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Trump disowns Ann Coulter while praising Hannity and Limbaugh in off-the-wall emergency declaration

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President Donald Trump praised the oratory skills of right wing media personalities Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh, while disowning one of his most prominent conservative critics, Ann Coulter, at a combative and often bizarre address in the Rose Garden, during which he declared a national emergency over the border.

“Sean Hannity has been a terrific, terrific supporter of what I do,” Trump said fulsomely. “Not of me: if I change my views he wouldn’t be with me.”

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“Rush Limbaugh, I think he’s a great guy. He can speak for three hours without a phone call, try doing that,” Trump continued. “He has one of the biggest audiences in the history of the world, this guy is unbelievable.”

The president had less friendly words for Ann Coulter, who helped goad him into launching the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

Ann Coulter, don’t know her, I hardly know her, I haven’t spoken to her in way over a year,” Trump insisted. He added that he had “nothing against her,” but that he had gone “off the reservation” when she began attacking him.

“Laura has been great, Laura Ingraham. Tucker Carlson has been great,” he continued. “People get what we’re doing. They get it. They really get it. And I’m honored by it.”

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Legal analyst rips senators for ‘getting the vapers’ and using Schiff ‘being mean’ as an excuse to vote against witnesses

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Senators are already trying to come up with an excuse not to support calling witnesses for the impeachment trial and CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin thinks they found it.

According to CNN's Manu Raju, Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), John Barrasso (R-WY), Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Jim Risch (R-ID) freaked out about a CBS News report cited by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) that a Trump confidant said if the Republicans vote against Trump their "head will be in a pike."

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Susan Collins denies CBS report that a Trump friend threatened Republicans’ heads ‘will be on a pike’

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CBS News reported this week that a friend of the president's threatened U.S. senators if they were thinking of voting in support of witnesses.

“Vote against the president and your head will be on a pike," the Trump confidant said.

https://twitter.com/CBSEveningNews/status/1220491412854185984

According to Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), however, it was a lie and no one ever said it.

CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Collins audibly disputed Schiff's quote of the story during the trial.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

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Here’s why Trump and McConnell can’t hold up impeachment witnesses during the Senate trial: Ex-special counsel

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) has been threatening senators that if they voted for witnesses to appear and be questioned, then it would turn the impeachment into an overwhelmingly long and drawn-out process. It's an argument that President Donald Trump's legal team has also argued. The problem is that it is legally incorrect, according to a former special counsel to the Defense Department.

In a panel discussion with CNN, Ryan Goodman said that there's no legal basis for this claim.

"In fact, the Senate can decide the matter and it wouldn't be litigated," Goodman explained. "If the Senate decided to issue the subpoenas and the Chief Justice, in fact, sent those subpoenas, it would be the final word. There's a Supreme Court case about this, Nixon v. United States, Judge Nixon, which said the Senate sets the rules and the courts review it. So, it's not like it will be litigated in a way. They are the final word."

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