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‘People will believe him’: Ex-Watergate prosecutors explain why Michael Cohen was a persuasive witness against Trump

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Two former Watergate prosecutors explained why they found Michael Cohen’s public testimony to be credible during a Wednesday evening appearance on MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes.

MSNBC legal analysts Jill Wine-Banks and Nick Akerman joined the host to dissect Cohen’s testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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“I found him to be a credible and calm witness,” Wine-Banks said. “Maybe I was surprised how calm he remained under constant deluge of attacks.”

“I was a little surprised by how much documentation he had. When John Dean testified during Watergate he was all uncorroborated. We all now think about how he was corroborated by the tapes, but he didn’t know that there were any tapes at the time he testified,” she recalled. “He testified simply from memory and in this case we had actual documents”

Ackerman agreed on Cohen credibility.

“I think the big issue is his credibility and I think he was extremely credibility,” Ackerman said.

“I was personally surprised by how credible and calm he seemed,” Hayes interjected.

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“I think, going to his credibility, one of the things that said to me credibility was how controlled and careful he was in his testimony. He did not stretch the truth,” Wine-Banks noted. “When he thought that there was something exonerating, he said it.”

“That’s an example of a credible witness — that made me think that people will believe him,” she concluded.

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Two impeachment articles expected against President Trump: reports

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Democrats are expected to announce on Tuesday two articles of impeachment against Donald Trump, US media reported Monday evening, after laying out their case at a hearing against a president they branded a "clear and present danger" to national security.

The articles will focus on abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, The Washington Post said, citing three official familiar with the matter.

It added that the full House of Representatives would vote on the articles next week, ahead of a trial in the Senate.

CNN said a third article on obstruction of justice was still being debated, and the network's sources cautioned that plans were still being finalized.

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Ambassador McFaul ‘shocked’ Trump invited Sergey Lavrov back to the Oval Office: ‘What are they thinking?’

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Former Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul repeatedly said he was shocked that President Donald Trump will meet with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Tuesday.

McFaul was interviewed Monday evening by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC "The Last Word," where he contrasted how Trump is treating the Russian government of President Vladimir Putin to the Ukrainian government of President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"Ambassador McFaul, I want to get your reaction to the Russian foreign minister meeting tomorrow at the White House, in the Oval Office, with President Trump," O'Donnell said. "That's his second time. President Zelinsky still hasn't gotten that meeting and Donald trump apparently, apparently may be voted articles of impeachment in committee this week because of his interactions with President Zelensky."

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House Judiciary to vote on Thursday to impeach Donald Trump: report

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Democrats are moving ahead with the impeachment of President Donald Trump following another day of testimony on Monday.

"House Democrats plan to unveil at least two articles of impeachment Tuesday, charging President Donald Trump with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, according to multiple lawmakers and aides. The Judiciary Committee plans to vote on the articles on Thursday, setting up a vote on the House floor next week to make Trump the third president in history to be impeached," Politico reported Monday evening.

"Democratic leaders plan to formally announce the articles at a press conference Tuesday morning. Judiciary Committee Democrats intend to meet ahead of the announcement and review the articles," Politico reported. "The decision to move forward with specific impeachment charges is the most significant move yet for the year-old Democratic House majority, a legacy-defining moment for Speaker Nancy Pelosi that sets up a Senate trial for Trump in early 2020."

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