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‘What’s your beef?’: CNN’s Alisyn Camerota corners Democrat Seth Moulton on his plot to topple Pelosi as speaker

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Massachusetts Democrat Seth Moulton got cornered repeatedly by CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota as he tried to explain why he’s trying to oust Nancy Pelosi, widely expected to be the next House Speaker.

“The American people sent a very strong message in the elections last week, that we want new approaches to politics and new leaders in Washington,” Moulton said, citing the number of women and people of color who ran for office. “If our party responds by installing the same status quo leadership we’ve had since 2006, we are failing the people and letting down the Democratic party.”

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“That’s what you think the message is,” shot back Camerota. “There’s nobody better, it’s said, at herding congressional kittens into line than Nancy Pelosi. I understand you may want the novelty of somebody newer and fresher, but who is more effective than Nancy Pelosi?”

Moulton repeated his line about the diversity of the electorate, but Camerota wasn’t having it, asking whether any of the contenders Moulton was backing could raise anywhere near as much campaign funding as Pelosi.

“I’m not a political pundit,” Moulton responded, saying Americans wanted a leader people can respect.

“Are you saying people don’t respect Nancy Pelosi?” Camerota cut in. “What is your beef with Nancy Pelosi?”

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Moulton, with no good answer, continued to sputter through a list of his preferred candidates.

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.

"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."

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House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.

"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."

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Trump’s decision to cut off Ukraine aid is something ‘you would expect to read about in a dictatorship’: Ex-Obama official

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former Obama administration official and national security analyst Samantha Vinograd excoriated President Donald Trump for his decision — further laid out in newly released House transcripts — to suspend military aid to Ukraine.

"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.

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