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Rush Limbaugh whines that impeachment talk is about ‘trying to dispirit’ Trump supporters

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Talk radio personality Rush Limbaugh complained that talk of impeaching President Donald Trump was not based on enforcing the rule of law, but on Democrats bent on dispiriting his audience.

“I mean, this is designed to do exactly what I have been warning everybody was coming. They’re trying to dispirit you,” Limbaugh argued.

“They’re trying to make it harder for you to verbalize your support for Trump. They’re trying to make you doubt him,” he continued. “It’s about making you think this is a lost cause.”

Limbaugh played a montage of television news discussing impeachment, following the court filings that listed Trump as an unindicted co-conspirator.

“They’re talking about the Michael Cohen plea deal in which it is stated that a prominent candidate directed him to make payments to two women for their silence in violation of campaign finance law. It is not a violation of campaign finance law,” Limbaugh claimed, despite the fact that Cohen is awaiting sentencing for the same violation.

Limbaugh said the goal was to lower Trump’s approval ratings.

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“Look, they can impeach over anything if they want to try. And that’s why they’ve gotta get the numbers down,” he argued. “If they get Trump’s numbers down to 30 percent they’re gonna impeach him for the way he blows his nose! And they’ll come up with a way to call it a high crime or misdemeanor.”

Limbaugh said that “unindicted co-conspirator” is “strictly a term designed to drive down public opinion.”

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‘This is ridiculous’: ex-prosecutor rips Democrats for not even swearing-in Hope Hicks before her testimony

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The House Judiciary Committee failed in how they went about interviewing Hope Hicks, the longtime Trump advisor who rose to White House communications director.

On Thursday, the committee released a 273-page transcript of Hicks testimony behind closed doors.

For analysis, MSNBC "Hardball" anchor Chris Matthews interviewed former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne.

Lawyers representing Hicks repeatedly objected to her answer questions.

"What is this thing, this word objection? This is loaded, all this wasted paper, a lot of this paper simply has the word objection on it," Matthews said, holding up a 271-page printout of Hicks' transcript.

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Hope Hicks told Congress that Trump has cut her out of his life — he virtually never calls her anymore

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Former White House Communications Director Hope Hicks was broadly considered to be one of President Donald Trump's favorite staffers.

But when she left the administration in 2018, the president virtually cut off ties to her, and has only spoken with her five times since then, according to the transcript of the closed-door hearing in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday:

In her interview, Hope Hicks says she has only spoken to Trump between five and ten times since she left the White House in February 2018. (He used to call that much in a day.) They last spoke in April, when they had dinner. Our story from yesterday:https://t.co/3gzVY21c3z pic.twitter.com/VMZqhnbgib

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Elections regulator warns foreign intrusion into US campaigns is already happening

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In a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee, the Federal Elections Commission is warning that there is already foreign intrusion in the U.S. campaigns.

FEC chair Ellen L. Weintraub was forced to issue a statement after President Donald Trump said that he wasn't sure what he would do if a foreign government approached him with "dirt" on his political opponent. He said that he "might" tell the FBI but would likely hear what they had to say. He said that it wasn't illegal, but Weintraub issued a statement reiterating that it is illegal.

"I am particularly concerned about the risk of illicit funds and foreign support influencing our political system. Foreign dark money represents a significant vulnerability for American democracy. We do not know the extent to which our political campaigns receive foreign dark money, but we do know that the political money can be weaponized by well-funded hostile powers," the letter warned.

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