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Ex-GOP White House ethics attorney says Trump lawyers need to negotiate plea deal for him to resign from office

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration said on MSNBC that President Donald Trump’s defense lawyers need to negotiate a plea agreement.

Richard Painter is a law professor at the University of Minnesota and vice-chair of the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

“You guys are starting to see that things are closing in, but are Republicans starting to see that things are closing in?” anchor Yasmin Vossoughian asked. “So far, what we have seen is Republicans have stood by the president and said he’s done nothing wrong. At what point will the straw break the camel’s back?”

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“Publicly the Republicans, or many of them, are supporting the president,” Painter replied. “This is a bad situation for the president.”

“The president’s lawyer got three years that he committed on behalf of the president, his client,” he noted. “If the lawyer gets three years, how much time should the client get?”

“That doesn’t even include whatever Bob Mueller comes up with respect to Russia and obstruction of justice and the crimes that were committed there,” he continued.

“Donald Trump is in serious trouble. His lawyers ought to be telling him to negotiate a plea deal,” Painter said.

“It’s time to negotiate a comprehensive plea deal for Donald Trump,” he concluded. “Include federal and state charges, reduced charges in return for his resignation.”

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“That’s where the Republicans in Congress ought to be driving this — toward a comprehensive plea deal for Donald Trump and his family members,” Painter explained. “Get him out of White House, have him resign, plead guilty to lower charges and let’s move on as a country.”

“It’s quite clear his goose is cooked here,” he added.

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Trump supporters lose their minds when church shows Nativity scene in immigrant cages

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MAGA supporters are losing their minds after a photo of the Nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist Church was posted to Facebook.

The scene depicts Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus separated and put in their own cages, a reference to the families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. Inside the church, the family is shown as reunited.

Senior minister Karen Clark Ristine shared the image on Facebook with the message hoping that everyone in the United States could see the photo and read the story for Christmas.

"The theological statement posted with the nativity: In a time in our country when refugee families seek asylum at our borders and are unwillingly separated from one another, we consider the most well-known refugee family in the world," she wrote. "Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, the Holy Family. Shortly after the birth of Jesus, Joseph and Mary were forced to flee with their young son from Nazareth to Egypt to escape King Herod, a tyrant. They feared persecution and death."

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Columnist nails Republicans for only caring about Hunter Biden now that his father is running for president

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One of the critical questions that must be answered by Republicans, according to one Washington Post columnist, is why they didn't care about Hunter Biden's position at Burisma for so many years.

In a Sunday piece, James Downie asked why Republicans didn't do anything about Hunter Biden five years ago when it was first revealed that vice president's son was on the board of a Ukraine energy company. The House and the Senate were being run by Republicans until this year. They haven't had problems with other partisan investigations against high-profile leaders. There were ten investigations into the Benghazi attacks, three hearings, 29 witnesses, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testified for 11 hours. Yet, it was only after Joe Biden announced he was running against President Donald Trump that Republicans discovered an issue.

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Republican staffer caught spying on Democrats during Judiciary Committee meetings

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A Republican staffer from the Ways and Means committee was caught spying on Democrats during their work over the weekend.

According to a Judiciary Committee source, the female staffer was ultimately discovered and ran out of the committee room once it was discovered she was there, tweeted Olivia Beavers, a writer at "The Hill."

"A Judiciary source says the committee, which has been practicing for their Monday impeachment hearing this whole weekend, came across a female GOP Ways and Means staffer in the hearing room today, but that she ran out once discovered," she tweeted.

https://twitter.com/Olivia_Beavers/status/1203784487559213056

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