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Trump’s ‘bizarre’ Putin meeting in Germany gets thoroughly dissected by CNN’s John Avlon

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What really happened in 2017 when President Donald Trump met with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Germany?

CNN’s John Avlon on Friday reconstructed a timeline of events that led up to the meeting between Trump and Putin and he came away with a sense of “weirdness” about the whole affair.

Avlon begins by discussing how the president’s first meeting with Putin in Hamburg in July 2017 was fairly unremarkable, as then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson was present at the meeting between the two heads of state.

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However, Avlon then explains Trump’s actions after the first meeting appear to be very suspicious.

“The real drama takes place behind the scenes when President Trump confiscates the interpreter’s notes,” he says. “This is never done and for good reason. Trump deliberately ensured no American record exists of the first meeting between himself and a hostile foreign power who meddled in our election on his behalf.”

The next strange incident regarding Trump and Putin came at a later dinner in which Trump signaled to Putin that he wanted to once again chat with him in private.

“That’s when the weirdness kicks in,” Avlon says. “Under the guise of saying hi to Melania, who’s sitting next to Putin, Trump walks over to their side of the table, and that becomes another hour-long discussion.”

This discussion is even more suspicious, Avlon explains, because Trump never told his own staff about what they discussed and no American officials were present to witness it.

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“The move was so bizarre that we only know about it because shocked world leaders let it leak,” he says.

Watch the video below.

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Jason Crow lays out the human cost of Trump’s Ukraine scheme — citing his military experience

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On the second day of the impeachment trial, Rep. Jason Crow (D-CO), a veteran and one of the House impeachment managers, clearly laid out the risk that President Donald Trump's Ukraine scheme posed to human life — and drew from his own experience in the military.

"I know something about counter-battery radar," said Crow. "In 2005 I was an Army Ranger serving in a special operations task force in Afghanistan. We were at a remote operating base along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. And frequently, the insurgents that we were fighting would launch rockets and missiles onto our small base. But luckily we were provided with counter-battery radar. The 20, 30, 40 seconds before those rockets and mortars rained down on us, an alarm would sound, and we would run out from our tents and jump into our concrete bunkers and wait for the attack to end. This is not a theoretical exercise, and the Ukrainians know it."

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‘The president is not very smart’: George Conway tells CNN how Trump played right into Adam Schiff’s hands

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday bragged about withholding key documents from impeachment investigators -- and conservative attorney George Conway said that statement would blow up in his face.

During a talk with reporters at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Trump boasted that Democrats "don't have all the material" that they need to make their case of the president's guilt and also asserted that "we have all the material."

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George Conway goes nuclear on Trump lawyers’ ‘utterly mendacious’ impeachment presentation on CNN

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Attorney George Conway, the husband of Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, went off on both President Donald Trump's attorneys and Senate Republicans for their performance at the Senate impeachment trial during a lengthy interview with CNN's Jake Tapper.

First, Conway tore apart Trump attorney Pat Cipollone for blatantly lying about the impeachment process that took place in the House of Representatives last year, and in particular zeroed in on the false claim that Republicans were not allowed to attend closed-door impeachment hearings.

"That whole sequence was just mendacious and it ended with a falsehood," he said. "It's not possible for me to think that he didn't know what the truth was. Three committees, three full committees of the House of Representatives, were entitled to attend those depositions, and that includes every Republican member. There were at least 40 of them at least."

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