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House Intel Dem slams GOP for holding up investigations in last-ditch effort to protect Trump

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California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who sits on the House Intelligence Committee, said she was losing patience with her Republican colleagues for refusing to name members to the committee, and thereby holding up congressional investigations, many of which focus on President Donald Trump and his associates.

“It should be of no surprise to anyone that they are dragging their feet,” Speier said. “They do not want this committee to start its work and at some point, we’re going to lose our patience and have to do something more dramatic if they don’t actually appoint their members and allow the committee to organize and get started.”

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Speier went on to say the Republican recalcitrance was holding up the work of the committee.

“We really cannot do any work,” she said. “Subpoenas can not be issued, to my knowledge. There is no path forward for us to reinstitute the investigation until they organize on their side.” She added that Republicans were “doing their level best to try to prevent” Trump associate Michael Cohen and others from testifying publicly, but predicted that they would fail.

“We want this to be a very transparent and open committee, something that we really haven’t seen during the Republican control of that committee,” Speier said. “We will attempt to have as many hearings that are open as possible and make sure that the public is aware of as much as we can provide them.”

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He ‘can’t understand why he is being impeached’: CNN reports Trump is asking ’why are they doing his to me?’

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President Donald Trump is reportedly "distracted" by impeachment while vacationing at Mar-a-Lago as the United States Senate trial begins.

"A source close to the White House who speaks to Donald Trump regularly said the President has appeared 'distracted' by the impeachment trial that begins on Tuesday, telling people around him Friday night at Mar-a-Lago that he 'can't understand why he is impeached,'" CNN's Jim Acosta reported Saturday. "'Why are they doing this to me,' the source quoted Trump as saying repeatedly."

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Flores instructed reporters to not cite the release of the documents to the Depart of Justice.

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Neo-Nazi arrested by FBI in terror plot before his comrades tried to kill him for being ‘stupid’ and ‘incompetent’: report

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On Saturday, CBC News reported that several members of a white supremacist group called The Base have been arrested in Georgia and Wisconsin. This comes one day after another set of raids in Maryland and Delaware that caught Patrik Mathews, a former reservist from Manitoba who crossed into the United States illegally and has been missing for five months after being accused of recruiting for the extremist group.

One new key detail came out about Mathews in an affidavit used to secure the arrest warrants for Mathews' alleged compatriots, according to the CBC: "Although the document suggests the group member believed to be Mathews stayed with a Georgia cell member for months, he is later reportedly characterized as 'incompetent' and 'stupid' and is seen as a liability to the local group. In fact, he eventually becomes a new potential murder target."

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