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Ex-Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer torn to shreds for ‘bullsh*t’ justification of Iraq War on 16th anniversary of US invasion

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Ari Fleischer

Former George W. Bush spokesman Ari Fleischer attempted to justify the invasion of Iraq, but a variety of experts and others who remember the era fact-checked his efforts.

The former White House official insisted the anti-war slogan “Bush lied, people died” was itself a lie, claiming the Bush administration had been the victim of a “major intelligence failure.”

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“The fact is that President Bush (and I as press secretary) faithfully and accurately reported to the public what the intelligence community concluded,” Fleischer tweeted. “The CIA, along with the intelligence services of Egypt, France, Israel and others concluded that Saddam had WMD. We all turned out to be wrong. That is very different from lying.”

Fleischer’s self-serving justifications were called out as flatly false by CIA analysts, historians, journalists and numerous others, who provided examples of perfidy by former Vice President Dick Cheney, former Secretary of State Colin Powell and other Bush administration officials in the push for war.

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Pompeo ridiculed by CNN panel for his ‘phony mock outrage’ response after being outed as a foul-mouthed bully

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Responding to a statement from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo issued through the State Department accusing an NPR journalist of being "shameless" for going public with an encounter she had with him in his offices where he cursed at her, a CNN panel all but rolled their eyes at his "phony" outrage.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper, CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin called out the blustery Pompeo as well as many Republicans who took "umbrage" at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) mentioning a report that the Donald Trump would have their heads on "on a pike" if they crossed him.

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So much for ‘originalism’ — Trump’s impeachment defense is a constitutional dumpster fire

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In the absence of any exculpatory evidence, Donald Trump's defense against impeachment increasingly relies on arguments that fly directly in the face of the Constitution. Trump himself set the standard last July with his grandiose claim that "Article II says I can do anything I want," which encountered no serious pushback from his fellow Republicans.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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Trump lawyer Purpura busted by MSNBC for lying on the Senate floor during impeachment trial

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Moments after the end of the Saturday's Senate impeachment trial of Donald Trump concluded, MSNBC host Brian Williams pointed out that one of Donald Trump's attorney's lied on the Senate floor about the president's Ukraine scandal-- and he had a clip handy to prove it.

Sharing footage of attorney Mike Purpura stating the higher-ups in Ukraine were unaware that Donald Trump was withholding aid until after the government helped him by announcing an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden, the MSNBC host called the attorney out.

To make his point that Pupura was being untruthful, Williams then showed a clip of Defense Department official Laura Cooper, who testified that Ukrainians were asking about the delay on the day of the Trump phone call that was the starting point of the impeachment trial.

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