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‘Criminal conspiracy’: Dem lawmaker says Cohen’s testimony shows Trump’s misdeeds are ‘probably impeachable’

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Michael Cohen’s public testimony hasn’t yet occurred, but Democratic lawmakers are already making strong conclusions based just on his leaked opening statement.

Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) went on CNN Wednesday morning and didn’t mince any words about what she thought about some of the explosive allegations made by Cohen in his opening statement, including witnessing Trump and Roger Stone talking about future WikiLeaks email dumps in the summer of 2016.

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“Donald Trump was aware, was informed, was engaged in this criminal conspiracy to rig the election on his behalf,” she said. “And he did so in conjunction with the Russians.”

CNN’s John Berman then pressed Speier about whether she could really say that Trump had conspired with Russia, and she didn’t back down.

“I think that what we will see is that the rigging took took place as a dance that went on between Russia, Donald Trump, his campaign, in terms of the use of the social media,” she said. “All of these pieces are now coming together that have heretofore not been to us.”

Speier went on to say that Cohen’s testimony offers new avenues for congressional investigators to discover just what Trump and his campaign officials have lied about in terms of their dealings with Russian operatives.

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“I think what we will find out there was a conspiracy to lie by a number of people associated with Donald Trump and his campaign,” she said. “This is just the beginning of what I think is a very serious and probably impeachable offense.”

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In a highly contentious interview on CNN's "State of the Union", host Jake Tapper confronted Donald Trump's top economic adviser, Peter Navarro, with a seemingly endless list of economists, analysts and business publications who believe he and his economic advice have both been a disaster and that he is not being straight with the public.

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Sitting in with CNN's Victor Blackwell on Sunday morning, contributor April Ryan relayed that Rep. Steve King (R-IA) is in big trouble not only with his party over his latest comments about rape and incest, but that Donald Trump is aggravated with him too because he may impact the president's chances in Iowa in the 2020 election.

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One of the first two Native American women in Congress blasted President Donald Trump for siding with white nationalists on Saturday.

Following the fatal "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville in 2017, Trump claimed there were "fine people" on both sides when he defended the alt-Right and Neo-Nazi event.

Two years later, Trump has gone even further, blaming only the anti-fascist activists confronting far-right marching in Portland, Oregon in a way that reminds many of the invasion of Charlottesville.

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