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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shames Lindsey Graham for helping Trump send ‘a clear call to racists’ on birthright citizenship

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough mocked Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) for debasing himself once again to serve President Donald Trump — who apparently believes he can undo constitutional rights by executive order.

Graham cheered on Trump’s suggestion that he could eliminate birthright citizenship guaranteed by the 14th Amendment with the stroke of a pen, and the South Carolina Republican promised to introduce legislation that would do the same thing.

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“Another example of Lindsey Graham degrading himself for Donald Trump, he came out yesterday and was excited that Donald Trump was going to amend the Constitution with an executive order which, of course, even (Rep.) Paul Ryan said you can’t do that,” Scarborough said. “(Rep.) Justin Amash said you can’t do that. George Conway, constitutional scholar, Kellyanne Conway’s husband, said you can’t do that.”

The “Morning Joe” host said Graham — an attorney — should know better.

“I just wonder, what does the University of South Carolina School of Law think right now,” Scarborough said. “What do they think that a guy that graduated from their program really thinks that you can tear up the 14th Amendment by signing an executive order?”

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Scarborough said the senator likely does know better, but was just flattering the president for political gain.

“I don’t think Lindsey thinks that, but it shows you how shameful he has become in (Sen.) John McCain’s passing and how stupid Donald Trump thinks the American people are,” he said. “It is a clear call to racists to come out and vote for his candidates.”

“It’s like Charlottesville every day,” he said.

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Sondland says Ukrainians knew there was a quid pro quo for military aid — because he told them

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E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland's opening statement contains a blizzard of damning allegations about President Donald Trump and his immediate officials' conduct surrounding the withholding of foreign aid to Ukraine.

In particular, Sondland's statement directly contradicts a major talking point used by Republicans to defend the president: That there couldn't have been a quid pro quo to force the Ukrainians to dig up dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden, because the Ukrainians did not know the delay in military aid was linked to opening investigations.

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Trump’s new anti-impeachment crusader mangles basic facts about Sondland in her first big TV interview

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Pam Bondi, the former Florida attorney general who recently joined the White House as a communications staffer, repeatedly misrepresented EU ambassador Gordon Sondland's role in the State Department.

The Florida Republican appeared Wednesday on CBS This Morning ahead of Sondland's highly anticipated public testimony in the impeachment inquiry, and she was asked how well President Donald Trump knew the campaign donor-turned-ambassador.

"He was ambassador to the Ukraine, he is ambassador to the Ukraine, and the president knows him," said Bondi, who recently joined the White House to help manage communications strategy against impeachment.

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‘We followed the president’s orders’: Sondland leaves no wiggle room for Trump’s direct involvement in Ukraine scandal

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European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland will leave no wiggle room for President Donald Trump to deny his direct involvement in the Ukraine scandal in his bombshell opening statement.

As reported by the Daily Beast, Sondland will testify that he followed President Donald Trump's orders to work with personal attorney Rudy Giuliani on dealing with Ukraine, despite the fact that he was personally reluctant to do so.

"Secretary Perry, Ambassador Volker and I worked with Mr. Rudy Giuliani on Ukraine matters at the express direction of the President of the United States," the statement says. "We did not want to work with Mr. Giuliani. Simply put, we played the hand we were dealt. We all understood that if we refused to work with Mr. Giuliani, we would lose an important opportunity to cement relations between the United States and Ukraine. So we followed the President’s orders."

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