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‘This is literally Pizzagate’: MSNBC guest says Trump’s labor secretary must go over Epstein plea deal

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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle noted that her guest, The Root’s politics editor Jason Johnson, already had “fire is about to shoot out of” his head when she asked him to weigh in on Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta, who stands accused by the Department of Justice of breaking the law to give billionaire Jeffrey Epstein a sweetheart deal that allowed the alleged child sex predator to avoid prosecution. Johnson did not disappoint.

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“This is absolutely — I can’t — we can’t get desensitized to this,” sputtered Johnson, who was practically at a loss for words. “How many people in this administration beating women, attacking women, assaulting people, abusing children?”

“These are the people who ran talking about Pizzagate,” Johnson said, referring to the debunked conspiracy rampant during the 2016 election. “This is literally Pizzagate in existence!”

Johnson slammed Acosta’s leading role in letting Epstein off the hook, saying he “was part of protecting it and lying and keeping children in the dark and abused.”

“This is ‘To Catch a Predator and then letting him go,” he added, and then turned his focus to those went on the record to confirm Acosta.

“The outrage that every single member of the Senate should have that they actually voted this guy in is something that I want to see,” he said. “For all the things they can get disgusted about, I want to see someone step forward and say, ‘President Trump, we have to get rid of this guy because I am sick and tired of us having an administration filled with pedophiles and pimps and abusers of women.’

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The Republicans’ impeachment lawyer made 2 huge mistakes in questioning Gordon Sondland

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland delivered complex and convoluted impeachment testimony on Wednesday about his involvement in President Donald Trump’s Ukraine scandal. He gave detailed evidence recounting the president and the rest of the administration’s involvement in his effort to get Ukraine to launch investigations of Trump’s political opponents — including by leveraging a potential White House meeting and a hold on military aid.

But he also, to the Republicans’ delight, left some ambiguity about how much Trump had been involved in the effort to leverage the aid, saying that he had “presumed” Ukraine’s announcement of the investigations would release the hold. And he noted that, in one phone call the president — as the scheme was slowly being uncovered — Trump angrily denied there was a quid pro quo.

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Rick Santorum smacked down for claiming Sondland testimony helped Trump

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) tried to argue that the testimony of E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland actually helped President Donald Trump — and was promptly challenged.

"I think the Democrats had a good morning. I don't think they had a good afternoon," said Santorum. "I think what when the Republicans actually started questioning Sondland about the details, I think it fell apart a little bit."

"How so?" asked Chris Cuomo.

"He said the president never said any of these things to him," said Santorum. "In fact, what the president said, he quoted what the president said is, no, there's no quid pro quo. What he says is, well, I'm surmising, this is what I'm just sort of gathering. Did anything come from the president? No, it came from Rudy Giuliani."

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‘The cost of acquitting Donald Trump just went up’ for the Republicans: MSNBC’s Joy Ann Reid

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MSNBC host Joy Ann Reid explained during the post-hearing wrap-up that things aren't looking good for Republican senators up for reelection in 2020.

In the wake of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland's testimony, things are getting more difficult for Republicans faced with a vote on impeachment.

"Even if [the numbers] don't move, the problem is going to be a lot of these people have to run for re-election, letting the president off the hook when it's pretty clear what happened," Reid said. "This is pretty simple, and if I'm Cory Gardener (R-CO), I'm not feeling great."

Brian Williams noted that Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX) is one of the many Republicans "who's leaving town on a fast horse." If anyone could be pealed off by Democrats, Williams thinks it is Hurd.

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