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‘Lie after lie after lie’: Dem lawmaker shoots down Trump’s ‘fishing expedition’ talking points on CNN

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Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) on Wednesday shot down President Donald Trump’s allegations that House Democrats are going on a “fishing expedition” with their multiple investigations into his presidency.

During a CNN interview, host Kate Bolduan asked Meeks whether there was any validity to Trump’s charges that he and his colleagues were overreaching in their broad inquiries into the president’s actions over the past two years, and Meeks said there was not given that the president continues to lie about what he has done.

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“Basically, why we have to go at this in this way is, he’s continuing to lie,” Meeks said. “For example, when you talk about the security clearances, he said he had nothing to do with it. Then all the evidence comes out that he did have something to do with it. It’s lie after lie after lie from this White House.”

Bolduan then asked Meeks what he thought of Trump being resistant to handing over documents related to the process whereby son-in-law Jared Kushner was granted a security clearance.

“We’re going to do our job,” he said. “We have the responsibility of oversight. We are a separate branch of government, we want honesty and integrity for the American people and, quite frankly, for our allies around the world because he’s lied to them also. So I think that we have a responsibility and we’re going to live up to that responsibility.”

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White House aides want Trump to stop saying his Ukraine phone call was ‘perfect’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta said President Donald Trump's aides were frustrated with the president's defense of his phone call with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he apparently tried to use military aid to extort political dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Furthermore, there is fear in the White House that some Republicans may defect and vote to impeach the president — which would wreck their narrative.

"I just spoke with a source close to the White House a short while ago who objected to the president continuing to say that his phone call with the leader of the Ukraine was 'perfect,'" said Acosta. "Nobody really is echoing that message on behalf of the president. It doesn't seem that anybody here in Washington, except for the most partisan of partisans feels, that the president's phone call with the leader of Ukraine was perfect."

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House Democrat smacks down Trump’s claim of ‘doctored’ transcripts: ‘Those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses’

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," during a discussion of acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney's legal situation, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) trashed President Donald Trump's claim that the transcripts from the impeachment hearings were somehow falsified.

"I will say that the craziness continues," said Connolly. "For the president today to assert, based on nothing, the transcripts were doctored and don't really reflect the deposition of the witnesses we heard from — and by the way, those transcripts are reviewed by those witnesses and their attorneys before they're released for accuracy — but secondly, of course, to have the chief of staff of the president actually suing his own White House to get a decision about whether or not he's required to respond to congressional demand for testimony or the White House directive really brings us into all-new territory in terms of craziness. And it's really disturbing to watch."

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Trump’s decision to cut off Ukraine aid is something ‘you would expect to read about in a dictatorship’: Ex-Obama official

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," former Obama administration official and national security analyst Samantha Vinograd excoriated President Donald Trump for his decision — further laid out in newly released House transcripts — to suspend military aid to Ukraine.

"This process that is described and echoed in other depositions is a process that you would expect to read about in a dictatorship, where a leader rules by fiat and his national security team scrambles to find a legal justification and to sell a bill of goods to legislators and the American people about why the president has made a certain decision," said Vinograd.

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