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Lindsey Graham and Ted Cruz labeled ‘trespassers’ by Trump official over unannounced visit to West Wing: report

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Two prominent members of the U.S. Senate tried to save President Donald Trump before he was publicly rebuked, but only “irritated” the commander-in-chief, Politico reported Thursday.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled Senate voted 59-41 to block Trump’s declaration of a national emergency to fund his border wall after 12 GOP senators voted against the President.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) were part of a Wednesday evening effort to save Trump.

“That night, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Ben Sasse of Nebraska arrived at the White House virtually unannounced but eager to discuss the impending vote and find a way for them to vote against the resolution,” Politico reported. “The senators, who gave little advance notice of their intention to drop in on the president, found him having dinner in the White House dining room.”

One West Wing official reportedly complained about “trespassers” in the White House.

Trump legislative affairs chief Shahira Knight reportedly told colleagues the meeting “probably did more harm than good” because the senators irritated Trump.

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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

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

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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