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James Comey expertly shot down Republicans’ ‘deep state’ conspiracy theory — to their faces

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Towards the end of his lengthy second hearing before the House Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey shot down right-wing conspiracy theories about the so-called “deep state” — right to the faces of some of the GOP lawmakers promoting the claims.

Though he was speaking in response to civil rights icon Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), Comey’s comments about the “deep state” were in direct contrast to Reps. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), both of whom have suggested inappropriate anti-Trump behavior at the FBI.

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“We are going to be okay,” the former FBI director said after Cummings asked him if he believed America will bounce back from the damage many believe Donald Trump caused.

“We’re going to be okay,” he reiterated. “Because the culture of this nation, the culture of an institution like the FBI — there’s no deep state. There’s a deep culture, in the military, in the intelligence community, in the FBI — those three I know very well — a commitment to integrity and the rule of law.”

“No president serves long enough to screw that up,” Comey added.

You can read the entire transcript below:

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

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