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WATCH: Judiciary Democrat reveals Trump’s son invented new legal theory in testimony to Congress

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During closed-door testimony before Congress, President Donald Trump’s eldest son attempted to invoke a novel legal doctrine, a member of the House Judiciary Committee revealed to MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell on Monday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) sits on both the House Judiciary Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

“There’s some questions about the communications with his father and about the meeting at Trump Tower,” O’Donnell noted. “Do you believe Donald Trump, Jr. lied to your committee?”

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“I think he showed a consciousness of guilt, when he was asked about conversations he had with his father, whether on not he told his father about that meeting he took where the Russians were offering dirt on Hillary Clinton,” Swalwell replied.

“He told us he’s not going to answer any questions with his father, asserting a father-son privilege,” he explained. “Which is privileged privilege — only something that the Trumps could create.”

“I think innocent people would have been straight with us, Don Jr. didn’t want to be straight,” he concluded. “Bob Mueller will know the answer to that.”

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Sondland briefed Pompeo on Trump’s Ukraine scheme — and secretary of state signed off on it: report

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President Donald Trump's ambassador to the European Union kept Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the loop on efforts to pressure Ukraine's president to announce an investigation of Joe Biden.

Gordon Sondland notified Pompeo in mid-August of a draft statement he'd produced with another U.S. diplomat and Ukrainian officials that they hoped would persuade Trump to invite Volodymyr Zelensky to the Oval Office, reported the New York Times.

He and Pompeo discussed later that month the possibility of pushing Zelensky to pledge during a planned meeting with Trump in Warsaw that he would pursue the investigation sought by the U.S. president in hopes of smoothing relations between the two countries, according to two sources who were briefed on the matter.

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Sondland hotels are facing backlash over Trump ties: ‘Do you want to support him?’

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Gordon Sondland's efforts to shield President Donald Trump from accountability in the Ukraine scandal has been bad for his personal business.

The U.S. ambassador to the European Union has twice updated his closed-door testimony in the impeachment inquiry after other witnesses implicated him in the scheme, and social media users are venting their frustration against his hotel chain on Yelp, reported The Daily Beast.

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Revealed: Nikki Haley sent confidential information about North Korea nuke scare over system meant only for unclassified communications

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"Convenience is not an acceptable reason to skirt information security rules. She should be held to the same standard as everyone else," said Austin Evers, executive director at American Oversight, upon hearing the news that former UN ambassador Nikki Haley used a Blackberry smartphone to communicate with staff regarding North Korea's July, 2017 test of an intercontinental ballistic missile that could hit the US.

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