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Trump loves pitting families against each other — look what he did to Ronna and Mitt Romney: WaPo reporter

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The Washington Post’s Aaron Blake offered a simple explanation for why President Donald Trump was escalating his fight with conservative lawyer George Conway, husband of his counselor Kellyanne Conway. It has nothing to do with distracting from his multiple legal problems — Trump simply loves the drama, as he’s proved previously.

“I keep thinking back to a couple months ago when Ronna McDaniel, the chairwoman of the Republican Party, was basically forced to come out and repudiate her uncle Mitt Romney, who is the new senator from Utah, who is very critical of the president in certain ways,” Blake said. In fact, it was reported that the president is so hostile to Mr. Romney that he asked his niece to change her name.

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“I think the president loves this kind of tension,” Blake added. “This is such a great story, a husband and wife on opposite sides of this divide, one of them works for him, the other one is attacking him almost daily.”

“Is it a distraction?” asked host Hallie Jackson. “Do you see it as the president trying to seed some shiny penny out there?”

“I’ve never liked this idea that everything the president does is a distraction,” Blake replied. “I think he likes drama, he likes to be the center of attention. These are stories that allow him to do that.”

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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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Trump attorney Sekulow’s impeachment defense of president blown out of the water with Lindsey Graham statement

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On Saturday, one of the biggest opening arguments made by President Donald Trump's legal team at the impeachment trial was that there was, in fact, a risk that Ukraine had meddled in U.S. elections.

"Mr. Schiff and his colleagues repeatedly told you that the intelligence community assessment that Russia was acting alone, responsible for the election interference, implying this somehow debunked the idea there might be in — you know, interference from other countries, including Ukraine," said Trump counsel Jay Sekulow. "This is basically what we call a straw man argument."

But MSNBC's Brian Williams knocked down this defense with a clip from none other than one of President Donald Trump's biggest allies: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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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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