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Intel Dem: Roger Stone’s lies to Congress were protected by Republicans’ inaction

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House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes

On Friday, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that Roger Stone’s arrest happened in part because of Republican inaction on Russia interference into the 2016 election.

“What’s your reaction to the indictment of the president’s long-time advisor Roger Stone? The White House said this has nothing to do with the president at all. Do you believe that it does?” Maddow asked.

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“It certainly has all the markings of something the president would be involved in,” he responded.

Swalwell then explained what Democrats plan to do next.

“We are now in a position to find out, and the Republicans can sit on their hands and not name people to the intelligence committee. This will be the last gasp of Republican obstruction,” he said.

He then slammed Republicans for protecting Trump for two years and thus making America unsafe.

“We take no pleasure in being right but the cost to our country has been grave because, for two years, we’ve sought to test Mr. Stone’s and he was protected by Republicans,” he said.

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“They wouldn’t allow subpoenas,” Swalwell said. “They say nobody outside of Washington really cares about the Russia story. It’s not as fatal as the shutdown we experienced, but I find it fundamentally un-American that the Trump campaign so eagerly embraced an adversary that never has our interest in mind. I think our country will suffer until we get to the bottom and know what Russia did and how many Americans worked to help them.”

Watch the interview below via MSNBC.

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Adam Schiff buries one of the GOP’s remaining anti-impeachment talking points

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) on Wednesday took a hammer to one of the Republican Party's few remaining talking points aimed at undermining the House impeachment inquiry.

Throughout the testimony of European Union ambassador Gordon Sondland, Republicans kept saying that there couldn't be any kind of extortion scheme on President Donald Trump's part because Ukraine got its military aid without publicly announcing investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

Schiff, however, showed why this argument simply doesn't hold up.

"My colleagues seem to be under the impression that unless the president spoke the words, 'Ambassador Sondland, I am bribing the Ukrainian president,' that there's no evidence of bribery!" he said.

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Chris Wallace fact-checks his own Fox News colleagues after their denials of Trump’s quid pro quo

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As US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland gave his testimony in the House impeachment hearings this Wednesday, Fox News contributor Ken Starr acknowledged that Sondland's testimony all but guarantees that articles of impeachment will be drawn up against President Trump. He also posited that Trump "gave himself enough cover" regarding Sondland's September 9 conversation with Trump where he said the President allegedly said, "I want nothing, I want nothing, I want no quid pro quo."

"Well, I think that Ken Starr and [Fox News contributor] Andy McCarthy are very good lawyers," Wallace said. "And like any good lawyers they can parse this, phrase this any way they want, but as a reporter it seems to me that we have to go to what the headline is today, and the headline is that Gordon Sondland, one of the three amigos, perhaps the one who had the most direct contact with Donald Trump, says in his opening statement, 'Was there a quid pro quo with regard to the requested White House call and White House meeting? The answer is yes.'"

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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