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Kellyanne Conway’s husband ridicules Giuliani for claim it’s ‘perfectly normal’ for Trump to speak with Cohen about false testimony

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George Conway — the husband of top Donald Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway — on Sunday slammed Rudy Giuliani after the president’s lawyer claimed it’s “perfectly normal” for Trump to speak with Michael Cohen about his congressional testimony.

Speaking with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday, Giuliani acknowledged the possibility that Trump and Cohen discussed Cohen’s testimony before he spoke to Congress. According to Cohen’s guilty plea in the special counsel investigation, Trump’s former fixer lied to Congress on three occasions about plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, claiming the negotiations ended in January 2016. Giuliani on Sunday acknowledged those negotiations likely lasted until November 2016.

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“As far as I know. President Trump did not have discussions with [Cohen], certainly had no discussions with him in which he told him or counseled him to lie,” Giuliani claimed, before adding it “would be perfectly normal” for Trump to have discussed testimony with Cohen.

Referring to that interview, Conway hit back at the administration in which his wife serves.

“Perfectly normal?” Conway asked. “It’s perfectly insane for witnesses in or subject of a criminal investigation to be discussing testimony.”

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Conway retweeted a response from homeland security consultant Paul Rosenzweig, who added the move is also “perfectly criminal.” He later posted former federal prosecutor Renato Marrioti’s response:

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Conway also praised CNN’s Tapper for his line of questioning directed at Giuliani.


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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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Shep Smith blasts autocrats in first public remarks since leaving Fox News — and donates $500,000 to protect journalists

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On Thursday, for the first time since exiting Fox News, reporter Shepard Smith gave public comments at the International Press Freedom Awards — and used the occasion to blast autocratic leaders who use their power to suppress journalism.

"Intimidation and vilification of the press is now a global phenomenon. We don’t have to look far for evidence of that,” said Smith. "Our belief a decade ago that the online revolution would liberate us now seems a bit premature, doesn’t it? Autocrats have learned how to use those same online tools to shore up their power. They flood the world of information with garbage and lies, masquerading as news. There’s a phrase for that."

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