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Comey roasted by CNN panel for arguing against Trump impeachment: ‘He’s already destroyed his reputation’

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On Thursday, former FBI director James Comey published an op-ed in the New York Times cautioning against impeaching Donald Trump when the Mueller report comes out.

“I do have one hope that I should confess,” Comey writes.

“I hope that Mr. Trump is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term,” he continues.

“I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our Constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Trump were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country.”

On CNN Thursday, former White House Communications Director Jen Psaki said that Comey is trying to come across like an objective statesman. But that he no longer has the right to that image.

“Look I think James Comey wants to be the beacon of evenhandedness and fairness,” Psaki said. “But he destroyed that a couple of years ago when he went out and held a press conference right before the election.”

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‘This is written as if it’s from somebody who rarely speaks publicly, who’s weighing in as the godfather of truth and justice and the American way. But the problem is he’s already destroyed his reputation on that front.”

“This is not like a moment where someone sits on a mountain top and everyone wants to know ‘James Comey! What is your view!”

“We hear from him all the time and this says very little that’s of interest,” Psaki concluded.

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This is how Florida Republicans plan to hand the election to Trump in 2020

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In 2018, voters in Florida passed Amendment 4, restoring voting rights to ex-felons. The measure passed 65 to 35 percent.

Now, Florida Governor and major Trump ally Ron DeSantis is expected to blunt the impact of the measure by approving a bill that would require ex-felons to have paid off all fees connected to their sentence before voting. That means Donald Trump might get a major boost in 2020, reports the Daily Beast.

SB 7066 requires ex-felons to pay off all financial obligations from their sentencing or get them excused by a judge.

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Dear NeverTrumpers: Please quit lecturing actual Democrats about how to win

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As I write this, we are just hours away from the first debate of the presidential primary season. It's hard to believe that four years have passed since the last round of primary debates. It feels like 40. But here we are, getting ready to embark on yet another presidential campaign featuring Donald Trump. Everyone on the planet has advice for the Democratic candidates about what they need to do to beat him. It may be the most annoying conversation in all of politics, and that's saying something.

The pundits are all dully blathering on about "lanes" again, extending the horse race metaphor to ridiculous lengths, as they did in the GOP primaries in 2016. So far they've declared the lanes to be "establishment," "insurgent," "youth," "black vote" and "working class." And yes, they are meaningless, since the person who wins the nomination will have to take up big parts of all these "lanes" and more. But it makes it easy for pundits and analysts to drone on endlessly about polling, despite the fact that there is very little chance this campaign will end up going the way they predict.

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US protests to Russia over arrest conditions of alleged spy

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The United States on Wednesday formally protested over the arrest in Russia of former US marine Paul Whelan, who has been jailed on charges of espionage since December.

The US embassy in Moscow has asked that allegations of mistreatment in pre-trial detention be investigated and Whelan's safety guaranteed, according to spokeswoman Andrea Kalan.

"We have protested to the (foreign ministry) Paul Whelan's mistreatment while in custody," Kalan wrote on Twitter.

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