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Republican goes off on epic rant fact-checking Trump’s attacks on John McCain

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Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX) is a far-right Republican who led Sen. Ted Cruz’s (R-TX) official office — yet even he is sick of President Donald Trump’s ongoing feud with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), who has been dead for seven months.

“I disagree with the POTUS standing in front of M1A1 Abram tanks & the American flag and spending time trashing POW veteran and former US Senator McCain, and as Commander-in-Chief characterizing our time fighting in the Middle East as an unqualified disaster,” said Roy during a late-night thread Thursday.

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“I agree we should re-think our strategy [and] engagement there, but words matter to the heroes who have bled the ground red and accomplished much in the process,” Roy continued. “I disagreed also with Senator McCain on too many issues to count – particularly immigration.”

When it came to Trump’s complaint about McCain’s repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Roy said he would have voted against it too, but for different reasons. Trump has said that McCain campaigned on “repeal and replace,” but critics say the bill was far from it. Roy called the bill McCain opposed a “fake Obamacare repeal bill,” saying he fought against it at the time. Indeed, the bill also did not include a replacement to the healthcare legislation, which would have thrown 28.9 million people off of their health insurance.

“I have stood by the President and will continue to do so when it comes to policies that will secure the border, drain the swamp, restore fiscal sanity, and establish healthcare freedom,” Roy continued. “But I see only harm and no benefit in looking backward.”

Roy urged the president to stop bullying a deadman and focus on doing the work Americans elected him to do.

“Our border remains unsecure. Our debt mounts at $100 million per hour. Our healthcare remains too expensive and burdensome. Our military remains stretched thin and in need of clarity of mission. Let’s move on,” Roy closed.

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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