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Conservative writer debunks pro-Trump FBI conspiracy theory in devastating rebuke of the Republican Party

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In their desperation to insulate President Donald Trump from the fallout of the Russia investigation, the Republican Party has woven an elaborate counternarrative in which the act of investigating Russia is the real scandal. And David French, writer for the arch-conservative National Review, is finally calling out this mentality on the Right.

“It’s time to put a conspiracy theory to rest,” writes French in a new column. “It’s time to debunk a hoax.”

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The GOP narrative goes that the investigation, first started by the FBI and taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a “witch hunt” manufactured by Obama administration officials to bring down Trump; that the investigation of the campaign was illegal and the warrant to surveil it obtained using partisan material; that Trump officials are being prosecuted over “perjury traps” rather than anything of substance; and that Mueller’s team is saddled with conflicts of interest that will render any findings tainted. There is no evidence to support any of this. But not only is Trump and the Fox News punditry spreading this narrative, it has formed the basis for a series of frivolous investigations by House Republicans with time and resources that could have been spent to pursue Russia.

French lays bare how insane all of this is.

“The idea that the FBI used the Russia investigation to intervene in the election to hurt Trump and help Clinton has always strained credulity,” he writes. “After all, the Russia investigation remained secret during the election while the FBI not only public reopened the Hillary email investigation, it also confirmed the existence of an FBI investigation into the Clinton Foundation and exposed rifts with the Obama Department of Justice — casting the FBI as heroically resisting Obama-administration pressure to avoid any ‘overt steps’ in the Clinton Foundation investigation during the campaign.”

Furthermore, notes French, contrary to the idea that Mueller is using “perjury traps,” the investigation has already uncovered damning information — including Trump’s former attorney lying to Congress about Trump’s Russia contacts, Trump’s son having a meeting in Trump Tower with a lawyer linked to the Kremlin during the election, Trump’s campaign manager having ties to a known Russian asset, and two campaign advisers allegedly having backchannels to Russia via foreign sources. And all of this took place against the context of Trump saying, “I have nothing to do with Russia. To the best of my knowledge, no person that I deal with does.”

“In less partisan times,” writes French, these contacts would “generate far more bipartisan concern. Even now, they should at the very least demolish the worst of the pro-Trump conspiracy theories.”

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“As in all investigations, the FBI and every other relevant arm of the federal government should be held to account when it departs from law or policy,” French says. “If elements of the Trump investigation were tainted by partisan bias, we need to know. But, at this point, claims that the investigation itself is inherently illegitimate should be dismissed.”

“The Trump team has surrounded the truth of its dealings with Russia with a bodyguard of lies,” concludes French. “Not a single American should find that acceptable or excusable. Let’s find the truth and confront it fearlessly. No other approach will provide the justice and transparency America needs.”

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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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