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This timeline shows the damning evolution of Trump’s Russia collusion denials

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani on Wednesday moved the goal posts during a stunning CNN interview in which he allowed that some members of President Donald Trump’s campaign may have conspired with the Russian government.

Washington Post reporter Aaron Blake has taken a look back at past defenses of the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia, and he found that Giuliani’s admission is the largest departure yet from the “no collusion” line of defense, but it’s far from the only one.

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In fact, as Blake writes, former Trump campaign spokeswoman Hope Hicks initially said back in November that “there was no communication between the campaign and any foreign entity during the campaign.” Within three months, that line had changed to there being no communications “to the best of our knowledge.”

Just one month after that, Donald Trump Jr. admitted that he might have met with Russians, but he said that there were no prearranged meetings during the campaign.

That, of course, was revealed to have been a lie just four months later when we learned that Trump Jr. took a meeting with a Russian operative in June 2016 in which he was promised dirt on Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

That brings us to the next step in the evolution: Admitting, as Giuliani did in July 2018, that there was a prearranged meeting with Russian officials, but that Trump was not present at that meeting.

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‘Horde of clueless angry white men’: Internet mocks Matt Gaetz for leading a raid on a secure impeachment hearing

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On Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) led a gang of two dozen conservative lawmakers as they barged into a classified evidence meeting in the impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump.

Gaetz — who is not a member of the Intelligence Committee but has demanded the right to review sensitive evidence as if he is one — received scorn from commenters on social media for his stunt:

This is their plan? I’m so fucking relieved we’re up against Matt Gaetz.

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BUSTED: Newly uncovered White House budget docs undercut one of Trump’s last defenses in Ukraine scandal

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President Donald Trump's insistence that he only pushed Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden because he was concerned about "corruption" has been one of his primary defenses against House Democrats' impeachment inquiry.

However, the Washington Post has uncovered some White House budget documents that directly undercut the president's defense.

According to the Post, the Trump administration "has sought repeatedly to cut foreign aid programs tasked with combating corruption in Ukraine and elsewhere overseas" even though the White House has insisted that it is laser-focused on promoting good governance in the country.

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‘Beyond parody’: Matt Gaetz and dozens of his GOP colleagues try to barge into secret hearing in latest anti-impeachment stunt

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On Wednesday, a group of right-wing representatives led by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) tried to storm into a secure facility for classified information being used as part of the impeachment proceedings, demanding to be informed of the process.

They are almost certain to be ejected because they are not members of the committees reviewing the evidence.

Reporters reacted with astonishment at the stunt:

More than two dozen House conservatives rail on Schiff and the process outside the closed impeachment proceedings, and have now entered the SCIF - and they are bound to be kicked out bc they don’t serve on the three committees conducting the probe. It is being led by Matt Gaetz

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