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Trump constantly trying to intervene in intelligence agencies: Former federal prosecutor

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On Sunday, former FBI director Andrew McCabe gave an explosive interview in which he accused President Donald Trump of trying to manipulate the investigation into Russian interference in the US elections. McCabe also said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had offered to wear a wire and the high level officials considered invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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President Trump blasted McCabe as a liar on Twitter. On CNN Monday, former federal prosecutor Elie Hoenig assessed whether McCabe was a credible witness. He pointed out that detailed, contemporaneous notes—which McCabe kept—are the next best thing to a recording, because it’s hard to make things up on the spot.
Plus, McCabe’s claims ring true with the President’s patterns. Since the start of his presidency, Trump regularly tries to interfere in the workings of US intelligence.

“The President cannot keep his hands off the DoJ, he cannot keep his hands off the FBI, he’s constantly been trying to interfere with them. When Andy McCabe says that’s what happened, it rings true with our other experiences,” Hoenig concluded.


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Carl Bernstein: There are 7-9 ‘wobbly’ Republicans who want witnesses but Mitch McConnell is trying to block them

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In a CNN panel discussion Wednesday, notorious Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein revealed that there are seven to nine Republican senators who are wavering after the compelling argument that the House has provided for the impeachment. The problem, however, is that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is refusing to allow any break from the party line.

"I think this is a hugely damaging narrative that was laid out today, and that Mitch McConnell understands, and has understood for a while that this hugely damaging narrative was going to affect his members," said Bernstein. "And that his strategy -- I've talked to some Republicans about this -- #MidnightMitch is to wear out his own members so that they don't vote for more witnesses because there are six, seven, eight, nine wobbly Republicans."

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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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