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‘These things don’t happen in a vacuum — Trump’s words matter’: Don Lemon on thwarted gunman

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Don Lemon weighed in on the newly arrested Coast Guard officer who planned a mass terrorist-style attack, according to court documents filed in U.S. District Court in Maryland this week.

“These things don’t happen in a vacuum, the president’s words matter,” Lemon said on his CNN show Wednesday evening. The CNN host reminded viewers of the MAGAbomber who sought to harm CNN talent last year, and Lemon even acknowledged that he himself was said to be a target of this new (thwarted) attack by Christopher Paul Hasson, a self-described white nationalist living in Silver Spring, Maryland, who allegedly had a list of prominent politicians and media figures he potentially wanted to shoot.

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“On that [hitlist] were Democratic politicians including Senator Chuck Schumer, Richard Blumenthal, Kamala Harris, Cory Booker, Congresswoman Maxine Waters, and journalists from CNN, MSNBC….including myself.”

Lemon went on to note that “we are all safe, and we thank the Coast Guard and law enforcement for stopping this in time.”

“But we need to talk about why,” he continued.

“Once again, critics of the president are being targeted with violence….these things don’t happen in a vacuum,” he said.

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Watch Lemon’s segment below, followed by his panel on the same subject featuring Phil Mudd and David Gergen.

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Trump felt free to ask for Ukraine election interference after Mueller let him off the hook: Wired reporter Garrett Graff

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On CNN's "New Day Weekend," author and commentator Garrett Graff noted that President Donald Trump's attempt to push Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden came right after former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in 2016 ended — and suggested the two were related.

"You know, Garrett, there may be some people thinking 'Gosh, we just got out of the whole scenario with the Mueller report. Now we have this again,'" said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you get a sense that there are people looking at this saying 'I think I have confidence in the 2020 election?'"

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CNN analyst has a question for Dems: ‘How low will Trump have to go for you to impeach him?’

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Following a day of bombshell reports on the rapidly-growing scandal involving President Donald Trump and Ukraine, a CNN analyst wondered what it will take for House Democrats to impeach the commander-in-chief.

Earlier on Friday, in an interview with NPR, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said she was still not in favor of impeaching Trump.

CNN analyst and New York Times contributing op-ed writer Wajahat Ali wondered what -- if anything -- could result in Speaker Pelosi backing impeachment.

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CNN’s Jim Acosta busts Trump’s whistleblower lies: ‘Just not answering questions in a straightforward fashion’

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CNN's Jim Acosta busted several falsehoods in President Donald Trump's remarks from the Oval Office about a whistleblower complaint filed against him by an intelligence official.

The president answered questions about the complaint, which appears to center on a phone call he made to the Ukrainian president, during a White House news conference with Australian prime minister Scott Morrison.

"He did not really answer the question whether or not he spoke with the Ukranian prime minister about former Vice President Joe Biden, at one point saying it doesn't matter what he discussed," Acosta said. "But there are plenty of contradictions here that the president offered up to reporters when he was sitting down in the Oval Office, at one point describing the whistleblower has being partisan and part of a hack job, but at the same time saying he doesn't know who the whistleblower is."

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