sidestep the question before diminishing it. “If everybody, you know, accurately portrayed their high school years, you know, I’d say I gained more yards than I really did in football, you know.”

“But he was under oath,” responded Raju, but Flake cut him off.

“Maybe so, but the drinking thing, I don’t know how to gauge that,” said Flake. “How many would admit to drinking in excess when they really haven’t? That is a different world from what I grew up in.”

“I’ve said all along, you know, if somebody lies under oath, that that’s not something that we can deal with,” Flake added. But he was careful to leave himself wiggle room, saying “exaggerating or diminishing your success or your failures, that is something that a lot of people are used to.”

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Trump slammed for lawless obstruction of Congress: ‘He’s taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution’

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On CNN Saturday, former Rep. Elizabeth Holtzman (D-NY), who voted for the articles of impeachment against President Richard Nixon, discussed the path forward for impeaching President Donald Trump.

"We know moderate Democrats are a bit frustrated with leadership over potentially expanding the scope of their consideration, maybe the Mueller report findings and drawing up these articles of impeachment," said anchor Victor Blackwell. "Do you think it's a mistake not to include anything beyond the Ukraine matter?"

"Yes," said Holtzman. "I think it would be a mistake, although, you know, I'm still at a distance, and the members of the committee really have to, who have been digging into this deeply have the best feel, but my sense is that the, what the president did is so egregious, not just with regard to Ukraine, but what part of what's bad about his activities in Ukraine, is that he's taken a sledgehammer to the Constitution by saying that Congress has no right to get information, and he's cut off his committee, his administration from, and ordered and directed them not to cooperate with the committee in any way."

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Giuliani pummeled by ex-press secretary for ‘returning to the scene of the crime’ to create Ukraine chaos

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On CNN Saturday, Rudy Giuliani's former mayoral press secretary Ken Frydman harshly criticized his former boss for his ongoing efforts in the Ukraine scheme.

"As you've watched the former mayor over the last several years, have you identified a point at which things shifted for the man who I guess still is for some known at America's Mayor?" asked anchor Victor Blackwell."

"Well, yeah. I think when he went into business with Donald Trump," said Frydman. "You saw a — a severe change in his personality. He had a zealous need to make money, to be relevant. To be part of the political process. And you know right now he's making, I think, ill-advised decisions, like returning to the scene of the crime, Ukraine, to make a propagandist documentary. Almost as if he's playing, he and the president, are playing, 'catch me if you can.' The president will not participate in the impeachment hearings, and Rudy is off in the Ukraine doubling down."

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‘I haven’t had a personal cell phone for years’: Trump demands retraction from CNN — in tweet sent from his iPhone

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On Thursday, The Washington Post reported that President Donald Trump had spoken to Rudy Giuliani over unsecured phone lines.

If he was using an unsecured phone to talk to Giuliani about Ukraine, Trump would effectively be allowing the Russians to listen in.

CNN confirmed the unsecured phone use, reporting "President Donald Trump has continued to use his personal cell phone to make calls, despite repeated warnings from his staff that the practice could leave him vulnerable to foreign surveillance, multiple officials told CNN."

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