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Long-serving senator says Trump’s ‘cockamamie’ shutdown threat is so absurd it’s almost unbelievable

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A Senator who’s held the same seat since 1975 admitted that he’s never seen anything quite like President Donald Trump’s apparent desire to shut down the government.

Fox News’ Chad Pergram noted on Twitter that Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) told an Appropriations Committee Democrat that in the 44 years and eight presidents he’s seen in the Senate, “this is the only time I’ve seen a president say they want a government shutdown.”

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“If you saw it on a comedy show,” the Vermont Democrat added, “you’d say this goes over the top.”

During a speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Leahy also called Trump’s potential government shutdown a “cockamamie idea” and said he was looking for a “reality TV moment,” the Vermont Digger news blog reported.

“For months now he’s repeatedly called for a government shutdown unless we provide $5 billion for his boondoggle border wall,” the senator said in a Monday evening speech. “He wants to score a made-for-reality-TV moment and he doesn’t care how many thousands of hardworking American men and women are going to suffer for it.”

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Trump ridiculed for ‘weird’ complaint about being unable to eavesdrop on phone calls

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President Donald Trump sought to undermine an impeachment witness by complaining that he'd been unable to eavesdrop on telephone conversations despite repeated attempts to do so -- and other social media users cringed.

Career diplomat David Holmes was called to testify Thursday in the House impeachment inquiry to describe the phone call he overheard between Trump and EU ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which the two officials allegedly discussed an extortion scheme against Ukraine.

Bill Taylor, the acting Ukraine ambassador, revealed the call last week in his testimony, and Holmes testified during a deposition that Sondland held the phone away from his ear as Trump loudly discussed the investigation of Joe Biden he wanted Ukraine's president to announce.

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‘Where the hell is John Bolton?’: CNN’s Toobin rips ex-Trump adviser for cashing in while aide Hill testifies before Congress

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A CNN panel discussion on the anticipated testimony by a former top aide to John Bolton -- who served as President Donald Trump's national security advisor before the two had a falling out -- turned into an attack on Bolton by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin for standing by and saying nothing as the impeachment inquiry unfolds.

At the mention of Bolton's name, in reference to the testimony expected from Fiona Hill on Thursday, Toobin blurted, "Where the hell is John Bolton?"

"Why is he not testifying?" Toobin asked the CNN panel. "Why doesn't he walk in there and testify? She [Hill] has an interesting line in her testimony where she says, I believe that those who have information that Congress deems relevant have a legal and moral obligation to provide it."

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George Conway goes after ‘delusional demagogue’ Trump for calling impeachment investigators ‘human scum’

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On Thursday, President Donald Trump once again lashed out at the House Democrats overseeing the impeachment investigation, tweeting that they are "human scum" who have "taken Due Process and all of the Republican Party’s rights away from us" — even though Republicans have gotten equal question time and were allowed to appoint their own counsel and call their own witnesses.

Conservative lawyer George Conway promptly fired back, excoriating the president for his behavior:

Here is the president of the United States, demonstrating once again that he is a pathological liar, a delusional demagogue, a narcissistic sociopath, a malignant narcissist, and utterly unfit for office. https://t.co/hGzz9JTDGA

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