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Democratic senator points to Trump Jr as next ‘potential target’ for Mueller

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On Thursday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said that the mystery behind Donald Trump Jr. phone calls only “deepened” after an investigation confirmed that the phone call was not made to President Donald Trump, but to business associates.

“I was in the room when Donald Trump Jr. appeared. He could not recall whom he called. The communication between father and son here has yet to be fully explained,” Blumenthal told CNN host Wolf Blitzer.

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After the indictment of Trump’s longtime confidant Roger Stone, Blitzer asked who he thinks would be indicated next in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

“I think speculation here is inappropriate. Perhaps members of the president’s family, or other members of his campaign team,” Blumenthal said.

“Do you know of others who may have lied to your committee?” Blitzer said.

“I believe that there are serious questions about Donald Trump Jr. appearance before our committee,” Blumenthal said.

“Are you suggesting Donald Trump Jr. lied to your committee under oath and potentially he could be charged?” Blitzer said.

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“I’m suggesting there are serious questions. He needs to come back. He ought to be subpoenaed to come back. I asked to subpoena him. I think there’s a possibility,” he said.

“Do you think Robert Mueller and his team are thinking and considering indicting Donald Trump Jr?

“I would not be at all surprised if there is a consideration. He is a potential target. He may have lied before our committee,” Blumenthal said.

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He added, “I’m not suggesting that he is on the verge or that he will, in fact, ever indict Donald Trump Jr. But those responses that he gave to our committee certainly raise questions about his credibility.”

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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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