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Fox News panel crushes Sean Spicer’s attempt to distance Trump from Cohen

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President Donald Trump and his team of lawyers and defenders have made former “fixer” Michael Cohen the fall-guy for all of their legal ails. When they’re not blaming Cohen, however, they’re trying to diminish him as nothing more than a coffee boy.

In a Fox News panel discussion, former press secretary Sean Spicer tried to distance the president from Cohen, wondering out loud which Cohen people believe.

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“We now know that we can all agree Cohen is untrustworthy,” Spicer said of the man that worked for Trump for a decade. “I would also add that he is shady. We have learned that he lies, he’s this guy who has done a lot of bad things. The question is, which Michael Cohen is everyone believing? The one who is tweeting out trying to rehabilitate himself, the one that lied and stole and deceived folks and did all of these shady kinds of things?”

Cohen has now turned to contrition, saying that he was wrong to have put his faith into Trump and done whatever Trump told him. According to the Wall Street Journal, Cohen delivered bags of cash to a company that worked to “fix” polls in Trump’s favor. He said that he did this at the direction of his client: Mr. Trump.

Fox News commentator Kennedy said that Trump has attracted honorable people, but at the same time, he seems to draw in people like Cohen.

“There is something about that that is deeply troubling,” she said. “I think the fact that Michael Cohen may have been stealing for the president and was a complete fraud, it doesn’t absolve the president. Nobody has really answered why the president allows himself to be surrounded with people like that.”

Spicer cut in to say that it’s “deceiving” to say Trump surrounded himself with shady people.

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“There isn’t an organization that probably doesn’t have a bad apple or two as part of it,” Spicer said, excusing Trump’s history.

“Oh no,” the group of Fox panelists groaned.

“He was right there — next to the president,” said host Melissa Francis.

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They quickly move on to another topic.

Cohen is set to appear before Congress Feb. 7.

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Republicans who are sick of being routinely embarrassed now have the perfect chance to flip on Trump

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One of the great mysteries of our time is why so many Republicans who are willing to bet their reputations on relentlessly defending Donald Trump, especially now.

This article was originally published at Salon

It'd be one thing if he were in rarefied George W. Bush post-9/11 territory with an approval rating hovering in the upper 80s, or if he had delivered an electoral map like Ronald Reagan's 1984 steamrolling of Walter Mondale. But neither of those is remotely true. Trump is a flop-sweating mess, and more of us should be asking why they don't just cut bait and try their luck with conserva-droid Mike Pence.

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In a video posted to his Facebook and Instagram pages, convicted war criminal and retired Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher slammed his former platoon members who accused him of killing civilians, calling them "cowards."

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‘Stay out of the way’: Fox News sources say Justice Roberts will let GOPers win tie votes on witnesses

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Chief Justice John Roberts is expected not to weigh in heavily during the question and answer phase of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

As the trial moves to the new phase on Wednesday, Roberts has the option of "inserting himself" into the process to rule on questions or other matters, according to Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram.

But sources told the Fox News reporter that Roberts will follow the model of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist who presided over President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.

Under the Senate rules, measures that do not receive a majority of votes fail. So if a Senate vote of witnesses was tied 50-50, the measure would not pass. Roberts could choose to break the tie but he is not expected to do so.

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